Medford blows away Storm, 15-2
THE DALLES Alex Chavez smashed a second-inning grand slam and theMedford Mustangs hammered out seven doubles as they dismantled the CentralOregon Storm, 15-2, on Wednesday in the opening game of the state AmericanLegion AA state tournament.
The heavy-hitting Mustangs improved to 44-7 and meet Zone — championCooke's Stationary of Salem in today's second round. Right-hander SteveBechler (8-3) takes the mound for the Mustangs at 4:30 p.m. today.
Cooke's defeated Madison, 8-3, Wednesday. On June 26, Medford defeatedCooke's, 8-3.
Central Oregon (36-18) starter Leam Woodard ran into trouble in the secondinning against the Mustangs, who carried a .367 team average into the tournament.
Brian Fachet doubled and Rich Dorman reach on a bunt before K.C. Rumreyknocked in the game's first run with a ground ball that forced Dorman. MattChubb doubled in the second run before Woodard walked Ryan Petersen andNate Philo on four pitches apiece.
Chavez guessed correctly that Woodard's first pitch was coming down thepipe.
He launched a 360-foot fly over the left-center field fence for his fourthhome run and second grand slam of the summer.
Alex is a smart hitter and was looking for certain pitch,Medford manager Sandee Kensinger said. The guy had no choice afterloading the bases. In any other location, Alex probably would've taken thepitch.
Medford's 15-hit attack made things easy for pitcher Hans Smith, wholimited the Storm to four hits in seven innings to pick up his 11th winin as many decisions. He struck out seven and walked three.
Philo capped another six-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inningwith a three-run double. He finished the contest 1-for-2 with four RBIsand three walks. Dorman was 4-for-4, while Petersen was 2-for-2 with threeruns scored and Chavez was 3-for-5 with six RBIs.
The kids are having a blast, said Kensinger, whose teamshave won four of the past six state titles. We got a couple of bigblows and took advantage of walks.
We played pretty good defense and the errors we made didn't hurtus because we were up pretty big.