Mavericks fall in tournament opener
EUGENE — The North Medford Mavericks opened the 11-team Best of the West tournament with a pool-play loss Wednesday at Swede Johnson Stadium.
North Medford, the tournament two-time defending champion, couldn't hold an early lead and dropped a 4-3 decision to Redding, Calif.
Jessie Hornbrook led the North Medford offense with two hits, two runs scored and one RBI.
The Mavericks (24-11) took a 1-0 lead in the second when Hornbrook singled, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Shaun Whitehead's sacrifice fly.
In the third, Michael Paxton singled, then Hornbrook tripled and scored on an error to give North a 3-0 lead.
The Mavericks have tournament games today against Sheldon and Thurston.
North Medford 012 000 0 — 3 5 3
Redding 002 020 x — 4 5 1
Bradshaw, Allbright (5), Jovanovic (6) and Pine; Pilt and Estes. W — Pilt. L — Bradshaw (1-2). 2B — NM: Jovanovic; R: Lauritzen. 3B — NM: Hornbrook.