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Thunder tune up for national tourney.

Byline: The Register-Guard

FOREST GROVE - The Eugene Thunder 16U softball team won two of three games Saturday at the National Invitational tournament to improve their record to 19-11.

Kayla Braud had a pair of singles to lead the Thunder as they started the day with a 3-2 loss to the Kelso, Wash., Eruption.

The Eugene-based team bounced back with a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sidewinders. Lauren Watson had two singles and an RBI to lead a five-hit offense, and Nyree White struck out seven and gave up two hits and a walk in six innings.

Megan Harvey had two singles and three RBIs, and White singled twice and knocked in a run as the Thunder defeated the Forest Grove Rampage 3-2. White threw five innings and combined with Watson for seven strikeouts, three hits and one walk in six innings.

The tournament concludes today. The Thunder will then compete in the 16U National Championships July 27-Aug. 4 in Owensboro, Ky.

Dixon, Spencer shut down Salem Post 9 in 2-1 win

SALEM - Cameron Dixon and Skip Spencer combined on a four-hitter to lead the Quality Financial Group Titans of Springfield to a 2-1 victory over Salem Post 9 in a Zone 3 American Legion baseball game Saturday.

Dixon struck out 10 and walked three in eight innings while allowing three hits and a run. Spencer got the save after allowing a leadoff single in the ninth.

Michael Calef led off the second inning with a double and scored on a passed ball to give the Titans at 1-0 lead, and they pushed the lead to 2-0 in the third when Andy Maahs walked to lead off and eventually scored on Cody Garner's sacrifice fly.

The Titans improved to 6-7 in Zone 3 games and 19-20 overall with the victory.

Womack's one-hitter helps Challengers record split

Scott Womack gave up only one hit as the Eugene Bi-Mart Challengers defeated the Medford Mustangs 4-1 to salvage a split of a Zone 3 American Legion baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Swede Johnson Stadium. The Challengers dropped the opener 8-1.

Antony Kreitz had three hits and an RBI and Travis Rooke-Ley added two hits and two RBIs for the Challengers in the win. Womack struck out three and walked four in his one-hitter.

Grant Mascolo was 3-for-3 with a double to lead the Challengers in the first-game loss.

The Challengers (15-22, 2-10 Zone 3) will host East County of the Portland area today in a nonleague game beginning at 5 p.m.

Rainwater knocks in four to lead Sandblasters

FLORENCE - Drew Rainwater clubbed a three-run home run in the seventh inning and finished the game with four RBIs to lead the Three Rivers Sandblasters to a 12-2 Zone 3 American Legion baseball victory over the Withnell Dodgers of Salem on Saturday.

The win improved the Sandblasters to 8-6 in league and 15-12 overall.

Bryce Weidman struck out 10 and gave up seven hits and five walks in seven innings. Teammate Scott Buche led a six-hit attack with two singles and an RBI.

Rainwater's home run made the score 6-2 as the Sandblasters scored nine of their runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Bayless pushes Portland to summer league victory

LAS VEGAS - Jerryd Bayless scored 36 points, including a go-ahead jump shot with 18 seconds left, to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 74-73 victory over the Phoenix Suns in an NBA Summer League game Saturday.

The former Arizona star made 14-of-26 field goal for the Trail Blazers, who are 2-2 in league play.

Also Saturday, the Houston Rockets lost their second straight game, falling to 2-2 after an 80-75 loss to the Washington Wizards.

Former Oregon forward Maarty Leunen scored 13 points, and former Duck point guard Aaron Brooks scored 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting from the field.
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Title Annotation:Regional Roundup; The Eugene-based softball team wins two of three games Saturday at the National Invitational
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 20, 2008
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