Corvallis hurler tames Mustangs' batters, 4-2
CORVALLIS The Medford Mustangs road to the American Legion AA statetournament will detour through Eagle Point.
The Mustangs could have closed out Ritchey's Market of Corvallis Thursdaynight with a victory at Taylor Field. Instead, left-hander Cody Hutchisonturned in the best pitching performance against the Mustangs' potent offensethis summer in leading his team to a 4-2 victory.
Hutchison (4-4) retired the final 22 batters as Corvallis snapped Medford'ssix-game winning streak and evened the first-round series at 1-1.
The teams meet at 4 p.m. today at Eagle Point High School with the winneradvancing to next week's tournament at The Dalles.
There was nothing fancy, Medford manager Sandee Kensingersaid. He didn't walk anyone, he struck out seven and they made theplays behind him. Against our lineup, the way we've been scoring, that'sa hell of a job.
I can't say that he's the best we've faced, but he did the bestjob against us, that's for sure. Obviously, it was his night.
It was a stark reversal from a June 13 game in Central Point when Hutchisonallowed nine runs in less than four innings in a 15-9 Mustang victory.
On Thursday, Corvallis took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.Travis Anderson singled off Mustang starting pitcher Steve Buechler (8-3).Then with two out Ritchey's third baseman Greg Marklay powdered Buechler'sfirst offering 370 feet, easily clearing the left-field fence.
Medford tied it in the top of the second. Brian Fachet doubled and, twoouts later, Matt Chubb doubled. Then Ryan Petersen singled home Chubb.
But Hutchison struck out the next batter and nary a Mustang reached basethe rest of the night.
Corvallis scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the third inning.Anderson reached on one of two Medford errors and then scored on a wildpitch.
Corvallis tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Marklay drovein Kirk Myrold with a base hit.
Kensinger said he was unsure who his starting pitcher would be today.