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Mustangs move into first with sweep

The Medford Mustangs American Legion baseball team avenged their only two Area 4 losses and jumped into first place with a sweep of the Eugene Bi-Mart Challengers Saturday at Harry & David Field.

Medford won 1-0 and 3-2, marking the fourth time in as many games the teams played one-run contests. The Challengers (7-3 Area 4) won the first two in Eugene.

Billy Hanson gave the Mustangs (26-7, 8-2 Area 4) the sweep in Game 2 when his hard single through the left side of the infield in the sixth inning scored Lucas Stone. Stone and Kameron Kaufman had each singled to start the rally.

The Mustangs scored two first-inning runs. Seth Brown tripled in Colin Sowers, who led off with a single and stole second base. Cody James' sacrifice fly to center field scored Brown.

Brown was 2-for-3, scored a run and drove in one. He has a 19-game hitting streak.

Jessie Hornbrook, however, went 0-for-3, ending his 25-game hitting streak.

Travis Cash got the victory with three innings of one-hit ball. He fanned five.

In the seventh, Eugene had runners at first and third with one out. Cash threw a wild pitch in the dirt, but catcher Kaufman retrieved it and threw to Cash covering home plate for the second out. Cash then struck out Bryson Jones to end the game.

In the opener, Nate Namanny pitched the four-hit shutout, striking out four and walking none.

Medford managed only three hits in a game marked by brilliant defensive plays on both sides. However, all the Mustang hits came in the fourth inning, when they scored their run.

Hornbrook led off with a single, and Brown followed with a single. After a strikeout, Stone singled to left to bring in Hornbrook from second.

Mustangs shortstop Justin Bohn made two of the fine defensive plays in the third, after Shaun Boehm's leadoff double. On the first, he snagged a hard shot up the middle and threw the runner out. He then made a running catch of a blooper in left-center field to end the inning.

FIRST GAME

Eugene Challengers 000 000 0 — 0 4 0

Medford Mustangs 000 100 x — 1 3 0

Cunningham and Kiesse; Namanny and Kaufman. W — Namanny (2-1). L — Cunningham (1-2). 2B — EC: Boehm.

SECOND GAME

Eugene Challengers 101 000 0 — 2 7 1

Medford Mustangs 200 001 x — 3 7 2

Schindler and Kiesse; Thomas, Cash (5) and Kaufman. W — Cash (4-1). L — Schindler (3-2). 2B — MM: Hegdahl. 3B — MM: Brown.

NORTH JACKSON 6-5, ASHLAND 5-10 — At Ashland, Evan Westhelle pitched five strong innings and drove in the winning run to help Ashland to an Area 4 split at North Mountain Park.

In the opener, Cody Pfister and Daniel Morgan rapped three hits apiece to spark North Jackson, which built a 6-0 lead but had to hold on for the victory.

Ashland (13-11, 11-11 Area 4) pushed across five runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Pilots had runners on second and third with two outs before Morgan got a strikeout to end the game.

In Game 2, Westhelle allowed three runs on four hits to register his second victory in three decisions. Westhelle paced the offense with three hits, including a two-out, two-run bases-loaded single in the fourth to give the Pilots a 6-3 lead.

Taylor Humphrey went 3-for-3 with two runs for Ashland and Sam Taylor and Steen Fredrickson each had a pair of hits with two runs and two RBIs.

For North Jackson (11-11, 9-9 Area 4), James Dixon had a pair of doubles and Johnny Wilkerson hit a solo home run in the first inning.

FIRST GAME

North Jackson 201 030 0 — 6 12 2

Ashland 000 000 5 — 5 3 2

Morgan and Wilkerson; Flynn, Fredrickson (6) and Glick. W — Morgan. L — Flynn (1-3). 2B — NJ: Walls, Wilkerson, Dixon.

SECOND GAME

North Jackson 201 002 0 — 5 6 4

Ashland 202 231 x — 10 12 1

Atler, Walls (4) and Morgan; Westhelle, Glick (6) and Cammorota. W — Westhelle (2-1). L — Atler. 2B — NJ: Dixon 2; A: Milgram, Taylor. HR — NJ: Wilkerson.

NORTH MEDFORD 24, CHICO, Calif., 11 — At Eugene, Hayden Evans knocked in four runs as the North Medford Mavericks won their final pool game in the Best of the West Tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium.

North Medford (28-11) finished 3-2 in pool play and will face the third-place team from the other pool at 11:30 a.m. today in its final tournament game.

Evans had two hits along with teammates Bryan Carbonell, Charlie Walker and A.J. Miller. Walker and Miller scored four runs each.

North Medford 540 4(11) — 24 12 2

Chico 224 03 — 11 12 7

Crofton, Brown (3) and Zavala; Sanderson, Point (5) and Schuler. W — Brown (6-1). L — Sanderson. 2B — NM: Carbonell.

CENTRAL POINT SPLITS — At Clackamas, Central Point lost to Westview 2-1 in the winners' bracket, then defeated Clackamas 5-2 in the Diamond Classic Wood Bat Tournament.

Central Point (17-12) faces Barlow this morning for a chance to play for the consolation title.

Against Clackamas, R.J. Morgan went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, and Matt Cooper's two-run single with one out in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie. Anthony Martin added two hits.

Nolan Bastendorff went distance for his first decision, allowing six hits, striking out six and walking five.

In the loss to Westview, the Comets' lone hit was by Evan Erskine, who singled in the second.

Central Point 000 000 0 — 0 1 2

Westview 001 100 x — 2 5 0

Reynolds and Aplin; Ishii and Garcia. W — Ishii. L — Reynolds (1-2). 2B — W: Rethwill, Suyama, Melheart. 3B — W: Ishii.

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Central Point 000 103 1 — 5 10 1

Clackamas 020 000 0 — 2 6 5

Bastendorff and Aplin; Ahlstrom, Kelly (7) and Dickey. W — Bastendorff (1-0). L — Ahlstrom. 2B — CP: Morgan; C: Covington. 3B — C: Devore.

BLACK TORNADO WINS — The Black Tornado 18-U A team won its first three games in the state tournament at Hoodview Park in Clackamas and is one of three teams in the hunt for the championship.

The Tornado defeated Oregon Spirit of Portland on Friday, 9-4, then on Saturday downed Complete Player Fastpitch of Portland, 12-3, and Silver Bullets of Portland, 2-1.

The Tornado next faces Northwest Buzz of Salem today.

The state champion earns a bid to the national tournament in Normal, Ill.

In Friday's game, Joci Ellis had two RBIs, Ashley Bacon had two hits and pitcher Kelsey Bartley had seven strikeouts.

On Saturday against CPF, Grace Marsh's three-run home run erased a 3-1 deficit in the fifth inning. Rashaun Sells was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Hannah Leming and Bartley were each 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Bartley was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits and fanning 10.

Against Silver Bullets, Chloe Hanson had a perfect game through five innings before settling on a three-hitter with nine strikeouts. Leming, Bartley and Marsh each had two hits.

10-11-YEAR OLD STATE TOURNAMENT — At Portland, Jacob Donnelly and Mauka Manuwai had big performances as the Medford Nationals defeated Ashland 14-1 in the opening game of pool play in the 8-team tournament at the Lakeside Little League field.

The top two teams in each of the four-team pools advance to the championship bracket.

Donnelly allowed one hit, surrendered one run and struck out eight in 22/3 innings. Medford pitchers finished with 12 strikeouts in the four-inning game.

Manuwai smacked a three-run homer, collected three hits and had four RBIs. Hayden Shipley and Clint Campbell Jr. each added two hits and scored three runs for the Nationals.