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Mustangs drop both ends of twin bill

Medford Mustangs

EUGENE — Medford doubled its loss total for the season when the Eugene Challengers took both ends of a doubleheader from the Mustangs, 4-3 and 8-3, Tuesday in American Legion AAA baseball.

In the nightcap, Eugene scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a 3-3 contest and drop Medford’s record to 18-4.

Dane Woodcook and Bryson Estella each had two hits and three RBIs for the Challengers, who made the most of six hits and were helped by four Mustang walks and two errors.

Cody Borraggine was 2-for-4 with a run for Medford, moving him to 5-for-7 for the day.

Gavin Schmidt homered and Tanner Douglas had a single and two RBIs to account for the Mustangs’ other hits.

In the first game, Medford lost despite limiting Eugene to three hits.

The Challengers took a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning after Jaxson Fraser led off with a double to left field, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Woodcook’s sacrifcie fly to center.

The Mustangs closed within 4-3 after Rowan Amann was hit by a pitch and moved around the bases on two walks and a fielder’s choice. But Medford could not get another run in.

Medford had five hits, three of them by Borraggine, who also scored twice. Ian Wood and Amann had the other hits, and Douglas, Eli Westrick and Josh Baptiste drove in runs.

Douglas struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings but took the loss, allowing three hits and walking four. Brandon Zanni pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings, fanning three.

FIRST GAME

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Douglas, Zanni (5) and Robbins; Evaniew, Tofte (6), Allen (7) and Woodcook. W — Evaniew. L — Douglas (3-1). 2B — E: Fraser.

SECOND GAME

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Borraggine, King (6) and Robbins; Proudfit, Allen (7) and Woodcook. W — Proudfit. L — Borraggine (2-1). 2B — E: Fraser, Woodcook. HR — M: Schmidt (2).