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Mustangs snap skid

SALEM - Matt Skundrick struck out 15 and gave up no earned runs to help the Medford Mustangs American Legion baseball team snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Kennewick, Wash., at the Willamette Classic on Saturday.

The Mustangs tied Vancouver Red Lyon in the second game 8-8. The game was called due to darkness.

In the opener, Skundrick struck out at least one in every inning and fanned each batter in the Kennewick lineup at least once.

Tyler Engle blasted a solo home run to break a scoreless tie in the sixth.

Shawn Backstrom led Medford with three hits, while Rob Folsom and Engle each had two hits.

Against Vancouver, the Mustangs took an 8-3 lead before settling for the tie.

Medford had two on with one out in the ninth but couldn't bring home the game-winner.

Phil Ouellette and Matt Smith each had two hits for the Mustangs.

Evan McArthur struck out seven while giving up two runs in seven innings.

Medford (5-6-1) plays the Denver Lightning today at 5:30 p.m.

FIRST GAME

Medford..............................................000 002 001 - — 9 1Kennewick........................................010 000 000 - — 6 3

Skundrick and Smith; Rickel, Sprong (9) and Marcado. W - Skundrick (1-0). L - Rickel. 2B - M: Backstrom 2. HR - M: Engle (2).

SECOND GAME

Vancouver.......................................100 002 023 - 8 14 2Medford..............................................030 032 000 - 8 9 1

Daniels, Head (6) and Howington; McArthur, Butler (8), Rodreick (9), McCullom (9) and Smith, Folsom (8). 2B - V: Bri. Boal 2, Howington, Wiltson, Stratton, Timperly, Bra. Boal; M: Folsom, Backstrom, Smith.

SOUTHERN OREGON 10, EUGENE 2- Casey Campbell overcame a rough start to pitch the Southern Oregon RiverDogs to a National Baseball Congress victory over the Eugene Knighthawks at Miles Field.

The nightcap of the scheduled doubleheader was tied at 4-4 in the eighth inning as of press time.

Campbell gave up two runs in the first inning then settled down to retire 17 of the final 19 batters he faced to run his record to 2-0. He gave up six hits while striking out six and giving up one walk.

Charlie Jensen led Southern Oregon with three hits and two RBI, while Andy Bartels, Caleb Robbins and Ryan Wilson each added two hits apiece.

Eugene Knighthawks...................200 000 000 - 2 6 4Riverdogs..................................010 041 31x - 10 14 0

Reed, Miller (8) and Rector; Campbell, Westfall (8), Stevenson, (9) and Brownell. W - Campbell (2-0). L - Reed. 2B - E: Banwille; SO: Bartels, Robbins. 3B - SO: Bartels, Jensen.

CENTRAL POINT 11, NORTH JACKSON 6- At Eagle Point, Central Point broke open a 6-all tie with two runs in the fifth inning and three in the seventh to pull away from North Jackson in the Southern Oregon Classic.

David Sills, Jared Maddocks, Chris Pettegrew and Andrew Norum each had two hits to pace Central Point, which led 5-0 until the Royals scored five runs in the third inning.

Kevin Gray went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for North Jackson (3-3), and Ryan Pratt cleared the bases with a three-run double in the third.

North Jackson plays again today at noon against Jesuit of Portland and at 6 p.m. against Ashland.

Central Point..................................122 120 — - 11 13 0North Jackson Royals.........................005 100 0 - 6 9 5

Norum, Corbett (3) and Peila; Nelson and Garrett. W - Corbett. L - Nelson (0-1). 2B - CP: Norum 2, Peila; NJ: Farrell, Gray, Pratt.

SOUTH MEDFORD 6-5, PHOENIX 1-9- Ryan Alvis came within one out of tossing a no-hitter in a Game — win for the South Medford Colts at Miles Field.

The lone hit allowed by Alvis, who struck out seven, was a two-out pop-up that fell in between the rightfielder and second baseman.

Jeremy Frantz led the Colts (2-2) with two hits in four plate appearances.

In the nightcap, Phoenix rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the third inning then sealed the win with a three-run seventh.

Eric Kessler led Phoenix with a 3-for-4 performance.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix................................................000 000 — - — 1 3South Medford Colts............................111 021 x - 6 5 3

Huntall and Loper; Alvis and Norris. W - Alvis (1-0). L - Huntall.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix..............................................104 001 — - 9 14 1South Medford.....................................301 100 0 - 5 8 2

Kessler and Loper; Norris, Stebbins (3) and Frantz. W - Kessler. L - Stebbins (0-1). 2B - P: Loper, Kessler; SM: Oshea.