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  • LITTLE LEAGUE

    Medford National Little League to host state tournament

    Double-elimination tourney starts Saturday
  • The 11-12 Medford National Little League baseball team and District 8 will host the state tournament at Thomas Whittle Fields beginning July 20.
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  • The 11-12 Medford National Little League baseball team and District 8 will host the state tournament at Thomas Whittle Fields beginning July 20.
    Medford National Little League won the District 8 tournament, beating the Grants Pass Nationals 13-8 on July 10.
    The other teams competing at state are Wilshire-Riverside (District 1), Gresham (District 2), Pendleton (District 3), Lake Oswego (District 4), Hermiston (District 5), Klamath Falls American (District 6), Sprague (District 7) and Sheldon (District 9).
    Medford National — which took third at state in the 10-11 division last year — opens with Sprague at 10 a.m. on July 21. The local squad returned all but one player from last summer's group.
    The tournament wraps up on July 27 with the championship.
    An opening ceremony is set for 7 p.m. on July 19.
    The state winner will advance to the Northwest Regional, set for Aug. 2-10 in San Bernardino, Calif. The victor moves on to the Little League World Series, Aug. 15-25 in Williamsport, Pa.
    Thomas Whittle Fields are located at 4409 West Main Street.
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