EUGENE — A day after breaking their 17-year-old consecutive win mark, the Medford Mustangs saw their incredible run come to an end.
The Mustangs ran their win streak to 20 games on Saturday before being dealt a 4-1 defeat by the Eugene Challengers in the nightcap of their American Legion AAA Area 4 doubleheader.
The Mustangs (35-6, 10-2 Area 4) won the opener 8-1 behind Logan Odom's masterful pitching performance.
"It was a great streak," said general manager Don Schneider. "It puts us in excellent place to take the first seed and get back to the state championship."
It only took one inning to doom the Mustangs.
Jared Smith struck out leadoff batter Brady Kirkpatrick on a wild pitch, which bounced in the dirt and escaped to the backstop, allowing the runner to reach base.
The next batter, Brooks McKey, deflected a pitch back to Smith on a swinging bunt, but the routine throw to first base was off target.
With one out, Eugene was finally able to capitalize with a two-run single by Travis Rooke-Ley. Ryan Bell later capped the four-run frame with a double.
Challengers' pitcher Scott Womack tossed a three-hitter.
Although Smith (4-1) was handed his first loss of the season, he was superb from the mound. He allowed just one earned run through four innings of work and did not allow a walk. He also fired seven strikeouts.
Dustin Smith accounted for two of the Mustangs' three hits in the contest.
Odom pitched a complete game five-hitter and dizzied the Challengers for 10 strikeouts while issuing just one walk in the opener.
Smith had a run-scoring double in the fifth inning and a sacrifice fly in the second, which tied the game 1-all.
Adamson and Zach Earle each had two hits, scored a run and drove in another.
The Mustangs' Colin Sowers and Kory Locken both went 2-for-4.
Medford 011 220 2 — 8 11 1
Eugene 100 000 0 — 1 5 2
Odom and Sowers; Rooke-Ley, Boytz (5), Bell (7) and Moscolo. W — Odom (7-1). L — Rooke-Ley. 2B — M: Stevens, J. Smith, Sowers; E: Moscolo. 3B — M: Adamson.
Medford 000 001 0 — 1 3 2
Eugene 000 040 x — 4 8 0
J. Smith, Emerson (5) and L. Sebrell; Womack and Kirkpatrick. W — Womack. L — J. Smith (4-1). 2B — E: Bell.
American Legion A
NORTH MEDFORD 2-3, GRANTS PASS 0-9 — North Medford split an Area 4 doubleheader against the Grants Pass Miners at North Medford High School.
North Medford's Brady Shipley pitched a one-hitter in the opener to improve to 7-1. He struck out six and walked four. The Diggers' only hit came in the second inning.
The Mavericks scored in the third and sixth innings. In the third, Hayden Wolfe reached on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Bradshaw and went to third on a single by Cody James. Wolfe later scored on a fielder's choice.
Corey Haggans led off the sixth with a walk, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Mark Cokenour, who was 2-for-3. James was also 2-for-3.
Bradshaw was 2-for-2 with a run scored and James was 2-for-4 for the Mavericks (33-10, 24-4 Area 4)
Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
North Medford 001 001 x — 2 5 1
Bars and Sager; Shipley and Pine. W — Shipley (7-1). L — Bars. 3B — NM: James.
Grants Pass 005 130 0 — 9 12 1
North Medford 000 120 0 — 3 7 1
Bellenbaum, Werner (7) and Sager; Wolfe, Anderson (5), Frost (5) and Cokenour, Pine (6). W — Bellenbaum. L — Wolfe (6-1). 2B — GP: Sager, Werner; NM: James.
Babe Ruth Baseball
AGE 13-14 STATE — At Portland, District 8 champion Central Point mauled South Central 15-1 in five innings, but St. Helens handed Central Point a 10-7 loss in the double elimination tournament.
Central Point will continue tournament play today at 4 p.m.
Against District 5 representative South Central of LaPine, Chris Painter struck out eight and allowed one unearned run to lift Central Point.
Matt Cooper and Robbie Grabowski each had three hits, while Ronny Herndon added a pair of singles.
Grabowski also contributed two doubles and a single in the loss to St. Helens.
AGE 14 STATE — At Klamath Falls, Ethan Schlecht pitched what may have been his finest game for District 4 champion Klamath Falls.
He allowed just five hits and went the full seven innings, vaulting Klamath Falls into today's semifinal game with a 6-4 triumph over South Coast.
Klamath Falls faces Upper Rogue at 11 a.m.
AGE 13 STATE — At Eagle Point, facing elimination, Eagle Point snuck into the championship game, reeling off two wins at The Yard.
District 4 champion Eagle Point defeated South Coast of Coos Bay 5-4, then beat Crater 9-6 to advance into today's championship.
Eagle Point will face Grants Pass for the title at 11 a.m. The winner goes to Kelso, Wash. for the regional tournament.
Bub Skogeth drove in four of Eagle Point's five runs on a 2-for-4 effort against South Coast. His sacrifice fly scored Jonny Wilkerson for the go-ahead run.
Wilkerson also finished 3-for-3 and scored three times. Justin Hartman was the winning pitcher.
Brandon Wilson was victorious from the mound against Crater. He helped his cause by going 2-for-4, while teammate James Dixon pushed across a pair of runs.
Ashland will square off with Crater for third place at 9 a.m.
Little League Baseball
HERMISTON 7, MEDFORD 3 — At Pendleton, Medford National held a 3-1 lead going into the fifth inning at the 11-12 state tournament, but errors allowed Hermiston to claim the win.
Medford was led by Adrian Garcia, who was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a double. Austin White gave Medford a 3-1 lead in the third with a two-run home run to center field and starting pitcher Christian Bowley worked five strong innings, allowing just four hits, no walks and striking out three.
Medford returns tonight to face Centennial at 7 p.m. in pool play.