Medford National falls to Lake Oswego at state

Big third inning, highlighted by Rice's two home runs, fuels the Portland-area victors

The Medford National Little League squad fell victim to a high-powered Lake Oswego team that needed just four innings pick up a 12-2 victory in pool play Monday in the 11-12 baseball state tournament at the Medford National Little League Fields.

The contest lasted just four innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Medford National (0-2), which will face Wilshire-Riverside of Portland today at 6 p.m. as pool play continues, scored its two runs on a walk to Robby Carle, then back-to-back doubles by Cole Boster and Skyler Radasa.

Lake Oswego batted around in the third inning, and Kellen Rice was the slugging star, pounding two home runs in the frame.

In other pool-play games, Sprague topped Sheldon 20-1, Pendleton beat Gresham 9-4 and Wilshire-Riverside took down Hermiston 12-5.

Pool play continues through Wednesday. Elimination play begins on Thursday. The tournament champion advances to the regional tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 2-10.

The tournament is being played at Thomas Whittle Fields, 4409 W. Main St.


RV TIMBERS 2, WASHINGTON TIMBERS 1 — At Beaverton, the Rogue Valley Timbers U12 boys team won the Silver Blue Division of the Beaverton Cup Sunday.

The Rogue Valley team had fallen to the Washington squad 6-2 a day earlier.

Braden Byrd opened the scoring for Rogue Valley in the fifth minute off an assist from Milan Bobek. Noah Figueroa added to the lead in the 20th minute off a header over the keeper. Washington scored five minutes later.

Strong defense by Marcel Janes, Nate Qualls, Aiden Winters and Evan Booth preserved the lead, and keeper Hunter Holderman made a key save on a penalty kick.

The Timbers were 4-1 and recorded their first tournament championship.

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