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Mustangs rebound with sweep of Humboldt

One day after failing to close out the visiting Humboldt Eagles, the Medford Mustangs showed tremendous focus to earn a pair of narrow victories and sweep an American Legion baseball doubleheader Saturday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Quinton Rumrey and Eli Westrick each singled and scored in the second inning to support a stellar pitching effort by Brady Eiler to claim the opening game, 2-1. Dylan Marsh went the distance in Game 2 to help secure the sweep for the Mustangs (28-13) with a 5-3 victory.

The two teams will play another doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field 9.

Eiler went six innings and allowed only one run and four hits, with three strikeouts and three walks. Chase Costanti pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save.

Rumrey finished 2-for-3 with a triple, while Evan McLennan had the lone RBI for the Mustangs.

In the nightcap, Marsh struck out six and allowed five hits, four walks and two earned runs to earn the win.

Steven Ledendecker’s two-run double with two outs and the bases loaded got the scoring going for Medford in the third inning, while Jon-o Gassman had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to push the Mustangs’ lead to 4-1.

It was 4-3 in the sixth inning when Medford tacked on an insurance run after Westrick singled and McLennan drove him home on a double.

Westrick and Ledendecker each finished 2-for-3, while Zac Ankeny walked in all four trips to the plate.

Late Friday night, Humboldt scored 11 of its runs in the final two innings — nine in the seventh inning alone — to rally past Medford for a 14-6 win.

The Mustangs built a 6-3 lead through five innings but couldn’t slow the Eagles’ surge in the fateful final two innings after committing three of their four errors in the seventh. Eight of Humboldt’s 14 runs were unearned runs.

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SECOND GAME

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The Medford Mustangs improved to 28-13 with a sweep Saturday over the visiting Humboldt Eagles. MT file photo