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Westrick, ‘Stangs open tourney in strong fashion

ROSEBURG — Eli Westrick continued his run of quality starts on the mound and the Medford Mustangs used a four-run third to take the lead for good in a 5-2 win over the Springfield Timbers to open play at the Roseburg Dr. Stewart’s Tournament on Wednesday.

Westrick went 6 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and two unearned runs while striking out four. He walked five batters, two coming in Springfield’s two-run third inning, but was able to work his way out of danger the rest of the afternoon.

Westrick has won his last three starts, allowing just two earned runs over a span of 17 1/3 innings.

The Mustangs (13-2) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Tanner Douglas scored on a wild pitch.

After Springfield went ahead 2-1 in the third on Aiden Bray’s two-run single, Medford answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to go ahead 5-2. Douglas, who went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, tied the game with an RBI single to left field and then scored the go-ahead run on Aiden Horsley’s fielder’s choice.

Jeremiah Robbins gave the Mustangs some breathing room before the inning was over with a two-run single.

Darin Marsh finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Horsley was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

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Fowler, Springer (3) and Robertson; Westrick, Balsiger (7) and Robbins. W — Westrick (4-0). L — Fowler. SV: Balsiger. 2B — S: Malony; M: Ankeny, Marsh.

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