FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Joe Johnson provided a lift with a solo home run in the fifth inning, but it wasn’t enough for the Medford Mustangs American Legion AAA team in the championship game of the WABF Tournament.
Yakima Pepsi-Pak benefited from an early error by Medford and won, 3-1.
After Mustangs’ starting pitcher Nick Sanderson retired the first two batters in the first inning, a Medford fielding error kept the inning alive for the Pepsi-Pak, which responded by getting two runners aboard via walks, then a two-run single.
“We could have been out of the inning without giving anything up,” said Mustangs assistant coach Brent Watts. “That was the key part of the game.”
The Mustangs (20-6-1), who finished the tournament with a 5-1 record, struggled offensively and were only able to scatter five hits.
Johnson also doubled and finished 2-for-3 for Medford, as did Berry Hunt.
Quanay and Townsley; Sanderson, J. Johnson (6) and Turnbull. W — Quanay. L — Sanderson. 2B — M: J. Johnson. HR — M: J. Johnson (3).
Great West League
MEDFORD 5, PORTLAND 4: At Portland, Alex Isola had two big hits to lead to the Medford Rogues in Great West League play.
Isola belted a two-run home run in the first inning, after Clay Valenzuela-Reece singled, and ripped a two-run single in the seventh inning as Medford scored three runs to take the lead for good.
The Rogues improved to 23-9, and Portland dropped to 14-17.
The winning rally in the seventh occurred mostly with two outs.
Bryce Tilton drew a one-out walk for the Rogues, but a strikeout followed. Valenzuela-Reece walked, and after both runners advanced on a passed ball, Isola doubled them home.
Isola scored the go-ahead run moments later on a double by Johnny DeLaCruz.
Isola was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs. Connor Lowrie went 2-for-3 with two doubles.
Starting pitcher Jamie Flynn gave up just one earned run in 4⅓ innings. Scotty Wright pitched 2⅔ innings in relief, struck out six and earned the win. Taylor Frost claimed his fifth save.
Flynn, Wright (5), Wilson (8), Frost (9) and Isola; Hendrickson, Redish (7) and Budnick. W — Wright (1-1). L — Hendrickson (4-1). S — Frost (5). 2B — M: Isola, DeLaCruz, Lowrie 2, Berman. HR — M: Isola (4).
American Legion A
NORTH MEDFORD 10, ROSEBURG 4: Jon-o Gassman drove in five runs and host North Medford pulled away with a five-run sixth inning for the nonleague win.
Gassman had a two-run single in the third inning, finished 3-for-3 and scored twice for the Mavericks (17-4), who also picked up a two-run single from Zack Collins in the sixth.
The Mavericks’ Brandon King went 3-for-5 and scored twice, Brady Buchanan finished 3-for-3 and scored once while Ryan Sandoval went 2-for-3 and tallied a pair of runs.
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Littlefield, B. Black (4), J. Black (6) and Six; Collins, Grafton (2), Samudio (6) and Robbins. W — Grafton. L — Littlefield. 2B — NM: King, Sandoval, Gassman.
ASHLAND 17, HERMISTON 7, 6 inn.: At Grants Pass, Ashland advanced to the title game of the 13-under Little League state tournament. The championship is Wednesday.
Ean Lawrence hit two home runs and drove in three runs, Jude Reynolds had three hits and three RBIs, Toby Barnes three hits and two RBIs and Jackson Kemper three hits and an RBI.
Ashland pitchers Ian McKenna-Woods and Eyera Nogues combined to strike out nine batters, and each had two hits. McKenna-Woods drove in two runs, as did Ty Williams.