BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Mustangs escape rally by Nuggets
ROSEBURG — The opening day of the Tyree Oil Father’s Day Summer Kickoff was a bit of roller coaster for the Medford Mustangs American Legion AAA squad on Thursday before it pulled out a 5-4 win over Grants Pass.
After the Mustangs scored the game’s first four runs, the Nuggets answered with four unanswered runs of their own to tie the game in the top of the sixth.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Mustangs’ Darin Marsh came up with a single that led to a Nuggets error and allowed the winning run to score for Medford to start the three-day round-robin event at Legion Field.
With the contest knotted at 4-all in the bottom of the seventh, the Mustangs’ Ryan Sandoval reached base with a leadoff walk. Brady Buchanan followed with a push bunt to the right side, moving Sandoval to second. With no outs, Marsh’s drag bunt single would have loaded the bases, but the throw to first base sailed high, allowing Sandoval to scamper home and win the game.
Both Marsh and Taven Passey finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Sandoval scored twice for Mustangs (4-2).
For the Nuggets, Kolby Dinkel went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Payton Anhorn went 2-for-3 while Blake Hollingsworth knocked in a pair of runs.
Campbell, Memmott (5) and Dinkel; Boortz, Serean (5), Shields (5), Buchanan (7) and Passey. W — Buchanan. L — Memmott. 2B — A: Lacey; M: Ledendecker, Passey.
RENO 8, MEDFORD 7: Reno scored four unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning to had Medford only its second loss in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League at Harry & David Field.
The Rogues dropped to 12-2 in the first game of a four-game series. Reno is 6-3.
Medford squandered a three-run lead in the ninth after a pair of errors by third baseman James Turnbull kept the inning alive for the Rams.
The final blow came off the bat of designated hitter Keith Hale Jr., who doubled in a pair of runs to give the Rams the lead for the first time in the game.
Of the eight runs scored against the Rogues, only two were earned.
Medford stole six bases and scored six runs in the first two innings but scored just one run over the final seven innings.
Natter, Santos (2), Page (9) and Lovings; Harris, Boivin (6), Foster (9) and Kiefer, Canty. W — Santos (1-0). L — Boivin (2-1). 2B — R: Hale 2; M: Foster, Kiefer.