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Mustangs earn key sweep of Falcons

KLAMATH FALLS — The Medford Mustangs belted out a combined 33 hits Friday night en route to a key doubleheader sweep of Area 4 rival Klamath Falls at Kiger Stadium.

The Mustangs used 17 hits — including three home runs — to score an 11-1 triumph in the opening game, then came back to notch 16 more hits — and two more homers — for a 10-1 victory in American Legion AAA play.

The sweep allowed the Mustangs (31-6, 9-1 Area 4) to take a three-game lead on second-place Klamath Falls, which dropped to 6-4 in league play.

Ian Kendall homered in each game to help pace Medford, which also received homers from Matt Maurer and Isaac Rolie in the opener and Zack Earle in the nightcap.

Jordan Lewis went the distance in the opener, allowing only four hits in seven innings of work. Neil Emerson also pitched a complete game in the nightcap, allowing six hits.

The Mustangs led 4-1 through five innings before breaking Game 1 open with five runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh. Chris Bradshaw notched four hits for Medford, while Max Gordon, Earle, Maurer and Rolie each had two hits.

Klamath Falls managed a short-lived 1-0 lead in Game 2 before the Mustangs tacked on three runs in the second and two more in the third to take a commanding lead.

Kendall finished with four hits in the nightcap, while Griff Boyd added three hits and the Mustangs got two hits apiece from Gordon, Earle and Lewis Sebrell.

FIRST GAME

Medford Mustangs 210 015 4 — 11 17 1

Klamath Falls Falcons 010 000 0 — 1 4 3

Lewis and Sowers; Cullen, Bigby (6), Conner (7) and Reinhard. W — Lewis. L — Cullen. 2B — M: Boyd, Bradshaw, Sowers; KF: Whisler. HR — M: Maurer, Rolie, Kendall.

SECOND GAME

Medford Mustangs 032 110 3 — 10 16 0

Klamath Falls Falcons 100 000 0 — 1 6 1

Emerson and L. Sebrell; North, Bigby (5), White (7) and Reinhard, A. McDaniel (5). W — Emerson. L — North. 2B — M: Kendall 2, Boyd 2, Earle, Gordon. 3B — M: Maurer, L. Sebrell; KF: Conner. HR — M: Earle, Kendall.

American Legion A

SOUTH MEDFORD 7-7, KLAMATH FALLS 0-14 — Kyle Seutter threw a three-hitter in the opener for South Medford, which split with Klamath Falls in an Area 4 doubleheader at South Medford High.

Casey Kline went 3-for-4 for the Colts (23-9, 19-9 Area 4) in Game 1 and was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and three runs scored in Game 2.

The Colts' Brandon Dollarhide, Josh Havird and Andrew Phillips each went 2-for-4 in Game 2.

The Hawks' Brandon Montgomery hit a fourth inning grand slam which put the game out of reach for the Colts in the nightcap.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Falls 000 000 0 — 0 3 4

South Medford 001 060 x — 7 7 2

Gallagher, Smith (4) and Clair; Seutter and Fitzsimmons. W — Seutter (3-1). L — Gallagher.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Falls 013 640 0 — 14 14 3

South Medford 202 120 0 — 7 10 2

Swartzlender and Clair; Dollarhide, Campbell (3), Phillips (4) and Fitzsimmons. W — Swartzlender. L — Campbell (1-2). 2B — KF: Bell, Shannon, Goebel; SM: Dollarhide, Fitzsimmons, Wolf. HR — KF: Montgomery; SM: Kline.

Softball

16U ASA STATE TOURNAMENT — At Salem, Lucy Baldovino and Kelsie Bartley each pitched five-inning shutouts to lead the Black Tornado fastpitch softball team to opening-day wins at Wallace Marine Park.

Baldovino allowed three hits with six strikeouts in an 8-0 triumph over the Oregon Crushers from Portland. Amanda Wolfe belted a three-run double in the fifth to end the game by virtue of an eight-run mercy rule. Tejay Schmidt was 2-for-3 with one RBI, Bartley 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and Sierra Berryessa 2-for-3 with two runs in the opener.

In Game 2, Bartley tossed a no-hitter with seven strikeouts to offset six walks in an 8-0 win over Rip City Garcia of Beaverton. Jenna Stevens smacked a triple and Bartley helped her own cause with a three-run homer that cleared the fence in the third inning. Schmidt and Bartley each were 2-for-3 in Game 2.

The Black Tornado (23-3) resume play at 2 p.m. today, and two straight wins today would put the team into Sunday's semifinals.

14U ASA STATE TOURNAMENT — Maryssa Becker tossed a two-hitter and the Black Tornado fastpitch softball team rolled through the Salem Slyders 3-1 in opening-day action at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Becker fired 10 strikeouts and gave up just one unearned run. She also hit a run-scoring double.

Joci Ellis went 3-for-3 and Emily Cary was 2-for-3 for the Black Tornado.