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Big rally gives Eugene sweep of Mustangs

EUGENE — Just when it looked like the Medford Mustangs were in line for a split against the Eugene Challengers in American Legion baseball Monday, the opportunity vanished.

Eugene overcame a 9-4 deficit with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and defeated Medford in Game 2 of a doubleheader, 11-10. The Challengers took the opener, 4-2.

Erratic pitching allowed Eugene to rally. Three walks and two hit batters contributed to the uprising, along with three singles.

Trailing 11-9 in the seventh, the Mustangs got a home run to center field by pinch-hitter Jack Thompson with one out, then Darin Marsh singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A flyout ended the game, dropping Medford to 19-8.

Taven Passey was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Mustangs, and Steven Ledendecker drove in two runs and scored twice. Darin Marsh, who tripled and scored twice, and Bennett Thompson each added two hits.

In Game 1, Eugene scored three first-inning runs and made them stand.

Dylan Marsh and Darin Marsh each went for 2-for-3 for Medford, and Dylan Marsh drove in both Mustang runs with a line-drive single to right field in the fourth, bringing in Nick Smudio and Evan McLennan. McLennan singled, and Smudio was a courtesy runner for Bennett Thompson, who also singled.

Eli Westrick went the distance on the mound for Medford, allowing seven hits, striking out five and walking one.

GAME 1

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Eugene301000x—472

GAME 2

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Eugene201017x—11112

Mustangs baseball. MT file photo.