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Mustangs heat up in 9-4 win over Fairfield

Putting hits in bunches paid off Tuesday for the Medford Mustangs, who used a pair of four-run frames to ease past the Fairfield Expos for a 9-4 baseball victory at Harry & David Field.

The Mustangs (8-5) had five straight hits in the third inning to score four runs and built a 5-1 cushion, then strung together four straight hits to set the table for another four-run frame in the fifth.

Cody Hoff went 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases, while Ethan Schlecht was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, one run and two RBIs for Medford. Hayden Evans went 2-for-2 with one run, Taren Bradd was 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs and Billy Hansen 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.

Nate Namanny squeezed home the fourth run in the third inning and scored on a wild-pitch strikeout in the fifth. Bradd's double kick-started the scoring in the fifth, Evans also doubled in the inning and Hansen's double plated the fourth and final run for a 9-2 lead.

Isaiah Luzny picked up his first win for the Mustangs by allowing three runs — two earned — in seven innings. His only walk was to the first batter, and the left-hander finished with four strikeouts.

Medford returns to Harry & David for a nonconference game at 7 tonight against the Corvallis Marketmen, then opens American Legion AAA Area 4 play Thursday with a doubleheader at Klamath Falls.

Fairfield Expos 100 010 110 — 4 7 3

Medford Mustangs 104 040 00x — 9 15 2

Thornton, Novelli (4) and Wagner; Luzny, Doolittle (8), Fredrickson (9) and Westhelle-Grant. W — Luzny (1-0). L — Thornton. 2B — M: Schlecht 2, Walker, Hansen, Bradd, Evans.

CENTRAL POINT 18-14, SOUTH MEDFORD 7-8 — Tyler Aplin and Taylor Tibbetts each went 3-for-4 in the five-inning opener for Central Point, and the Comets got two hits apiece from Ty Fox and Anthony Martin in the nightcap to complete the Area 4 sweep at South Medford High.

Trevor Meyer went 2-for-3 with an RBI double for the Colts (2-9 Area 4) in Game 1, but South Medford was hampered by eight errors.

In Game 2, Jimmy Sporer had an RBI double among his two hits, with Jake Perry adding two hits and an RBI and Caleb Newman notching two hits for the Colts.

FIRST GAME

Central Point 844 20 — 18 11 3

South Medford 110 05 — 7 8 8

Roland, Ryerson (4) and Aplin; Newman, James (2), Brooks (4) and White. W — Roland. L — Newman. 2B — CP: Aplin; SM: Meyer, Coffman.

SECOND GAME

Central Point 300 331 4 — 14 13 4

South Medford 000 341 0 — 8 8 4

Fox, Asher (4), Pardee (6), Erskine (7) and Cavallero; Coffman, Winner (5) and White, Walker (4). W — Fox. L — Coffman. 2B — CP: Turner 2; SM: Sporer, Perry. 3B — CP: Fox.

ASHLAND 11-3, GRANTS PASS 1-2 — At Ashland on Monday, Jack Carroll struck out nine in five strong innings to pick up the win in Game 1, and Steen Fredrickson drove in the game-winning run in the nightcap as Ashland swept the American Legion A doubleheader at North Mountain Park.

The first game was five innings, and in the second, Fredrickson's liner to left scored Tommy Hulick from third with two outs in the seventh.

In the opener, Eric Carlson went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and his two-run single in the third helped Ashland (4-1) pull away.

In the second game, Hulick went 3-for-3 with a run, Ryan Bottimore was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and James Whelan pitched five solid innings of relief to pick up the win.

Ashland travels to face North Medford (11-2, 11-1 Area 4) at noon today in a doubleheader.

FIRST GAME

Grants Pass 100 00 — 1 3 1

Ashland 006 14 — 11 8 1

Mathews, Damino (3), Spinner (5) and Leenknecht; Carroll and Hulick, Hamik (5). W — Carroll (1-1). L — Mathews. 2B — GP: Van Ess; A: Je. Carroll, Hulick.

SECOND GAME

Grants Pass 100 001 0 — 2 5 2

Ashland 100 001 1 — 3 7 2

Sabota, Damino (7) and Lavenburger; Je. Carroll, Whelan (3) and Hamik. W — Whelan (1-0). L — Damino. 2B — A: Bottimore, Alpenia.

OREGON AMATEURS — At Tualatin, Kevin Murphy, of Rogue River, advanced to match play in the 103rd Oregon Amateur Championship at Tualatin Country Club.

Murphy shot a 2-over-par 74 in the second round of stroke play and tied for fifth place entering the 64-man bracket.

Former Oregon player Jack Dukeminier was medalist at 142. He had a 73 Tuesday.

Murphy's first match is today against Rustin Bonner, of Bandon, who had a 155 total. The tournament runs through Saturday.

Alex Street, of Medford, fired a 77 in the Round 2 but was 77th overall with a 159.

In the women's tournament, Abby Mann, of Medford, was 15th in qualifying, and Johnna Nealy, of Grants Pass, tied for 24th. Both made the 32-woman field for match play.

Mann, a former North Medford player now golfing for George Fox University in Newberg, shot a 79 in the second round, improving by six strokes over the first round. Her total was 164, and today she faces Juhee Lee, of Wilsonville, whose total was 168.

Nealy shot an 88 on Day 2 and was at 172. She plays Kelsey Morrison, the sixth seed with a 154.

Gigi Stoll, 15, of Beaverton, was medalist by three shots with a 144 after a 74 Tuesday.