Mavericks split twin bill with Roseburg Pepsi
North Medford pitchers Blaine Howitt, Micah Brown and Bryan Carbonell combined to hold Roseburg Pepsi to two runs on three hits as the Mavericks won the first game of a nonconference American Legion A baseball doubleheader Thursday at North Medford High School.
Howitt got the start and limited Roseburg to two runs on two hits in 41/3 innings before Brown and Carbonell shut out the visitors the rest of the way to secure an 8-2 North Medford victory.
Brown picked up the win to improve to 5-0.
Cody Basset and Jake Backon had three hits apiece to help Roseburg win the second game 10-5. Carbonell and Taylor Raff both went 2-for-4 with a triple for the Mavericks (20-7), who have won 11 of their last 13 games.
In Game 2, Carbonell was 2-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored, and Evans was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Roseburg Pepsi 000 200 0 — 2 3 0
North Medford 000 224 x — 8 11 1
Basset, Muck (6) and Leach; Howitt, Brown (5), Carbonell (7) and Janakas. W — Brown (5-0). L — Basset. 2B — NM: Carbonell. 3B — NM: Carbonell, Walker.
Roseburg Pepsi 051 300 1 — 10 14 2
North Medford 020 210 0 — 5 10 2
Kahle, Townsend (6) and Guillen; Evans, Packard (5), Crofton (7) and Janakas, Zavala (4). W — Kahle. L — Evans (0-2). 2B — R: Debell, Shaddy; NM: Carbonell.
CENTRAL POINT 3-2, HENLEY 1-6 — At Central Point, Blake Fahndrich's two-run home run was all Central Point would need to set starter Chris Painter up for the win in the opener, but the Comets split with Henley at Anhorn Field.
Fahndrich's third home run of the season cleared the left field fence.
Painter improved to 2-0, working six innings and allowing one unearned run on four hits and six walks, but notched seven strikeouts.
The Comets' Anthony Martin and RJ Morgan each went 2-for-3. Morgan added a triple.
In Game 2, Kelly Greif put the game out of reach with a bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth inning.
Sebastian Reynolds led the Comets (14-8, 11-5 Area 4), going 2-for-3.
Henley 010 000 0 — 1 4 2
Central Point 210 000 0 — 3 8 1
Guzman, Greif (5) and Dykstra; Painter, Fox (7) and Aplin. W — Painter (2-0). L — Guzman. 3B — CP: Morgan. HR — CP: Fahndrich.
Henley 102 030 0 — 6 8 2
Central Point 001 100 0 — 2 7 2
Alves and Dykstra; Fox, Fahndrich (6) and Cooper, Aplin (4). W — Alves. L — Fox (1-1). 2B — H: Kuhlman, Seater, Greif.
AGE 10-11 DISTRICT 8 TOURNAMENT — The Medford Nationals used a nine-run fourth inning to defeat Central Point 17-7 in five innings at the Medford National Little League fields on Wednesday.
The victory clinched a berth in next weekend's state tournament, which begins July 9 in Portland.
Jacob Donnelly, who finished 8-for-9 on the weekend, Peyton Shipley, Jayleen Parnell and Kolton Fisher all recorded two hits. Parnell hit a home run for Medford, which turned two key double plays in the win.
AGE 9-10 DISTRICT 8 TOURNAMENT — Fueled by Declan Payne's bases-clearing triple, the Medford Nationals scored 12 runs in the first inning to top the Grants Pass Americans 14-4 for the championship crown at the Medford National Little League fields.
Robby Carle went 3-for-4 and Daniel Shenk chipped in a 2-for-3 effort for the Nationals. Both added a double.