South Medford used a seven-run second inning and scoreless starting pitching from Rickey Boortz to double up Crater for an 8-4 nonconference baseball win Wednesday at Harry & David Field.
The season-opening win also meant the first in the high school coaching career for new South Medford head coach Josh Moody, an Arizona native.
“Overall I was proud of the way the guys rallied together and played as a team,” said Moody. “It was good to get that one under our belt. Hopefully we’re going to build off that and it will be a great platform to move on for Saturday (in Salem).”
Boortz allowed only two hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 41/3 scoreless innings after getting the start for the defending Southwest Conference champion Panthers (1-0).
“He looked to be in midseason form and that’s pretty tough early in the season in Southern Oregon,” said Moody. “We were able to get couple bullpens on those plastic mounds so that was his first time in the dirt and he looked good.”
Everything looked good in the second inning for South Medford after Bennett Smith singled off Crater starter Ethan Scott, who then hit Blake Shields and Chase Costanti with pitches to load the bases. Blake Hollingsworth came on in relief for the Comets (0-1) but was immediately greeted by a three-run double from Giovanni Bottero.
“He squared up the ball in the left-center gap and cleared the bases and that was a big shot of adrenaline there for our team,” said Moody. “We were able to open it up after that.”
Bennett Thompson added an RBI single and another run scored following a throwing error on a ball put in play by Charlie Campbell before Smith came back up and capped the frame with a two-out, two-run double.
Smith finished 2-for-2 with one run and two RBIs, while Trevor Marthoski went 2-for-4 with one run for South.
Crater struck back with three runs in the sixth inning off a two-run double by Wyatt Tibbets and an RBI single by JoJo Johnson and the Comets added another run in the seventh before Bottero closed the door in relief.
Bailey Hibbard went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Crater.
Scott, Hollingsworth (2), Memmott (4), Lacey (5) and Gilliland; Boortz, Campbell (5), Bottero (7) and Thompson. W — Boortz (1-0). L — Scott (0-1). 2B — C: Tibbets; SM: Ankeny, Campbell, Smith, Bottero.
GRANTS PASS 8, CORVALLIS 1: At Grants Pass, Cade King struck out 11 in six innings, Payton Calabro hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the Cavemen opened the season with a lopsided nonconference win.
Sean Tobin added two hits and an RBI and Andrew Medley a hit and an RBI for Grants Pass, which plays Lakeridge today at Oregon State’s Goss Stadium.
CRESCENT VALLEY 6, EAGLE POINT 5: At Corvallis, Domenic Fontana went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Eagle Point took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth before a grand slam by Crescent Valley’s Taylor Holder turned the tables in both teams’ season opener.
Also for the Eagles, Kolbi Blevins went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored and starting pitcher Skyler Gaudern surrendered one earned run in three innings before being pulled in order to remain available for Saturday’s Midwestern League opener against Ashland.
Gaudern, Fontana (4), Blevins (6), Marsh (6) and Kendrick; Krupp, Jenssen (6), Avalos (7), Nichols (7) and Leid. W — Jenssen. L — Blevins. 2B — EP: Blevins 2; CV: Holmes. HR — CV: Holder.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 7, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Rogue River, Nic Macuk had a strong outing in his Rogue River debut but Brookings-Harbor took advantage of errors in the season opener for both teams.
Macuk, a former Crater High School pitcher, gave up two hits and no earned runs while striking out five in 52/3 innings. Also for the Chieftains, Derek Nelson went 1-for-3 with a double, and Caden Tognoni and Max Baines added singles.
Andrew Burger went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead Brookings-Harbor, while Adam Shew picked up the win after blanking Rogue River through the first five innings.
Shew, Burger (7) and McCullom; Macuk, Nelson (6) and Houser. W — Shew (1-0). L — Macuk (0-1). 2B — B: Burger 2: RR: Nelson.
ASHLAND 11, MOUNT SHASTA 8: At Ashland, junior pitcher Ruby Adams struck out 11 and allowed only one earned run through six innings to help Ashland earn its first varsity triumph since 2016 after playing a junior varsity schedule the past two years.
Adams allowed only three hits with one walk for the Grizzlies (1-0), who used a six-run fourth inning to build a 10-5 cushion. Freshman Gabby Heiken earned the save by striking out three and walking one in a scoreless seventh inning.
Heiken also paced Ashland at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three runs and one RBI. Adams, Emma Vandersnick and Tatum Pantle secured the only other hits for the Grizzlies.
B. Powers and I. Powers; Adams, Heiken (7) and Hakes. W — Adams (1-0). L — B. Powers (0-1). S — Heiken (1) 2B — MS: C. Berg.
GRANTS PASS 7, ST. MARY’S 1: At Grants Pass, St. Mary’s Jackson Lopiano, a freshman playing No. 4 singles, scored the lone win for the Crusaders in nonconference action.
Lopiano won 6-3, 6-2 over Reece Polen of Grants Pass.
SINGLES: Anthony Maravilla, GP, d. Parker Lam, 6-1, 6-0; Jonathan Maravilla, GP, d. Corin Elmore, 6-0, 6-1; Jacob Dryden, GP, d. David Zhang, 4-6, 6-0, 14-12; Jackson LoPiano, SM, d. Reece Polen, 6-3, 6-2.
DOUBLES: Jaxon Schatza-Nick Rist, GP, d. Milan Bobek-Hunter Holdermann, 6-0, 6-2; Jacob Maier-Dawson Hinton, GP, d. Tomas Hernandez-Brady Reed, 6-1, 6-1; Nathan Campbell-Zach Wright, GP, d. Tom Wang-Calvin Chemlir, 6-4, 6-1; Matt Poole-James Baertschiger, GP, d. Sam Guyer-Anthony Gan, 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.
GRANTS PASS 5, ST. MARY’S 3: St. Mary’s junior Susanna Schatz scored the lone singles win for the Crusaders at No. 4, while freshmen Jessica Traynor and Hannah Poisson teamed up for a victorious debut in No. 3 doubles at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
SINGLES: Elizabeth Williams, GP, d. Finley Cox, 6-0, 6-1; Valeria Moya, GP, d. Alicia Lu, 7-5, 6-0; Shelby Bowen, GP, d. Leah Sternenberg, 6-2, 6-0; Susanna Schatz, SM, d. Makena Clibic, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-4.
DOUBLES: Allie Rist-Jenna Robinson, GP, d. Anais Fang-Jenny Nguyen, 6-2, 6-1; An Mei Goei-Berklee Bennett, GP, d. Meg Wright-TaylorRose Travares, 6-3, 6-0; Lauren Meyer-Mia Castillo, SM, d. Olivia Bauer-Elle Beth Isabell, 6-4, 7-5; Jessica Traynor-Hannah Poisson, SM, d. Kailyn Hall-Kara Feskins, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).