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Mustangs stumble in Legion tilts

KLAMATH FALLS — The Medford Mustangs blew a big lead in the first game and ended up losing an Area 4 American Legion AAA doubleheader to the Klamath Falls Falcons Wednesday at Kiger Stadium.

Medford lost 15-14 in an eight-inning opener, then the Falcons completed the sweep 4-3.

The double loss dropped Medford to 10-10 in league play and 31-20 overall.

Charlie Jensen homered in both ends of the twin bill to give the Medford slugger eight on the season.

In the first game, Medford led 13-4 after three innings.

Klamath Falls won the game when Brian Stock opened the eighth with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an errant throw to first base.

Jensen highlighted an eight-run second inning for the Mustangs with a two-run homer. Medford sent 13 batters to the plate and had eight hits in the frame.

Colby Gonzales went 4-for-6 to pace the Mustangs? 21-hit attack, while Jensen added three hits and four RBIs.

In Game 2, Jensen's solo home run gave Medford a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.

Klamath Falls answered with two runs in the fifth, with Jayson Nelson's RBI single proving to be the winning hit.

— FIRST GAME

Mustang Mustangs .......................382 001 00 — 14 21 3

Klamath Falls Falcons.................400 532 01 — 15 16 3

Bartels, Tester (4), Bottjer (6) and Shine; Bailey, Fairburn (2), Woodrum (5), Stone (7), Benson (7) and Nelson. W — Benson. L — Bottjer (2-5). 2B — M: Gonzales, Skundrick, Shine 2; KF: Kinsman, Card, Conover, Nelson, Farley. HR — M: Jensen (7); KF: Kinsman.

— SECOND GAME

Medford Mustangs...............................200 100 0 — — 9 1

Klamath Falls Falcons.......................101 020 x — 4 7 4

Skundrick and Shine; North, Benson (6) and Nelson. W — North. L — Skundrick (7-3). 2B — M Bruce; 3B — KF: Thede. HR — M: Jensen (8); KF Kinsman.

— — NORTH JACKSON ROYALS 6-8, KLAMATH FALLS HAWKS 0-0- At Eagle Point, the Royals kept the Klamath Falls Hawks scoreless Wednesday in a Legion doubleheader.

Nick Newmann gave up only two hits to improve his record to 9-1 in the first game. Newmann also hit a home run in the first game, while Jesse Stevenson went 2-for-3 and Matt Holte was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

In the second game, the pitching combination of Bryan Strodthoff and Stevenson held the Hawks to only four hits.

Jake Kleker and Strodthoff kept the bats hot for the Royals as Kleker went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Strodthoff was 2-for-3 with a key triple.

The Royals improved their league record to 15-1.

— FIRST GAME

Klamath Falls ......................................000 000 — 0 2 4

North Jackson.......................................210 003 — 6 9 1

Bocchi and James; Newmann, Holte (6) and Garrett. W — Newmann (9-1). L — Bocchi. 2B — NJ: Stevenson.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Falls ........................................000 000 — 0 4 4

North Jackson.........................................001 250 — 8 7 0

Nelson, Edge (6) and Hanfull; Strodthoff, Stevenson (6) and Garrett. W — Strodthoff (4-0). L — Nelson. 2B — NJ: Kleker. 3B — NJ: Strodthoff.

— Basketball

The Southern Oregon Select high school girls all-star team split a pair of basketball games Wednesday in the Battle of the Bay tournament at San Francisco.

Southern Oregon defeated East Bay from Oakland 56-43 but lost to The Flight 58-49 to fall to 2-1 in the event.

Against East Bay, S.O. Select was paced by point guard Sam Gilbert of Klamath Falls with 12 points, while wing Heather Fossen of Ruch tossed in nine. Another Klamath Falls product, Sarah Davison did an excellent job at guard helping break East Bay's pressure.

The local squad received strong inside play against East Bay from Tasha Williams of Medford and Megan Moon and Alicia Pilcher of Grants Pass.

The Select led by as much as 11 points against the Flight in the first half, but ended up trailing 27-26 at the break.

The Flight built a seven-point lead in the second half and converted 8-of-9 free throws down the stretch to hold off Southern Oregon. The Select plays in the consolation bracket today.

Southern Oregon won its first-round Silver Pool contest Tuesday, defeating Players? Club of San Francisco, 59-23. Kara Hwang led the way with 11 points and Moon tossed in nine as all 10 players on the team scored. Gilbert blocked five shots.