BURLEY, Idaho — The North Medford Mavericks American Legion A baseball team fell to Glasgow, Mont., 5-2 in nine innings in a Northwest Regional tournament elimination game at Burley High on Saturday.
The state champion Mavericks, who concluded the year with a 50-19 record, were knocked out of the double-elimination tourney with the loss. On Friday night, the Mission Valley, Mont., Mariners edged North Medford 9-8 in 10 innings in the opening round.
The Mavericks trailed 3-2 before Glasgow's Andy Gardner hit a two-run double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. North Medford got runners on in the bottom of the frame, but could not complete the rally.
Tom Leland sent a two-run home run deep to left-center field with two outs in the third inning, providing the Reds with a 2-0 advantage.
Gardner, who finished 4-for-4 with four doubles and two RBIs, faced a 2-2 count before turning on a pitch left in the middle in the decisive ninth.
Josh Berman went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Mavericks, who scored both their runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Berman drove in David Crofton, who got on base after being hit by a pitch. Christian Gillis accounted for North's other run by crossing home plate on a wild pitch.
"It's unfortunate," North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe said. "We played well, we competed and we just came up a little short."
Glasgow, Mont. 002 000 102 — 5 9 0
North Medford 000 000 200 — 2 7 1
Koessl and Hanks; Crofton, Brown (7) and Zavala. W — Koessl. L — Crofton (9-2). 2B — G: Ortman, Gardner 4; NM: Zavala. HR — G: Leland.