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Stranded runners costly in Barbers' loss

The Eastside team falls behind 5-0 and can't quite dig out of the hole

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Eastsides Garrett Fernandes gets a lead off second base during the teams 7-5 loss to Medford in the opening round of the AAA legion state tournament. Fernandes went 5-for-5 in the game with four singles and a double.

State tournament — First round

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Medford Mustangs
Eastside Barbers

KEIZER — The Eastside Barbers struggled to find their way home Wednesday during a 7-5 loss to Medford to open the AAA legion state baseball tournament.

The Barbers seemed to be on the fast track to a victory when Caleb Nutting dropped a perfect bunt down the third-base line, reaching safely without a throw being made. The flash-and-dash also loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning.

According to David Nichols' Expect Runs formula, nine out of 10 times a team in that situation should score.

This would prove to be the one time that didn't happen.

Medford starter Jordan Ragan struck out the next three batters to send Eastside back to its dugout with a zero.

The Barbers stranded 12 for the game, pulling to within 5-3 late when Cody Gleason whipped a two-out laser down the third-base line. But the ball found the webbing of Berry Hunt's glove to prevent the tying runs from scoring.

"I don't mind getting beat, but it feels like we gave this one away,” Duran said. “All the way to our last out, I never felt like this one was out of reach."

Look for expanded first-round coverage in our Friday, July 29, print edition.

View photos from the tournament at daveball.exposuremanager.com.