Nationals win District 8 crown

GOLD HILL — The Medford Nationals ages 10-11 baseball team powered its way into the state tournament with 21-4 and 14-1 victories over the Grants Pass Nationals to claim the District 8 All-Star title Monday at the Gold Hill Little League Field.

Medford begins tournament play July 13 in Hermiston.

Medford won the first game in five innings and the nightcap in four by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.

In the opener, Cole Doster went 4-for-4 with four runs and two RBIs while Daniel Shenk was 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Jacob Melton, who hit inside-the-park home runs in each game, got help from Jack West on the mound to limit Grants Pass to four hits.

In Game 2, Medford's Zach Taylor, Robby Carle and Trevor Marthoski all had two hits. Marthoski scored three runs.

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