SALEM — Jamie Flynn pitched a four-hitter and the Medford Mustangs pounded out 13 hits to score a 13-1 win over the Columbia Gorge Hustlers in the opening game of the American Legion AAA Super Regionals at West Salem High on Friday.
Flynn struck out nine and walked only one in a complete-game effort, and was supported by error-free defense. The Ashland High product improved his record to 5-3.
The Mustangs (25-19) continue the double-elimination tournament with a 2 p.m. game today against tournament host Salem Post 20.
A win today secures a spot in Sunday's championship, while a loss leads to another game later tonight at 5 to earn the right to advance.
Nate Namanny and Ryan Wellock each went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs to highlight Medford's offensive effort. Namanny's RBI single plated Taylor Humphrey in the top of the first to get things going, and Wellock and Namanny each had two-run singles in a six-run seventh inning.
Charlie Walker and Jessie Hornbrook each went 2-for-4 with one run and Hayden Evans was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI for the Mustangs, who finished third in the Area 4 standings.
Winners of the super regionals advance to the state tournament in Portland.
Medford Mustangs 110 131 6 — 13 13 0
Columbia Gorge 100 000 0 — 1 4 4
Flynn and Westhelle-Grant, Wallan (7); Baldwin, Keller (6), Ringer (7) and Denney, Copper (7). W — Jamie Flynn (5-3). L — Baldwin. 2B — M: Evans; CG: Denney.
CENTRAL POINT 5-6, NORTH MEDFORD 4-5 — At Central Point, in a battle of the Area 4's top teams, Central Point came out on top by sweeping North Medford at Anhorn Field to capture the league title and the No. 1 seed from the south region heading into the American Legion A state tournament.
The Comets (42-6, 33-2 Area 4), who wrap up their season in a make-up game against Ashland on Sunday, begin tournament play in Coos Bay on Wednesday. The Mavericks (40-16, 26-6 Area 4) are also in the state tourney as the No. 2 seed.
In the opener, the Comets generated two runs in the bottom of the sixth after Tyler Aplin and Evan Erskine advanced to second and third base respectfully on a double steal. The Comets loaded the bases when Blake Fahndrich was intentionally walked, setting up Ty Fox's RBI single. Taylor Tibbets added an RBI groundout to put the Comets up 5-1.
The Mavericks mounted a comeback, scoring two in the sixth and another in the seventh, but the Comets' Fox got North's Jared Evans to ground out and end the game.
Fox improved to 8-0 at the mound, throwing all seven innings to allow four runs — three earned — on 10 hits, one walk and one hit batter to go with three strikeouts.
Aplin, Fahndrich and Tanner Ryerson all had two hits apiece for the Comets while the Mavericks' Micah Brown went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Josh Berman added a 2-for-2 effort.
In Game 2, Fahndrich went 3-for-3, scored twice and drove in a run for the Comets. Anthony Martin went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Aplin 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI.
Erskine and Paul Turner both had a pair of hits as well for Central Point.
Berman went 2-for-4 for the Mavericks.
North Medford 000 102 1 — 4 10 1
Central Point 101 120 x — 5 11 3
Crofton and Zavala; Fox and Aplin. W — Fox (8-0). L — Crofton. 2B — CP: Aplin, Pardee.
North Medford 230 000 0 — 5 6 1
Central Point 230 100 x — 6 12 3
Brown, Gillis (2) and Zavala; Fahndrich, Pardee (5) and Aplin. W — Fahndrich (6-1). L — Gillis. 2B — NM: Berman; CP: Fahndrich, Martin, Turner. 3B — CP: Turner.
SOUTHERN OREGON 3, CALIFORNIA 2 — Seth Brown capped Southern Oregon's rally in the seventh inning, helping the RiverDawgs clinch a playoff berth in the Far West League at Harry & David Field.
After Ty Gilmore's RBI ground out cut California's lead to 2-1, Brown's two-run single to left field put the RiverDawgs (26-12, 12-7 FWL) up for good, 3-2.
After a bumpy start in the first inning where he gave up two runs on four hits, the RiverDawgs' Zach Morgan settled in nicely to hold the Seals to just four hits through the eighth inning.
Morgan really got on a roll in the top of the fourth when he fanned the final batter for an out. He continued by striking out the side in the fifth and punched out another to begin the sixth. He finished with nine strikeouts and improved his record to 5-2 at the mound.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Seals' Keenan Britton got caught in a rundown between third base and home plate and was called out on a close play at third on a tag applied by Gilmore. Seals manager Jake Gans was ejected for arguing the call.
Tynan Pedretti went 2-for-3 and scored a run.
Admission for the RiverDawgs 7 p.m. contest against the Redding Knicks today is free. Gates open at 6 p.m. at Harry & David Field.
California 200 000 000 — 2 9 1
Southern Oregon 000 000 30x — 3 4 0
Garcia, E. Alcanter (6) and Suarez; Morgan, Gaskins (9) and Hertzmann, Lewis (9). W — Morgan (5-2). L — E. Alcanter. S — Gaskins (4). 2B — SO: Pedretti.
PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP — At Bandon, Rogue River's Kevin Murphy carded a 2-over-par 74 on the Bandon Dunes Course to finish 33rd overall with a 301 total in the four-day event at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
Murphy's final round included five birdies to help offset a setback at hole Nos. 15-16, where he scored a double bogey and triple bogey, respectively.
An opening-round 81, which included a rare 5-over effort on the par-4 fourth hole at Bandon Trails Course, put Murphy in a hole that he steadily was able to climb partially out of thanks to scores of 75, 71 and 74 over the remaining days.
David Fink, Taeksoo Kim, Michael Anderson, Anton Arboleda and Matt Rawitzer all finished in a tie for first place after regulation play with 7 over 291 totals. Fink won in a playoff.