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  • Mustangs split season-opening twin bill

  • FAIRFIELD, Calif. — The Medford Mustangs took it down to the wire but were able to salvage a season-opening split Saturday in a nonleague American Legion AAA baseball doubleheader against the Fairfield Expos.
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  • FAIRFIELD, Calif. — The Medford Mustangs took it down to the wire but were able to salvage a season-opening split Saturday in a nonleague American Legion AAA baseball doubleheader against the Fairfield Expos.
    After host Fairfield rallied for a 6-5 win in Game 1 by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Mustangs pulled off their own comeback with two sixth-inning runs in Game 2 and a pitching stand by Steen Fredrickson in the seventh to secure a 6-5 triumph.
    Trailing 5-4 with one out in the sixth inning of Game 2, David Crofton belted one of his three doubles of the nightcap. Nate Walker followed with an RBI double over the center fielder's head to tie the score. With two outs, Isaiah Luzny singled up the middle to plate the eventual game-winner.
    Fairfield, which had already played 10 games entering Saturday, did not go down without a fight. Fredrickson struck out the leadoff batter but walked the next before a flare to left field landed safely to put the winning run in scoring position.
    After a wild pitch advanced both runners, Fredrickson scored another strikeout and then intentionally walked the next batter to set up a force at any base. The Ashland High product didn't need the help, however, as he struck out Jack Gamba for the final out.
    Crofton finished 4-for-5 with three runs, Walker was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and Luzny 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the nightcap for the Mustangs (1-1).
    In the opener, Medford erased a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the fifth inning courtesy of a two-run triple by Taylor Raff and RBI single by Micah Brown.
    Fairfield answered with four unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead but the Mustangs tied it in the sixth when Austin Zavala singled home Charlie Walker and Raff plated Fredrickson with an RBI single.
    In the seventh, however, the Expos' Gamba beat out an infield single and then raced toward third on another single to right field. The throw from Luzny short-hopped third baseman Fredrickson and the ball skipped past to allow the winning run to score.
    Zavala finished 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI while Raff was 2-for-4 with one run and three RBIs in the opener.
    The Mustangs wrap up their three-game nonleague series with Fairfield at 10 a.m. today, then return home to face the West Coast League's Medford Rogues on Tuesday.
    FIRST GAME
    Medford Mustangs 000 032 0 — 5 10 3
    Fairfield, Calif. 001 040 1 — 6 6 1
    Westfall, Lupton (5), Crofton (7) and Zavala; Skinner, Parodi (6) and Espino. W — Parodi. L — Crofton (0-1). 2B — M: Carlson, Zavala; F: Brown. 3B — M: Raff.
    SECOND GAME
    Medford Mustangs 021 102 0 — 6 11 2
    Fairfield, Calif. 001 040 0 — 5 6 1
    Evans, Fredrickson (5) and Glick, Zavala (6); Lee, Gamba (4), Brown (7) and Bins. W — Fredrickson (1-0). L — Gamba. 2B — M: Crofton 3, Nate Walker 2.
    WCL Baseball
    ROGUES 8, GEMS 3 — At Klamath Falls, the Medford Rogues struck quickly by taking a 4-0 lead after two innings en route to their second preseason victory over the Klamath Falls Gems in as many days.
    Matt Page had an RBI single in the first and followed it up in the second with a double, scoring one of the Rogues' three runs in the frame at Kiger Stadium. Page scored on an RBI double by Matt Taylor and Quentin Urban and Jake Whisler added RBI singles as well.
    Bret DeRooy picked up the pitching victory after allowing just two runs in five innings on six hits and zero walks. Dillon Keane followed with two scoreless innings before Mark Lessel completed the game with two innings of his own, allowing one run.
    Klamath Falls scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings to trim the deficit in half but the Rogues extended their lead with a three-run seventh inning.
    Medford returns to Harry & David Field at 5:05 tonight and will play host to the Alameda Seals in the third of five preseason games leading up to Wednesday's season opener.
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