The North Medford Mavericks were a half a step away from earning the top seed for Area 4 in the American Legion A state tournament on Sunday at North Medford High School.

The North Medford Mavericks were a half a step away from earning the top seed for Area 4 in the American Legion A state tournament on Sunday at North Medford High School.

But North Coos' shortstop made a backhanded grab on a would-have-been game-tying infield single by the Maverick's Colin Sower's in the bottom of the seventh as Waterfront rallied to top the Mavs, 5-4.

After the grab, the ensuing toss to second base by Waterfront's shortstop barely beat the Mavericks' Stephen Cole to the bag.

Waterfront scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to knot it 4-all.

With the loss, the Mavericks settled for the second seed in the state tournament — which begins Thursday — while North Coos earned the top spot for Area 4.

Sowers was 3-for-4 and scored two runs for the Mavericks (40-9, 25-3 Area 4), who received a 2-for-2 effort and a fourth inning RBI-single from Hayden Wolfe.

North Coos Waterfront 001 200 2 — 5 8 1

North Medford Mavericks 110 200 0 — 4 9 1

McClintlock, Weidman (4) and Giorgis; Nelson, Bedortha (4) and Sowers. W — Weidman. L — Bedortha (11-1). 2B — NC: Ohlrich; NM: Maurer, Yeigh, Mitchell.

ASHLAND PILOTS 6, ROSEBURG PEPSI 3 — At Ashland, Ian Kendall's leadoff home run set the tone for Ashland, which claimed the third seed in Area 4 in the state tournament by eliminating Roseburg Pepsi from postseason contention at North Mt. Park.

A dropped fly ball by Roseburg's second baseman in the third inning cost Pepsi two runs as Ashland's lead ballooned to 4-2.

Charlie Sebrell went 2-for-3 and earned the victory from the mound for Ashland (30-11) while striking out five.

Roseburg Pepsi 101 010 0 0 — 3 7 1

Ashland Pilots 103 020 x — 6 7 0

Thompson and Ampi; C. Sebrell and L. Sebrell. W — C. Sebrell (8-2). L — Thompson. 2B — A: Miller. 3B — A: Tygerson. HR — A: Kendall.

Amateur Baseball

PORTLAND JAVALINAS 4, S.O. RIVERDOGS 3 — At Portland, the Southern Oregon RiverDogs' pitching excelled, but the defense committed five errors — including a key mistake in the 10th inning — and Portland beat the RiverDogs at Walker Field.

The RiverDogs (19-14, 10-8 NW Collegiate Baseball League) rallied to tie the game 3-all in the top of the seventh inning on a two-run single from Jared Adamson.

Adamson had three hits on the day while Josh Suarez and Allen Smith combined to blank the Javelinas, allowing only five hits and they each struck out six for the RiverDogs.

S. O. RiverDogs 001 000 200 — 3 6 5

Portland Javelinas 000 030 0001 — 4 5 1

Suarez, Smith (5) and Hernadez; Curtin, Jackson (5) and McNally. W — Curtin. L — Smith.