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Alvarez leads Mustangs over Federal Way

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SALEM -- Tim Alvarez pitched a six-hitter and the Medford Mustangs notched three of their five hits in a four-run second inning as they defeated Federal Way, Wash., 4-2 at the Willamette Classic Saturday.

The Mustangs, now 19-2, will play for third place today.

Run-scoring singles by Tony Conklin and Jarred Pagnini, an infield hit by Nate Mayben, an RBI groundout by Phil Ouellette and Jason Brownell's sacrifice fly produced Medford's four runs in the second inning.

Federal Way fought back in the fourth when J.D. Bister doubled and Kevin Louwsma crushed a home run over the right-field fence, trimming Medford's lead to 4-2.

But Alvarez settled down and coasted to his third victory without a loss. He struck out five, walked two and was aided by two double plays.

The game marked the first time this season that Medford was held without an extra base hit.

Federal Way ................000 200 0 -- 2 6 2 Medford Mustangs .......040 000 x -- 4 5 0

Bailey, Louwsma (2) and Cline, Shaw (2); Alvarez and Brownell. W -- Alvarez (4-0). L -- Louwsma. 2B -- FW: Bister. HR -- FW: Louwsma.

CENTRAL POINT 9-11, NORTH JACKSON 7-1 -- At Central Point, P.J. Pardee homered and limited North Jackson to three hits as Central Point completed a sweep of North Jackson in an American Legion A doubleheader at Anhorn Field.

Jeremiah Toews had three hits in each came for the Pilots, who improved their season record to 13-3.

FIRST GAME

North Jackson ................101 104 0 -- 7 7 — Central Point .................210 204 x -- 9 9 1

Whisenhunt and Garrett; Chubb and Hinojosa. W -- Chubb. L -- Whisenhunt. 2B -- NJ: Garrett, Klecker, Stocker; CP: Strate. 3B -- CP: Chubb, Pettegrew.

SECOND GAME

North Jackson ..................000 100 -- — 3 — Central Point ................104 411 -- 11 12 1

Holte and Garrett; Pardee and Sills. W -- Pardee. L -- Holte. 2B -- CP: Pardee, Chubb. 3B -- NJ: Neumann. CP: Strate, Chubb. HR -- CP: Pardee.

PHOENIX 7-11, ASHLAND 2-12 -- At Ashland, Phoenix held Ashland to a pair of runs in the first game, then Ashland turned the tables in the nightcap of a Senior Babe Ruth doubleheader at Southern Oregon University.

In the first game, Phoenix pitcher Ben Williams settled down after giving up two runs in the first inning, shutting out Ashland the rest of the way. Williams struck out seven and gave up one walk in seven innings to pick up his first win.

David Wolford led Phoenix, going 3-for-4 in the first game, while Theron Hull was 2-for-3. Kyle Kaufman chipped in with a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs.

In the second game, Phoenix managed to rally from a 7-0 deficit after the first inning to make it close.

Kaufman posted three hits to lead Phoenix, while David Westfall chipped in with two.

Billy Rowe and Jayson Schroeder led Ashland with two hits apiece in the second game.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix .................100 231 0 -- 7 13 — Ashland ...................200 000 0 -- 2 6 3

Williams and Hull; Oldfield and McQuier. W -- Williams (1-1). L -- Oldfield. 2B -- PH: Kaufman, Bartels, Wolford. A: Neufield.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix ...............000 407 0 -- 11 12 7 Ashland .................703 020 x -- 12 9 2

Dawson, Hull (5) and Loper; Swallow, Ehlers (4) and George. W -- Swallow. L -- Dawson. 2B -- A: Weston, Stiles, George.

Girls basketball

CRATER FALLS -- At Oregon City, the Crater girls' basketball team suffered a 54-47 loss to Oregon City in Saturday's semifinals of the End of the Trail Basketball Tournament.

Crater faces Kennewick, Wash., in today's third-place game at — p.m. Kennewick fell 60-58 to West Valley, which will play Oregon City in today's championship game.

The Pioneers came out strong in the first half, hitting their first five 3-point attempts. They led 28-20 at halftime.

However, Crater came back with balanced scoring to cut into Oregon City's lead.

Crater's Heidi Flood hit consecutive 3-point baskets to bring Crater to within four points with six minutes remaining, but that was the closest the Comets would get. Oregon City's Kelly Spencer hit twice to extend Oregon City's lead to eight.

Jodi Mcleod led Crater with 12 points.