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Mustangs lose twice at tournament

Youth baseball

BELLEVUE, Wash. ­ Through their first two games at the Vern BeanClassic baseball tournament, the Medford Mustangs appeared to be right ontrack to defend their title.

Then disaster struck.

The Mustangs fell out of title contention, Saturday at Bellevue CommunityCollege, after a 14-13 loss in eight innings to Seattle Baseball, and an8-1 defeat at the hands of U.S. Bank.

In the loss to Seattle Baseball, a Connie Mack team, the Mustangs (29-5)scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to send the contest intoextra innings.

Trailing 13-6, Medford used a two-run single by Alex Chavez, RBI singlesfrom Shawn Walker and Jason Huish, a run-scoring groundout by Brian Fachetand a two-run triple off the bat of Kevin Follett to tie the score.

Seattle's Scott Miller won the game in the bottom of the eighth inningwith a sacrifice fly off Mus-tang reliever Rich Dorman (1-1).

Follett led the Mustangs attack against Seattle, going 4-for-5 with fourRBIs and three runs scored.

Fachet added a two-run home run, his 10th of the season, in the thirdinning.

Against U.S. Bank, the Mustangs were held to three hits by pitcher ZachFisher.

U.S. Bank is another Connie Mack team that has players from 19 differentschools, including former Ashland pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.

Guthrie, who's headed to BYU on a baseball scholarship, tossed a one-hitterin the opening round of the tournament.

Medford will wrap up its visit to the Vern Bean Classic today when itmeets the Curtis Baseball Club, another Connie Mack team from Washington.

Medford Mustangs102 021 70 ­ 13 19 3

Seattle Baseball240 601 01 ­ 14 18 2

Chubb, Dorman (4) and Dorman, Narus (4); Canbers, Blacken (7) and Pendergraft.W ­ Blacken. L ­ Dorman (1-1). 2B ­ SB: Lindon, Martin, Elmer:MM: Rumrey, Dorman, Walker, Chavez.

3B ­ MM: Follett. HR ­ Fachet; SB: Elmer.

Medford Mustangs001 000 0 ­ — 3 2

U.S. Bank102 221 x ­ 8 9 1

Johnson, Huish (4) and Dorman; Fisher and Echelbarger, Minter (6). W­ Fisher. L ­ Johnson (4-1). 2B ­ US: Jeske, Zimont, Ingram;MM: Chubb.

ROYALS 9, VANCOUVER 5 ­ At Kennewick, Wash., the North Jackson Royalsadvanced to the championship game of the Duster's Bowl Tournament with avictory over Vancouver, Wash.

Mike Newmann weathered a shaky seventh inning to pick up the win on themound and helped his cause at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort and two RBIs.

This was the best team we've played all year, said NorthJackson coach Tom Britton, whose team meets Kennewick in the championshipgame today.

Newmann held Vancouver to one run and five hits through six innings asthe Royals roared to a 9-1 lead. But in the seventh Vancouver hammered Newmannfor four hits including back-to-back doubles by Bill Roberts and Erik Susuitanthat trimmed North Jackson's lead to 9-4. Newmann then gave up a walk andan RBI single to Bill Currie, prompting a visit to the mound from Britton.

He wanted to finish the game but I told him if another guy goton base he was done, Britton said.

Newmann escaped further trouble when he got Eric Cross and Phil Nendenallto pop up, ending the game.

North Jackson blew the game open with a five-run fifth inning that sawNewmann deliver an RBI double, Carlos Stevenson produce a suicide squeezebunt and Mike Holte hit a two-run double.

North Jackson improved its record to 22-9 while Vancouver dropped to30-3.

Vancouver, Wash. 000 010 4 ­ 5 9 2

North Jackson 110 151 x ­ 9 8 0

White, Moore (5) and Porter. Newmann and Holte. W ­ Newmann (4-3).L ­ White.

2B ­ V: Mattox, Susuitan, Roberts, Currie; NJ: Sitzer, Newmann, Holte.

MAVERICKS 12-14, COLTS

11-13 ­ Tim Alvarez laced a two-run single in the bottom of the seventhinning in the first game to help boost the Airport Chevy Mavericks to avictory and an eventual double-header sweep over the South Medford Coltsin American Leagion A competition at North Medford High.

Alvarez led the Mavericks' attack, going 4-for-5 in Game 1.

In the second game, Jimmy Pickrel delivered an RBI single for the winin the bottom of the sixth inning.

Steve DeClerck was 5-for-7 on the day for the Mavericks, while Ken Halpinwas 4-for-5.

For the Colts, Joe Alonzo was 3-for-7 on the day.

The Mavericks face Roseburg Coke today at noon at North Medford.

FIRST GAME

South Medford Colts 000 020 9 ­ 11 6 2

Airport Chevrolet Mavs 001 104 6 ­ 12 16 6

Foster, Smith (7) and Bock. Hickey, Nickerson (7), Osborne (7) and Halpin.W ­ Osborne (1-0). L ­ Smith. 2B ­ AC: Hickey, Halpin, Gordon,SM: Foster.

SECOND GAME

South Medford 200 407 0 ­ 13 13 5

Airport Chevrolet 461 201 x ­ 14 15 2

McQuillan, Pickens (2), Smith (4) and Bock. Osborne, Nickerson (4), DeClerck(6) and Halpin. W ­ DeClerck. L ­ Smith. 2B ­ A: Hudson.

MEDFORD RUTH TEAM TAKES TITLE ­ Jacob Gadberry led off the game witha home run and ended it with a crucial strikeout as the Medford 13-year-oldBabe Ruth all-stars edged Upper Rogue 7-6 Saturday to win the District 4tournament.

Trailing 7-2 going into the seventh inning, Upper Rogue scored four runsand had the tying run on third base when Gadberry came through with hisbig whiff. He finished with seven strikeouts.

The victory earned Medford a berth in the 13-year-old South State Tournamentnext weekend in Grants Pass. Medford opens play Friday.

Upper Rogue meets Ashland today with the winner of that game also advancingto state.

Medford defeated Ashland 8-3 on Friday as Matt Skundrick fired a three-hitter.Medford put the game away with a seven-run second inning. Hits from Skundrick,Manny Alegria and Jon McCollum produced two RBIs each.

MEDFORD WINS TWO AT 15-YEAR-OLD DISTRICT TOURNAMENT _At Medford, TheMedford 15-year-old Babe Ruth team defeated Mount Ashland 17-2 and Phoenix-Talent11-5 to win the District Tournament and advance as the No. — seed to theSouth State Tournament.

Phoenix-Talent and Ashland play today to determine the No. 2 seed.

The South State Tournament will be held in Eagle Point starting

Thursday.

GAME ONE (Friday)

Medford2100 50 ­ 17 11 2

Mount Ashland100 01 ­ 2 2 5

Bartels, O'Brien (4), Edwards (5) and Bruce, Aldrich (4); Newfield, Phillips(7), George (3) and George, Stiles (3). W ­ Bartels. L ­ Newfield.

2B ­ M: Jenkins, Bartels. HR ­ M: Bruce.

GAME TWO (Saturday)

Phoenix-Talent302 000 0 ­ 5 6 3

Medford035 012 x ­ 11 9 2

Hull, Williams (2), Westfall (6) and Loper; Tompkins, Edwards (5) andO'Brien, Bruce (4). W ­ Tompkins. L ­ Williams.

2B ­ P: Williams, Westfall; M: Jenkins (2), Bostwick, Gonzales. HR­ M: Bartels, O'Brien.