North Medford Wins Baseball Title

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SALEM, Ore. – North Medford defeated Sheldon 3-2 Saturday to win its first state baseball championship since 2007.

The Black Tornado jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a Jared Evans double off Brandon Brancato. Jordan Pond drove in another run in the third inning to give North Medford a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Sheldon’s Kellen Strahm hit a two-RBI double to pull the Irish within 3-2, but they would not be able to tie the game. North Medford’s Colton Westfall struck out Taylor Frost to end the game, and give the Black Tornado the title.

In the 6A softball title game, South Salem grabbed an early lead and kept it the rest of the way to defeat North Medford 5-3. It’s the first state softball title for the Saxons in school history.

South Salem pitcher Kelly Donovan recorded 10 strikeouts. Second baseman Kelly Burdick went 3-4 at the plate with an RBI and 2 runs scored. North Medford’s Katie Ramsay went 1-3 with 2 RBIs.