Medford clinched third place in Area 4 American Legion AAA baseball with a first-game win over the Grants Pass Nuggets on Tuesday night but couldn't pull off the sweep at Harry & David Field.
The Mustangs opened the doubleheader with a 6-0 victory, using a balanced pitching effort from Charlie Walker, Cody Hoff and A.J. Doolittle to keep the Nuggets at bay with only three hits allowed.
The nightcap was a different story, however, for Medford as Grants Pass belted out 15 hits and limited the Mustangs to only two in contrast to secure a 12-1 triumph.
By virtue of Medford's opening-game win, and Klamath Falls' victory over Roseburg, the Mustangs finished third in Area 4 with a 7-9 league record. They'll hit the road for a super regional in Salem on Friday, where the Mustangs (24-18) will open the four-team event at 2 p.m. against The Dalles.
Also in that super regional will be host Salem Post 20 and Team Sports out of Portland. Super regional winners advance to the state tournament in Portland.
Medford capitalized on three Grants Pass errors and scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday's opener.
Taylor Humphrey drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. After Ethan Schlecht walked, Billy Hansen hit a grounder to third base that resulted in an error and allowed Humphrey to score. Jessie Hornbrook then walked to load the bases before Hayden Evans hit a two-run single to right field. A third run scored on the play when the right fielder's throw went into the Medford dugout.
Hornbrook's two-run single in the second built a 6-0 cushion that proved more than enough for the Mustang pitchers. Walker allowed two hits with two strikeouts in the opening three innings, Hoff allowed one hit in two innings and Doolittle pitched a pair of hitless innings with one walk and one strikeout.
Game 2 belonged completely to the Nuggets, with Crater standouts Corey Wynant going 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI and Matt Preston striking out the side in the seventh to close the victory. Also for Grants Pass, Jake Herklotz went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs, John Parker was 2-for-4 with one run and Marco Garmendia 2-for-4 with two runs.
Medford scored its lone run in the third when Ryan Wellock reached safely on an error, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Otherwise, GP starter Tyler Bennett was steady in allowing only two Medford hits through six innings with three strikeouts.
Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
Medford 420 000 x — 6 5 1
Polder, S. Parker (2) and Wynant; Walker, Hoff (4), Doolittle (6) and Westhelle-Grant, Wallan (7). W — Walker (3-1). L — Polder.
Grants Pass 310 321 2 — 12 15 3
Medford 001 000 0 — 1 2 4
Bennett, Preston (7) and Garmendia; Morrison, Luzny (2), Fredrickson (5) and Westfall, Wallan (5). W — Bennett. L — Morrison (3-5). 2B — GP: Garmendia, Wynant, Herklotz, Tracy.
NORTH MEDFORD 13-13, CC/SM/RR 1-0 — North Medford limited Cascade Christian/St. Mary's/Rogue River to a combined four hits in the American Legion A doubleheader sweep at St. Mary's High.
Jared Evans went all five innings in the opener, striking out five and walking one against two hits and one unearned run. In the nightcap, Josh Berman struck out 11 and walked one through five innings and Austin Zavala closed out the two-hitter in a scoreless sixth inning.
Troy Fowler was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs and Christian Gillis 2-for-4 with one run in Game 1. In Game 2, Taylor Raff was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, Honus Keindreich 2-for-2 with two RBIs and one run and Berman 3-for-3 for the Mavericks (39-13, 26-4 Area 4).
North Medford 314 05 — 13 10 2
CC/SM/RR 000 10 — 1 2 2
J. Evans and Zavala, Keindreich (4); Devish and Jones. W — Evans (3-0). L — Devish. 2B — NM: Raff, Crofton, Gillis, W. Westfall, Fowler 2.
North Medford 311 017 — 13 9 1
CC/SM/RR 000 000 — 0 2 2
Berman, Zavala (6) and Wolff; Dusenbury, Martin (5) and Crume. W — Berman (4-1). L — Dusenbury. 2B — NM: Raff 2, Crofton, Berman. 3B — NM: Brown.
GRANTS PASS DIGGERS 4-3, NORTH JACKSON 3-5 — At Eagle Point, North Jackson pitcher James Dixon was a hard-luck loser despite 10 solid innings of pitching in the opener and Derrick Walls tossed a four-hitter to lead the Eagles to an Area 4 split.
Dixon struck out nine with no walks and five hits allowed in 10 innings, with all four runs against him unearned. Grants Pass scored the go-ahead run in the 10th after an error put a runner on and Chris Leenknecht followed with an RBI double.
Nate Brammer was 2-for-4 in Game 1 for the Eagles (17-18-1, 17-14 Area 4), while Eric Skogseth went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI in Game 2.
Grants Pass Diggers 003 000 000 1 — 4 5 3
North Jackson 100 110 000 0 — 3 5 6
Sabota, Fulton (6) and Leenknecht; Dixon and Augino. W — Fulton. L — Dixon. 2B — GP: Leenknecht; NJ: Brammer.
Grants Pass Diggers 000 100 2 — 3 4 3
North Jackson 001 310 x — 5 3 2
Ekwall, D'Amilo (5) and Nicholas; Walls and Brammer, Augino (4). W — Walls. L — Ekwall. 2B — NJ: Skogseth.
WYNDHAM CUP — At Orlando, Fla., Medford's Dylan Wu fell short in his first match for the West team at the American Junior Golf Association event when the pairing of Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., and Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill., got things rolling for the East team by carding the day's first victory with a 4-and-3 win over the 16-year-old Wu and West Linn's Clayton Madey in the morning four-ball matches.
The East managed a 6.5-3.5 points lead after the morning session but the West answered with a late surge in the mixed foursome matches later in the afternoon to trail only 8.5-6.5 heading into today's rounds at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
The Wyndham Cup, now it its 23rd year, brings together the nation's top 40 juniors in an East versus West (divided by the Mississippi River) team match play tournament. Each squad consists of 20 players — 10 boys and 10 girls — who were selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings.
The West Team leads the all-time competition with a 12-9-1 record, while the East Team is the event's reigning champion, having won last year's Wyndham Cup 32-18.
PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP — At Bandon, Rogue River's Kevin Murphy birdied his first hole but seven straight above-par holes, including a 5-over-par 9 on the fourth hole, pushed him to an 11-over total in the first round on the Bandon Trails Course at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
After making the turn in 46, Murphy responded with an even-par back nine that included only one bogey that was offset by a birdie on the par-4 14th hole. Murphy's total of 81 placed him 63rd overall heading into today's second round.
Lorens Chan of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Gaston De La Torre of Brush Prairie, Wash., each shot even-par 70s to take the first-day lead.