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Mustangs salvage split with Roseburg

The Medford Mustangs had three big innings against Roseburg in the second game of an Area 4 American Legion AAA baseball doubleheader Tuesday at North Medford High.

Taven Passey was right in the middle of all of them.

The catcher went 3-for-3 and drove in five runs as Medford claimed a split in the twin bill with a 12-5 victory over Dr. Stewart’s. Roseburg pounded 17 hits and edged Medford, 10-9, in the first game.

The split left the Mustangs with a 6-7 overall record. They are 2-2 in Area 4, having also split with Grants Pass in a home league doubleheader on Monday, winning 5-4 and losing 6-5.

In Medford’s win on Tuesday, Passey belted a two-run double in the third inning, an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth.

The Mustangs led 7-1 before a four-run top half of the fifth pulled Docs within 7-5.

Medford put the game away with five in the bottom of the fifth, scoring all their runs after two outs.

With Steven Ledendecker at first on a fielder’s choice, Darin Marsh tripled to left field. Two walks loaded the bases, and an error allowed Marsh to score the second run of the inning.

Passey’s single scored Bennett Thompson and Ryan Sandoval to make it 11-5. Another walk and error brought in Evan McLennan with the final run.

Ledendecker was the only other Mustang with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 and scoring three runs. Thompson scored three times and Sandoval twice, while Dylan Marsh and Brady Buchanan each had two RBIs.

Thompson went the distance, scattering seven hits. Only one of the five runs was earned. He struck out three and walked one.

In Game 1, Medford scored five runs in the second inning just to forge a 5-5 deadlock, but Roseburg was back at it again with three in the third. The Mustangs answered in their half to knot it at 8-8 less than halfway through the game.

Pitching took over from there, with Docs getting single runs in the fifth and seventh, and Medford mounting a rally in the seventh for one run, just to come up short.

The Mustangs’ run in the seventh came on the strength of a Buchanan triple. After Roseburg pitcher Jonathan Stone struck out Darin Marsh to start the inning, Buchanan laced a line drive to right field. He scored on Thompson’s groundout to first base, but Sandoval struck out to end the game.

Docs scored the eventual winning run a half inning earlier, when Jace Stoffal’s two-out double to center field scored Jett Black, who had singled.

Thompson had a big game for the Mustangs, going 2-for-4 and driving in four runs. He also scored once. He rapped a two-run double in the second inning and an RBI single in the third.

Buchanan and Zac Ankeny, who doubled, each had two hits.

Medford next hosts the Humboldt Eagles for a single game at noon Friday at North Medford High.

FIRST GAME

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Hope, Stone (3) and Six; Dy. Marsh, Shields (3), Serean (7), Baptiste (7) and Passey. W — Stone. L — Shields. 2B — R: Gillespie, Johnson, Stone, Stoffal; M: Ankeny, Sandoval, Thompson. 3B — R: Gillespie; M: Buchanan.

SECOND GAME

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Black, Pettibone (3), Six (6) and Six; Thompson and Passey. W — Thompson. L — Black. 2B — R: Stone, Six: M: Passey, Sandoval. 3B — M: Buchanan, Marsh.

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Mustang’s #20 connects for an RBI base hit in game one.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Mustang’s pitcher #37 delivers a pitch in game one.