Mustangs rout GP, stay alive at state
EUGENE — The Medford Mustangs had a big day at the plate to keep their slim state championship hopes alive.
Seth Brown had two doubles and three RBIs and Justin Bohn cranked a two-run triple in Medford's six-run sixth inning as the Mustangs walloped Grants Pass 16-6 in an elimination game Thursday morning in the American Legion AAA Oregon state tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium.
Medford right-hander Brady Thomas went the distance — eight innings instead of nine Thursday, thanks to the 10-run mercy rule — to pick up the win, striking out five to help the Mustangs (35-11) earn another elimination game at 3:30 p.m. today against the Eugene Challengers, who lost 3-2 to Roseburg Thursday night.
Brown was 4-for-6, Cody James 3-for-5 with four runs scored and Kyle Treadway 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Mustangs, who took advantage of Grants Pass' pitching woes, which included seven hit batters. Medford catcher Colin Sowers was hit four times and walked once in six at bats.
Grants Pass starter Andrew Polder surrendered four runs, three earned, in 31/3 innings and was saddled with the loss.
The Diggers were led at the plate by Andrew Tracy (2-for-4, three RBIs) and Nathan Ethridge (2-for-4, one run). Tracy's three-run homer in the seventh prevented Medford from wrapping up the game even earlier by the mercy rule.
Bohn and Treadway each had big hits for the Mustangs in the sixth, when Medford extended a 7-3 lead to 13-3. Treadway had a two-run single in the frame, which also included three hit batsmen and two walks.