Seneca Bowne of the Medford American Little League All-Stars delivers a pitch to a Grants Pass batter in the championship game of the state tournament Monday at the Medford fields. Grants Pass defeated Medford, 7-3, forcing another title contest tonight at 6 in the double-elimination format. - Jamie Lusch

GP topples Medford American

The Medford American All-Stars came up short with a rally against the Grants Pass All-Stars and lost 7-3 Monday in the 13- to 16-year-old Senior Division State Softball Tournament at the Medford American Little League Complex.

Medford American, the defending state champion, had defeated Grants Pass 9-6 earlier in the double-elimination format and would have won the state title with a victory Monday.

Instead, the two teams square off again at 6 tonight at the Medford complex. The winner will represent Oregon in the Western Regional in Missoula, Mont., which begins Thursday.

Shortstop Kendra Straub had two hits and a pair of stolen bases for Medford American, which is 2-1 in the tourney.

Trailing 7-0, Medford American chalked up all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning but couldn't keep it going.

Mikayla Brown pitched well in relief over the final three innings, throwing shutout ball with four strikeouts.

American Legion A

CENTRAL POINT COMETS 6-2, SOUTH MEDFORD COLTS 0-3 — Pitcher Issac Rolie overcame a shaky first inning and hit a solo home run in the second inning as South Medford salvaged a split with Central Point in the nightcap of an American Legion A doubleheader at Harry & David Field.

Rolie surrendered two first-inning runs but, with relief help from Mark Smith, blanked the Comets the rest of the way. Smith pitched the seventh inning to earn the save.

Sam McLaughlin drove in Brandon Dollarhide for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning following Smith's game-tying, RBI-single in the fifth inning.

In Game 2, Central Point's Johnny Wood tossed a shutout and received three double plays from his defense as the Comets stymied South Medford.

Wood pitched allowed seven hits, struck out one and walked three.

Christian Massey went 3-for-4 and Jordan Higbee added a third-inning, two-run single to put the Comets up 4-0 in a four-run frame.

The Comets' Steven Ruvalcaba and Bruce Sanford each had two hits in the contest.


Central Point Comets 104 010 0 — 6 11 0

South Medford Colts 000 000 0 — 0 7 2

Wood and Cathol; M. Smith, Mi. Britton (3) and Williamson. W — Wood. L — M. Smith. 2B — CP: Sanford, Ray; SM: Walker.


Central Point Comets 200 000 0 — 2 8 1

South Medford Colts 010 011 x — 3 7 0

Sanford and Higbee; Rolie, M. Smith (7) and Reordan. W — Rolie. L — Sanford. 2B — CP: Wood; SM: M. Smith. HR — SM: Rolie.

ASHLAND PILOTS 13-5, GRANTS PASS DIGGERS 3-6 — At Ashland, Luke Stone had a bases-clearing triple and Sam Gaviglio drove in four runs to guide Ashland past Grants Pass in the opening contest of an American Legion A doubleheader.

Gaviglio, Charlie Sebrell and Danny Meza each went 2-for-3, and Owen Baldrica was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs for Ashland (22-10, 17-8 Area 4), which won in six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

At the end of a four-run sixth inning, Ashland stranded the tying run that would have knotted it 6-all in Game 2.

Brock Dean knocked home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning for Grants Pass.


Grants Pass Diggers 000 030 — 3 9 0

Ashland Pilots 4500 31 — 13 16 1

Chaldin, Madrigal (2) and Saxon; C. Sebrell, Stone (4), Killeen (5) and L. Sebrell. W — C. Sebrell (6-2). L — Chaldin. 2B — GP: Morgan; A: Baldrica, Jannusch, Gaviglio. 3B — A: Stone. HR — GP: Morgan.


Grants Pass Diggers 302 010 0 — 6 8 2

Ashland Pilots 000 104 0 — 5 10 2

Spencer and Saxon; Gordon, Gaviglio (3), Tygerson (6) and L. Sebrell. W — Spencer. L — Gordon (0-1). 2B — GP: Romick; A: Baldrica, Meza.

Little League Baseball

AGE 11-12 STATE TOURNAMENT — At Portland, Medford National Central rebounded from loss in the opening game of the state tournament with a 3-1 pool-play victory over Cascade at Lakeside Little League Field.

Medford scored all three of its runs in the third inning with two outs, capped by a two-run home run from Ryan Lund.

Lund also struck out six and allowed just one run in 52/3 innings pitched.

Medford (1-1), which will face Bend North at 4 p.m. Wednesday, only mustered two hits in the contest. In five innings, Cascade hurler Caleb Schlabach struck out 14 batters.

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