Dawgs run streak to five games
A comeback and a controversial play later, the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs were able to complete a three-game sweep of the NorCal Pirates on Sunday, pushing their winning streak to five games.
Kory Locken drove in Anthony Renteria with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the RiverDawgs a 3-2 victory at Harry & David Field.
Locken's game-winning single to left field wouldn't have been possible if not for a mental miscue by the Pirates in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With the RiverDawgs (12-13, 6-9 Far West) facing a 2-1 deficit, the bases full and one gone in the bottom of the seventh, Chris Bradshaw hit a sharp ground ball to Pirates third baseman Michael Brandy, who routinely scooped it up and tagged third base to record the second out.
After tagging the base, however, Brandy began to jogging off the field thinking he had recorded the third out, which meanwhile allowed Bradshaw to reach first base safely and the RiverDawgs' Nick Rodda crossed home plate from third to tie the game at 2.
Locken, the next batter, had a chance to give the RiverDawgs the lead with a hit up the middle, but the ball ricocheted off second base and into the glove of the shortstop, who was there to tag the bag and record the final out.
RiverDawgs starter Mike Shabes worked five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts.
Reliever Chris Bataska was able to capture his second win the season by throwing the final four innings. He shut down NorCal, allowing just three hits and two walks.
Rodda finished 2-for-3 to go with an RBI and Trent Jemmett was 2-for-4.
The Pirates scored both of their runs on Ryan Lauer's two-run home run with one out in the top of the fourth inning.
NorCal 000 200 000 — 2 8 1
Southern Oregon 010 000 101 — 3 9 1
Williams, Nelson (8) and Lauer; Shabes, C. Bataska (6) and Rogers, Fosnes (6). W — C. Bataska (2-0). L — Nelson. 2B — SO: Hall. HR — NC: Lauer.
RENO INVITATIONAL — At Reno, Colin Sowers hit a home run in each game for Medford, who will play for third place today in the Reno Invitational.
The Mustangs (21-7), who have gone 4-1 in the tournament and will next face the Sierra Nevada Sun Devils today, beat the host Reno Knights, 12-2, before derailing the San Mateo Bulldogs, 12-2. Both games lasted just five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Ethan Schlecht capped a five-run first inning for the Mustangs with a two-run home run against the Knights. Sowers homered in the following inning to put the Mustangs up 6-2.
Jessie Hornbrook, who extended his hitting streak to 21 games after collecting a hit against the Bulldogs, finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored against the Knights.
Seth Brown went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs and Sowers was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
Travis Cash went the distance for the first time as a Mustang, surrendering just on earned run on six hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts.
Against the Bulldogs, Medford's Lucas Stone plated Cody James with a triple to allow the 10-run mercy rule to take effect.
Sowers hit a solo homer, his fifth home run of the year, to knot the score 1-all in the bottom of the first. James and Hegdahl both added two-run doubles to complete a five-run first.
In the second inning, Justin Bohn hit a line drive over the center fielder's head and scored an inside-the-park home run.
Kyle Treadway went all five innings to register his first win of the season. He allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out four.
James was 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in two and Sowers knocked in three runs on a 2-for-4 effort.
Stone and Brown each bagged two hits and scored a run for the Mustangs.
Reno Knights 110 00 — 2 6 2
Medford 522 03 — 12 13 1
Hanson, Leinen (2), Smith (5) and MacMullin, Wallace (4); Cash and Kaufman. W — Cash (3-1). L — Hanson. 2B — R: Kukuk; M: Hornbrook, Brown, Stone, Hanson. HR — M: Sowers, Schlecht.
San Mateo Bulldogs 110 00 — 2 3 1
Medford 602 31 — 12 13 1
Blais, Hansen (4) and Dependahl; Treadway and Sowers (4), Kaufman (4). W — Treadway (1-2). L — Blais. 2B — M: James, Stone, Hegdahl. 3B — M: Stone, Hornbrook. HR — M: Sowers, Bohn.
NORTH MEDFORD 6-10, SOUTH MEDFORD 0-4 — North Medford's A.J. Miller tossed a gem in the opener, setting the pace for the Mavericks, who swept their rivals at North Medford High School.
Miller went all seven innings and pitched a four-hit shutout, walking one and striking out four. He helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with a two-run double during the Mavericks' four-run opening frame.
Micah Brown and Austin Zavala both went 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Mavericks (24-7, 12-4 Area 4).
In Game 2, the Mavericks scored five runs in the fifth inning to set Colton Westfall up for the victory.
Bryan Carbonell took advantage of Isiah Luzny and Zavala reaching base with two outs by driving both in with a double to put the Mavericks up 10-1. Hayden Evans added a two-run single in the frame.
Carbonell finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and drove in three runs. Charlie Walker added an RBI triple in the first inning.
Ryan Johnson went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair for the Colts.
South Medford 000 000 0 — 0 4 0
North Medford 400 101 x — 6 6 3
Reames and Wallan; Miller and Zavala. W — Miller (3-1). L — Reames. 2B — NM: Miller, Carbonell, Zavala.
South Medford 000 101 2 — 4 5 2
North Medford 130 150 x — 10 10 2
Alexander, Lupton (6) and Wallan; Westfall, Carbonell (7) and Zavala. W — Westfall (2-0). L — Alexander. 2B — SM: Johnson, Bradd; NM: Carbonell 2, Miller. 3B — NM: Walker.
ASHLAND 7-10, HENLEY 6-9 — At Ashland, the Ashland Pilots pulled out a pair of close Area 4 contests at North Mountain Park.
In Game 1, Cory Milgram blasted a one-out RBI single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate AJ Adams and give Ashland the go-ahead run.
Adams finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs and Taylor Humphrey was 2-for-3 with two runs in the opener.
In Game 2, Bryce Rogan hit a game-tying RBI double in the bottom of the seventh and the Pilots (10-10, 8-10 Area 4) scored the game-winner on a wild pitch.
Adams was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, Rogan 3-for-4 with a run, Evan Westhelle 3-for-4 with an RBI and Humphrey 1-for-3 with three runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases in the nightcap.
Henley 501 000 0 — 6 10 0
Ashland 230 010 1 — 7 7 1
Guzman, Alves (7) and Dykstra; Flynn, Taylor (6) and Glick. W — Taylor (2-1). L — Alves. 2B — H: Cuhlman, Guzman; A: Adams, Flynn.
Henley 015 012 0 — 9 8 2
Ashland 300 023 2 — 10 12 3
Bennett, Alves (6) and Grief, Dykstra (6); Carroll, Taylor (7) and Cammarota. W — Taylor (3-1). L — Alves. 2B — H: Shannon; A: Adams 2, Humphrey, Rogan. 3B — H: Alves.