When Quinton Rumrey, North Medford’s shortstop and leadoff hitter, went down with an injury things turned for the worst on Tuesday.
The Black Tornado baseball team held a 3-0 lead before Rumrey injured his knee on a collision at first base on a bunt in the second inning and the senior leader could not return to the game.
Without the services of Rumrey, North Medford could not hold off visiting Sheldon, which capitalized on some Black Tornado miscues in registering a 6-5 Southwest Conference road victory.
“The key to that was we lost his (Rumrey) bat in the leadoff spot,” said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe. “We had all the momentum and were cruising right along when he got hurt. It took the wind out of our sails.”
Senior pitcher Brandon King (2-4) struck out four, walked three and threw 103 pitches in the complete game for North Medford (9-8, 4-6 SWC). King was victimized by three Black Tornado errors that led to five unearned runs.
“(King) just had one bad inning,” said Wolfe. “He throws strikes with more than one pitch.”
The Irish (9-8, 6-5) scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth inning on Isaiah Lugo’s sacrifice fly. Lugo also rapped a two-run single in Sheldon’s five-run third inning.
North Medford grabbed a 2-0 first-inning lead. Walks to Rumrey and King and a double steal preceded Ryan Sandoval’s RBI single. The second run scored when Jon-o Gassman reached on an error.
Sophomore Ryan Kloek went 4-for-4 to lead the Black Tornado’s 12-hit attack. Kloek was promoted from the JV three games ago and has played right field, second base and shortstop.
Josh Robbins and Zack Collins each collected two hits for North.
“We just couldn’t push another run across,” said Wolfe. “We didn’t run the bases well. In a one-run game, we cannot give away runs on mental mistakes and give extra outs.”
Sheldon 005 010 0 — 6 8 1
North Medford 211 010 0 — 5 12 3
Wagers, Haffner (7) and Hansen; King and Robbins. W — Wagers. L — King (2-4). 2B — S: Lugo; NM: Kloek.
ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 1: At Grants Pass, Roseburg scored two fourth-inning runs and pitcher Jace Stoffal made them stand up in the Southwest Conference game.
Stoffal pitched 6 2/3 innings of four-hit ball as the Indians improved to 12-5 overall and 8-4 in league. Grants Pass is 6-13 and 3-8.
Brody Black drove in all three Roseburg runs.
Matt Knight and Sean Tobin singled in the seventh, but Black came on and got the last out via strikeout.
Roseburg 000 201 0 — 3 5 0
Grants Pass 010 000 0 — 1 4 0
Stoffal, Black (7) and Jacks; Morgan and Dinkel. W — Stoffal. L — Morgan. 2B — R: Black.
CRATER 15, NORTH EUGENE 0, 6 inn.: At Eugene, Crater senior Larson Kindreich pitched a six-inning no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in the Midwestern League victory at Swede Johnson Stadium.
North Eugene’s first batter, Drew Williams, reached on an error then Kindreich (4-2) was perfect from there en route to his 79-pitch gem.
Trae Frodge went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored to pace the Comets (13-5, 9-4). Teammate Blake Hollingsworth added three hits and scored three times.
Crater began a six-run surge after two were out in the sixth inning. The Comets combined four hits with two walks and two North Eugene (6-12, 5-8) errors. Ryan Kulpa provided a two-run triple and Frodge added a two-run single.
Crater received two hits each from Trever Davis, Nick Bastendorff, Kulpa and Kindreich.
Crater 103 506 — 15 14 1
North Eugene 000 000 — 0 0 5
Kindreich and Gilliland; Parks, Wicks (5) and Sterner.W — Kindreich (4-2). L — Parks. 2B — C: Kindreich, Bastendorff, Frodge, Davis. 3B — C: Kulpa.
THURSTON 7, EAGLE POINT 2: At Eagle Point, Skyler Gaudern and Andrew Schreiner each went 2-for-3 for Eagle Point but those were the only hits allowed by Thurston’s Andrew Ward in the Midwestern League clash.
Braxton Barnes drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning and Schreiner drove in a run in the fifth for the Eagles (9-7, 8-5 MWL).
Cade Crist and Carson Werder each hit home runs to lead Thurston (13-5, 12-1).
Thurston 012 001 3 — 7 9 1
Eagle Point 000 110 0 — 2 4 1
Ward and Burke; Gaudern, Dy. Marsh (7), Fontana (7) and Alves. W — Ward. L — Gaudern (4-2). 2B — T: Sargeant, Stedman, Crist, Duran, Elliott. HR — T: Werder, Crist.
ASHLAND 12, SPRINGFIELD 9: At Ashland, Ashland scored seven runs in the sixth inning to rally for its first victory of the season.
The Grizzlies (1-14, 1-12 MWL) sent 13 batters to the plate in the sixth and used three walks, two hit batters, one error and three singles to erase a 9-5 deficit.
Nick Buccino and Rowan Arman each had three hits and combined for three runs for Ashland.
Arman pitched 1 2/3 scoreless-innings of relief to pick up the victory.
Springfield 003 033 0 — 9 12 2
Ashland 131 007 x — 12 12 2
Wheatley, Irvin (4), McCallister (6) and Smith; Westrick, Arman (6) and Evans. W — Arman. L — Irvin. 2B — S: Irvin; A: Arman, Carter, Evans, Buccino.
ROGUE RIVER 21, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1: At Rogue River, Derek Nelson was 2-for-3, drove in four runs and scored four to lead Rogue River in the Southern Cascade League game.
The Chieftains (8-6, 4-2 SCL) scored 10 runs in the third inning to make it 18-0.
Rogue River’s Jacob Tambellini was 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs, Henry Black had one hit but drove in three runs and scored three and Caden Tognoni had a hit and scored three times.
Illinois Valley 000 10 — 1 4 5
Rogue River 62(10) 30 — 21 10 0
Alvarez, Konrod (3), Dugas (4) and Bell; Nelson, Black (4), Tognoni (5) and Tambellini. W — Nelson. L — Alvarez. 2B — RR: Nelson 2, Tambellini 2. 3B — RR: Black.