BASEBALL ROUNDUP: ‘Stangs fall short in Coach K opener
The Medford Mustangs were able to dig out of an early hole but couldn’t hold onto the lead once they got it, falling 6-5 to the Humboldt Eagles in the opening game of the Coach K Memorial tournament at North Medford High Thursday night.
The Mustangs (20-5), playing as the visiting team, had the potential game-tying run on second base after Tanner Douglas’ sacrifice fly to left cut the Eagles’ lead in half, but weren’t able to generate any more offense.
Humboldt’s Landon Gomes gave his team a 5-4 lead with a two-run single in the fifth. Daniel Osbourn provided an insurance run for the Eagles (3-9) an inning later with an RBI double.
The Mustangs trailed 2-0 after the first inning following a two-run double by Parker Rodgers, but scored four runs in the top of the fourth on Chase Costanti’s three-run bases-clearing double and an RBI single by Rowan Amann.
Medford leadoff hitter Cody Borraggine and cleanup man Aiden Horsley both went 2-for-4, while Costanti also scored a run to go along with his three RBIs.
For Humboldt, Gomes finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Conner Johnson and Matt Letter were also 2-for-3, with the former driving in a run.
The Mustangs continue tournament play against the Chico Nuts at 9 a.m. today at North Medford High.
Zanni and Robbins; Vance and Rodgers. W — Vance. L — Zanni (1-1). 2B — M: Costanti; H: Osbourn, Rodgers.
MEDFORD ROGUES 12, PORTLAND GHERKINS 7: The Medford Rogues were the beneficiaries of 13 walks and five hit batsmen by Portland Gherkins pitchers and produced another double-digit run total in a win at Harry & David Field.
The Rogues (13-3), who trailed 3-0 after the top of the first, only had seven hits in the game, but scored 10 runs combined between the fourth and sixth innings.
Medford’s Jason Dumont finished 2-for-4, knocked in three with an RBI double and a two-run single and scored four runs. Crosby Albee was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Drew Steelhammer drove in three runs.
Portland’s Caden Doten finished 3-for-6 with two RBIs, while Justyn Herzog and Adam Stevens both went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Stevens also had an RBI.
Portland Gherkins 300 030 001 — 7 11 2
Medford Rogues 101 235 00x — 12 7 1
Krumpp, Allison (4) and Lied; R. Brown, Memmott (4), Gaudern (4), Erickson (7), Cope (8), Schorr (9) and Pruitt. W — Gaudern (2-0). L — Allison. 2B — P: Haney, Grace, Morrow; M: Dumont, Lydon.