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Mustangs take Pepsi Challenge ... and lose

EUGENE ' The bubble burst for the Medford Mustangs on Tuesday.

The Mustangs rolled into Swede Johnson Stadium riding a nine-game winning streak and undefeated in American Legion AAA Area 4 action.

But the Eugene Pepsi Challengers got a little revenge after losing to Medford in last year's state championship game by registering an Area 4 doubleheader victory, 8-1 and 7-5.

Cody Newell, who defeated North Medford twice during the prep baseball season, tossed a four-hit complete game with nine strikeouts in the opener.

Uncharacteristically, the Mustangs (22-3, 4-2 Area 4) had their defense fail them in the twin bill.

— In Game 1, two Medford errors in the first inning led to three unearned runs.

The Challengers led 5-0 after two innings, which was plenty for Newell.

In the nightcap, Eugene again grabbed an early lead with two unearned runs in the second.

The Challengers added a run on Ryan Royster's sacrifice fly in the third.

Solo home runs by James Mannion in the fourth and sixth innings kept the Eugene offense fueled.

The Mustangs finally got their bats cranking in the seventh, when Evan McArthur's two-run double and Jimmy Ulrey's second triple of the game highlighted a four-run outburst.

Medford's last-ditch rally ended on Reese Lamson's hard groundout to third.

The Mustangs received two hits each in the second game from McArthur, Ulrey and Dustin Butler.

FIRST GAME

Medford Mustangs ............... 000 010 0 ' — 4 3

Eugene Challengers .............. 320 210 x ' 8 7 0

Hegdahl, Hovland (5) and Folsom; Newell and Walker, Smith (6). W ' Newell. L ' Hegdahl (2-1). 2B ' M: Butler, Folsom; E: Kent.

SECOND GAME

Medford Mustangs ............. 000 001 4 ' 5 10 1

Eugene Challengers .............. 021 121 x ' 7 8 2

Glass, Hovland (3), Goosmann (6) and Folsom; Mascolo, Bauman (6), Cooley (7) and Smith. W ' Mascolo. L ' Glass (2-1). 2B ' M: McArthur; E: Martin, Kent. 3B ' M: Ulrey 2. HR ' E: Mannion 2.

NORTH MEDFORD MAVERICKS 7-4, SOUTH MEDFORD COLTS 6-3 ' Cole Rohrbough picked up a save and a win for the North Medford Mavericks during an American Legion A Area 4 doubleheader sweep at Miles Field late Monday.

In the opener, North Medford (8-6, 5-1 Area 4) broke a sixth-inning tie with Jeff Adams' triple to score Kyle Williamson and Charles Behnke's double to score Adams.

Josh Suarez (1-1) pitched six innings and struck out seven to get the win.

For South Medford, Dan Chancler went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Williamson had three hits and Russ Vandell two for the Mavericks.

North scored the winning run in the 11th inning of Game 2, when Adams singled home Vandell.

Mark James had three hits for the Colts, while Behnke collected three hits and Adams two for the Mavericks.

FIRST GAME

South Medford .................... 003 011 — ' 6 11 5

North Medford ....................... 120 202 x ' 7 9 1

Holtz and Koziol, Meyer (7); Suarez, Rohrbough (7) and White. W ' Suarez (1-1). L ' Holtz. 2B ' SM: Chancler 2, Narus, Boyd, Heil; NM: Vandell, Behnke. 3B ' SM: Holtz; NM: Adams.

SECOND GAME

South Medford ............ 002 010 000 00 ' — 11 1

North Medford ............ 020 000 100 01 ' 4 12 3

Heil, George (8) and Koziol; Willamson, Rohrbough (8) and White. W ' Rohrbough (3-0). L ' George.