RiverDawgs open league with twin bill sweep
The Southern Oregon RiverDawgs rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep against the Redding Colt .45s on Saturday at Harry & David Field.
The RiverDawgs won 5-4 in the opener and 4-2 in the nightcap of its West Coast League Tri-State opener. The two teams will complete the three-game series today at Harry & David Field at noon. Friday's game was called due to weather.
In Game 1 on Saturday, Southern Oregon (7-0, 2-0 WCL) entered the seventh and final inning trailing 4-2. Eric Walk drew a walk, Mitch Garcia followed with a groundball to the pitcher Zach Biehl, who threw low to second, allowing Walk to reach safely.
Jared Adamson then loaded the bases with an infield single. Mitch Nelson singled in one run, Johnny Omahen walked to force in the tying run, and Allen Smith hit an infield single to plate the winning run.
Smith's hit went to the shortstop, and he beat the throw to win it.
Dustin Brooks was 2-for-3 for Redding. He hit a two-RBI double in the third to give the Colt .45s a 2-1 lead.
Aaron Hassel plated runs in the second and fourth innings for Southern Oregon with RBI groundouts.
Steve Candelaria hit a two-run home run to left in the first inning of Game 2.
The RiverDawgs added two more in the sixth when Smith singled and Candelaria was hit by a pitch. Walk then hit a ball back to the pitcher, who fired the ball down the right-field line. Walk was awarded a hit, and Smith scored on the throwing error. Candelaria later scored on the wild pitch.
Josh Camp earned the win, his second, by pitching two scoreless innings.
Redding 002 010 1 — 4 5 1
Southern Oregon 010 100 3 — 5 5 0
Kreyenhegen, Biehl (7) and Cadaret. Flinn, James (7) and Hassel. W — James (1-0). L — Biehl. 2B — R: Brooks.
Redding 100 010 0 — 2 5 2
Southern Oregon 200 002 x — 4 4 2
Masteller, Richardson (6) and Bogue. Freeman, Camp (6), James (7) and Reordan. W — Camp (2-0). L — Richardson. 2B — R: Button. HR — SO: Candelaria (1).
SALEM 3, MEDFORD 1 — At Salem, the Salem Withnell Dodgers utilized two costly walks in the first inning and a strong outing from pitcher Ryan Thompson to defeat the Mustangs at Willamette University's John Lewis Field.
Thompson struck out nine and scattered seven hits over eight innings for the win.
Medford pitcher Matt Maurer took the loss. He struck out six but walked five in five innings of work. Only one of the three runs with Maurer on the hill was earned.
The two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but settled on one nine-inning game due to inclement weather.
Salem scored two runs in the first inning, which began with an error by Chris Bradshaw on a hard hit ball to second. Maurer then surrendered back-to-back singles to load the bases and walked the next two batters to plate the runs.
Tyson Giza led the Dodgers by going 2-for-4.
Medford scored its only run in the first. Bradshaw opened with a single, Griffin Boyd was hit by a pitch, and Garrett Tygerson singled to load the bases for Ian Kendall, who singled to right to score Bradshaw. But on the play, Boyd was thrown out at home to end the inning.
Bradshaw finished 2-for-4, hitting safely in his 10th straight game. Tygerson and Kendall were also 2-for-4.
Charlie Sebrell pitched three scoreless innings of relief.
The Mustangs play a doubleheader today against Salem Post 9 at 10 a.m. at Corban College.
Medford 100 000 000 — 1 7 2
Salem 200 010 00x — 3 6 1
Maurer, C. Sebrell (6) and Sowers. Thompson, Martinez (9) and Miles. W — Thompson. L — Maurer (0-1). 2B — S: Lewin.
KLAMATH FALLS HAWKS 14-0, SOUTH MEDFORD COLTS 7-3 — At Klamath Falls, Kyle Seutter tossed a one-hitter in the nightcap to help South Medford gain a Area 4 split at Kiger Stadium
Klamath Falls' lone hit off of Seutter was a fifth-inning leadoff double by Chad Swan.
The Colts (7-3) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Alan Fitzsimmons belted a two-run home run.
Austin Reames singled, then scored on a single by Austin Griffin to give South Medford a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning.
Reames went 2-for-3 in the second game.
Conner Shannon collected two hits and five RBIs to lead Klamath Falls in Game 1.
Nate Namanny, Casey Kline and Seutter each had three hits for South Medford and Josh Havird and Ryan Wellock added two hits apiece.
South Medford Colts 000 601 0 — 7 14 5
Klamath Falls Hawks 203 450 x — 14 10 1
Havird, Campbell (5) and Fitzsimmons; North and Clair. W — North. L — Havird (0-1). 2B — SM: Kline, Seutter; KF: Weiser, Shannon.
South Medford Colts 000 210 0 — 3 6 2
Klamath Falls Hawks 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
Seutter and Fitzsimmons; Swartzlander and Rodgers. W — Seutter (1-0). L — Swartzlander. 2B — SM: Havird, Wellock; KF: Swan. HR — SM: Fitzsimmons.