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Mavericks garner split with Roseburg

North Medford used a steady pitching effort by Brady Buchanan and a five-run second inning surge to secure a win in Game 2 and a split of an American Legion A doubleheader against Roseburg Pepsi at North Medford High on Thursday.

Buchanan needed 76 pitches to secure a complete-game victory for the Mavericks, allowing five hits with one strikeout and one hit batter in a 7-2 nonleague triumph. North Medford (11-5) is playing an independent schedule this summer and is not part of Area 4 play.

Roseburg won the first game 8-2.

“Brady basically set the tone for us in that second game and our kids competed behind that,” said North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe. “It’s easier to get in a rhythm defensively and get in a good flow offensively when a pitcher does that by throwing first-pitch strikes and retiring their leadoff hitter like he did.”

Ryan Sandoval gave the Mavericks a boost with a two-out, two-run single to highlight a five-run second inning that allowed the host team to take a 6-1 advantage. Sandoval finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs in Game 2, while Brandon King was 2-for-3 with three runs.

In the opener, Jeremiah Huffman and Buchanan each went 2-for-3 for the Mavericks.

FIRST GAME

Roseburg;331;001;0;—;8;8;1

North Medford;100;100;0;—;2;10;2

Seely, Alexander (7) and Mandera; Drewein, Gassman (1) and Geyer. W — Seely. L — Drewein (0-1). 2B — R: Black.

SECOND GAME

Roseburg;100;000;1;—;2;5;2

North Medford;150;100;x;—;7;7;2

Lucido, Warmarth (4), Alexander (7) and Muck, Mandera (3); Buchanan and Geyer. W — Buchanan (2-0). L — Lucido. 2B — R: Lucido, NM: Collins, Sandoval.

ASHLAND 5-15, COOS BAY 4-7: At Ashland, Isiah Titus scored on a wild pitch to tie the opener in the seventh inning and Kellar Edwards supplied a walk-off RBI single to plate Nate McLennan as Ashland swept the twin bill at North Mountain Park.

Peyton Fuller drove in two runs and Edwards finished 2-for-4 in Game 1.

In Game 2 for the Pilots, Jesse Carroll was 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs, Evan McLennan 3-for-5 with one run and three RBIs, Fuller 1-for-4 with one run and three RBIs, Kevin Irwanian 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Rhythm Winicour-Freeman 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Coos Bay;030;000;1;—;4;6;1

Ashland;010;020;2;—;5;5;4

Kaufman, Doane (5) and Lavigne; Rice, Burt (3) and McLennan. W — Burt. L — Doane. 2B — CB: Hixenbaugh; A: Fuller, Bell, McLennan. 3B — CB: Hixenbaugh.

SECOND GAME

Coos Bay;040;300;0;—;7;7;4

Ashland;106;134;x;—;15;12;4

Clark, Falconer (3), Lavigne (5), Freeman (6) and Rose; Titus, McLennan (3), Edwards (5), Bell (7) and McLennan, Irwanian (3), McLennan (5). W — McLennan. L — Clark. 2B — CB: Simmons; A: Carroll, Fuller, Winicour-Freeman, Irwanian. 3B — CB: Denton.