Mustangs deal Klamath double defeat
KLAMATH FALLS -- Pitcher Jake Nelson held the Medford Mustangs to a season-low six hits, but the Mustangs found a way to pull out a 4-2 victory in the opening game of an Area 4 American Legion AA baseball doubleheader against the Klamath Falls Falcons Wednesday at Kiger Stadium.
The Mustangs (13-1) completed the sweep with a 10-1 victory in the nightcap to improve to 4-0 in Area 4 action. The Falcons entered the twin bill undefeated in league play but fell to 2-2 with the double loss.
Mustang players Nate Mayben and Colby Gonzales both kept their season-long hit streaks alive. Mayben and Gonzales have hit safely in all 14 Mustangs' contests.
In the opener, the Mustangs broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out rally in the seventh. Casey Campbell got things going by walking on a 3-2 pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. Jim Pickrel's grounder in the hole on the right side of the infield went off the glove of Falcons' second baseman Jayson Nelson and rolled into short right field, allowing Campbell to score on the base hit.
Pickrel advanced to second on a wild pitch and Brett Haag walked. Nate Mayben provided an insurance run with an RBI single that kept his hitting streak going.
Mustangs' pitcher Jarred Pagnini (2-0) went the distance for the victory. The 18-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked none.
Pickrel had two hits and two RBIs in the opener.
Pitcher Tony Conklin was a big factor for the Mustangs in the nightcap. Conklin, who had a shutout through five innings, tossed a six- hitter. He struck out six and walked two.
Medford built a 2-0 going into the fifth inning, then broke the game open with a six-run outburst. Haag began the rally with a one-out single and Mayben followed with a triple. Then Phil Ouellette provided an RBI single to keep the inning going.
Jason Brownell walked and Gonzales got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Charlie Jensen connected on an 0-2 pitch for a two-run single, with Gonzales going to third and Jensen to second when the ball was misplayed in the outfield. Campbell's single up the middle accounted for the final two runs.
Medford Mustangs ........000 110 2 -- 4 6 — Klamath Falls Falcons ..000 101 0 -- 2 9 1
Pagnini and Brownell; Jake Nelson, Stone (7) and Mortonson, Jay. Nelson (7). W -- Pagnini (2-0). L -- Jake Nelson. 2B -- M: B. Foster; KF: Tacchini, Jake Nelson.
Medford Mustangs .....001 163 0 -- 10 12 — Klamath Falls Falcons ..000 001 0 -- — 6 2
Conklin and Brownell; Haskins, Stone (5), Hamilton (7) and Jay. Nelson. W -- Conklin (2-0). L -- Haskins. 2B -- M: Brownell, Haag; KF: Jake Nelson, Kinsman. 3B -- M: Mayben.
NORTH JACKSON ROYALS 13-11, ROSEBURG HORIZON 3-8 -- At Eagle Point, North Jackson used six-run innings in both games to separate from Roseburg in an American Legion baseball doubleheader at the Yard.
Mike Newmann went 4-for-4 with three runs in the opener, while B.J. McFall added three hits and Jake Kleker drove in four runs for the Royals (7-3).
Ryan Garrett led the charge with four RBIs on a 3-for-4 effort in the second game, including two doubles. Sam Scarbrough added three hits, while McFall went a perfect 2-for-2.
Roseburg Horizon ...........010 020 0 -- — 4 5 North Jackson Royals...060 331 x -- 13 11 3
Randall, Capouch (5) and Jefferson; Strodthoff and Garrett. W -- Strodthoff (2-0). L -- Randall. 2B -- R: K. Bachmeier; NJ: M. Newmann, McFall.
Roseburg Horizon ............200 015 0 -- 8 9 4 North Jackson Royals ...022 061 x -- 11 13 2
Swanson, A. Bachmeier (3), Winters (5) and Capouch; Whisenhunt, M. Newmann (6) and Pogue. W -- Whisenhunt (1-1). L -- A. Bachmeier. 2B -- R: Capouch; NJ: Garrett 2, Scarbrough.
SOUTH MEDFORD COLTS 12-7, EUGENE WEST 8-10 -- At Eugene, Jim Maddox and Brett Haag propelled South Medford to an American Legion A opening-game victory, but the Colts' defense and pitching faltered in the second game at Swede Johnson Stadium.
In Game 1, Maddox went 4-for-4, including a double and home run, with two runs and two RBIs, while Haag hit three doubles, scored three times and drove in two.
In the second game, South jumped out to a 7-0 lead but the team's defense and pitching came up short.
The Colts committed three errors that led to six unearned runs, while South pitchers walked nine batters and hit two more.
South Medford Colts ....103 305 -- 12 11 — Eugene West ...................001 034 -- 8 6 1
Rodreick, Skundrick (5) and Shine, Hadley (6); Laing, Osaki (5), Prujillo (6) and Reed, Wolf (6). W -- Rodreick (1-0). L -- Laing. 2B -- SM: Haag 3, Thrapp, Maddox; E: Bradetich. 3B -- E: Scarlea HR -- SM: Maddox.
South Medford Colts ..340 000 0 -- 7 10 — Eugene West ............062 020 x -- 10 10 0
Sweet, Haag (4) and Hadley, Shine (4); Nagler, Overstake (3) and Wolf. W -- Overstake. L -- Haag (0-1). 2B -- SM: Thrapp, McCollum.