The Medford Mustangs American Legion baseball team split with Roseburg Dr. Stewart's in an Area 4 doubleheader at Harry & David Field on Tuesday, winning the first game 5-4 before falling 5-3 in eight innings in the nightcap.
The Mustangs (19-11, 2-2 Area 4) and Dr. Stewart's (16-10, 3-3) combined for 12 errors in Game 2, which was decided when Roseburg's Zach Wyscaver hit an RBI single up the middle in the top of the eighth inning. Mike Morin added a run-scoring double a batter later.
RECAP: Carter Glick improves to 4-0 with a pitching win in the opener, but Medford commits five errors in the nightcap and loses in eight innings.
up next: Tonight, 7 o'clock, Klamath Falls at Medford Mustangs.
In the bottom of the eighth, pinch runner Dan Seus scored as Dr. Stewart's executed a double play. But after Austin Zavala's infield single, Charlie Walker grounded out to end the contest.
Dr. Stewart's made seven errors and Medford five (all throwing) in the second contest.
Medford's David Crofton hit the go-ahead RBI single to left field in the fourth inning and starting pitcher Carter Glick went the distance as the Mustangs edged Roseburg in Game 1.
Medford was coming off of a hot-hitting performance at the Reno Fourth of July tournament last week, finishing in third place with a 5-1 record and tallying 88 hits. The Mustangs had 13 hits total on Tuesday.
"We hit the ball really well down there but it was a real hitter's ballpark there, too," Medford head coach Nate Mayben said. "The wind is blowing out, there's a fast infield, so that helped a lot ... Our guys did a a good job at the plate today. It was a good approach."
The defensive mistakes, he said, were the big issue.
"You just can't win a game making that many," Mayben said.
Added Medford's Isaiah Luzny: "It is something to clean up. There are good games and bad games. We have been playing pretty well and got third place at the Reno tournament but those errors, we'll fix. It happens."
In Game 2, Medford committed three errors in the first inning, but managed to only give up one run during the disastrous stretch.
Noah Miller's RBI single put Dr. Stewart's ahead 2-0 in the third. Roseburg made three errors of its own and Micah Brown drove in Zavala with a single in the bottom of the inning.
The Mustangs evened the score at 2 in the fourth when Bryce Rogan led off with a booming triple to right field. Luzny followed with an RBI fielder's choice, and an error by Dr. Stewart's third baseman put Medford on top 3-2.
Morin tied the game at 3 with a two-out RBI single that plated Miller from second base in the top of the sixth.
Brenden Fricke earned the win in Game 2, giving up three runs (two earned) and four walks and striking out three. His brother, Jacob Fricke, picked up the save after finishing things off in the eighth.
"Definitely we are in the negative right now and we need to get better (defensively)," Dr. Stewart's head coach Scott Shaver said. "In order for us to go on a run we have to get better. I was very happy with our pitching all the way around and they kept us in the game long enough where we could sneak up and get that one."
Brown went 2-for-4 and Taylor Raff 2-for-5 for the Mustangs in Game 2.
Hayden Evans took the loss after allowing five runs (two earned), seven hits and one walk and fanning six.
"Hayden Evans doesn't deserve a loss in that game," Mayben said. "He pitched well enough to get a win and Carter bulled his way through. It wasn't his best stuff but you don't always have that every day."
Glick, who improved to 4-0, allowed nine hits, four runs (three earned) and two walks. He fanned six.
Roseburg took a 2-0 lead in the first before Charlie Walker's two-run double to left evened things in the bottom of the inning. Taylor Raff and Joe Zavala scored.
Medford went ahead 4-2 in the second inning on a sacrifice bunt by Steen Fredrickson and RBI fielder's choice by Raff. On the sac bunt, birthday boy Eric Carlson came home when Indians starter Mike Morin overthrew the ball to first base.
A throwing error by the Mustangs allowed Tristan Guillen to come home in the fourth. Later in the inning with the bases loaded and one out, Boog Leach tied the game at 4 with an RBI fielder's choice.
Crofton's key hit, which drove in Walker, came with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
Neither team could get much going after that. Glick and the Mustangs closed the door quickly in the final frame with a flyout, strikeout, hit batsman and strikeout.
For Roseburg, Noah Miller went 2-for-4 and Guillen 2-for-3. Kody Matthews hit a run-scoring triple and Miller an RBI single in the first.
The Indians executed two double plays in the opener.
Roseburg 200 200 0 — 4 9 2
Medford 220 100 x — 5 7 2
Morin, J. Fricke (4) and Leach; Glick and Zavala. W — Glick (4-0). L — Morin (1-1). 2B — R: Guillen; M: Raff, C. Walker. 3B — R: Matthews.
Roseburg 101 001 02 — 5 7 7
Medford 001 200 01 — 4 6 5
B. Fricke, J. Fricke (8) and Matthews; H. Evans, Brown (8) and Zavala. W — B. Fricke. L — H. Evans (3-1) . 2B — R: Morin. 3B — M: Rogan.
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