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Sizzling Wu qualifies for U.S. Junior Amateur

CRESWELL — Dylan Wu's hot streak continues.

The 15-year-old Medford golfer became the first Rogue Valley player in 15 years to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur on Monday when he emerged from a three-player playoff in a qualifier at Emerald Valley Golf Club.

Wu earned the second available berth to the U.S. Junior Am, which will be July 16-21 at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H.

Ashland's Jason Allred won the junior national title in 1997.

Nicklaus Baines, 16, of Portland, was medalist and got the other spot. He shot a tournament-best 73 in the first of two 18-hole rounds despite hitting only six greens in regulation.

In the second round, after consecutive bogeys on holes 10 and 11, he focused on hanging on knowing the course was tough and there was a good chance if he played well coming in his score could hold up.

Wu was coming off a busy week, having captured the Centennial Junior, then following up with tie for third place in the American Junior Golf Association's FJ Invitational in Greensboro, N.C.

Wu shot a two-round total of 151, one stroke behind Baines and the same as Nick Huff, of Vancouver, Wash., and Cole Madey, of West Linn.

Wu's rounds were 75 and 76 on the par-71 course.

At the end of the day, a tired Wu said, "Today was about perseverance."

In the playoff, he said, "I was full of adrenaline on the first hole and my approach ended over the green in a poor lie."

Wu, who led St. Mary's to its second straight state championship this past spring, hit a perfect 20-yard flop shot and made the putt for par to stay alive in the playoff. He ended up winning on the third playoff hole, No. 17 on the course, with a par to Madey's bogey.

Huff made bogey on the second hole to fall out of the playoff.

In other tournaments Monday, Kevin Murphy, of Rogue River, opened the 103rd Oregon Amateur Championship with a 1-under-par 71 at Tualatin Country Club and is in a fifth-place tie entering the final round today.

The high school senior-to-be was one of only seven players to break par.

Jack Dukeminier leads at 3 under.

In the Women's Amateur, also at Tualatin, local players Johnna Nealy and Abby Mann completed their first rounds. Nealy is tied for 18th following an 84, and Mann is tied for 20th, one shot back entering today's final round.

Gigi Stoll, 15, was the only one in the field to break par with a 2-under 70.

CENTRAL POINT 12-6, CASCADE/ST. MARY'S/ROGUE RIVER 2-2 — At Central Point, Anthony Martin's two-run home run in the sixth inning helped Central Point pull away from the Wolfpack in the nightcap for a sweep.

The Comets (5-4, 5-2 Area 4) scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to help Dylan Pearce earn the win at the mound during his four-hitter.

Pearce allowed two earned runs, walked two and struck out eight.

Martin drove in three runs and, along with Tyler Aplin and Taylor Tibbets, finished 2-for-4.

In Game 1, John Ryan Keyser also yielded just four hits for the Comets. He gave up two earned and walked three to go with eight strikeouts.

Evan Erskin went 2-for-2, was walked three times, scored three times and drove in two runs for the Comets, who needed only six innings to earn a win by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.

Martin went 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI.

FIRST GAME

Cascade 001 010 0 — 2 4 6

Central Point 243 111 x — 12 8 1

Huntley, Ferguson (3) and Seus; Keyser and Aplin. W — Keyser (1-1). L — Huntley. 2B — CC: Huntley; CP: Keyser.

SECOND GAME

Cascade 000 100 1 — 2 4 1

Central Point 001 014 x — 6 10 1

Regan, Levens (5), Gomez (6) and Seus; Pearce and Caballero. W — Pearce (1-0). L — Regan. 2B — CC: Stinchcomb; CP: Caballero, Martin. 3B — CP: Tibbets. HR — CP: Martin.

NORTH JACKSON 14-15, KLAMATH FALLS 7-0 — At Eagle Point, pitcher Nate Brammer tossed a two-hitter and North Jackson tallied 10 runs in the second inning of the nightcap to earn an Area 4 sweep of the Klamath Falls North Hawks.

The Eagles (7-6, 7-6 Area 4) won the second game in five innings by way of the 10-run mercy rule.

Brammer walked four and fanned 10 in five innings.

James Dixon's two-out, two-run double came during the 10-run frame for the Eagles.

Dixon, Derrick Walls and Johnny Wilkerson all went 2-for-2. Walls was also walked twice and scored four runs.

In the opener, the Eagles allowed five first-inning runs, but struck back with seven in the bottom of the second and pulled away.

Dixon's two-run single to center field capped the big inning, giving the Eagles a 7-5 lead.

The Eagles' Brandon Wilson added a two-run double in the fifth inning.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Falls 502 000 0 — 7 3 7

North Jackson 071 033 x — 14 8 3

Benavides, Alvarez (4) and Noonan; Mickey, Morris (1), Adams (1), Skogseth (4), Mickey (5) and Augino, Hangaard (6). W — Skogseth (1-0). L — Benavides. 2B — NJ: Wilson.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Falls 000 00 — 0 2 3

North Jackson 3(10)0 2x — 15 12 1

McNerney, Benavides (3) and Noonan; Brammer and Augino W — Brammer (2-0). L — McNerney. 2B — NJ: Wilkerson, Dixon, Hangaard, Mickey, Pfister.