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Fachet's home runs helps Mustangs gain split

KLAMATH FALLS ­ Brian Fachet had a power surge in an American LegionZone 4 doubleheader Wednesday.

After the Medford Mustangs suffered their first Zone 4 loss of the seasonin the opener, Medford rebounded with a victory in the nightcap to gaina doubleheader split at Kiger Stadium.

Medford lost the opener 8-6, but bombed the Falcons 18-3 in Game 2.

The second-game victory assured the Mustangs (15-1) of at least a tiefor first in 20-game Zone 4 season and the league's No. — seed in the stateplayoffs. The Falcons (13-5) could mathematically tie the Mustangs for firstplace, but Medford has the tiebreaker by defeating the Falcons in threeout of four games this season.

Fachet led the Mustangs second game outburst by going 4-for-4 with fiveRBIs and four runs scored. Fachet blasted three home runs in the twin bill,including two in the second game for a team-leading 16 on the season.

Shawn Walker added his 11th home run of the season in the second game.

Steve Bechler (8-2) pitched a complete-game victory with eight strikeoutsin the nightcap.

Medford had a comfortable 6-1 lead entering the seventh inning of Game1, but exploded for 12 runs to pad the margin.

In the opening game, Medford was cruising along with a 5-0 lead afterRich Dorman slammed a three-run homer, his second of the game, in the sixthinning.

Mustangs pitcher Hans Smith had retired seven straight batters and onlyallowed three infield hits through the first five innings.

But the situation unraveled in the sixth. And it came from an unlikelysource, shortstop Alex Chavez, who only committed five errors previouslyall season. The Falcons took advantage of three Medford errors ­ twoby Chavez ­ to score eight runs.

Adam Syphers opened with a grounder to first baseman Shawn Walker, whothrew the ball away to Smith covering first for a two-base error. Afteran infield out, which moved Syphers to third, Tim Cleland delivered an RBIdouble. Justin Malcolm singled and

Andy Layne hit a double-play grounder that Chavez booted, allowing Malcomto score. After Beau Batsell's two-run double to left-center field madethe score 5-4, Jason Huish replaced Smith with one out and one man on base.

Brendan Holmes got on with an infield hit, Chavez committed his seconderror of the inning to load the bases and Batsell scored on a wild pitchto knot the score at 5-5. Justin Igou walked to load the bases again, thenFachet thought he stepped on third for a force out on Syphers grounder,but the umpire ruled he didn't touch the bag. Fachet's throw home was lateand the Falcons took the lead 6-5.

Joey Price's bloop single scored another run and Cleland grounded intoa force at second to account for the eighth run of the inning.

Nate Philo went 0-4 in the opener to have his 19-game hitting streaksnapped.