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Turnbull’s hit helps Mustangs split in tourney

RENO, Nev. — The Medford Mustangs split their first two pool games in the Reno Fourth of July Tournament Friday at Wooster High School.

The Mustangs went two extra innings in defeating the Boise Seminoles in the first game, 6-4, and fell to the Sierra Sun Devils in the second game, 11-9.

In the opener, the Mustangs (17-10) got a two-run single from James Turnbull in the top of the ninth inning for the winning margin.

Joe Johnson and Kasey Buchanan stroked back-to-back, one-out singles, and Turnbull followed with his big hit.

Johnson, who had a two-run double in the fifth, was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Jaylin Parnell was 2-for-5.

Buchanan pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs, striking out two and walking two. Ethan Whitney relieved and got the win, getting four of the five hitters he faced out.

The second game included nine hits and five errors by each team.

Sierra scored eight runs in the first two innings.

Tate Cowden was 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI for the Mustangs. Josh Berman and Johnson each had two hits and three RBIs. Johnson hit his first home run, a two-run shot, in the fifth.

Medford today plays the Carson Blue Jays at 10 a.m. and the Redding Tigers at 12:30 p.m.

Medford;104;130;0;—;9;9;5

Sierra;351;200;x;—;11;9;5

Whitney, Hunt (2), Mahoney (5) and Wolff; Applebach, Ruiz (6) and Fencl. W — Applebach. L — Whitney. 2B — M: Cowden 2; S: Malcolm. 3B — M: Berman; S: Malcolm. HR — M: Johnson.

Medford;000;120;102;—;6;11;3

Boise;102;000;100;—;4;5;3

Buchanan, Whitney (8) and Mahoney, Wolff (8); Massie and Aldana. W — Whitney. L — Aldana. 2B — M: Cowden, Johnson, Thompson; B: Peterson.

NORTH MEDFORD 3, MARIST 2: At Eugene, Wyatt Baptiste blanked Marist over the final six innings and the North Medford Mavericks rallied for the pool-play victory in the 12-team Best of the West Tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium.

Baptiste (3-1) surrendered a pair of unearned runs in the first inning, then settled down to record eight strikeouts.

North Medford, 2-1 in the tournament, scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Brandon King singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Tyler Seney. Seney moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a base hit by Zach Collins.

The Mavericks (16-7) face North Eugene at 2:30 p.m. today.

Marist;200;000;0;—2;5;2

North Medford;000;201;x;—;3;5;2

Parsois and Comstock; Baptiste and Geyer. W — Baptiste (3-1). L — Parsois. 2B — M: Miller.

SHELDON 10, CENTRAL POINT 3, 5 inn.: At Eugene, Central Point dropped its first game in pool play, ended by the 7-run rule, in the Best of the West Tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium.

The Comets, 2-1 in the tournament, will finish pool play at 1 p.m. today versus Willamette.

Against Sheldon, Central Point (15-3) scored a run in the fourth when Nick Bastendorff opened with a double and scored one out later on Sean Bartlett's single

In the fifth, the Comets added a run on a single by Matt Croft, a double by Larson Kindreich and Jake Cartwright's sacrifice fly.

Sheldon;010;54;—;10;11;0

Central Point;100;11;—;3;5;4

Herbert and Hansen; Croft and Bartlett. W — Herbert; L — Croft (3-1). 2B — S: Arnold. Wong; CP: Kindreich, Bastendorff. 3B — S: Long.

ASHLAND 15-11, NORTH COOS 13-7: At Coos Bay, Ashland collected 26 hits, including three home runs, in sweeping the high-scoring Area 4 road doubleheader.

In the opener, Peyton Fuller led the Pilots with four hits, eight RBIs and three runs. Fuller smacked a three-run homer in the third inning and a two-run blast in the sixth.

Caleb Bell added a solo home run in the seventh for the Pilots.

Jess Carroll had four hits and scored three runs for Ashland.

Carroll led the Pilots in Game 2 with two hits and four RBIs. Carroll hit a two-run homer in the third.

Evan McLennan had two hits and four RBIs and Bell provided three hits for Ashland in the nightcap.

FIRST GAME

Ashland;413;042;1;—;15;13;5

North Coos;200;601;4;—;13;16;2

E. McLennan, Edwards (4) and N. McLennan, Evans (6); Laskey, Clark (4) and Rose, Clark (3) and Denton (4). W — Edwards. L — Clark. 2B — A: Carroll 2, N. McLennan; NC: Olson, Baker. HR — A: Fuller, Bell.

SECOND GAME

ASHLAND;332;030;0;—;11;13;0

North Coos;100;420;0;—;7;12;0

Bell, N. McLennan (4), Rice (6), Fuller (7) and Evans, N. McLennan (7); Falconer, Lavigne (2), Simmons (4) and Lavigne, Freeman (3). W — Bell. L — Falconer. 2B — A: Carroll, Edwards, Bell; NC: Hixenbaugh, August 2, Falconer. HR — A: Carroll.