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Mustangs power past River Ratz at Invitational

Mustangs power past River Ratz at InvitationalQUINCY, Calif. ' The Medford Mustangs used the long ball to propel itself to an 8-5 victory over the Middle Fork River Ratz at the Feather River Invitational baseball tournament Saturday.

The River Ratz are a semi-pro team from the Quincy area with college-age players and 55-year-old left-handed pitcher Brad Baker.

Baker entered the game in the fifth inning, and was greeted with a single by Dan Chancler. One out later, Baker surrendered a two-run homer to Justin Meyer, one of two Mustang round-trippers in the game.

An earlier homer by Rob Folsom in the second inning also proved vital, with Folsom's two-out, three-run blast highlighting a six-run frame after Middle Fork scored four in the top of the inning. Brenton Ferguson preceded Folsom's big hit with a bases-loaded, two-run single.

Prior to this game, only one home run had been hit in the entire tournament.

Josh Suarez (3-0) went 52/3 innings to pick up the victory. Chad Hegdahl relieved with two out and a runner on base in the sixth and struck out Ryan Louie. Hegdahl recorded his first save of the season with the 11/3 -inning relief performance.

— Meyer and Kyle Williamson both went 2-for-3 to pace the Mustangs' 13 hit attack, while Folsom and Hegdahl also contributed two hits apiece.

The Mustangs (14-6) finished 2-1 in pool action and will play for the championship or third place ' depending on a late-game outcome Saturday between Belmont Peninsula and the Sierra River Dogs ' in a contest at 10 a.m. today.

Middle Fork River Ratz..........041 000 0 ' 5 6 1

Medford Mustangs................060 020 x ' 8 13 4

Hoyle, Williamson (3), Baker (5), Brown (6) and Massman; Suarez, Hegdahl (6) and Meyer. W ' Suarez (3-0). L ' Hoyle. 2B ' M: Hegdahl. HR ' M: Folsom (5), Meyer (4).

REDDING AMERICAN LEGION SUMMER CLASSIC '

At Redding, the South Medford Colts defeated two California teams Saturday to secure a spot in today's championship game of American Legion A tournament play.

The Colts edged Redding 4-2 in the opener, then bested the Eureka Dukes, 10-2, in Game 2.

In the first game, Nick Donato's third-inning RBI started the offensive charge for the Colts to tie the game at 1-all.

Marcus James hit a solo home run in the sixth to give South Medford its first lead of the game at 3-2, while Ryan Odell added another run for security with a two-out, RBI single later in the inning.

Mark Austad scored twice for the Colts, complementing his 2-for-2 performance at the plate.

In their second game, the Colts never looked back in a rout of the Eureka Dukes that ended in the fifth inning due to the tournament's eight-run mercy rule.

South Medford backed up a six-strikeout performance from James by belting five hits in a fifth-inning surge that saw the Colts send 13 batters to the plate.

Austad was 2-for-2 and scored three times for the Colts, who improved to 3-0 in the tournament and 5-6 overall.

Redding....................................001 100 0 ' 2 5 2

South Medford Colts...............001 102 x ' 4 8 1

Holscher and Coyne; Odell, Donato (6) and Koziol. W ' Donato (1-0). L ' Holscher. 2B ' R: Coyne; SM: Austad. HR ' SM: James.

South Medford Colts..................110 17 ' 10 9 2

Eureka Dukes................................100 01 ' 2 6 3

James and Koziol; Tostie, Lelaughlin (4), Fleck (7) and Cordy. W ' James. L ' Tostie. 2B ' E: Cordy; SM: Odell, Donato, James, Comford. 3B ' SM: Koziol.

EAGLE POINT 6-6, ASHLAND 3-7 ' At Eagle Point, Ashland salvaged a split in an Area 4 American Legion A doubleheader by turning five double plays in the nightcap.

Eagle Point (9-5, 5-3 Area 4) used a two-run single by Ricky O'Callahan and RBI single by Derek Grieve to trim the Eagles' deficit to one run with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. After allowing a walk, Ashland pitcher Andrew Delcarlo snagged a line-drive and and tossed to first to complete a double play. Delcarlo then got a strikeout to preserve the win.

Eagle Point scored four runs in the first inning of Game 1. Nick Staller and Grieve came through with RBI singles to highlight the rally.

Gus Gavilio went 5-for-8 in the twin bill to pace Ashland, while Aaron Decker added four hits.

O'Callahan was 3-for-3 in Game 2 to lead the Eagles.

FIRST GAME

Ashland....................................001 010 — ' — 9 2

Eagle Point...............................400 002 x ' 6 7 2

Weston and Ferrero; Bateman and O'Callahan. W ' Bateman (4-0). L ' Weston. 2B ' A: Gavilio.

SECOND GAME

Ashland..................................204 100 0 ' 7 13 0

Eagle Point.............................200 010 — ' 6 11 1

San Nicholas, Delcarlo (2) and Jorgenson; Staller, Grieve (4), O'Callahan (6) and Grieve, Harvey (4). W ' Delcarlo. L ' Staller (0-1). 2B ' A: Gavilio, Morris; EP: Staller, O'Callahan.

Amateur Baseball

BEND ELKS 5, S.O. RIVERDOGS 4 ' At Bend, Colin Griffin's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave Bend the three-game home sweep and kept Southern Oregon winless on the road.

The loss dropped Southern Oregon's season record to 6-5, with all six wins coming at home.

The RiverDogs took a 1-0 lead in the first on a double by Phil Ouellette and Ryan Heil's RBI single.

After Bend scored three runs in the second, Southern Oregon cut the margin to 3-2 in the fourth when Dan Bruce doubled and Ken Strate provided an RBI single.

Bend scored one run in the fifth to grab a 4-3 lead, but the RiverDogs came back again to tied it at 4-all with two runs in the seventh. Heil got the rally started by reaching base on an error. Brian Stock singled and both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Brett Timmerman delivered a two-run single to tie the game.

Heil and Timmerman each had two hits to pace the RiverDogs' offense.

S.O. RiverDogs..................100 100 200 ' 4 10 1

Bend Elks...........................030 010 001 ' 5 10 2

Skundrick, McInerney (9) and Beasly, Garrett (7); Campos, Stiler (5), Keim (8) and O'Brien. W ' Keim. L ' McInerney (0-1). 2B ' SO: Ouellette, Timmerman, Bruce; B: Griffin.

Softball

REGION 15 NATIONAL ASA QUALIFIER ' At Kelso, Wash., the Southern Oregon Sting collected two more wins before being eliminated from tournament play Saturday.

After beating Aphis of Vancouver, Wash., 2-1, the Sting easily defeated Albany's Mid-Valley Sluggers 5-0. Southern Oregon suffered its final loss to the Oregon Reign 2-0 after falling to the Spokane Sliders by the same margin on Friday.

Against the Aphis, Rogue River's Laura Jones had eight strikeouts while Jenni Bittle and Allesha Spradling, both from Crater, contributed two hits apiece.

In the second game, Bittle took over pitching duties, racking up nine strikeouts against the Sluggers.

Scoring came from throughout the lineup as Spradling again had two hits. Jill Artoff, Ashley Shuck, Erika Corns, and Spradling each had RBIs.

Bittle was on the mound again for the Sting's final game where she battled Oregon Reign's Alicia Cook, the state's Class 3A player of the year for the past two seasons from Elmira High.

The duel ended with both pitchers having four strikeouts, but a lack of Sting offense left Bittle with the loss. Three of the four Reign hits resulted in doubles.

The Sting (11-6 overall) will be on the road again next week with a tournament in Portland.

Sting........................................000 000 02 ' 2 9 0

Aphis.......................................000 000 01 ' — 5 1

Jones and Artoff; Tuttleman and Robertson. W 'Jones. L ' Tuttleman. 2B ' A: Cox.

Sluggers...................................000 000 0 ' 0 4 2

Sting.........................................000 230 x ' 5 7 0

Erner and Sorenson; Bittle and Artoff. W 'Bittle. L 'Erner.

Sting.........................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 2

Oregon Reign...........................020 000 0 ' 2 4 0

Bittle and Artoff; Cook and McCarthy. W ' Cook. L ' Bittle. 2B ' R: Stacey, Cook, Horting.

Little League Baseball

DISTRICT 8 TOURNAMENT ' At Gold Hill, the Medford National 11-12-year-old boys opened the all-star baseball tournament with a 12-0 victory over the Grants Pass Nationals.

Medford pitcher Jordan Holzhauser tossed a three-hit, five-inning shutout. Holzhauser struck out seven.

Josh Havird smacked a three-run homer for Medford, which plays Central Point today in pool play of the 10-team event.

Girls Basketball

EAST/WEST ALL-STAR SERIES ' The top Class 1A, 2A and 3A girls basketball players from the state teamed up Friday and Saturday for the first two games of the summer series.

In 3A action, Sara Majors of Cascade High led both teams by scoring 46 points Friday at Western Baptist College.

Phoenix's Kat Cox highlighted the Rogue Valley contingent as she pulled down six rebounds and nabbed five steals for the East in Friday's 75-67 victory. The West team tied the series at 1-1 with a 70-61 win Saturday at George Fox University.

West teams chalked up another win in the 1A game as the East fell behind 60-44 Friday. The West team's Kinsey Tucker was 7-of-16 from the field for 19 points. Brianna Smeltz from Butte Falls grabbed a rebound for the East in the loss.

The West prevailed 81-71 in the opening 2A matchup.