EUGENE — Jordan Ragan's five-inning gem led North Medford to a 9-2 win over Churchill, but the Mavericks had to settle for a 2-2 tie against Sheldon at the Best of the West tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium.
Ragan struck out nine and allowed three hits in the first game of the day for the Mavericks (13-3-1), who used a seven-run explosion in the fifth to end the game early by the tournament's seven-run mercy rule.
Honus Kindreich was 2-for-3, scored twice and delivered the two-run single that clinched the win, while Ragan added a two-run single of his own in the final inning.
Against Sheldon, the Mavericks were one out away from victory before Sheldon used a single and a walk to put the tying run at second, then tied the game on a North Medford throwing error. The Mavericks eventually got out of the jam and the game was halted moments later because it had exceeded the tourney's two-hour time limit.
Christian Gillis pitched four solid innings for the Mavericks, striking out five with two walks. North's Brett Pearson was 2-for-3, including a successful drag bunt in the sixth. He later scored the go-ahead run from third as a teammate was caught in a rundown between first and second.
Churchill 100 01 — 2 3 2
North Medford 011 07 — 9 9 1
Slack, Shields (5) and Barab; Ragan and Adams. W — Ragan (2-1). L — Slack. 2B — C: Barab; NM: Scott.
North Medford 001 001 0 — 2 7 2
Sheldon 100 000 1 — 2 2 1
Wolff, Gillis (4) and Adams; Harrell and Olsson. 2B — NM: Sutton.
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SOUTH MEDFORD COLTS 11-10, PHOENIX BUCS 6-0 — At Talent, South Medford pitcher Justin James shut down Phoenix in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep at Hagler-James Field.
The game lasted just five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
James pitched four no-hit innings before giving way to reliever Jake Perry, who made one out and gave up a hit before injuring his shoulder. James came back in for the final two outs, but not before giving up a single. James also walked four and struck out four.
Brandon Lupton capped his big day at the plate going 2-for-3 with three runs scored. He also had a two-run single in the third inning and drove home the Colts' final run.
Perry went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
In the opener, Lupton went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the sixth. Cody Coggins went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and added a two-run single during the Colts' five-run first inning.
Austin White went 2-for-5 for the Colts (12-2) while Jamison finished 2-for-4 for the Bucs.
South Medford 510 032 0 — 11 9 2
Phoenix 010 011 3 — 6 8 6
Winner and White; Hutchinson, Stairbrough (5) and McCreadie. W — Winner (1-0). L — Hutchinson. 2B — SM: Coggins, Newman; P: Pond.
South Medford 513 01 — 10 12 1
Phoenix 000 00 — 0 2 4
James, Perry (5), James (5) and Brammer; Navarro, Pond (4) and Mobley. W — James (2-0). L — Navarro. 2B — SM: Newman.