Mustangs secure title with sweep of Klamath
KLAMATH FALLS — The Medford Mustangs made life easier on themselves with a dominant doubleheader performance to close Area 4 play Tuesday.
The Mustangs cruised to 15-4 and 22-5 victories over Klamath Falls in American Legion AAA action, winning the league championship with a 16-4 record. The second game was five innings.
Medford is 31-10-1 overall.
Medford will get the weekend off while other teams around the state compete in regionals.
The Mustangs can set their sights on the state tournament, which begins Wednesday in Klamath Falls.
Medford has won three straight state titles and 14 overall.
“It’s nice,” said manager Nate Mayben. “It’s always good to know a week in advance and set yourself up the way you want to and have everyone healthy and ready for the state tournament. We can practice and work on things and make some adjustments instead of having to play possibly three games this weekend.”
The regionals are best-of-three series.
In the opener, Jacob Melton went 4-for-5 with three doubles, two runs and two RBIs, and Nick Sanderson homered twice, drove in five runs and scored twice while going 2-for-4.
Tate Cowden was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs, and James Turnbull drove in three runs and scored twice. Kasey Buchanan added two hits and two runs, and Berry Hunt was 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Melton got the pitching win.
In the second game, Cowden and Joe Johnson homered and the Mustangs produced 19 hits.
Cole Carder was 3-for-3 with five RBIs and two runs. Johnson was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs.
Melton, Cowden and Hunt all scored three runs.
Wyatt Baptiste was the winning pitcher.
Now the Mustangs take aim at their fourth straight Oregon crown.
“There’s going to be eight teams in the state tournament,” said Mayben, “and they’ll all be ready to go. You’ve got to be playing well no matter who you’re playing.”
MEDFORD 12, MARYSVILLE 2: At Marysville, Calif., Connor Lowrie punctuated an impressive hitting display with a three-run home run in the ninth inning as the first-place Rogues rolled to victory.
Medford (30-13), taking advantage of Gold Sox errors and walks, scored three runs each in the third, eighth and ninth innings.
The Rogues erupted for 15 hits, and Marysville (17-28) committed four errors, walked four batters and hit one. Four of Medford’s runs were unearned.
Lowrie’s second homer of the season came after Jake Hellweg walked and Dante Gutierrez reached on an error.
Johnny DeLaCruz was 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs for the Rogues, and Eric Yang was 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Scotty Wright had three hits and Davis Delorefice had two hits and scored three runs.
Yang pounded a two-run double to highlight the third inning.
In the eighth, Wright’s two-out double started the rally, and Alex Isola finished it with a two-run double.
Dylan Pearce went the first five innings, allowing eight hits and both Marysville runs. He struck out three and walked two in upping his record to 4-0.
Aaron Hutchinson, Will Floyd and Nick Parr pitched four innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.
Pearce, Hutchinson (6), Floyd (8), Parr (9) and Yang; Clayton, Weston (3), Savea (8) and Santini. W — Pearce (4-0). L — Clayton (1-4). 2B — Me: Isola, DeLaCruz, Yang, Wright 2; Ma: Cooney-Sylk, Leach. 3B — Me: Hellweg. HR — Lowrie (2).
10-UNDER STATE MEET: At Beaverton, Julia Hansen had two firsts, a second and a third among her events for Superior Stingray Swimming at the state championships in Beaverton last weekend.
Hansen competed in the 9-year-old girls division. She won the 50- and 100-meter backstrokes in 37.75 seconds and 1:24.59. She was second in the 100 individual medley in 1:25.67 and third in the 200 IM in 3:07.75.
In the 9-year-old boys, Landus Ho was fourth in the 50 freestyle (37.53) and 100 free (1:24.58).
In 8-under competition, Julia Slaughter was second in the 50 butterfly (43.18) and 50 free (37.35) and fourth in the 25 fly (19.29).
Girls age 9
Julia Hansen: 1, 50 back, 37.75; 1, 100 back, 1:24.59; 2, 100 IM, 1:25.67; 3, 200 IM, 3:07.75; 4, 100 free, 1:16.77; T7, 50 fly, 40.41.
Boys age 9
Landus Ho: 4, 50 free, 37.53; 4, 100 free, 1:24.58; 7, 50 fly, 41.87; 7, 100 fly, 1:38.24; 10, 200 IM, 3:29.44; 12, 100 IM, 1:38.62.
Girls age 8-under
Julia Slaughter: 2, 50 fly, 43.18; 2, 50 free, 37.35; 4, 25 fly, 19.29; 8, 100 IM, 1:39.87; 12, 25 breast, 26.71; 14, 50 back, 57.49.
Alexis Uschold: 15, 50 breast, 58.69.