EUGENE — History was made by the Medford Mustangs on Wednesday morning, just not the kind anyone associated with the program would have wanted.

EUGENE — History was made by the Medford Mustangs on Wednesday morning, just not the kind anyone associated with the program would have wanted.

The Mustangs lost their first game of an American Legion AAA state tournament for the first time in program history when everything that could go wrong did go wrong against the Salem Withnell Dodgers at Swede Johnson Stadium.

Salem Withnell sent 11 batters to the plate and scored five runs — one earned — in the first inning and kept the pressure on to send Medford to a 12-2 loss in a game shortened to seven innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

The Mustangs (34-11), champions of Area 4, face an elimination game at 9 this morning against the Grants Pass Nuggets, who lost to the Portland Barbers 15-5 in seven innings on Wednesday.

The opening game got off to an ominous tone when shortstop Justin Bohn was unable to field the first ball put in play by the Dodgers (22-21). Medford went on to commit six errors in total, four by third baseman Jessie Hornbrook, in its worst defensive showing of the season.

Mustangs starter Nate Namanny faced the first nine batters before ultimately being replaced by Travis Cash, who faced two before finally getting out of the inning with the third and final out.

Medford scratched back with one run in the second inning after a one-out double by Kameron Kaufman provided a spark. After Ethan Schlecht was hit by a pitch and Billy Hansen walked to load the bases, Bohn supplied a sacrifice fly to plate Kaufman, who went 2-for-4.

The Mustangs trailed 8-1 when they scored their second and final run in the fourth inning. Hansen was hit by a pitch and moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt at first base. After a groundout by Bohn moved Hansen to third, he scored on a two-out single by Hornbrook.

Ryan Thompson allowed six hits on 139 pitches to earn the complete-game win for the Dodgers, who advance to face the Portland Barbers.

In other opening-round action, Roseburg Dr. Stewart's beat the Salem Post 9 Highwaymen 11-3 and the Eugene Challengers defeated the Hermiston Spuds 8-4.

Medford Mustangs 010 100 0 — 2 6 6

Salem Withnell Dodgers 503 100 3 — 12 13 2

Namanny, Cash (1), Anderson (7) and Kaufman; Thompson and Ferguson. W — Thompson. L — Namanny (3-2). 2B — M: Kaufman; S: Giza, Cox.

KLAMATH FALLS 16-6, CC-STM-RR 4-14 — Incoming freshman Will Smith struck out six and pitched a complete game in his first start of the year to help Cascade Christian-St. Mary's-Rogue River salvage an Area 4 split at Harry & David Field.

Also in Game 2, Holden Britton, Ryan Ross and Jake Miller had two hits apiece for the Wolfpack (6-30, 4-28 Area 4), with Miller driving in four runs.

In the first game, Klamath Falls slugger Kyle Wolfram had three hits, including a two-run double in the first and a three-run triple in the sixth.

For the Wolfpack, Andrew Sha played every position in the field in Game 1 and also coached both first and third base.


Klamath Falls 412 117 — 16 9 2

CC-STM-RR 020 200 — 4 8 2

J. Bell and Harris; Sha, Britton (2), Huntley (5) and Jones, Sha (2), Jones (3). W — J. Bell. L — Sha. 2B — KF: Wolfram; CC-STM-RR: Banks. 3B — KF: Wolfram.


Klamath Falls 203 010 0 — 6 9 2

CC-STM-RR 507 020 x — 14 11 1

N. Bell, Willhit (3) and Harris; Smith and Miller. W — Smith (1-0). L — N. Bell. 2B — CC-STM-R: Miller. 3B — CC-STM-RR: Smith.

ASHLAND 8, WEST SALEM 2 — At Bend, Jose Perez struck out six batters in five solid innings on the mound, and Christopher Buckley and Nick Sanderson each belted home runs as Ashland beat West Salem to stay alive in the 11/12 Little League baseball state tournament Wednesday.

Ashland will face Pendleton today in another elimination game, with the winner advancing to the elimination bracket final.

Perez did not allow an earned run to lead Ashland to its third win at state, the most ever for an Ashland team. Buckley and Sanderson provided all the run support Perez would need — Buckley crushed a two-run bomb to center and Sanderson added a solo shot.

West Salem's only runs came on a pair of errors by Ashland's infield.

The winner of the Ashland-Pendleton game will face either Gresham National or Bend South for a berth in the championship round. Gresham National beat Ashland 6-1 in the first round Saturday.