Mustangs use late surge for Area 4 split
ROSEBURG — The Medford Mustangs played on the edge Saturday, scoring a combined 10 seventh-inning runs in an Area 4 baseball doubleheader against Roseburg at Legion Field.
Such a situation didn't work out for Medford in an opening 8-4 loss to Dr. Stewart's but paid off in the nightcap as the Mustangs rallied for a 6-3 win and an American Legion AAA split.
Medford (23-17, 6-8 Area 4) trailed 3-0 heading into its last at-bat in Game 2 before conjuring up another dramatic finish with six runs.
Hayden Evans opened the seventh with the first of his two hits in the inning, then the Mustangs proceeded to load the bases with an infield single by Charlie Walker and walk to Taylor Humphrey. Ethan Schlecht followed with a two-run single to center field, then Billy Hansen was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases. Jessie Hornbrook's hard shot to first base was knocked down but thrown off target toward home plate to allow two more runs to score. Nate Namanny and Evans added RBI singles to close out the scoring.
A.J. Doolittle, who came on in a rough spot with two on and nobody out in the bottom of the sixth, retired all six batters he faced — three by strikeout — to earn the victory.
Roseburg scored seven sixth-inning runs to pull away in Game 1, with three runs unearned due to a pair of Medford errors. Roseburg had five of its nine hits in that inning.
In the seventh, Medford scored two runs on two errors and also got RBI singles by Walker and Evans. The Mustangs had only two hits heading into the frame and finished with seven overall against Mike Morin.
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Roseburg Dr. Stewart's 100 007 x — 8 9 3
Namanny, Luzny (6), Fredrickson (6) and Wallan, Westhelle-Grant (6); Morin and Leach. W — Morin. L — Namanny (3-4). 2B — R: Newell.
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Roseburg Dr. Stewart's 200 010 x — 3 5 2
Westfall, Doolittle (6) and Westhelle-Grant, Wallan (7); Blansett, Miller (7), Potter (7) and Leach. W — Doolittle (3-1). L — Miller. 2B — R: Matthews.
NORTH MEDFORD 4-3, GRANTS PASS DIGGERS 1-0 — North Medford's Micah Brown pitched a no-hitter to complete an Area 4 sweep for the Mavericks at North Medford High.
Brown struck out five, walked one and hit one for the Mavericks (36-12, 23-3 Area 4), who also committed two errors but kept the Diggers from scoring a run. Christian Gillis and Josh Berman each went 2-for-3 for North Medford, with Berman scoring once.
Gillis struck out seven, walked one and allowed six hits in the opening-game win. Jared Evans' two-out single in the bottom of the first plated David Crofton and Gillis to highlight a three-run frame, while Taylor Raff finished 2-for-2 with one run.
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Fulton and Matthews; Gillis and Zavala. W — Gillis (5-1). L — Fulton. 3B — GP: Spinner.
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D'Amico and Leenknecht; Brown and Zavala. W — Brown (6-2). L — D'Amico. 2B — NM: Crofton, Berman 2.
NORTH JACKSON 7-2, ASHLAND 0-2 — At Eagle Point, North Jackson pitcher Brandon Wilson held a no-hitter through five innings of the opener and the Eagles swept Ashland in Area 4 play.
Wilson struck out 10 and allowed just two hits and one walk in Game 1. James Dixon went 3-for-4 and Zack Meerten had two RBIs for North Jackson (16-17-1, 16-13 Area 4).
Eric Skogseth finished 2-for-3 in the second game.
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Scott, Hulick (4) and Glick; Wilson and Augino. W — Wilson. L — Scott. 2B — NJ: Dixon.
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North Jackson 210 000 x — 3 6 2
Glick, Carlson (3) and Cammarota; Skogseth, Brammer (6) and Augino. W — Skogseth. L — Glick. 2B — A: Bottimore. 3B — NJ: Wilson.