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Mustangs finally claim Willamette Classic title

SALEM ­ The Medford Mustangs have won numerous American Legion tournamentsin their storied history.

But one tournament that has always seemed to elude the Mustangs graspwas the Willamette Classic.

That all changed Sunday afternoon at Willamette University's Lewis Fieldwhen Medford downed the Kennewick (Wash.) Dusters 6-3 to win its first WillametteClassic crown in seven tries.

The Mustangs (25-2) and the Dusters were locked in a scoreless battlefor three innings until the explosive Medford offensive attack took thingsinto its own hands in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the fourth, with Brian Fachet and Rich Dorman aboard with one out,K.C. Rumrey lined a double into left field. But when the left fielder missedan attempt at a diving catch, the ball rolled to the outfield fence, allowingFachet and Dorman to race home. Matt Chubb added an RBI single for a 3-0lead.

In the fourth inning, Medford used a quick-strike approach to set upKennewick before delivering a drawn-out knockout blow.

Shawn Walker led off by rapping the first pitch of the inning for a double,the very next pitch Kevin Follett singled, one pitch later Fachet hit intoa fielder's choice that scored Walker. Dorman followed with another single.

That brought Rumrey to the plate where he battled the pitcher for 10pitches before driving in Fachet with a single. Chubb finished off the scoringwith a sacrifice fly to give his team a 6-0 cushion.

Mustangs starter Hans Smith (8-0) took a one-hitter into the sixth inningbefore the Dusters' Jack Mitchell blooped a two-run single with two outsto finally put his team on the board. Smith, who struck out four and walkedtwo, allowed a solo home run in the seventh.

Rumrey finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs and was named to theall-tournament team, as was teammate Nate Philo, who was 11-for-19 in thetournament.

Medford Mustangs000 330 0 ­ 6 8 0

Kennewick Dusters000 002 — ­ — 6 2

Smith and Dorman; Massingale, Robbins (5) and Mitchell. W ­ Smith(8-0). L ­ Massingale. 2B ­ MM: Walker, Rumrey; K: Duncan. HR ­K: Brooks.