LOCAL ROUNDUP: Mustangs surge past Richland
Having seen its scoreless innings streak reach six innings to open the second annual Coach K Memorial Tournament, the Medford Mustangs finally broke out in a big way Friday night with a five-run frame that helped pave the way for a 9-4 win over the Richland Baseball Club at Harry & David Field.
One night after being stymied in a 12-0, five-inning loss to the Danville Hoots, the Mustangs turned it up in the second inning against their Washington opponents to erase a 2-0 deficit in American Legion AAA baseball.
A leadoff double by Bennett Smith got Medford (8-14) off to a solid start, and the Mustangs were able to capitalize on a pair of errors and singles by Chase Costanti, Darin Marsh, Bennett Thompson and Ryan Sandoval to build a 5-2 cushion.
After Richland trimmed its deficit to 6-4 in the sixth inning, Medford again answered with three runs on a two-run single by Zac Ankeny and RBI hit by Taven Passey.
Ankeny finished 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, while Smith was 2-for-3 with two runs and Darin Marsh 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
Ryan Sandoval, who had two RBIs, struck out five and allowed two hits and one walk in three innings of relief pitching. Starter Skyler Gaudern allowed one hit over three innings.
Medford returns to action at 7 p.m. today against the Corvallis Marketmen. Today’s tournament games at Harry & David FIeld also include the Australia Perth Heat against Richland at 9 a.m. and Klamath Falls Falcons at noon, and a 3 p.m. clash between Richland and Danville.
Harmon, Bradshaw (6) and Rodriguez; Gaudern, McLennan (4), Sandoval (5) and Passey. W — Gaudern. L — Harmon. 2B — R: Ferguson; M: Smith.
CANBY 6, ASHLAND 3: At Bend, Ashland managed only one hit by Nick Buccino in a loss at the Bend tournament.
Buccino, Ashland’s leadoff hitter, went 1-for-3 and scored a run, while Cruz Dreiling and Tripp Repp scored the other two runs for the Pilots.
Ashland’s Rowan Amann allowed six runs, three earned, on six hits in seven innings on the mound for Ashland. He struck out four and walked two.
YUBA-SUTTER 3, MEDFORD 2: At Marysville, Calif., the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Carpenter in the bottom of the ninth as the Rogues lost on the final play of the game for the second time in 24 hours.
The Rogues (20-6) scored two runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game, knotting the score on Maxx Mahon's RBI single. Aki Buckson and Caleb Broughton drew back-to-back walks to start the rally, and Joe Johnson's fielder's choice ground-out made it 2-1.
Yuba-Sutter improved to 19-8.