With the playoffs just three weeks away, the Pilots appear to be hitting their stride.




Kealii Cecil rallied Ashland in the opener with a three-run, walk-off home run and pitcher Brady Thomas limited South Medford to three runs in 6 1-3 innings of Game 2 as the Pilots completed the American Legion A sweep Tuesday at North Mountain Park.




Ashland won the opener 9-8 and the nightcap 9-3.




Cecil also hit a two-run homer in the first inning for Ashland (16-6, 14-4 Area 4), which increased its lead over South Medford in the league standings.




"That Game — win took a lot of pressure off of the second game for us," Ashland head coach Royce Miller said. "We needed to get a little room between us and South Medford, but we've got a lot of games packed into the next two-and-a-half weeks."




South Medford (14-8, 13-7 Area 4) scored four runs in the seventh to take an 8-6 lead. The outburst was keyed by a pair of two-run doubles by Kyle Seulter and Allen Fitzsimmons.




In the bottom of the inning, Owen Baldrica was hit by a pitch and Garrett Tygerson reached on a single to set up Cecil's game-winning homer.




"It happened so quickly that it just shocked everybody," Miller said. "We've had a few games slip away from us this year, but we've also come back in a few."




Brett Reordan smacked a three-run homer and added two other hits for the Colts, while Bo Walker and Isac Rolie collected two hits each.




Hayden Miller and Tygerson accounted for two hits apiece for the Pilots.




In Game 2, Ian Kendall had two hits for Ashland (16-6, 14-4 Area 4), including a two-run homer in the third, and Cecil added two more hits.




For South Medford, Rolie went 3-3 and Walker provided two singles.




Ashland travels to face Roseburg in a wood bat doubleheader today at — p.m.




FIRST GAME




South Medford 000 040 4 "" 8 11 1




Ashland 400 200 — "" 9 11 1




Rolie and Reordan; Tygerson, Stone (7) and Scarminach. W &

Stone. L &

Rolie. 2B &

SM: Seulter, Fitzsimmons; A: Miller 2, Tygerson. 3B &

A: Gordon. HR &

SM: Reordan; A: Cecil 2.




SECOND GAME




South Medford 000 020 — "" — 8 4




Ashland 012 051 x "" 9 9 1




Britton, McLaughlin (5) and Reordan; Thomas, Stone (7) and Hegdahl. W &

Thomas. L &

Britton. 2B &

SM: Walker, Reordan, Rolie 2; A: Kendall, Cecil 2, Hegdahl. HR &

A: Kendall.




Gaviglio No-No




At Medford, behind nearly flawless pitching by Ashland High graduate Sam Gaviglio, the Mustangs (24-5, 3-1 Area 4) swept an American Legion AAA baseball doubleheader against the Eugene Bi-Mart Challengers on Tuesday at Harry David Field.




The wins are Medford's eighth and ninth straight, with the thick of its conference schedule looming.




It couldn't have been much better, especially on the mound.




Former Phoenix pitcher Jordan Lewis threw a one-hitter in a 7-0 Mustangs win in Game — and Sam Gaviglio topped that, tossing a no-hitter in a five-inning 11-1 victory in Game 2 over struggling Eugene (11-8, 0-6 Area 4), which has lost nine in a row.




Gaviglio struck out six, including the side in the fifth inning, walked two and hit one batter. Eugene plated its only run in the first with one out when Colton Thomas reached on an error, went to third on another error and scored on a ground ball.




The Oregon State-bound Gaviglio, who helped Ashland to the Class 5A state title this year, threw nearly 30 pitches in the first inning but was untouchable after that, improving to 3-1 on the season.




It's the second no-hitter of his career, the other coming against Springfield while a member of the Grizzlies.




"It feels good after my last couple outings," Gaviglio said. "I didn't change anything. I just stuck with what I had."




Fencing




Rory Dwyer, 12, representing the Southern Oregon Fencing Center, placed third in the in the 12-and-under epee July — at the U.S. National Championships in San Jose, Calif. Rory narrowly missed placing in the top two, losing a tied bout in overtime by one touch.




The tournament was sponsored by the United States Fencing Association.




College Wrestling




Brent Lofstedt, 47, a two-time NAIA National Champion for Southern Oregon University in the 1980s, passed away July 2 at a Roseburg hospital following complications from a stroke.




He is also the father of current SOU wrestler and three-time All American Trevor Lofstedt, as well as incoming freshman, Mitchell Lofstedt. He also leaves behind his wife Dorene and daughter Rebbecca.




Brent Lofstedt's wrestling career set the standard for achievement at SOU (formerly Southern Oregon State College) by becoming the first wrestler to win back to back (82' and 83') national championships. Brent was a captain of 1983 national championship team while receiving the Outstanding Wrestler award for the championships.




For condolences, please send to the following address: 911 Harlan Drive, Roseburg, Ore., 97470.




Correction




The Daily Tidings on Thursday misidentified Ashland Pilots' pitcher Brady Thomas as Zach Thomas.




Brady Thomas started on the mound for Ashland and pitched well, allowing one earned run in three innings. He struck out three and walked none in a win over North Coos.