GRANTS PASS — The Medford Mustangs successfully defended their American Legion AAA Area 4 title by virtue of a win in the opener of a doubleheader against the Grants Pass Nuggets Tuesday at Agnew Field.

GRANTS PASS — The Medford Mustangs successfully defended their American Legion AAA Area 4 title by virtue of a win in the opener of a doubleheader against the Grants Pass Nuggets Tuesday at Agnew Field.

The Mustangs defeated Grants Pass 14-1 in five innings, but the Nuggets avoided the sweep with a 10-5 win in the nightcap.

The reigning state champion Mustangs, who had sewed up the Area 4 No. 1 seed in the state playoffs with the Game 1 victory, clinched the Area 4 title outright when second-place Klamath Falls was beaten 14-4 by Roseburg in Game 2 of a home doubleheader Tuesday at Kiger Stadium.

Medford (36-7, 11-3 Area 4) holds a three-game lead over the Falcons with two games remaining in the regular season.

The Mustangs finish league play by hosting Roseburg in a doubleheader Friday at Harry & David Field, while Klamath Falls faces Eugene on the road Saturday to complete the Area 4 season.

Mustang pitcher Jordan Lewis won his eighth decision without a loss with a nine-strikeout, five-hit, two-walk performance in Game 1. In 58 innings this season, Lewis has 82 strikeouts, 15 walks and a 0.78 ERA.

Jared Smith and Dustin Smith provided the offensive spark for the Mustangs in the opener. Jared Smith went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, while Dustin Smith provided two hits, three RBIs and scored twice. Kody Stevens and John Adamson both went 2-for-2 and combined for five runs and two RBIs.

Grants Pass capitalized on two big innings in the second game to salvage the split. The Nuggets scored three runs in the second to take a 4-2 lead, then erased a 5-4 deficit with four runs in the fourth.

Cory Staniforth opened the fourth-inning rally with a one-out single. Ryan Hayden followed with a single, then Dustin Smith's throwing error on a possible double play grounder hit by Brandon Drury allowed the tying run to score. Frank Charlton delivered a two-run single and David Chaldu added an RBI double to complete the outburst.

Staniforth added a two-run homer in the fifth.

Griff Boyd had three hits and Adamson and Zack Earle added two each for Medford.

Staniforth paced Grants Pass with three hits and three RBIs and Craig Dolmage had three hits. The Nuggets received two hits apiece from Zach Boskovich, Drury and Charlton.

FIRST GAME

Medford 403 70 — 14 11 0

Grants Pass 000 01 — 1 5 4

Lewis and Sowers; Albright, Drury (4) and Boskovich. W — Lewis (8-0). L — Albright. 2B — M: J. Smith 2, Boyd; GP: Miller, Boskovich.

SECOND GAME

Medford 201 200 0 — 5 10 2

Grants Pass 130 420 x — 10 15 0

Emerson, C. Sebrell (4), Gaviglio (6) and L. Sebrell; Charlton, Morgan (4) and Boskovich. W — Morgan. L — C. Sebrell (5-3). 2B — M: D. Smith, Stevens, Adamson; GP: Drury, Chaldu. HR — GP: Staniforth.

American Legion A

ASHLAND 8-8, GRANTS PASS 5-0 — At Ashland, Ian Kendall blasted a pair of home runs in the opener and Ashland had three pitchers combine for a three-hitter in Game 2 to help the Pilots earn a key Area 4 sweep.

The two wins allowed Ashland (27-7, 25-5 Area 4) to separate itself from the Grants Pass Miners (20-10 Area 4) in the league standings. The Pilots trail only the North Medford Mavericks heading into Thursday's regular season-ending doubleheader between the top two squads.

Kendall hit a solo homer in the first inning and added a three-run shot in the fourth to lead Ashland in Game 1. He finished 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs, while Hayden Miller was 2-for-4 and Garrett Tygerson struck out nine and allowed four hits — and no earned runs — in five innings.

Brady Thomas, Luke Stone and Miller combined on a three-hit shutout in Game 2, pitching to only three batters over the minimum 21 in seven innings with no walks.

Miller was 2-for-3 with three runs, Tygerson 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI and Josh McLaughlin 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Dylan Armanino was 3-for-4 and Mike Suthann 2-for-4 for Grants Pass in the opener.

FIRST GAME

Grants Pass Miners 000 040 1 — 5 7 1

Ashland Pilots 104 300 x — 8 7 4

Suthann and Sager; Tygerson, Kendall (6) and Hegdahl. W — Tygerson. L — Suthann. 2B — A: Tygerson; GP: Armanino. HR — A: Kendall 2.

SECOND GAME

Grants Pass Miners 000 000 0 — 0 3 1

Ashland Pilots 301 202 x — 8 11 1

Anderson and Sager; Thomas, Stone (4), Miller (7) and Adam. W — Thomas. L — Anderson. 2B — A: Tygerson 2, McLaughlin. 3B — A: Miller.

Little League Baseball

AGE 11 REGIONALS — At Eugene, Nate Brammer pitched four scoreless innings and scored four times to lead Upper Rogue to a 10-0 victory over Lower Columbia in the opening game of the Pacific Northwest Regionals.

Kollen Roohr was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs for Upper Rogue, which plays again at 6 tonight against Hoquiam Washington.

Softball

AGE 12-U — At Newberg, the South Medford Blue Aces won an ASA tournament at Newberg Sunday, defeating Oregon City 10-3 in the title game and posting a 4-1 record in the event.

The Aces, who also have players from the Eagle Point Eagles, won three games on Sunday, with pitcher Dakota Marshall earning all three decisions. Shortstop Emily Kline and third baseman Meagan Cowden led the Aces at the plate.

The team plays in the ASA national tournament this weekend in West Linn.