CENTER POINT — South Medford found themselves in a battle Wednesday afternoon, but rallied to defeat Willamette for a 7-4 baseball win on Day 2 of the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
Willamette elder Kayden Sandow hit a game-tying two-run home run in the fifth inning but, after leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, the Panthers (4-0) picked up three runs in the sixth to regain the advantage.
“I have a great group of guys who are top of the team with a lot of guys playing out of position but putting their heads down and working hard,” South Medford coach Josh Moody said. “We can live with any situation when you do that.”
Things didn’t look promising with two outs in the sixth, but Carson Joe walked tied, stole second and then scored the go-ahead on a single from Elijah Havey, which went 2-for-4. then got hit by a pitch and Kyle Cope drew a walk to charge the bases, followed by Jake Mason with an RBI single before the final run was scored after a wild pitch.
“We got a lot of good drummers together at the end to pull it off,” Moody said.
Cameron Sewell came on for Joe in the seventh inning and got three straight outs to clinch the win over Willamette (2-2-1).
Joe, who came on as relief to earn the stoppage Tuesday against Crater, struck out five and allowed six hits in six innings for his second win of the season.
“He kind of fought with a good veteran lineup and kept us in the ball game and gave us a chance,” Moody said of Joe.
Willamette scored twice in the top of the first but South answered behind a starting brace from Sewell, a single from Tanner Douglas and a two-run single from Joe.
The Panthers veered on single runs in the third and fourth on RBIs by Mason and Douglas, the latter coming after rookie Cooper Mitchell doubled to move into scoring position.
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B. Stavros, Martinez (6) and Koffler; Joe, Sewell (7) and Havey. W-Joe (2-0). L—Stavros. S—Sewell. 2B—SM: Sewell, Mitchell. RH—W: Sandow.
MCNARY 6, NORTH MEDFORD 4: At Pendleton, Aiden Horsley went 3 for 4 with an RBI brace, but North Medford’s comeback bid was thwarted by a three-point rally from McNary at the Pendleton tournament.
Frankie Rutigliano added a two-run brace and Kellen Willer scored a run with a sacrifice fly on a four-run push that put the Black Tornado (3-2) up 4-3 in the fourth inning.
McNary (2-3-1) answered with three runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Trey Newmann went the distance on the mound for North, allowing six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.
Newman and Robbins; Hawley, Cepeda (6), Bach (7) and Allen. W—Hawley. L-Newmann (1-1). 2B – NM: Rutigliano, Horsley 2, Carr; M: Kaiser, Cripe, Bach.
CRATER 7, AWARDS PASS 3: At Central Point, Kellen Rapp went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Caleb Randolph allowed three hits in six innings on the mound to lead Crater in his second game of the 15th Annual Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field .
Rapp had an RBI single in a five-run fourth inning that opened the contest for the Comets (3-1), with Kayden Gardner adding a two-run single and another run scoring the second inning error by Grants Pass.
Randolph struck out eight and walked five before giving way to Brandon Tibills, who threw a scoreless seventh.
Troy Osborne had two runs for Grants Pass (2-2-1), with Luke Morgan, Mason Montejano and Ari Kantola getting the only hits for the Cavemen.
Crater wraps up the tournament today with matches at 10 a.m. against Barlow and 4 p.m. against Corvallis at Anhorn Field.
Morgan and Osborne; Randolph, Tibills (7) and Lundeen. W—Randolph (2-0). L-Morgan. 2B — GP: Montejano.
CORVALLIS 12, ASHLAND 0, 6 Hostel: At Ashland, Corvallis junior Max Gregg struck out six and walked one in a no-hitter effort against Ashland at the Crater Spring Break Tournament.
Gregg is the son of former MLB pitcher Kevin Gregg, a Corvallis native who is in his second year as head coach of the Spartans (3-1).
Jackson Rosenthal was the lone baserunner in the game for Ashland (4-1).
Garrett Holpuch drove in four runs and Gregg tackled two for Corvallis.
Gregg and Compton; Brabec, Bloodworth (5), Shrader (6), Repp (6) and Wright, Shrader (6). W—Gregg. L — Brabec (2-1). 2B-C: McGowen.