EAGLE POINT — Not too long after his bases-loaded triple helped North Jackson to a semifinal victory Monday, Skylar Gaudern stepped to the mound and gave the Royals the gem they needed to lock up the Eagle Point Fourth of July Tournament championship.
Gaudern went the distance, striking out eight and allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk, and the tournament host Royals took down the Humboldt Eagles, 6-2, in the six-team event.
Humboldt had taken the lead in the first inning and was up 2-1 before Jake Leeper’s RBI single in the bottom of the third knotted the score 2-all for North Jackson (11-4). The Royals seized control in the fourth when they strung together four hits to score four runs.
Leeper went 3-for-4 and singled home a run while Kyler Kendrick drove in a pair of runs and finished with two hits, as did Kolbi Blevins.
In the semifinals, where the Royals topped the North Medford Mavericks 12-3, Gaudern’s three-run triple gave North Jackson a 10-3 lead in the fifth.
Pitcher Domenic Fontana fanned four over seven innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits and one walk for the Royals, who received a two-run single from Leeper in the second inning.
The Mavericks’ pitching control spelled early trouble when six hit batters and three walks contributed to seven runs allowed over the first two innings.
North Medford 011 010 0 — 3 6 4
North Jackson 250 032 x — 12 5 0
Blankenship, Grafton (3) and Passey; Fontana and Alves. W — Fontana (4-1). L — Blankenship. 2B — NM: Grafton, Blankenship; NJ: Leeper. 3B — NJ: Gaudern.
Humboldt Eagles 110 000 0 — 2 5 4
North Jackson Royals 011 040 0 — 6 10 2
Munson, Youkey (5) and Davis; Gaudern and Ales. W — Gaudern (3-0). L — Munson. 2B — NJ: Blevins, Kendrick.
ASHLAND PILOTS 7-3, SOUTH MEDFORD COLTS 6-4: Both teams were able to survive rallies from one another as the two Area 4 squads split their doubleheader.
In Game 2, the Colts’ Blake Shields tossed a complete game, striking out three while surrendering three runs — one earned — on eight hits and no walks.
Charlie Campbell put the Colts on the scoreboard with a two-run single in the first inning.
Steven Ledendecker was 2-for-3 with two runs and David Valdez also went 2-for-3 for South Mefdord.
The Pilots’ Nick Buccino, Eli Westrick and Connor Gilliland all came up with a pair of hits.
In the opener, Ashland tallied four runs in the top of the sixth inning to pad its lead enough to stave off the Colts, who matched with four runs in the bottom of the frame.
The Pilots’ Rowan Amann and Michael Nixon drove in two runs apiece while Nixon, Buccino, Westrick and Myles Bansweiler each rapped with two hits.
Chase Costanti drove in two runs for South Medford and was 2-for-4, as were Ledendecker, Matthew Shenk and Bennett Smith.
Ashland Pilots 021 004 0 — 7 10 1
South Medford Colts 000 114 0 — 6 13 3
Amann, McLennan (6), Buccino (7) and Bansweiler; Lauchstedt, Ledendecker (6) and Joe. W — Amann. L — Lauchstedt. 2B — SM: Costanti, Hinton, Ledendecker, Shenk.
Ashland Pilots 000 020 1 — 3 8 2
South Medford Colts 000 220 x — 4 6 3
Brown, Standberg (5) and Gilliland; Shields and Ledendecker. W — Shields. L — Brown. 2B — A: Amann. 3B — SM: Ledendecker.
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MEDFORD MUSTANGS SPLIT: At Reno, Nev., Joe Johnson and Jacob Melton provided the offense Medford needed to run away from the Sierra Sundevils, 8-2 in five innings, in the Reno Knights Fourth of July Tournament at Reno High School.
In a late game, the Klamath Falls Falcons topped Medford (18-7), 9-3.
In the first game, Johnson finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a couple of RBIs while Melton was 3-for-3, scored once and knocked in a run.
Mustangs pitcher Dylan Marsh tossed four shutout innings before Sierra’s last-ditch effort produced two runs in the fifth and final inning. Marsh struck out four, allowing two earned runs on four hits and four walks.
In the second game, Klamath Falls scored six runs in the second inning.
Johnson was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Zac Ankeny drove in two runs for the Mustangs.
Medford faces the Carson City Blue Jays for third place today at 111:30 a.m.
Medford Mustangs 101 33 — 8 8 0
Sierra Sundevils 000 02 — 2 4 4
Marsh and Geyer; Whitaker, Ratfield (4) and Clyde. W — Marsh. L — Whitaker. 2B — S: Dunithan.
Klamath Falls Falcons 160 000 2 — 9 10 0
Medford Mustangs 030 000 0 — 3 8 2
Reynolds and Schutler; Baptiste, Serean (2), Buchanan (7) and B. Thompson. W — Reynolds. L — Baptiste. 2B — KF: Loney, Young, Schutler.