Carlson erupts as Pilots secure sweep
MEDFORD — Eric Carlson was 7-for-7 with four RBIs and two doubles and also pitched four solid innings in the nightcap to lead the Ashland Pilots to an American Legion A sweep over Cascade Christian/St. Mary's/Rogue River on Friday at St. Mary's High School.
Carlson was 3-for-3 with three RBIs in Ashland's 12-2, five-inning Game 1 victory, then went 4-for-4 and struck out five in Ashland's 11-1, six-inning Game 2 victory.
Tommy Hulick struck out seven and walked three while allowing six hits to pick up the victory in the first game, which the Pilots (2-1) broke open by scoring four runs in the first inning.
Also for Ashland in Game 1, Bryce Rogan was 2-for-2 with two RBI's and two runs scored and Ryan Bottimore 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
In the second game, Ashland's Jack Carroll was 1-for-3 with a triple for the Pilots, who scored five runs in the third and five more in the sixth to win by the 10-run mercy rule for the second time Friday.
For the Wolfpack (1-3), Garrett Carpenter drove in all three runs on the day.
Ashland 410 34 — 12 9 2
Cascade 002 00 — 2 6 0
Hulick, Glick (5) and Glick, Cammarota (5); Dusenbury, Ritchie (4) and Seus. W — Hulick (1-0). L — Dusenbury (0-1). 2B — A: Bottimore, Hulick, Rogan. 3B — CC: Seus.
Ashland 105 05 — 11 7 1
Cascade 100 00 — 1 3 2
Carlson, Je. Carroll (5) and Hulick; Stinchcomb, Seus (4), Fode (5) and Seus, Stinchcomb (4). W — Carlson (1-0). L — Stinchcomb (0-1). 2B — A: Carlson 2; C: Ross. 3B — A: Ja. Carroll.
Mustangs drop pair
At Salem, the Medford Mustangs gave up four unearned runs in dropping a 4-3 decision to the Vancouver Cardinals in the 16-team Willamette Classic, then lost a 2-1 non-tournament game to the Salem Post 20 Dirtbags.
Six Mustang errors led to all of Vancouver's runs at John Lewis Field on the Willamette University campus.
The Mustangs scored two runs in the sixth inning to knot the score at 2-all. Medford loaded the bases on walks to Cody Hoff and Taylor Humphrey and a bunt single by Charlie Walker. Hoff scored on a fielder's choice by Evan Westhelle-Grant and Billy Hansen's sacrifice fly brought home the second run.
Ethan Schlecht, who went 3-for-4, doubled to open the ninth for the Mustangs and scored two outs later on Hayden Evans' single.
The Mustangs (5-5) gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh in the loss to Salem Post 20. It extended the Mustangs' losing streak to four straight.
Medford's only run came in the fourth inning when Jesse Hornbrook scored from third with the bases loaded on a double-play grounder by Evans.
Hornbrook and Westhelle-Grant each had two hits for Medford.
Medford Mustangs 000 002 001 — 3 7 6
Vancouver Cardinals 110 000 20x — 4 7 0
Namanny, Fredrickson (8) and Westhelle-Grant; Clevidence, Taylor (7), Hawken (9) and Freese. W — Taylor. L — Namanny (1-2). 2B — MM: Schlecht.
Medford Mustangs 000 100 0 — 1 6 1
Salem Post 20 010 000 1 — 2 4 0
Walker and Wallan; Fast, Zachary (7) and Rice. W — Zachary. L — Walker (0-1). 2B — S: Rice.