Mustangs clinch Reno tourney title
RENO, Nev. — With its pitching dwindling down to the last arm in the dugout, the Medford Mustangs AAA American Legion baseball team called on a guy who hadn't pitched in well over a month.
He didn't let them down one bit in the championship game of the Reno Fourth of July Tournament on Sunday.
With the Mustangs facing an 11-4 deficit in only the third inning, Cody Hoff hung on at the mound until his offense backed him with eight runs in the fifth inning and the Mustangs rallied to bounce the Alameda Black Sox 15-13 in the title game.
The Mustangs (17-10), who also won the event in 2009, defeated an undefeated Team Athletic Placement Service, 5-1, in the semifinals earlier in the day.
Hoff was magnificent throwing, allowing only one earned run over the final 42/3 innings.
The Mustangs bats, however, came up just as big as Medford was staring the tournament's eight-run mercy rule in the face as they were trailing the Black Sox 12-4 in the top of the fifth.
But the Mustangs notched an early run in the frame, and after two outs Medford scored seven more. Jessie Hornbrook's single to left field capped the inning to knot the score at 12-all. Medford notched eight runs on five hits, five walks and a hit batsman.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Hornbrook came through with a two-run ground rule double to put the Mustangs up 14-12.
Later, with the bases loaded, Colton Westfall cajoled a walk with the bases loaded to give Medford a three-run cushion.
Medford's Charlie Walker went 2-for-5, drove in four and scored a run to help him earn the tournament's Most Valuable Player award.
Billy Hansen went 4-for-5 and Ethan Schlecht 3-for-5 with three runs and a pair of RBIs. Hornbrook was 2-for-5 with three RBIs while Taylor Humphrey scored twice and drove in a run.
In the opener, Christian Morrison's pitching performance against the tournament's undefeated Team APS earned him Pitcher of the Tournament honors.
He went all seven innings, allowing one earned run, five hits and one walk accompanied by four strikeouts.
Walker went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Mustangs, who received a 2-for-4, one RBI performance from both Hansen and Hornbrook.
Medford 200 001 2 — 5 10 3
Team APS 000 001 0 — 1 5 1
Morrison and Westhelle-Grant, Westfall (6); Hogan, McConnell (5), Quinzov (7) and Atlas. W — Morrison (2-3). L — Hogan. 2B — M: Wellock, HR — M: Schlecht.
Medford 040 080 3 — 15 14 3
Alameda Black Sox 614 100 1 — 13 14 1
Luzny, Fredrickson (1), Doolittle (1), Evans (3), Hoff (3) and Westfall; Calvo, Rose (5), Johnson (5), Leong (5), Dea (7) and Morbidelli. W — Hoff (1-0). L — Leong. 2B — A: Dea; M: Walker, Hansen, Hornbrook, Wellock. 3B — A: Morbidelli.
HENLEY 14-13, ASHLAND 5-3 — At Klamath Falls, Ashland's Eric Carlson hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Area 4 opener and Ryan Bottimore went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Game 2.
Carlson finished 2-for-4 in the first game for the Pilots. Bottimore whacked two doubles in the nightcap.
Before the doubleheader, Ashland finished the final three innings of a game that was postponed against Henley and won 14-13.
Ashland 000 500 0 — 5 3 2
Henley 212 252 x — 14 16 3
Whelan, K. Milgram (2), Scott (5), Alpenia (6) and Glick; Edwards, Harris (4), Tron (5) and Howard. W — Edwards. L — Whelan. 2B — A: Carlson; H: Poe. 3B — H: Dykstra. HR — A: Carlson; H: Edwards.
Ashland 201 00 — 3 6 1
Henley 050 62 — 13 15 1
Bottimore, Hulick (3), K. Milgram (5) and Cammarota; Lancaster and Howard. W — Lancaster. L — Bottimore. 2B — A: Bottimore 2; H: Poe, Greif.
SOUTHERN OREGON 10, FAIRFIELD 2 — Southern Oregon jumped on Fairfield early to complete a three-game sweep of its Far West League foe at Harry & David Field.
The RiverDawgs (17-8, 9-5 FWL) touched up Fairfield starter Jake Caballero for four runs on two hits, four walks and an error.
Tynan Pedretti broke it open for the RiverDawgs in the bottom of the third inning with a two-run single, pushing the lead to 8-0.
Bruce Sanford nabbed the victory at the mound after pitching five innings, allowing just one earned run, three hits and a walk and fanning one.
The RiverDawgs' Chris Streeter went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs while Kyle Secciani went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Fairfield 000 101 000 — 2 5 3
Southern Oregon 413 002 00x — 10 8 2
Caballero, Bynum (4), Hoffman (7) and Niemeier; Sanford, Dilts (6), G. Herrera (6), Smith (9) and Hertzmann. W — Sanford (1-1). L — Caballero. 2B — F: Hoffman; SO: Streeter, Hertzmann.