BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Mustangs falter late, split twin bill vs. Humboldt
The Medford Mustangs were two innings away from finishing off a weekend sweep of the Humboldt Eagles. Then things quickly turned for the worse.
The Mustangs, who claimed a 9-4 win in Game 1, saw the Eagles rally for seven unanswered runs to claim a 8-6 win and salvage a doubleheader split at North Medford High School on Sunday afternoon.
Medford (11-2) held a 6-1 lead after a four-run fifth inning but saw Humboldt (1-3) score three runs in the sixth and then four more an inning later to take an 8-6 lead.
The Mustangs got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but Eagles relief pitcher Keenan Morris was able to strike out Ian Wood to end the game.
Morris’ two-run single in the seventh tied the game at 6-all. Moments later, Parker Rodgers’ groundout to Jace Miller at third brought in what proved to be the game-winning run.
Miller gave the Mustangs a 2-1 lead in the fourth with an RBI single, then hit a two-run home run an inning later to put his team up 6-1.
Miller went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in Game 2. Tanner Douglas finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Darin Marsh, Aiden Horsley and Trey Newmann all had two-hit games.
The top of the Humboldt lineup — Jaden Gorge, Daniel Osborne and Morris — went a combined 7-for-11 with six runs scored.
In Game 1, the Mustangs were able to flip a 4-1 deficit in their favor with a six-run bottom of the fifth to take a 7-4 lead.
Cody Borraggine scored on a wild pitch moments before Douglas’ RBI single cut Humboldt’s lead to 4-3. Eli Westrick tied the game on a sacrifice fly to right, then Chase Costanti put the Mustangs in front 5-4 with an infield single to drive in Zac Ankeny. Josh Baptiste and Borraggine both drew bases-loaded walks to bring in Medford’s final two runs of the inning.
Westrick hit an RBI triple and then scored on an Ian Wood groundout an inning later.
Douglas finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Constanti was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored and Westrick was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Medford’s Gavin Schmidt picked up the win in the opener, throwing his first complete game of the summer. He allowed seven hits and one earned run while striking out four and walking one.
Edge, Rodgers (5), Nichols (5) and Davis; Schmidt and Robbins. W — Schmidt (2-0). L — Rodgers. 2B — M: Douglas. 3B — M: Borraggine, Westrick.
Gorge, Morris (6) and Rodgers; Borraggine, Costanti (7) and Zanni. W — Morris. L — Borraggine (1-1). 2B — M: Douglas 3. 3B — H: Morris. HR — M: Miller.
MEDFORD ROGUES 10-9, SAN FRANCISCO SEAGULLS 0-8: At San Bruno, Calif., the Medford Rogues’ bats stayed hot in the first two road games of the 2021 summer season as they swept their second doubleheader in as many days.
Ruben Cedillo blasted a third-inning grand slam in Game 2 to help the Rogues (5-0) dig themselves out of an early 5-1 hole. Drew Kaatz started the big third inning with an RBI single, while Caleb Schorr followed that up with a two-run triple.
The Seagulls’ five-run first inning in Game 2 ended a steak of 20 straight shutout innings by the Rogues pitching staff.
Cedillo finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs and a run scored in Game 2. He also homered and tripled in the opener.
Van Larson, a lefty out of Oregon State, continued the strong starting pitching for the Rogues in Game 1. Larson allowed two hits in four shutout innings, striking out two and walking one. Kaden Miller and Carson Lydon each allowed one hit in their respective relief appearances to finish off Medford’s third straight combined shutout.
Jake Gentry was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, while Drew Steelhmmer also knocked in two runs.
Rogues leadoff hitter Michael LaVigne was 3-for-5 with three runs scored.
Larson, Miller (5), Lydon (6) and Pruitt; Dargan, Rizzo (6), O’Mahony (7) and Kropf. W — Larson (1-0). L — Dargan. 2B — M: Gentry, Steelhammer. 3B — M: Sherrod, Cdillo, Pruitt. HR — M: Cedillo.
Stephens, Gaudern (1), Henry (5), Memmott (6) and Alarcon; Wallace, Yamauchi (4), O’Mahony (7) and Kropf; W — Gaudern (1-0). L — Wallace. 2B — SF: O’Mahoney, Rizzo, Jamison. 3B — M: Schorr. HR — M: Cedillo.