Wolfe pitches gem for Mavericks at tourney

ROSEBURG — Pitching set the tone in the North Medford Mavericks opening two games at the Roseburg Fourth of July Tournament at Legion Field Friday.

The Mavericks failed to get a strong effort on the mound in an opening-game loss, then rebounded behind a stellar complete-game performance from Hayden Wolfe in their second contest of the day in the six-team American Legion event.

Roseburg Horizon used a five-run first inning en route to a 7-5 victory over North. The Mavericks regrouped for a 7-1 win over North Salem.

"We didn't play well in the first game," North Medford coach Brett Wolfe said. "We didn't execute on the mound or at the plate. We came back much nicer in Game 2."

Hayden Wolfe pitched a gem in North's victory against North Salem. Hayden Wolfe, the coach's son, struck out 11, walked one and didn't give up an earned run to improve to 3-0 on the season.

"(Hayden Wolfe) got ahead of the hitters," said coach Wolfe. "He threw his curveball for strikes. He made quality pitches in key spots and gave us a chance to play defense."

The Mavericks (17-4) staked Wolfe to all the runs he would need with a four-run second inning.

Mark Cokenour opened the second with a single to start the rally. Cokenour went all the way to third on an errant pickoff attempt, then scored on a fielder's choice. With two out, Shawn Whitehead walked, Hayden Wolfe rifled an RBI double to right-center and Blake Mitchell delivered an RBI single. After Kody Stevens walked to put runners on first and second, Mitchell stole third and scored when the throw got away.

Mitchell paced the Mavericks offense with three hits, one run and one RBI. Hayden Wolfe and Cokenour added two hits each.

"In the first game we were down 7-0 and couldn't do much from there," said Brett Wolfe. "This game we put some runs on the board early and that allowed us to hit-and-run, steal and take some chances."

In the opener, Mavericks' starter Corey Nelson was roughed up in the first inning by Roseburg Horizon. The outburst was keyed by Bryson Norton's three-run homer.

Hayden Wolfe and Steven Cole contributed two hits apiece in a losing effort for North.

The Mavericks have games today against Corvallis at 11 a.m. and Roseburg Pepsi at 6:30 p.m.

Roseburg Horizon 520 000 — 7 6 2

North Medford Mavericks 000 221 — 5 7 3

Laverne and Pacheco, Green (5); Nelson, Allbright (2) and Sowers. W — Laverne. L — Nelson (2-1). 2B — R: Davis; NM: Stevens, Cole. HR — R: Norton.


North Medford Mavericks 041 101 0 — 7 10 1

North Salem 000 100 0 — 1 4 6

Wolfe and Yeigh; Carr, Hoffman (5) and Hayworth. W — Wolfe (3-0). L — Carr. 2B — NM: Wolfe 2. 3B — NM: Cokenour.

SOUTH MEDFORD SPLITS — At Roseburg, South Medford capitalized on an error to edge Corvallis 2-1 in the opening game of the Roseburg Fourth of July Tournament, but a woeful inning caused a Colts comeback to dissolve quickly in their second contest against the Roseburg Horizon, 12-2.

The Colts' Mark Smith — who pitched a complete game giving up eight hits and no earned runs — singled home Sam McLoughlin with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game 1-all.

Brett Reardon scored the winning run from second base in the seventh when Corvallis' pitcher gathered a bunt by South Medford (8-8) and overthrew the first baseman.

After cutting Horizon's lead to 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning, the Colts left the bases loaded despite only having one out.

The mistake enabled Roseburg to put up eight runs and 10-run the Colts in the bottom of the inning where South Medford committed three errors, surrendered three hits, two walks and hit a batter.

Corvallis 000 010 0 — 1 8 3

South Medford Colts 000 001 1 — 2 4 1

Corwin and Weber; M. Smith and Williamson. W — M. Smith (4-1). L — Corwin. 2B — M. Smith; C: Weber.


South Medford Colts 000 02 — 2 3 4

Roseburg Horizon 202 08 — 12 9 3

Adamson, Ma. Britton (5) and Williamson; Davis, Scott (5) and Green. W — Davis. L — Adamson. 2B — R: Laverne. 3B — R: Radford.

Little League Baseball

AGE 10-11 DISTRICT 6 TOURNAMENT — Medford American Red received a home run and three RBIs from Kyle Rockwell to defeat Ashland 9-7 in the District 6 All-Star Tournament at Medford American Little League Fields.

Tristan Jones drove in four runs and went 2-for-3 for Medford American Red, while Jack Powers pitched three strong innings to pick up the victory.

Red's defense also turned a triple play and two double plays.

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