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Mustangs spank Springfield twice

The Medford Mustangs stretched their winning streak to 14 consecutive games Friday night with a double pounding of the Springfield Timbers in American Legion baseball play at Miles Field.

The Mustangs (15-1) exploded for seven runs in the first inning of the first game on the way to a 7-1 win and spotted the Timbers a 2-0 lead in the second game before rolling to a 12-2 victory in five innings.

The Mustangs, who entered the non-league doubleheader with a .461 team batting average, didn't hurt it with 30 hits in two games, including 15 in the five-inning second game, which was stopped by the 10-run rule.

I'd like to know of another Legion team around here that has all the hitters we do, said Mustangs' first baseman Colby Gonzales, who had five hits in seven at-bats in the doubleheader. We get hitting from all nine guys.

We weren't too worried when we were behind 2-0 in the second game, said Mustangs' third baseman Charlie Jensen, who slammed a pair of three-run home runs in the doubleheader, including a blast in the fourth inning of the second game to give Medford a 9-2 lead.

We know we can come back and get two runs on anybody. It's going to take more than two runs to beat this team right now.

Gonzales, celebrating his 17th birthday, gave himself five satisfying presents in the form of two doubles and three singles in the doubleheader.

Shortstop Nate Mayben of the Mustangs was 5-for-6 on the doubleheader, Brent Foster 3-for-5 with three walks, and Jensen was 3-for-7 with six RBI.

Foster gained his second win as a pitcher in the second game.

Foster's Crater High teammate, Casey Campbell, was the winning pitcher for the Mustangs in the first game. He allowed five hits in seven innings while improving his record to 2-0.

Medford scored seven times in the first inning to make Campbell's night an easy one in the opener. Foster had a two-run double and Jason Brownell doubled in a run for the Mustangs prior to Jensen's first of two homers in the doubleheader, a high drive over the left-center field wall to make the score 6-0.

Jarred Pagnini made it 7-0 with a run-scoring double later in the inning. Tony Conklin, who singled earlier, scored on the Pagnini double.

Medford manager Sandee Kensinger changed his lineup for the second game, but the results were the same. Wholesale hits and plenty of runs.

We have a lot of talent and pitching depth, said Kensinger. It's a lot of fun coaching this team right now.

The kids are working hard and playing hard. They are having a good time winning like this.

Mayben was 3-for-3 in the first game, Gonzales 3-for-4, Jensen and Conklin 2-for-3 and Foster 2-for-4.


Springfield ...........010 000 0 -- — 5 0 Mustangs ............700 000 x -- 7 15 1

Mickelson and Morgan; Campbell, Beers (7) and Brownell, Shine (7). WP -- Campbell (2-0). LP -- Mickelson. 2B -- M: Foster, Brownell. 3B -- M: Mayben. HR -- M: Jensen


Springfield ...............200 00 -- 2 5 0 Mustangs ..............112 53 -- 12 15 1

Wilkins, Hoffstat (4) and Morgan. B. Foster and Shine. WP -- Foster (2-0). LP Williams. 2B -- M: Mayben, B. Foster, Shine. HR -- M: Jensen. S: Hoffstat.

Mustang shortstop Nate Mayben tags out Springfield's James Rise at Miles Field Friday. - Photo by Drew Fleming