Medford American is on to state championship game

GRESHAM — Branson Trube pitched 42/3 innings to record the win and Austin McKenzie came on in relief for the save as Medford American Blue slipped by Sisters 5-2 on Tuesday to advance to the championship game of the 10-11-year-old Little League baseball State All-Star Tournament.

District 6 champion Medford will play either Sisters or Murray Hill tonight at 7 in the title contest of the double-elimination tournament.

Isaiah Luzny went 2-for-3 and Julian Gray was 1-for-2 to pace Medford, which improved to 3-0 at the state tournament.


LIGHTNING 2, THUNDER 0 — At Eugene, South Medford High's Jessica Mondale tossed a complete-game shutout to help the Eugene-based Lightning slip past the Portland Thunder in the championship game of the ASA 18-under A state softball tournament on Sunday.

With the win, the Lightning qualified for the national tournament held Aug. 1-5 in Lancaster, Calif.

Samantha Matarese, also of South Medford, provided three sparkling defensive plays in the outfield, including a catch at the fence that robbed Portland of a home run.

Fellow South Medford standout Kinzie Towry batted just under .500 for the tournament.

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