Mustangs storm back and stomp Corvallis, 15-9
CENTRAL POINT Zzzz...Zzzz...Zzzz!
For two innings that's what the Medford Mustangs appeared to be doingon Friday in their baseball game with Richey's Market of Corvallis. Sleeping.
But the Mustangs woke up in a big way as they erupted for 15 runs on15 hits en route to a 15-9 American Legion victory at Anhorn Field.
The Corvallis club took advantage of Medford's early-inning slumber,tallying two first inning runs and four third inning runs, highlighted bya Greg Markley two-run home run, to take a 6-0 lead off Mustangs' starterMatt Chubb.
We let some things happen that shouldn't, said Mustang coachSandee Kensinger, whose team improved to 10-1. We've had three straightslow starts and we just need to be ready to go.
In the bottom of the third inning, like a grumpy man just waking up inthe morning, the Mustangs came to life.
Second baseman Jason Huish led off the inning with his team's first hitof the day, lashing a double to right center field.
After a walk to K.C. Rumrey, designated hitter Nate Philo cleared thebases with a two-run triple off Richey's Market starter Cody Hutchison.
Two batters later first baseman Shawn Walker doubled in Philo and twobatters after that, Brian Fachet doubled home Walker to cut the lead to6-5.
Nobody had really done anything until the third, said Philo.The momentum finally started to build and we got more focused. Itwas a definite wake-up call for us.
The fourth inning was almost a mirror image of the third for the Mustangs,who decided to play long ball.
With Huish and Rumrey on base again, Philo attempted a drag bunt, butwhen Hutchison fielded the ball and tried to gun down Huish at third, theball sailed past the third baseman Markley, allowing Huish and Rumrey toscore.
With the error fresh in his mind, Hutchison made his final mistake ofthe day, yielding a two-run home run to shortstop Alex Chavez.
Jake Postlewait was summoned from the Corvallis bullpen, and rudely greetedby Walker, who launched a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence for a 10-6Mustang advantage.
There are no easy outs in our lineup, said Kensinger. Someteams know what we've got, but some teams don't know us and don't pay muchattention.
In the seventh inning, with Medford leading 11-7, Philo was up to moretrouble for Corvallis, knocking in his fourth and fifth RBIs of the daywith a double into the right field corner.
Philo, who was moved into the designated hitter role because of a sorethrowing shoulder, was surprised with his offensive outburst.
It felt great to get the RBIs, said Philo, who was restinghis arm for today and Sunday's State-Metro All-Star Baseball Series in TheDalles. I usually start things off instead of driving them in. It'sdefinitely a new experience for me.
Philo's absence from his center field spot in the lineup was noticeable,as Medford committed two outfield errors in the game.
It just doesn't look right without him out there, said Kensingerof Philo. It's kind of throwing us off because of what his does forus defensively.
Hans Smith picked up the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief forthe Mustangs, improving his early season mark to 4-0.
Chubb, Smith, Steve Bechler and Huish combined to limit Richey's Marketto five hits on the day.
Walker finished the day 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored,and Huish was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Fachet and Philo each had two hits.
All told, the Mustangs smacked eight extra-base hits off Richey's Marketpitching.
It was good enough today, said Kensinger. But comeplayoff time it won't. We just need to be ready to play.