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Mustangs hold off Nuggets

Jace Miller walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Zanni in the eighth inning to give the Medford Mustangs the insurance run they needed in a 7-6 American Legion AAA baseball win over the Grants Pass Nuggets Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Miller’s run put Medford (4-1) ahead 7-5. Grants Pass scored a run in the ninth when Andrew Eide singled in Payton Anhorn, who reached on a fielder’s choice.

Grants Pass led 5-1 through four innings.

The Mustangs got a solo home run from Gavin Schmidt in a three-run fifth inning, when Tanner Douglas followed with a two-run single.

Medford went in front, 6-5, when Miller and Eli Westrick opened the inning with a single and double, respectively, and each came around to score.

Douglas was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and Schmidt drove in two. Cody Borraggine was 2-for-4 with two runs.

Eide and Ashton Durler each had three hits for the Nuggets.

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Randolph, Painter (6) and Lacey; Newmann, Balsiger (7) and Zanni. W — Newmann. L — Randolph. Sv — Balsiger. 2B — GP: Lacey, Anhorn 2, Dunlevy; M: Ankeny, Borraggine, Douglas, Westrick. HR — M: Schmidt.