Earle, Lewis guide Mustangs in win
With chances running out and the offense dead in the water, the Medford Mustangs AAA baseball team was reaching desperation in the opening day of the Best of the West Challenge at Harry & David Field.
Down three runs, Zack Earle began and later finished the Mustangs' rally, coming up with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh as Medford survived for a 4-3 victory over Reno Sierra on Thursday.
The Mustangs (12-2) continue today at 7 p.m. against Portland Baseball Club at Harry & David Field.
Earle lifted a 2-3 pitch over the head of the left-fielder and plated Hayden Wolfe to win the game.
Earle got the Mustangs going with a triple to lead off the sixth inning then crossed home plate after an errant throw by Sun Devils' second baseman Brandon Frankle found the Mustang dugout.
With one out in the sixth, Garrett Tygerson scored from first base on Ian Kendall's double, and Matt Maurer later drove in Kendall on a fielder's choice.
Mustangs' ace Jordan Lewis settled down after enduring a rough opening frame.
He allowed three runs — two earned — on three hits, but yielded just three hits over the next six innings. Lewis also struck out 11.
Earle finished 3-for-4 while Kendall and Max Gordon both went 2-for-3 for Medford.
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Yoder, Hodges (7) and Leid; Lewis and Sowers. W — Lewis (2-0). L — Yoder. 2B — M: Kendall. 3B — M: Earle. HR — RS: Buttner.
SALEM WITHNELL 14, LAS VEGAS 1 — Blake Miller had a two-run home run during a 2-for-3, four RBI afternoon as Salem cruised past Las Vegas at Harry & David Field..
The Lions' Craig Chamberlain backed Ryan Thompson's solid pitching effort by going 4-for-4 and scoring three times.
PORTLAND BASEBALL CLUB 9, CORVALLIS RICHEY'S MARKET 7 — Corvallis Richey's Market committed four errors in the fifth inning where Portland scored six runs to rally from a seven-run deficit at Harry & David Field.
Nathan Williams was 3-for-4 for Corvallis and Kyle Chamberlain was 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run for Portland.