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Freeman helps RiverDawgs split with Folsom

Two rallies by the Southern Oregon amateur baseball team were for naught in the opener of a West Coast Tri State League doubleheader on Sunday.

But the RiverDawgs made good in the nightcap as Shawn Freeman allowed just one run over six solid innings in a 4-1 triumph over Folsom, Calif., in the opener at Harry & David Field. In the opener, the visitors scored three runs in the ninth for an 8-5 victory.

Freeman yielded four hits, three walks and struck out six before being lifted in the seventh for left-hander Marcus James, who picked up his first save of the season.

Austin Hogans' two-run single in the sixth gave the RiverDawgs (10-6, 3-3 WCL Tri State) a 4-1 edge and put the game out of reach.

Dustin Smith drove in a run and went 3-for-3 for the RiverDawgs.

In Game 1, Aaron Hassel's two-run single capped a four-run sixth, pulling the RiverDawgs into a 4-all tie.

The Pioneers' Sam Montgomery responded with a solo home run on the first pitch of the top of the seventh.

In the bottom, Folsom reliever Michael Nicodemus had consecutive errors trying to pick off Southern Oregon's Tyler Davis at first and second bases. Once at third, Davis scored on a wild pitch.

Allen Smith, representing the winning run, was stranded at third, sending the game into extra innings.


Folsom 300 010 103 — 8 13 4

Southern Oregon 000 004 100 — 5 9 1

Simmons, Nicodemus (6), Pearce (7) and Sanders; Flinn, James (9) and Hassel. W — Pearce. L — James (1-1). 2B — F: Thompson, Ditmer 2; SO: Hogans. HR — F: Montgomery.


Folsom 000 001 0 — 1 4 1

Southern Oregon 200 002 x — 4 5 2

Brocamontes, Jinkens (6) and Heinzer; Freeman, James (7) and Garcia. W — Freeman (1-1). L — Brocamontes.

American Legion

MEDFORD MUSTANGS 13-16, GRANTS PASS 3-0 — At Grants Pass, Brady Shipley pitched a one-hitter, received 19 hits and more than enough run support in the nightcap to sweep Grants Pass in an Area 4 doubleheader.

Medford won 13-3 in the opener and 16-0 in the nightcap.

Shipley struck out nine and walked two in five innings, after which the game was called.

Ian Kendall kept his 18-game hitting streak alive going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Chris Bradshaw went 4-for-5 and scored three times for the Mustangs (21-4, 5-1 Area 4), who received a third-inning, two-run home run from Logan Boyd.

In the opener, Matt Maurer had three hits, including two doubles, and scored twice. Kendall, Garrett Tygerson and Max Gordon all homered, and they, along with Zack Earle, each had two hits and three RBIs.

Jordan Lewis (4-0) pitched the first five innings of the six-inning contest and won his 24th straight game as a Mustang. He allowed one earned run while striking out seven.

He hasn't lost since a relief appearance in July 2007. His career record is 36-3.


Medford Mustangs 430 024 — 13 13 3

Grants Pass 010 020 — 3 4 1

Lewis, Bedortha (6) and Sowers; Suthann, Sanford (1), Spencer (3), Dean (6) and Sager. W — Lewis (4-0). L — Suthann. 2B — M: Maurer 2, Earle; GP: Kothel. HR — M: Gordon (1), Tygerson (2), Kendall (5).


Medford Mustangs 442 24 — 16 19 1

Grants Pass 000 00 — 0 1 2

Shipley and L. Sebrell; Bars, Kathol (2), Madrigal (4), Massey (5) and Sager. W — Shipley (4-0). L — Bars. 2B — M: Earle 2, Shipley, L. Sebrell, Rolie. HR — M: Boyd.

Little League

AGE 11-12 DISTRICT 8 TOURNAMENT — At Grants Pass, Medford National Central rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend Rogue River 9-8 late Saturday night.

Alex Bylund was hit by a pitch to open the ninth and Nick Henry followed with an RBI double to plate courtesy runner T.J. Roberts. After Will Cooney was hit by a pitch, David Garcia followed with a single to right field to load the bases.

Henry scored the tying run when a throw on Dana Roberts' grounder pulled the catcher off home plate. After one out, Cody Donnally hit a grounder to second but the throw popped out of the catcher's mitt to allow Garcia to score the winning run.

Henry was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI, Cameron English 2-for-4 with two runs and Garcia 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI for Medford.

On Sunday, Medford suffered a 4-1 loss to Central Point and was defeated 10-0 by Gold Valley.

Against Central Point, English pitched a complete game and plated Cooney, Medford's lone run, on a sacrifice fly.

Bylund and Cody Donnally had the lone hits for Medford against Gold Valley.

AGES 13-14 JUNIOR LEAGUE — At Central Point, Central Point picked up back-to-back 16-5 victories over Illinois Valley on Saturday and Sunday to advance the to Junior League State Tournament July 25-Aug. 1.

On Sunday, Shawn O'Rouke had a solid pitching performance and added two doubles and three RBIs. Spencer Hall hit a two-run double.

On Saturday, Hall went 2-for-3 to support Cory Pitari's strong effort on the mound.


FUEGO 0, SONOMA 0 — At Santa Rose, Calif., the Southern Oregon Fuego pulled off a scoreless tie with Sonoma County, the National Premiere Soccer League's leading team.

The tie helped the Fuego pick up four points over the weekend after a 4-1 victory over San Jose on Saturday.

The Fuego (2-8-1) is still in the hunt for one of the final four playoff spots.

Auto Racing

WHEELER TRIUMPHS — At White City, Vern Wheeler won the sprint feature event Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway.

Wheeler ran second nearly the entire race but overtook leader Randy Rodgers on the 29th of 30 laps.

The finish of the race was delayed and didn't make the press deadline after Seth Nunes overturned his car. Nunes wasn't injured.


A MAIN — 1, Vern Wheeler; 2, Randy Rodgers; 3, Rob Held; 4, Jeremy Lowe; 5, Charlie Thompson.