Frosh paces Ravens over Hawks

staff report / The Bulletin /


MADRAS — Freshman George Mendazona was three for three at the plate and was the winning pitcher for Ridgeview, which downed La Pine 15-4 Thursday on the second day of the Madras Invitational baseball tournament.

The game was ended after five innings via the 10-run rule.

Mendazona, who scored two runs, started on the mound for the Ravens and allowed four runs and five hits while striking out four over four innings. Chris Hawkins pitched a scoreless fifth to close it out for Ridgeview.

Sam Walker was three for four with a double and three runs batted in for the winners, who finished with 15 hits.

For La Pine, Eric Page hit a double to trigger the Hawks’ four-run fourth inning, which accounted for all of their scoring in the game.

The Ravens are back in tournament action today, facing host Madras at 4 p.m.

In other Thursday games:

BASEBALL

Barlow 7, Summit 1: KEIZER — Barlow broke open a close game with four runs in the sixth inning to beat Summit on the opening day of the Volcanoes Spring Break tournament at Volcanoes Stadium. D.J. Wilson, the starting pitcher for the Storm, drove in his team’s only run in the bottom of the sixth and had one of only two Summit hits for the game. The Storm (2-3) play twice in the tournament today: against Churchill at 11:30 a.m. and against Molalla at 4:30 p.m.

Philomath 3, Crook County 2: JOHN DAY — Cole Ovens’ squeeze bunt scored Chase McCall with the tying run for Crook County in the top of the fifth inning, but Philomath executed a squeeze bunt of its own in the bottom of the seventh to bring home the winning run on the opening day of the Les Schwab Invitational. McCall and Troy Benton each hit a double for the Cowboys, and Stetson Hall hit a run-scoring single in the third inning for the first Crook County run. Dylan Wilson worked six effective innings as the Cowboys’ starting pitcher; Philomath rallied for the decisive run against reliever Jeffrey Turbitt in the seventh. Crook County, which is 2-3 on the season, resumes tournament play today against Grant Union at 11 a.m.

Pleasant Hill 13, Madras 0: MADRAS — In a game that was scoreless through four innings, Pleasant Hill rallied for 13 runs in the fifth and rolled to the win on the second day of the Madras Invitational. Billies pitcher Jackson Bertsch allowed no hits in the contest, which was ended after five innings via the 10-run rule. The senior right-hander struck out nine and walked only one. White Buffaloes starter Devon Wolfe pitched out of a no-outs, bases-loaded jam in the first inning with three strikeouts and was strong through four innings, but he was one of three Madras pitchers to get roughed up in the fifth inning. The White Buffaloes (6-2) conclude tournament play today with a game against Ridgeview at 4 p.m.