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Allred leads medal play in Amateur

BANDON — Jason Allred took the first-day lead in medal qualifying at the Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Golf Championship Monday at Bandon Dunes Golf Club.

Allred, a former Ashland High star who now plays at Pepperdine University, shot a 3-under-par 69 in windy conditions.

The second and final day of medal play is today, after which the 150-player field is cut to 64 for match play.

Ryan Nelson of Portland was in second with a 70, followed by Michael Beard, the defending champion and Allred's teammate at Pepperdine, with a 71.

Among other notable players in the field, Han Lee, the Canadian Amateur champion, was at 72, and Ryan Lavoie and Jeff Quinney were at 73. Lavoie, the former Oregon player from Pasco, Wash., is the reigning Northwest player of the year, and Quinney won the Oregon Amateur last month at Eagle Point Golf Course.

— American Legion

BOISE GEMS 16, MEDFORD MUSTANGS 9 -If the Medford Mustangs don't have to pitch to Ben Newton again this season, it won't be too soon.

The Boise Gems slugger feasted on Mustang pitching Monday at Miles Field as the Gems humbled Medford 16-9.

Newton, who is hitting over .600, led Boise's 13-hit attack with a 4-for-4, seven-RBI performance.

Newton helped Boise erase a 5-4 deficit in the fourth inning by capping a six-run outburst with a three run homer. Then Newton put an exclamation point on the road victory with a grand slam in the seventh.

The Mustangs (28-12) got off to an explosive start against Boise pitcher Nic Florence in the first inning. Florence retired the Mustang leadoff batter, then gave up four runs before being relieved by Landon Stroebel, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam without giving up any more runs.

Phil Ouellette got the Medford rally going with a single and Colby Gonzales walked. Chuck Shine followed with his fifth home run of the year — a three-run shot to left-center field.

Charlie Jensen walked, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before Shawn Backstrom walked. After Florence hit Danny Bruce to load the bases, Stroebel entered the game.

Stroebel got Evan McArthur on an infield pop up and struck out Ken Halpin on a called third strike.

Boise used the long ball to tie the game at 4 in the second inning on Stroebel's solo home run and a three-run blast by Kyle Anderson.

Medford took a brief 5-4 lead in the third when Matt Skundrick doubled and scored on McArthur's single.

The Mustangs will host the Carson City Capitols in a single game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Miles Field.

— Boise Gems .................................040 600 6 — 16 13 0

Medford Mustangs ....................401 000 0 — 5 9 0

Florence, Stroebel (1), Mintz (6) and Kurtz; Bottjer, Bartels (3), Kircher (4), Tester (6) and Shine. W — — Stroebel. L — Bartels (4-2). 2B _ M: Gonzales, Skundrick. HR — B: Newton 2, Stroebel, Anderson; M: Shine (5)

— Little League

MEDFORD NATIONALS 16, CENTRAL POINT 0 -At Grants Pass, Rick Imhausen smashed two home runs and went 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the opening round of the 11-12-year-old boys District 8 tournament at the All Sports Park.

Medford plays Roseburg in the second-round of the nine-team double-elimination event at 7:15 tonight.

Medford pitcher C.J. Helman allowed three hits in the four-inning game and Ryan O'Dell collected two of the Nationals? 13 hits.

MEDFORD NATIONAL GOLD 20, MEDFORD NATIONAL GRAY 8 -At Roseburg, Issac Rolie and Michael Williamson each went 3-for-4 and scored three runs as the Gold eliminated the Gray in the 9-10-year-old boys District 8 tournament.

Medford Gold (2-1) plays at 8 tonight against the loser of Monday's Central Point-Brookings. contest.

Gold starting pitcher Brady Burdick pitched three innings for the victory.

MEDFORD 12, KLAMATH FALLS 4 -Kaci Sevano gave up four hits to lead the Medford American Little League softball team to a win Sunday in the 11-12-year-old girls District 6 All-Star Tournament at the Medford American Little League Field.

Crystal Young highlighted a five-run second inning with a two-run triple. She then stole home to put the game away.

Young had two hits and four RBIs, and Missy Stratton was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Jessica Sandoval and Amy Wall added two hits apiece.

Erica Sanders struck out 15 on Saturday, leading Medford past Orcal, 12-4.

Medford plays Lakeview today at 6 p.m.