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Mavericks split in pair of tournament games

EUGENE — The North Medford Mavericks split their two games in the Best of the West Tournament Thursday at North Eugene High, falling to Thurston, 16-4 in five innings, and defeating Churchill, 6-2, behind the two-hit pitching of Charlie Walker.

The Mavericks are 26-9.

In the nine-team tournament, Walker got North Medford in the win column with a stellar performance as he evened his record at 2-2.

Walker struck out 12 and walked three batters. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Bryan Carbonell lent offensive support, going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

In the opening loss to Thurston, which began at 7 a.m., the Mavericks' Taylor Raff and Christian Gillis each had two hits.

North Medford plays Willamette and North Eugene today and concludes pool play Saturday. The tourney ends with bracket play Sunday.

On Tuesday, the Mavericks split a late Area 4 doubleheader against Henley, winning 18-17 and losing 7-0.

North Medford Mavericks 120 01 — 4 8 3

Thurston 870 1x — 16 13 2

Howitt, Janakas (1), Evans (2) and Janakas, Zavala (1), Westfall (2); Quarterley and Goddard. W — Quarterley. L — Howitt (1-3). 2B — NM: Walker; T: Van Damme, Watson, Quarterley, Ridge. 3B — NM: Gillis; T: Combs, Quarterley.

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Churchill 010 010 0 — 2 2 4

North Medford Mavericks 230 100 x — 6 6 2

Murray and Barab; Walker and Zavala. W — Walker (2-2). L — Murray. 2B — C: Thompson. 3B — C: Priaulx

CLACKAMAS 8, CENTRAL POINT 4 — At Clackamas, Central Point's fifth-inning spurt earned it a brief lead but everything crumbled in the following frame as Clackamas rallied in the Diamond Classic Wood Bat Tournament at Clackamas High.

The Comets (15-10) continue pool play at 12:30 p.m. today against the Salt Lake City Cottonwood Heights Flyers.

Taylor Pardee's double drove home a run during the Comets' four-run fifth and Anthony Martin plated another on a sacrifice fly to help Central Point pull ahead, 4-2. The Comets' other two runs came on errors.

The Cavaliers responded by tying the game 4-all in the bottom of the inning and Nick Hays' two-run double highlighted a four-run sixth to seal the pool play victory.

Central Point 000 040 0 — 4 5 4

Clackamas 100 124 x — 8 12 2

Preston and Aplin; Schlunz, Stinson (5), Ahlstrom (6) and Dickey. W — Ahlstrom. L — Preston (3-1). 2B — CP: Pardee; C: Peterson, Mickelson, Hays, Kelly. 3B — C: Hays.

ASHLAND 14-12, CC-StM-RR 2-5 — The Ashland Pilots belted out 27 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Cascade Christian-St. Mary's-Rogue River at Harry & David Field.

Sam Taylor paved the way in the five-inning first game for Ashland, tossing a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and three walks. Taylor also powered the offense with three doubles, three runs scored and one RBI.

A.J. Adams and Jaime Flynn each added two hits in the runaway win, while Jake Miller had two hits for CC-StM-RR (3-17, 2-16 league).

In Game 2, Logan McKelvey and Taylor Humphrey each had three of the Pilots' 14 hits. Eric Carlson earned the pitching victory and had two hits, with Flynn adding two hits as well.

FIRST GAME

Ashland Pilots 035 15 — 14 13 1

CC-StM-RR 110 00 — 2 4 1

Taylor and Glick; Zomerdyk, Smith (5) and Jones. W — Taylor. L — Zomerdyk. 2B — A: Adams, Milgram, Bottimore, Taylor 3, Glick; CC-StM-RR: Miller. 3B — A: McKelvey.

SECOND GAME

Ashland Pilots 372 000 0 — 12 14 1

CC-StM-RR 010 400 0 — 5 5 1

Carlson, Bottimore (6) and Westhelle; Huntley and Miller. W — Carlson. L — Huntley. 2B — A: McKelvey 2, Flynn; CC: Miller, Stinchcomb.