Mustang rally overtakes Lakeridge
Medford Mustangs manager Nate Mayben likes the competitive spirit his team is showing early on this summer, but maybe it’s also OK for it to not make things so difficult.
For the second straight day, the Mustangs fell behind visiting Lakeridge before rallying to win, this time 6-5 in eight innings Monday at Harry & David FIeld.
On Sunday, Medford (3-1) fought back from a 5-1 deficit to win 11-6 over the PABCO Roofers squad.
“I think we did a really good job of just battling,” said Mayben of Monday’s comeback. “Our guys at the plate had really good approaches, and our pitchers did really well. We only walked three guys the whole game and we played some pretty good baseball, so I was happy with it.”
Lakeridge’s largest lead stood at 5-2 midway through the sixth inning before the Mustangs cut that with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.
In the bottom of the seventh, Taven Passey supplied a one-out single and Zac Ankeny followed with a line drive to center field to put runners on first and second base.
Lakeridge nearly was able to turn an inning-ending double play on a Chase Costanti grounder but the final relay pulled the first baseman off the bag to give Medford new hope.
Darin Marsh followed with a game-tying line drive to left field to plate Passey and send the contest into extra innings.
After holding Lakeridge scoreless in its half of the eighth, the Mustangs saw Jeremiah Huffman draw a walk and move to second when Ryan Sandoval was hit by a pitch. After Brady Buchanan beat out a bunt single to load the bases, Lakeridge responded with two quick outs before Rickey Boortz’s grounder to shortstop forced an errant throw, allowing the winning run to score.
Huffman finished 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Josh Baptiste was 2-for-5 to pace the Medford offense.
On the mound, only one of three runs against Sandoval was earned, and he finished with five hits allowed in five innings. Boortz helped nail things down with a scoreless eighth that saw him walk one, strike out two and allow zero hits.
Santana, Elske (6), Clayton (7) and Allen; Sandoval, Thompson (6), Boortz (8) and Passey. W — Boortz. L — Clayton. 2B — L: Smith. 3B — L: Marioni.
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NORTH MEDFORD 11, NORTH JACKSON 4: At Eagle Point, North Medford pitcher AJ Balsiger struck out 10 batters and didn’t allow an earned run in the Mavericks’ Area 4 victory.
Balsiger went all seven innings, allowing five hits, walking one and hitting two batters.
Mason Warren was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for North Medford (4-0), while Cody Borraggine was 2-for-5 with two runs. Borraggine led off the game with a triple and scored on an error.
Kolbi Blevins had the big hit for the Royals, belting a two-run double in the first inning.
Balsiger and Ivens; Fontana, Marsh (4), Lund (7), Foulon (7) and Meade. W — Balsiger (2-0). L — Fontana. 2B — NM: Dunlevy; NJ: Blevins. 3B — NM: Borraggine.