Mustangs' onslaught continues, 14-5
How many ways can the Medford Mustangs beat you?
Well, 14 comes to mind.
For the third game in as many days, Medford treated its opponent likea pinata and bashed out at least 14 runs, routing Salem-Keizer Sand andGravel 14-5 in the American Legion AA baseball state tournament at The Dalles.
The victory puts the Mustangs, 46-7 and winners of four of the past sixstate titles, in the championship game regardless of how it fares today.
Medford, the lone unbeaten, faces Putnam at — today. If the Mustangswin, someone would have to beat them twice on Sunday to wrest the championshipfrom their mitts. If Medford loses today, it would have to win two gamesSunday for the crown.
Salem-Keizer faces the The Dalles in today's other game.
Medford has scored 15 runs once and 14 twice at state, amassing 43 hitsin the process.
We're just ripping the ball, I guess, said K.C. Rumrey, whowent 3-for-5, drove in three runs and scored twice. We've got a lotof belief right now.
The Mustangs have seemingly found opposing pitching inviting, but notbecause it's incapable.
It's the same type of pitching we've faced all year, saidRumrey. We're just really focused right now. We want it real bad.''
Rumrey was a key figure in the third inning, when Medford scored sixtimes to forge a 7-3 lead.
Nate Mayben singled to start the inning and later scored on a Nate Philosingle. Alex Chavez then singled in Philo, tying the game at 3-3.
Shawn Walker laced yet another single, sending Chavez to third, and Chavezscored on Kevin Follett's sacrifice fly. Brian Fachet followed with a singleand Rich Dorman doubled in Walker, making it 5-3. With runners at secondthird, Rumrey singled in Fachet and Dorman to make it 7-2.
Mayben made his first start of the season at second base. Matt Chubband Jason Huish usually alternate at the position, but Chubb started onthe mound and was relieved by Huish.
I guess coach wanted to mix it up a little bit, try something new,said Mayben.
It paid dividends, particularly in the sixth inning. Salem-Keizer hadpushed across two runs in the bottom of the inning, closing to within 10-5,and had the bases loaded.
It looked liked Salem-Keizer would do more damage with a grounder upthe middle, but Mayben ranged far to his right and stretched to make a finebackhanded snag before flipping to second base to end the inning.
Chavez, who drove in three runs to up his tournament total to 12 RBIs,and Mayben each had two-run singles in the seventh inning to apply the finishingtouches.
Chubb ran his record to 8-0 despite encountering difficulty. He gaveup 10 hits in 5 innings.
Huish pitched the final — innings for his seventh save. He allowed twohits before retiring the last seven batters, including three on strikeouts.
Philo was 2-for-3 with three runs and two stolen bases, Mayben 2-for-4with two runs and two RBIs and Chavez 2-for-5.
Medford Mustangs 106 030 400 14 15 1
Salem-Keizer Sand/Gravel120 002 000 5 12 1
Chubb, Huish (6) and Dorman; Bebout, Copeland (4), Yoder (8) and Gardner.W Chubb (8-0). L Bebout. S Huish (7). 2B M: Dorman,Rumrey. 3B M: Philo.