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  • Mustangs split Area 4-opening doubleheader

  • The Medford Mustangs used a late rally and a little good fortune in the nightcap to secure an American Legion AAA split in its Area 4 openers against the Eugene Challengers on Saturday at Harry & David Field.
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  • The Medford Mustangs used a late rally and a little good fortune in the nightcap to secure an American Legion AAA split in its Area 4 openers against the Eugene Challengers on Saturday at Harry & David Field.
    After falling 3-1 in the opening game, Medford responded with a 7-6 comeback victory in a Game 2 that saw the Mustangs trail 5-0 at one point.
    In the nightcap, Nate Walker's two-run single in the four inning was part of a three-run frame that allowed Medford (9-6, 1-1 Area 4) to pull within 5-3. After Eugene (10-12, 1-5) pushed its lead up to 6-3, the Mustangs pulled off the rally with a four-run sixth inning.
    Charlie Walker, who finisehd 2-for-3 with two runs, opened the frame with a single and Austin Zavala and Micah Brown followed with bunt singles to load the bases. The Mustangs moved one step forward and two steps back on the next play as Eric Carlson's hot shot up the middle was somehow snared and turned into a double play as one run crossed the plate.
    An error on Bryce Rogan's grounder to shortstop kept the inning alive and pulled the Mustangs to within 6-5, then Jared Evans tied the contest with a triple to the right field corner. Evans then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
    Medford closed out Eugene in the seventh when Brown got a quick out and then was supported by a fine defensive effort by Carlson at third, who snagged a low line drive by David Bellamy and doubled off a runner at first base for the game-clinching out.
    Jared Evans finished 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI, while Cody Hoff came on in relief of Hayden Evans in the second and did well to slow the Challengers and earn the pitching victory.
    In Game 1, Northwestern-bound Joe Schindler pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts for Eugene. He retired 13 of the last 14 batters, giving up a walk (his only of the game) with one out in the seventh inning after recording 11 straight outs.
    The Mustangs' lone run came in the bottom of the first inning on Charlie Walker's RBI single, which drove in Taylor Raff.
    Medford plays host to the Mid-Valley Rockets at noon today at Harry & David Field.
    FIRST GAME
    Eugene Challengers 101 100 0 — 3 6 0
    Medford Mustangs 100 000 x — 1 3 3
    Schindler and Giland; Westfall, Zavala (7) and Glick. W — Schindler. L — Westfall (1-2). 2B — E: Thompson.
    SECOND GAME
    Eugene Challengers 211 110 0 — 6 11 1
    Medford Mustangs 000 304 x — 7 8 1
    Jack, Queirolo (6) and Pachano; H. Evans, Hoff (2), Brown (7) and Zavala. W — Hoff (2-0) L — Jack. S — Brown (4). 2B — E: Long; M: J. Evans. 3B — M: J. Evans.
    NORTH MEDFORD SPLITS — At Corvallis, North Medford cruised to a 6-2 win against Ridgeview of Bend in its opening game but lost 2-1 to Sprague on a seventh-inning hit to split its final pool play games at the eight-team Summer Slam wood-bat tournament at Crescent Valley High.
    The Mavericks (10-2) finished second in their pool and will play Thurston at 9 this morning in a consolation contest.
    Against Ridgeview, Greyson Wolff fired a two-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks to lead the way. Josh Berman went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and one run scored, while Christian Gillis was 2-for-4 with two runs and Brett Pearson 3-for-3 with three runs.
    Against Sprague, Jordan Ragan went 62/3 innings with six strikeouts but one of his two walks put the lead runner on base in the seventh and Sprague followed with a one-out double to right field for the go-ahead run.
    Aaron Scott scored North Medford's lone run in the fifth when he walked, advanced on a balk and a fielder's choice and scored on a single by Pearson.
    North Medford 102 010 2 — 6 10 2
    Ridgeview 010 001 0 — 2 2 1
    Wolff and Adams; Schaumburg and Runge. W — Wolff (1-1). L — Schaumburg. 2B — NM: Berman 2.
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    Sprague 001 000 1 — 2 4 0
    North Medford 000 010 0 — 1 5 1
    Tinell, Bedortha (6) and Patterson; Ragan, Berman (7) and Adams. W — Bedortha. L — Ragan (1-1). 2B — S: Casebeer.
    WCL Baseball
    WALLA WALLA 9, MEDFORD 5 — At Walla Walla, Wash., Medford squandered an early 4-0 lead and Walla Walla pulled within a half-game of the Northern Division lead with a comeback victory at Borleske Stadium.
    The Rogues (5-12) dropped their fourth straight game despite a four-run second-inning outburst.
    Corey Wynant doubled, Conner George walked and Ray McIntire singled to load the bases in the second. With one-out, Parker Miles supplied an RBI single and, after an RBI groundout by Ryan Degner, Kevin Davidson belted a two-run single for the 4-0 advantage.
    Walla Walla (9-5) responded with a pair of runs in the third and four more in the fifth to take the lead for good.
    Daniel McNabb was 3-for-4 with a walk for the Rogues, who wrap up the three-game series tonight against the Sweets.
    Medford wallA WAlla
    ab r h bi ab r h bi
    Miles 3b 3 1 1 1 Lindell rf 5 3 3 2
    Degner cf 4 0 1 1 Skrbec 3b 5 1 2 0
    Davidson dh 4 0 2 2 Vilter ss 3 2 2 1
    Urban pr 0 0 0 0 Gonzales 1b 4 0 2 4
    Palensky ph 1 0 0 0 Mendenhall dh 3 0 0 1
    Pacheco c 3 0 0 0 Paulson ph 1 0 0 0
    Whisler ph 1 0 0 0 Martinez c 4 1 2 0
    Teel C 1 0 0 0 Helton cf 3 1 0 0
    McNabb lf-rf 4 0 3 0 Bozett lf 4 1 0 0
    Wynant ss 5 1 1 0 Southall 2b 3 0 0 0
    George 1b 2 2 0 0 Silva 2b 1 0 0 0
    McIntire 2b 3 1 1 0
    Newton rf 2 0 0 0
    Balta lf-ph 1 0 1 1
    Totals 34 5 10 5 Totals 36 9 11 8
    Medford 040 001 000 —5
    Walla Walla 002 040 12x —9
    E—Miles (1), Wynant (3), Vilter (3), Southall (3), Silva (1). DP—Medford 1, Walla Walla 2. LOB—Medford 11, Walla Walla 5. 2B—McNabb (1), Wynant (1), Gonzales (3). SB — Davidson (1), Urban (9), George (1), Balta (7).
    IP H R ER BB SO
    Medford
    DeRooy, L (1-1) 6 7 6 2 0 8
    Morrison 11/3 3 3 3 0 1
    Lujan 2/3 1 0 0 0 3
    Walla Walla
    Silva 2 4 4 4 2 2
    Dillman, W (1-0) 3 2 0 0 2 0
    Bornstein 1 2 1 1 1 1
    Wagner 1/3 1 0 0 0 0
    Arlt 12/3 0 0 0 2 1
    Brija, S (6) 1 1 0 0 0 1
    HBP—Vilter, Helton. WP—Arlt. Umpires—Home, Steve Siller; First, Craig Mills; Third, Gary Krum. T—2:52. A—1,714.
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