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North Medford pulls out split at Best of the West Tournament

EUGENE — David Crofton helped guide the North Medford Mavericks American Legion A baseball team to an 8-1 win over Churchill in six innings in the Best of the West Tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium on Thursday.

North later fell 5-4 in eight innings to the Richardson Irish, a team comprised of players from Sheldon High School.

Pool play continues today for the Mavericks (19-6), who face Pendleton at 8:30 p.m.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth against Churchill, Crofton hit one to the Lancers' left fielder, who dropped the ball and allowed A.J. Miller to cross home plate to end the contest. The Mavericks won in just six innings by virtue of the event's seven-run mercy rule.

Crofton pitched all six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits and no walks and striking out four. He also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Taylor Raff finished 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs against Churchill.

Micah Brown went 3-for-4 and Austin Zavala was 2-for-5 against the Irish.


Churchill 100 000 — 1 5 2

North Medford 121 202 — 8 7 1

Smernes and Barab; Crofton and Zavala. W — Crofton (4-0). L — Smernes. 2B — C: Rodriguez, Strickland; NM: Raff, Crofton.


North Medford 040 000 00 — 4 8 2

Richardson Irish 200 002 01 — 5 7 1

Wolff, Brown (6) and Zavala; Alie, Lewis (8) and Bellamy. W — Lewis. L — Brown (3-2). 2B — NM: Raff, Zavala.

JIM CHUBB MEMORIAL TOURNEY — The Three Rivers Sandblasters beat the Springfield Titans 7-5, the Red Bluff Bulls topped the Sandy Pioneers 5-0 and the Salem Withnell Dodgers defeated Portland Mound Time 6-5 during the first day of play at the Jim Chubb Memorial Tournament at Harry & David Field.

The Medford Mustangs will play Three Rivers at 7 o'clock tonight at Harry & David Field.

WU MISSES CUT — At Alpharetta, Ga., Dylan Wu entered the third round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions tied for 28th place, but missed the cut after shooting an 8-over-par 78 at Capital City Club.

The Medford 15-year-old recorded four bogeys on the front nine and bogeyed three more times on the back nine, including a double bogey on No. 14.

Wu ended his day tied for 46th in the American Junior Golf Association invitational.