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Ouellette slam lifts Mustangs

Phil Ouellette picked a good time to hit his first home run of the season.

Ouellette cracked a grand slam that highlighted an eight-run fifth inning Thursday night at Miles Field as the Medford Mustangs rallied past Bay Area of Coos Bay 11-5 in the first game of an Area 4 doubleheader.

The Mustangs completed a sweep with a 9-4 victory in the nightcap.

Medford trailed 5-3 going into the bottom of the fifth in the opening game when the fireworks began. Charlie Jensen homered deep to left to make it 5-4. Matt Skundrick then drew a walk, Evan McArthur singled and Ken Halpin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Quellette followed with his bases-clearing clout deep to right center that gave the Mustangs an 8-5 lead.

The Mustangs added two more runs in the inning thanks to an error and Dan Bruce's RBI single.

Tony Conklin allowed just one hit in 2 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win in Game — and improve his record to 6-1.

In Game 2, Medford overcame a 4-3 deficit with a fourth-run fourth inning and never looked back. Shawn Backstrom's two-run single and Travis Dunlap's two-run triple fueled the uprising.

The sweep improved Medford's Area 4 record to 5-3 and its overall mark to 24-11.

The Mustangs meet Lakeridge in a non-league game today at Miles Field beginning at 7 p.m.

— FIRST GAME

Bay Area........................................ 003 020 0 — 5 10 2

Medford .......................................102 080 x — 11 10 2

Fitzgerald and Hogg; Empio, Conklin (5) and Shine. W — Conklin (6-1). L — Fitzgerald. 2B — BA: Wangerin, Hunt; M — Ouellette, Bruce. HR — BA: Lancaster; M: Ouellette (1), Jensen (4).

— SECOND GAME

Bay Area.......................................... 301 000 0 — 4 6 2

Medford .........................................030 402 x — 9 10 0

Brelage, Richards (6) and Espinoza; Skundrick and Shine. W — Skundrick (5-2). L — Brelage. 2B — — BA: Johnson 2. 3B — M: Dunlap.