Mustangs receive top seed in Reno
RENO, Nev. — The Medford Mustangs split a pair of games Friday in the Reno Invitational but received the No. 1 pool seed because of the tiebreaker procedures.
The Mustangs defeated the San Mateo, Calif., Bulldogs, 7-2, then dropped a 4-3 decision to the host Reno Knights at Reno High School.
The loss to Reno gave the Mustangs a 2-1 record in pool play which tied them with Reno and Red Bluff. Medford was awarded the top seed because it allowed fewer runs than the other two teams.
Medford (14-10) plays Weins Baseball from Santa Clara, Calif., in a bracket game at 9 this morning.
Against San Mateo, Charlie Walker, Taylor Humphrey and Billy Hansen all went 2-for-3. Humphrey also stole three bases.
Medford received strong relief performances from AJ Doolittle and Steen Fredrickson. Doolittle got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth without allowing a run and retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the next inning. Fredrickson struck out the side in the seventh.
In the second game, Medford scored one run to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh but Reno ruined a strong pitching performance by Jamie Flynn with a winning two-run rally in the bottom of the inning.
Cody Hoff singled with one out in the seventh for the Mustangs, moved to second on an infield out then scored on Humphrey's RBI double.
Flynn hit Connor Bush to open the seventh for Reno and committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt that sent runners to second and third. Pinch-hitter Chip Bouchard blooped a single over third to score both runners.
The Mustangs scored two runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead. Walker led off with a home run, Schlecht doubled and Hansen delivered an RBI double.
Jessie Hornbrook collected two hits for the Mustangs.
Medford Mustangs 130 010 2 — 7 10 2
San Mateo Bulldogs 100 100 0 — 2 5 3
Walker, Doolittle (5), Fredrickson (7) and Wallan, Westfall (6); Fresat, Blaise (7) and O'Reagan. W — Walker (2-1). L — Fresat. 2B — MM: Schlecht; SM: Lau.
Medford Mustangs 002 000 1 — 3 8 1
Reno Knights 100 001 2 — 4 7 0
Flynn and Westfall; Ring, Leinen (7) and Wallace. W — Leinen. L — Flynn (2-1). 2B — MM: Humphrey, Schlecht, Hansen, Wellock; HR — MM: Walker; R: RJ Bush.
SOUTHERN OREGON 2, FAIRFIELD 0 — Andrew Herrera pitched lights out over eight innings as Southern Oregon blanked Fairfield, Calif., in a nonleague contest at Harry & David Field.
However, Herrera needed all his offense could supply against his counterpart Luke Moody of Fairfield.
The RiverDawgs (15-8) finally broke the ice in the bottom of the sixth when Ty Gilmore hit a one-out single to right field to plate Brent Gillespie. Gillespie kickstarted the frame with a single. He stole second and then was moved to third on a throwing error by Fairfield catcher Tyler Niemeier.
The RiverDawgs added an insurance run in the seventh on another Niemeier miscue.
With Ryan Xepoleas aboard first base, Southern Oregon's Andrew Volk took a called fourth ball at the plate to draw a walk. Niemeier, however, lost track of the balls and strikes count and attempted to throw out Xepoleas, who began to jog to second base after the umpire signaled the free base for Volk. With the second baseman out of position, the ball flew into center field, advancing Xepoleas to third. The following batter Gillespie came up with an RBI single to plate Xepoleas.
Herrera allowed just two hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts and improved to 5-0 for the RiverDawgs.
Gilmore and Gillespie both went 2-for-3.
Moody went eight innings, yielding two earned runs on six hits and two walks and striking out four.
Fairfield 000 000 000 — 0 4 2
Southern Oregon 000 001 10x — 2 6 2
Moody and Niemeier; A. Herrera, Spencer (9) and Volk, Hertzmann (9). W — Herrera (5-0). L — Moody. S — Spencer (1). 2B — SO: Lewis.
NORTH MEDFORD 8-3, NORTH EUGENE 1-1 — In his first action this season for North Medford, Bryan Carbonell pitched a one-hitter for the Mavericks, who swept nonconference foe North Eugene at North Medford High.
Carbonell went all seven innings, giving up one unearned run. He walked one, hit one batter and fanned seven.
Micah Brown hit a two-run single during the Mavericks' five-run fifth inning. Brown finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
The Mavericks' David Crofton went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs and an RBI while Taylor Raff went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.
In Game 2, four pitchers combined to toss a three-hitter for the Mavericks (25-10).
Crofton, who got the start, surrendered two of those hits and an unearned run over three innings. Troy Fowler pitched the fourth inning to pick up the victory, then Brown spelled the sophomore to pitch hitless ball in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Mavericks' Josh Berman threw in the seventh to earn the save and allowed the first hit since the second inning of the contest.
Fowler finished 2-for-3 with an RBI safety squeeze in the fourth inning that broke a 1-all tie and put the Mavericks up for good.
The Mavericks' Wyatt Westfall also went 2-for-3 and scored an insurance run on a wild pitch in the fifth.
North Eugene 000 100 0 — 1 1 1
North Medford 101 150 x — 8 9 1
Haase and Owens; Carbonell and Zavala. W — Carbonell (1-0). L — Haase. 2B — NM: Crofton, Pearson. 3B — NM: Raff.
North Eugene 010 000 0 — 1 3 1
North Medford 001 110 x — 3 5 1
Lanterman and Dumilieu; Crofton, Fowler (4), Brown (5), Berman (7) and Wolff, Zavala (7). W — Fowler (1-0). L — Lanterman. 2B — NM: Berman.
DISTRICT 8 TOURNAMENT — At Brookings, the Medford National ages 9-10 little league team nearly rallied to beat Grants Pass American in the championship game, but fell shy in GP's 7-6 victory at Bud Cross Park on Wednesday.
Trailing Grants Pass 7-1 in the fifth inning, Medford tallied a run in the frame and then scored four more, capped by Mason Devries' two-run double.
Backed by a combined no-hitter by Kai French and Bennett Thompson, Medford National beat Brookings-Harbor 12-2 in five innings per the 10-run mercy rule in the semifinals.
Zac Ankeny went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs. Devries finished 2-for-4 with a triple, Thompson was 2-for-3 with two doubles and Austin Boster also went 2-for-3.
On Tuesday, Medford National rounded out pool play by falling to Grants Pass American, 7-3.
Devries went 2-for-3 and Garrett Smith was 1-for-1 with an RBI.