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Mustangs settle for split with Salem

Hayden Evans stepped up to help right the ship for the Medford Mustangs on Wednesday, but the uprising was short-lived in an American Legion AAA baseball doubleheader at Harry & David Field.

Coming off a pair of disappointing losses to Area 4 foe Roseburg on Tuesday, Evans authored a complete-game effort on the mound to lead Medford to a 4-1 win over visiting Salem Post 20 in the opener.

With a depleted pitching rotation after a weekend tournament in Reno, Nev., and Tuesday's twin bill, the Mustangs were unable to slow the Dirtbags in the nightcap, which Salem won 16-6 in five innings thanks to 13 hits — including eight for extra bases.

In the opener, Evans threw an eight-hitter with seven strikeouts and just one walk. He fanned the side in the top of the seventh inning to finish with a flourish.

Billy Hansen was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Ryan Wellock went 2-for-3 with a run scored in support of Evans.

Salem scored five runs in the second inning in Game 2 against Jessie Hornbrook, who was making his first pitching appearance of the season, and used that momentum to slip past the Mustangs (18-13).

Hornbrook connected for his first home run — a solo shot in the second inning — to highlight the nightcap for Medford, with Hansen going 1-for-2 with three RBIs in the nonleague game.

FIRST GAME

Salem Post 20 000 100 0 — 1 8 0

Medford Mustangs 111 100 x — 4 8 0

Havig, Fast (3) and Moskal; Evans and Wallan. W — Evans (1-2). L — Havig. 2B — S: Snow.

SECOND GAME

Salem Post 20 053 35 — 16 13 1

Medford Mustangs 021 30 — 6 5 1

Holly, Peterson (5) and Rice; Hornbrook, Schlecht (4), Hansen (5) and Wallan. W — Holly. L — Hornbrook (0-1). 2B — S: Zachary, Groat, Rice, Riddell, Moskal; M: Hansen, Wallan. 3B — S: Shaffer; M: Schlecht. HR — S: Zachary, Snow; M: Hornbrook (1).

SOUTH MEDFORD 13-13, SOUTH KLAMATH FALLS 3-3 — The South Medford Colts tallied 22 total hits in their Area 4 sweep at South Medford High, with both games lasting only five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

In the opener, Christian Mahoney went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Justin James recorded two hits for the Colts (12-15, 10-15 Area 4). Caleb Newman hit a two-run double with the bases loaded and Mahoney added a two-RBI single in South Medford's seven-run second inning.

In Game 2, Austin White finished 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs, Michael Winner 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Tyler Frost 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Trevor Meyer was 2-for-3 with an RBI and James scored three runs.

White connected on a two-run triple and Winner had a two-run single and RBI double in the second game. In the bottom of the fifth, Meyer hit a single to end the game early after a Nick Henry leadoff triple and Jimmy Sporer RBI single set the stage.

FIRST GAME

South Klamath Falls 102 00 — 3 6 3

South Medford 470 02 — 13 10 2

Comer and Noonan; Perry and White, Henry (4). W — Perry (1-0). L — Comer. 2B — KF: Mitchell; SM: Newman.

SECOND GAME

South Klamath Falls 021 00 — 3 6 4

South Medford 142 42 — 13 12 1

Alverez, B. Benavides (3), McGahan (5) and Noonan; White and Henry. W — White (3-0). L — Alverez. 2B — SM: Meyer, Perry, Winner. 3B — SM: White, Henry.

NORTH MEDFORD 6, ROSEBURG PEPSI 5 — At Roseburg, Josh Berman went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to help lift the North Medford Mavericks in nonleague play at Legion Field. The scheduled doubleheader was switched to one nine-inning game.

Berman hit a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-all and added a two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth.

David Crofton's fielder's choice gave the Mavericks (28-10) the go-ahead run in the five-run fifth inning.

North Medford 000 150 000 — 6 5 4

Roseburg 100 101 110 — 5 6 3

Evans, Brown (2), Crofton (4), Gillis (6), Wolff (8) and Zavala; Watkins, Milford (3), Shaddy (5) and Trenton. W — Crofton (6-0). L — Shaddy.

WU TIED FOR 84TH AT JUNIOR WORLDS — At La Jolla, Calif., Dylan Wu shot a 4-over-par 76 in the second round of the Callaway Junior Worlds at Torrey Pines' South Course.

The Medford 15-year-old, who is tied for 84th place, had five birdies, a double bogey and three birdies.

Aaron Wise of Corona, Calif., leads after firing a 67 on Wednesday for a 140 total.