Mustangs waste lead but still get past Chico
ROSEBURG Two days after letting one California team rally froma two-run deficit late in a game to win, the Medford Mustangs were determinednot to let another do the same.
The Mustangs, who lost to Fairfield on Friday, watched their 2-0 advantageover the Chico Nuts slip away Sunday but still came away with a 3-2 victoryand fourth place in the eight-team Doc Stewart Invitational.
In a tight game played in just over an hour and a half, K.C. Rumrey'stwo-out single to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning allowedKevin Follett to score the eventual game-winning run from second for theMustangs.
Medford jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. NatePhilo singled, stole second and scored on a throwing error. Brian Fachetfollowed with an RBI single to left.
Mustangs starter Matt Chubb and Chico pitcher Ryan Friend kept the hittersat bay until the fifth, when the Nuts scored once off Chubb.
In the sixth, Chico had two runners on with one out when Jason Huishcame in to relieve Chubb. After retiring one batter, he gave up an infieldsingle to Pat McGarr that allowed Chico to tie the game. But Huish (2-0)fanned Russell Wilson to end the inning and got the win.
Medford (17-2) can avenge its only two losses of the season this week.The Mustangs host Fairfield on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Miles Field beforetraveling to take on the Klamath Falls Falcons, who beat them in a non-leaguegame, on Wednesday at Kiger Stadium.
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