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Bedortha, Kendall propel Mustangs to win

Dylan Bedortha pitched six shutout innings and Ian Kendall provided a big clutch hit as the Medford Mustangs defeated Northwest Star Academy of Portland 4-1 in American Legion baseball at Harry & David Field Wednesday.

Bedortha picked up his second victory in two decisions with a four-hit, two-strikeout performance. Neil Emerson registered his first save of the season with three innings of relief. Emerson fanned six.

The Mustangs (11-2) jumped on Class 6A honorable mention all-state pitcher Joe Farrell from Central Catholic for two runs in the first inning. Kendall came through with a two-out, two-run double that scored what proved to be the winning run.

In the second, Colin Sowers opened with a walk and scored on Matt Maurer's double to give the Mustangs a 3-0 cushion.

Medford's final run came in the eighth when Hayden Wolfe reached on a fielder's choice, Max Gordon got on with an infield single and Zack Earle delivered an RBI single.

Garrett Tygerson, Gordon, Earle and Maurer each had two hits for Medford.

Northwest Star Academy fell to 6-3 on the season.

The Mustangs open the eight-team Best of the West Challenge at 7:30 tonight at Harry & David Field against the Sierra Sun Devils of Reno. The Salem Withnell Dodgers open the tournament at 1:30 p.m. against the Las Vegas Lions, followed by the Portland Baseball Club against Corvallis Richey's Market at 4:30.

N'west Star Academy 000 000 001 — 1 6 0

Medford Mustangs 210 000 01x — 4 11 1

Farrell and Metheney; Bedortha, Emerson (7) and Sowers, L. Sebrell (7). W — Bedortha (2-0). L — Farrell. 2B — NW: D'Aboy, Kopra; M: Bradshaw, Kendall, Maurer.

KLAMATH FALLS 3-4, NORTH JACKSON 1-1 — At Eagle Point, Damien Claire was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the opener and 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the nightcap to lead the Klamath Falls Hawks to an Area 4 sweep.

North Jackson received solid starting efforts from pitchers Ben Zomerdyk and Wade McCready in each game, but couldn't find a groove offensively.

Zomerdyk allowed three hits with four strikeouts in the opener, but was hindered by five walks and a hit batter. McCready struck out eight through six innings with only two walks and one hit batter and three hits allowed.

Johnny Wilkerson plated McCready on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning of Game 1 for the Eagles (4-6, 2-6 Area 4), while Dakota Marshall's first-inning single scored Deric Allen for the team's lone run in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Falls Hawks 001 011 0 — 3 3 2

North Jackson Eagles 000 100 0 — 1 3 1

Montgomery and Rodgers; Zomerdyk, Morgan (7) and McCready. W — Montgomery. L — Zomerdyk (1-2). 2B — NJ: Atler. HR — KF: Claire.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Falls Hawks 200 110 0 — 4 3 0

North Jackson Eagles 100 000 0 — 1 4 0

Swartzlander and Claire; McCready, Atler (7) and Fosenburg, Zomerdyk (6). W — Swartzlander. L — McCready (1-2). 2B — KF: Claire.