Tynan Pedretti's clutch hit and the baserunning ability of the speedy Ryan Xepoleas helped the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs amateur baseball team salvage a split in a matchup of the top teams of the Far West League.

Tynan Pedretti's clutch hit and the baserunning ability of the speedy Ryan Xepoleas helped the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs amateur baseball team salvage a split in a matchup of the top teams of the Far West League.

Pedretti's single to left field brought home Xepoleas in a close play at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and sealed a 6-5 victory in Game 2 on Sunday at Harry & David Field.

The Neptune Beach Pearl (15-4, 7-2 FWL) won the opening game, 8-6.

Xepoleas had come in to pinch run for Vince Ampi, who got the RiverDawgs started by reaching base on a throwing error by Neptune Beach third baseman Bob Cruikshank. He then moved to second base on a wild pitch.

Pedretti's hit to left field brought Xepoleas around to score from second base; however, the throw on the relay was in time at the plate. Xepoleas used a hook slide to avert the tag by Neptune Beach's catcher and touch home plate.

Pedretti went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. Chris Lewis and Nate Etheridge both added a pair of hits for Southern Oregon.

In the opener, the RiverDawgs (12-5, 8-3 FWL) tallied five runs in the first inning, but Neptune Beach notched four runs in both the third and eighth innings for a comeback victory.

Brent Gillespie went 3-for-4, while Etheridge, Chris Streeter and Clint Brill all had two hits.

FIRST GAME

Neptune Beach 004 000 040 — 8 15 2

Southern Oregon 500 000 010 — 6 11 0

Anderson, Swift (6) and Watkins; Morgan, Navarro (7), G. Herrera (8), A. Herrera (9) and Brill. W — Swift. L — Navarro (0-1). 2B — SO: Etheridge. 3B — NB: Watkins.

SECOND GAME

Neptune Beach 001 310 000 — 5 13 2

Southern Oregon 203 000 001 — 6 10 4

Scott, Louie (5), Chutney (7) and Baldwin; Sanford, Nottingham (9) and Hertzmann. W — Nottingham (3-0). L — Chutney. 2B — NB: Detwiler 2, Bass; SO: Ampi.

EUGENE 8-5, MEDFORD 3-4 — At Eugene, the Eugene Challengers dealt the Medford Mustangs their first Area 4 losses of the young season at Swede Johnson Stadium.

Medford's Billy Hansen was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Ethan Schlecht 2-for-3 with an RBI and Charlie Walker and Nate Namanny both 2-for-3 in the second game, when Eugene's Garrett Harpole hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to put the Challengers ahead 5-2.

Zach Eyster pitched a two-hitter with six strikeouts and four walks against the Mustangs (10-8, 2-2 Area 4) in the opener.

FIRST GAME

Medford Mustangs 101 001 0 — 3 2 4

Eugene Challengers 030 050 x — 8 10 2

Morrison, Doolittle (5) and Westhelle-Grant; Eyster and Giland. W — Eyster. L — Morrison (1-2). 2B — E: Land 2, Nielsen, DeZarn, Ralston.

SECOND GAME

Medford Mustangs 000 022 0 — 4 9 1

Eugene Challengers 003 020 x — 5 7 2

Namanny, Fredrickson (5), Flynn (6) and Westhelle-Grant; Lessel, Boggs (6), Woods (7) and McDaniel. W — Lessel. L — Namanny (1-3). 2B — M: Hansen, Bradd. HR — E: Harpole.

NORTH SPLITS — At Corvallis, the North Medford Mavericks finished in fifth place at the 10-team Corvallis Summer Slam Woodbat Tournament after losing to Corvallis and then beating North Eugene.

Micah Brown pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks, Taylor Raff went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored and Jared Evans finished 2-for-3 with a run in the victory over North Eugene. David Crofton connected on a two-out RBI single to give the Mavericks (16-4) a 1-0 lead in the first inning against the Highlanders.

Crofton and Brett Pearson were both 2-for-3 against Corvallis, which got a two-run double from Kyle Storm with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning. Storm's hit broke a 1-all tie.

North Medford finished 3-2 at the tournament.

North Medford 001 010 0 — 2 8 4

Corvallis 100 300 x — 4 7 0

Pearson and Zavala; Ellenson and Liner. W — Ellenson. L — Pearson (3-1). 2B — NM: Zavala, Pearson; C: Storm 2, Derrick.

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North Eugene 001 000 0 — 1 4 1

North Medford 120 000 x — 3 8 1

Dumilieu and Owens; Brown and Zavala. W — Brown (4-0). L — Dumilieu. 2B — NM: Evans.