South Medford has aspirations of being one of the top Class 6A baseball programs in the state this spring.
On Thursday night, Lebanon showed the visiting Panthers that their hard work is just beginning.
Lebanon, ranked No. 1 in the Class 5A coaches poll, scored twice in the first inning and largely held South Medford at arm’s length for a 5-2 victory.
An inability to throw consistent strikes or to be able to group big hits together hampered the Panthers (1-0), who played their home opener Friday evening against Silverton.
Lebanon (2-0) led 3-0 when South Medford was finally able to scratch out a run in the fifth inning on a double by Elijah Havey and eventual sacrifice fly from Cooper Mitchell.
The Warriors answered with single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to recoup their cushion before Cameron Sewell tripled in the top of the seventh and scored on a throwing error to third base.
Havey and Sewell each went 2-for-4 to claim all but one of South Medford’s hits as Tyler Walker and Zach Lyon stifled what expects to be a potent lineup.
South Medford 000 010 1 — 2 5 2
Lebanon 200 111 x — 5 5 2
Cope, Sewell (4) and Havey; Walker, Lyon (6) and Woodward. W — Walker. L — Cope. 2B — SM: Havey; L: Vandetta, George. 3B — SM: Sewell.
MT. SHASTA 11, PHOENIX 1, 6 inn.: Luke Jennings belted a double for Phoenix but the Pirates were limited to four hits overall and committed four errors to come up short in the Yreka Tournament being played at Lithia & Driveway Fields.
Julius Bolstad had a two-out single in the first inning to plate Ryan Watts for Phoenix (1-1).
Kaden Sousa struck out six in 3 ⅔ innings on the mound.
Phoenix 100 000 — 1 4 4
Mt. Shasta 000 605 — 11 7 1
Sousa, Bourdon (4) and Shilts; Yeager and Cross. W — Yeager. L — Bourdon. 2B — P: Jennings; MS: Shannon.
Boys TennisST. MARY’S 8, KLAMATH UNION 0: St. Mary’s scored a sweep of all four singles and four doubles matches, with Sriram Dinesh leading the way at No. 1 singles with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Bryce Petersen and the top tandem of Alex Wilk and Simon DeVries also winning in straight sets for the Crusaders.
SINGLES: Sriram Dinesh, SM, d. Bryce Petersen, 7-6, 6-1; Titus Stark-Seymour, SM d. William McAtee, 6-0, 6-2; Reid Ravassipour, SM, d. Wyatt Jensen, 6-0, 6-0; Haruto Zaitsu, SM d. Walter Hartley, 6-0, 6-0.
DOUBLES: Alex Wilk-Simon DeVries, SM, d. Wyatt Jensen-Logan Norton, 6-3, 6-3; Landus Ho-Lucas Peterson, SM, d. Jack Jensen-Josiah Gaede, 6-1, 6-1; Matthew Poisson-Nicholas Eaton, SM, d. Gus Hendricks-Elliott Huntoon DeRoche, 6-0, 6-1; Bao Pham-Nathan Lemely, SM, d. Ayden Gour-Josh Nash, 8-1.
Girls TennisCASCADE CHRISTIAN 5, PHOENIX 0: Cascade Christian’s Makenna Dunn outlasted Phoenix’s Agatha Hosking for a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles to help the Challengers secure a sweep.
SINGLES: Makenna Dunn, CC, d. Agatha Hosking, 6-3, 6-2; Carlee Broadbent, CC, d. Clara Newel, 6-4, 6-1; Paige Cohee, CC, d. Makenna Bailey, 6-2, 6-0; Allie Darland, CC, d. Genesis Orozco, 6-1, 6-0.
DOUBLES: Ellie Harrington-Timnah Roberson, CC, d. Isha VanNess-Joanna Siorda, 6-0, 6-1.
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