EUGENE — Devan Blankenship not only pitched for the win but helped his own cause along the way in Sunday’s conclusion of the Best of the West Tournament.
Blankenship drove in four runs while going the distance at the mound where he tossed a four-hitter and the North Medford Mavericks American Legion A team wrapped up the 12-team event with a 13-4 victory over Thurston.
The Mavericks (8-4) compiled 18 hits on the afternoon and had a seven-run fourth inning and a five-run sixth.
Thurston struck first with two runs in the first inning and the Mavericks weren’t able to overtake them until the fourth, during which they seized an 8-1 lead highlighted by Blankenship’s two-run double and Devin Grafton’s two-run single.
Blankenship also had a two-run single in the sixth, and from the mound he allowed four runs, struck out three and walked four.
Nick Samudio finished 4-for-5 with a run scored, Joshua Baptist went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI and Taven Passey was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Mavericks.
Blankenship and Passey; No. 22, No. 12 (4), No. 8 (7) and No. 18. W — Blankenship. L — No. 22. 2B — NM: Passey, Blankenship. 3B — NM: Borraggine.
Great West League
MEDFORD ROGUES 10, SAN FRANCISCO SEALS 2: At Alameda, Calif., Bobby Voortmeyer struck out six over seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and no walks for his first victory of the season, helping Medford even its four-game series with San Francisco at College of Alameda.
After the Seals struck first with a run in the third inning, the Rogues tied the game when Cole Carder scored on a wild pitch and took the lead for good during the same at bat when Cole Elvis’ single plated Blake Baumgartner to give Medford a 2-1 advantage.
The Rogues (13-11) added five runs in the sixth inning after the Seals committed three errors and Carder added an RBI single that extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Blake Baumgartner added a two-run single in the seventh inning for Medford while Brandon Bena and Riley Way scored two runs apiece.
The Seals (8-13) produced 12 hits but committed seven errors on the afternoon.
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Voortmeyer, Carle (8) and Bell; Cindric, Gaff (4), Morin (7) and Levin. W — Voortmeyer (1-1). L — Gaff. 3B — M: Way. HR — SF: Morin.
American Legion AAA
CORVALLIS MARKETMEN 7, MEDFORD MUSTANGS 4: The Medford offense sputtered in the latter innings and Corvallis prevented the Mustangs from finishing with a perfect record in the inaugural Coach K Memorial Tournament at Harry & David Field.
The Mustangs (12-4), who finished the event with a 3-1 record, saw Jack Thompson and Wyatt Baptiste both go 2-for-3 with an RBI single. Thompson scored twice and Baptiste once.
Johnson and Leid; Sandoval, Schreiner (5) and B. Thompson. W — Johnson. L — Sandoval. 2B — M: Baptiste.