Gordon helps Mustangs topple Salem Post 9
For the second time in three nights, the Medford Mustangs defeated the Salem Post 9 Highwaymen — coached by former Mustang player Matt Skundrick — Thursday at Harry & David Field.
Max Gordon sparked the offense with a pair of doubles and four Medford pitches limited Salem to seven hits as Medford registered a 6-2 American Legion AAA victory.
Salem scored one run in the second inning off Mustang starter Charlie Sebrell to take the game's first lead.
Medford answered with three runs in the third. Gordon began the rally with a one-out double. Chris Bradshaw singled to right to score Gordon and a throwing error on the play allowed Bradshaw to go all the way to third base.
Zack Earle followed with an RBI single, stole second and went to third when catcher Marc Labarthe's throw went into center field. Earle scored on Garrett Tygerson's sacrifice fly.
It was Tygerson's team-leading 50th RBI of the season.
The Mustangs added to their lead in the fourth with two more runs. Griffin Boyd opened with a double and Lewis Sebrell singled with one out to put runners on first and third. Boyd scored but Lewis Sebrell was forced out at second on Hayden Wolfe's ensuing bunt. Wolfe then stole second and scored on Gordon's second double of the game.
In the ninth, Ian Kendall led off with a single and, two outs later, Isaac Rolie came through with an RBI double.
The Mustangs (29-6) will travel to Klamath Falls today for a key American Legion Area 4 doubleheader against the Klamath Falls Falcons at 6 p.m. at Kiger Stadium. The Falcons tagged Medford with its only league loss and are just one game back of the first-place Mustangs in the Area 4 standings.
Salem Post 9 010 000 001 — 2 7 3
Medford Mustangs 003 200 01X — 6 9 0
Phillips and Labarthe; C. Sebrell, Bedortha (6), Shipley (8), Tygerson (9) and L. Sebrell, Sowers (6). W — C. Sebrell (1-1). L — Phillips. 2B — S: Walrath, Van Cleave; M: Gordon 2, Boyd, Rolie.
BEST OF THE WEST — At Eugene, two-time defending tournament champion North Medford Mavericks dropped two games and fell to 0-3 in the 11-team event at Swede Johnson Stadium.
Sheldon defeated North Medford 9-2 in six innings on the seven-run mercy rule, then Thurston rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to hand the Mavericks a stunning 9-8 loss.
Cody James and Jessie Hornbrook both went 2-for-3 against Sheldon.
In the fourth inning, Michael Paxton walked and James belted a triple that tied the score 2-all. But Sheldon erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to take command.
Against Thurston, the Mavericks led 8-0 at one point.
North Medford grabbed the initial lead in the second inning when Hornbrook opened with single and stole second. With one out, Phillip Jovanovic delivered an RBI single. Jovanovic stole second then scored on a two-out single by Jordan Frost.
James' two-run triple highlighted a five-run fifth inning that gave North an 8-0 lead. But Thurston answered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth and won the game with the big rally in the seventh.
Hornbrook collected two hits, two RBIs and scored twice, while Jovanovic added two hits, one RBI and one run.
North Medford (24-13) plays Churchill at 3:30 p.m. today
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North Medford 100 100 — 2 10 2
Horning and Corey; Jovanovic, Anderson (5) and Pine, Whitehead (5). W — Horning. L — Jovanovic (2-2). 2B — NM: Hornbrook, Jovanovic. 3B — NM: James.
North Medford 020 150 0 — 8 7 3
Thurston 000 040 5 — 9 7 2
Hornbrook, Whitehead (5), Allbright (7) and Pine; Phinney, Kopezenski (5) and Havens. W — Kopezenski. L — Whitehead (4-1). 2B — T: Loos. 3B — NM: James.