SALEM — The Medford Mustangs fell prey to a ninth-inning rally by the Vancouver Cardinals during Saturday's play in the Willamette Classic, marking their second loss in three tournament contests.
The Mustangs and Cardinals were tied 2-all heading into the ninth inning, but Vancouver was able to put up three runs in its half of the inning to score a 5-2 triumph.
Michael Bradshaw was solid on the mound through 62/3 innings, striking out two with one walk and two earned runs. Three of his eight hits allowed came in the seventh inning. Justin Bohn came on in relief with two on and got out of the jam.
Bohn had retired five in a row before trouble befell him in the ninth. With one out, he reached two strikes on Clint Coulter and Quin Walker before hitting each with a pitch. Devin Higgins followed with an RBI double to break the tie, and Tony Callura's sacrifice fly and a single by Derek Atkinson provided the final margin.
Medford (9-2) scored the first run of the game in the fourth on an RBI single by Bradey Shipley. Isaac Rolie set the stage when he reached on a two-out error, but had to be replaced on the basepaths when he turned his ankle while rounding first base. Pinch-runner Lucas Stone moved to second on a Matt Maurer single, then scored on Shipley's effort.
Maurer led off the seventh with a single, was sacrificed to second by Shipley and scored one out later on a single by Dan Katayama.
The Mustangs played without the services of starting catcher Colin Sowers and outfielder Cody James, who were in McMinnville taking part in the 6A-5A all-star baseball series that runs through today.
Vancouver Cardinals 000 001 103 — 5 10 3
Medford Mustangs 000 100 100 — 2 5 0
Yinger and Coulter; Bradshaw, Bohn (7) and Kaufman. W — Yinger. L — Bohn (0-1). 2B — V: Galusha, Higgins.
NORTH MEDFORD 8-15, GRANTS PASS 3-5 — Charlie Walker was 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs in the opener and the North Medford Mavericks used a 10-run fifth inning in the nightcap to secure the Area 4 sweep at North Medford High.
Walker belted a three-run homer in the sixth inning to help the Mavericks (5-3 Area 4) pull away in Game 1. Brian Carbonell was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and A.J. Doolittle earned the pitching victory after allowing four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
In the six-inning Game 2, Taylor Raff was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI, Jesse Hornbrook 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs and A.J. Miller 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
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No. Medford Mavericks 310 004 x — 8 10 1
Robinson and Custer; Doolittle and Pine. W — Doolittle (3-0). L — Robinson. 2B — NM: Walker. 3B — NM: Hornbrook. HR — NM: Walker (1).
Grants Pass Diggers 030 200 — 5 3 4
No. Medford Mavericks 120 0(10)2 — 15 10 1
Green, Beard (3), Matthews (6) and Cole, Custer (6); Howitt, Carbonell (5) and Pine. W — Carbonell (1-0). L — Green. 2B — GP: Cantiello, Robinson; NM: Raff, Carbonell, Pine. 3B — NM: Raff.
6A VS. 5A ALL-STAR SERIES — At McMinnville, North Medford's Colin Sowers belted a two-out triple off the right field wall to open the scoring and lead the Class 6A team to a 3-2, eight-inning victory in the first game of the four-game all-star series featuring high school seniors.
Sowers' blast plated Sandy's Ethan Teel in the third, but the 5A squad answered with a two-run homer by Churchill's Brad Birch off Lake Oswego's Tom Zarosinski in the fifth.
Chad Kjemhus of Lake Oswego tied the game with a single in the sixth, and Sowers drew a leadoff walk in the eighth and scored the winning run on a double down the left field line by Barlow's Matt Beeber.
In Game 2, Roseburg's Brandon Jackson earned the win by allowing only two hits and no runs in his five innings of a 6-1 victory by the 6A.
The series continues at 11 a.m. today with two seven-inning games.
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Class 6A 001 001 01 — 3 9 0
Henslee, Orman (6) and Cornish, Havens (8); Zarosinski, Moeller (8) and Sowers. W — Moeller. L — Orman. 2B — 5A: Sparkes; 6A: Lindell, Teel, Beeber. 3B — 6A: Sowers. HR — 5A: Birch.
Class 5A 000 000 1 — 1 4 1
Class 6A 301 020 x — 6 9 0
Phinney, Corbett (4) and Havens, Norgaard (5); Jackson, Harris (6) and Ampi, Van Atta (6). W — Jackson. L — Phinney. 2B — 5A: Gill, Sparkes; 6A: Woods 2, Huff.
FOLSOM PIONEERS 8, S.O. RIVERDAWGS 4 — At Folsom, Calif., Travis Wolf belted a pair of solo home runs for Southern Oregon in the amateur baseball loss.
Folsom's Ted LeMasters matched Wolf with two homers of his own and finished 4-for-4 to pace the Pioneers.
Wolf homered in the first and sixth innings, and the RiverDawgs (5-4) also put up a single run in the fourth and fifth innings. Chris Bradshaw plated Greg Vrooman with a groundout in the fifth, while Nick Rodda scored on a throwing error following a Steve Candelaria chopper in the fourth.
S.O. RiverDawgs 100 111 000 — 4 6 1
Folsom Pioneers 110 222 00x — 8 7 3
N. Northrop, Hayden (6), and Brill, Graham (6); Williams, Stoddard (5), Bielaski (8) and Heinzer. W — Williams. L — N. Northrop (0-3). 2B — SO: Omahen, Vrooman; F: LeMasters. 3B — F: Bouleware. HR — SO: Wolf 2; F: LeMasters 2
VALLEY INVITATIONAL — South Medford's U16 team went 3-0 during opening-day play of the college exposure tournament played in Beaverton and Hillsboro.
South Medford opened with a 5-1 win over the Oregon Spirit, with Eagle Point's Chloe Hansen striking out 11 to earn the win.
The Panthers then beat Seattle Spice 16-1, with Lucy Baldovino tossing a one-hitter.
South Medford wrapped up the first day when Kylee Nunez earned a 7-4 win over the Tigard Blast.
On the day, Olivia Beamish-White went 8-for-9 with four runs scored, Tasha Equitz was 4-for-10 with seven runs and Samantha Owirka 4-for-9 with one home run and four RBIs. Ashland's Rose Marston was 4-for-10 with five RBIs, and Baldovino was 5-for-10 with three doubles and four RBIs.
ALL-STAR SERIES — Phoenix's Kelsey George had 10 points, four assists and two steals to help lift the Class 4A East All-Stars to a 65-59 win over the West at Corban College in Salem on Friday.
Meanwhile, St. Mary's Veronica Valdez had 10 points and 10 rebounds and teammate Katie Bates added 10 rebounds for the 2A East in a 65-46 loss to the West on Friday.
On the boys side, Grants Pass' Ronnie Fields poured in a game-high 21 points and added four rebounds and four assists for the 6A South, which lost 96-85 to the North squad at Northwest Christian University in Eugene on Friday.
Ashland's Mason Costantino scored six points to help the 5A South squad top the North, 68-63, Friday.
Valdez turned in 18 points and seven rebounds and Bates had 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in an all-star contest at George Fox University in Newberg on Saturday.
PRESIDENTS CUP — The U15 RVSC Dream Team girls soccer squad held Washington Premier '94 White to a 1-1 draw during the third day of the U.S. Youth Region IV West Presidents Cup tournament at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Saturday.
Jackie Gardner-Miller's goal 15 minutes into the second half on a cross from Ashlee McFall put the RVSC squad ahead 1-0. Premier '94 White answered with a score about 10 minutes later.
The Dream Team beat Utah's WSC Flash '95 KS, 3-1, on Thursday and lost to Southern California's Fram CQ, 4-2, on Friday.
The Southern California Rush Nike U17 boys will face Alaska's JSC Jambaars in the championship at 8:30 a.m. today on Field 10.
On the girls side, Washington's Eastside FC '92 U17 team will play Southern California's Simi Valley SC Eclipse in the finals on Field 10 at 10:30 a.m.
For complete results, visit www.regioniv.com/presidentscup.htm.