Knights eliminated from state tourney

East County loses early lead vs. Medford

The East County Knights fell out of contention at the AAA Legion state baseball tournament after a 9-5 loss to Medford on Friday, Aug. 4.

The Mustangs overcame an early 3-1 deficit with a five-run burst in the fifth inning and put the game out of reach with a three-run spurt in the seventh. Jared Adamson highlighted the scoring spree with a two-run double.

Austan Mason paced the Knights with three hits.

East County picked up its only win 3-2 Thursday by beating McMinnville in the elimination bracket. Ryan Morales sparked a three-run burst early in the game with an RBI-single to right field. He capped the rally several batters later, scoring from third base on a passed ball.

'We always like to be aggressive and put pressure on the other team,' Knights' manager Garet Luebbert said. 'We came out with confidence today and got the job done.'

McMinnville cut the gap to a single run in the seventh inning, but couldn't plate the equalizer. East County starter Austan Mason finished with 13 strikeouts.

The Knights face either Corvallis or Medford in another do-or-die game at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

East County surrendered an early lead and fell 15-8 against host Eugene in the first round Wednesday.

The Knights moved in front in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Jim Bray, but Eugene scored six runs in the third inning to take a lead it would never surrender.

Jon Keller hit two homers to lead the Challengers' attack. East County scored four runs in the ninth inning before the comeback was cut short.