Schmidt, Westrick power ‘Stangs to sweep of Falcons
Once the Medford Mustangs were able to shake their slow start against the Klamath Falls Falcons, there was no looking back.
Behind big games at the plate from Gavin Schmidt and Eli Westrick, the Mustangs recorded a 12-5 comeback victory and a 14-4 win in five innings to sweep Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Falcons at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Mustangs (33-8) trailed 3-0 after 1 1/2 innings in the opener, then found their footing offensively and took it from there.
Schmidt fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle in Game 1, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, four RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
Westrick followed that up by recording six RBIs in Game 2, also going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and scoring two runs.
Klamath Falls took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first against Medford starter Tanner Douglas on Drew Raebel’s two-run single to center with two outs. The Falcons then made it 3-0 an inning later when Alex Hayden — who reached on a Mustangs error — scored on Cade Fanning’s sacrifice fly.
Douglas, however, settled in after Klamath Falls scored the three early runs. He allowed four runs (three earned) and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of work, striking out five and walking two.
Brandon Zanni threw the final 2 1/3 innings of Game 1, including working his way out of a bases-loaded jam after replacing Douglas in the fifth.
The Mustangs cut the Falcons’ lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Schmidt and Cody Borraggine’s run-scoring groundout to first.
An inning later, Medford tied it on Aiden Horsley’s RBI double and then took a 4-3 lead moments later on Jeremiah Robbins’ RBI single to left that brought in Horsley. Ian Wood added a sac fly to right to put the Mustangs ahead 5-3.
The Mustangs broke the game open with four runs in the fourth, as Eli Westrick brought in a run on a groundout to short and Schmidt clubbed a three-run home run to left to make it 9-3.
Eight of Medford’s nine starters drove in at least one run in Game 1.
Horsley finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, while Darin Marsh also scored twice.
In Game 2, Borraggine went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored at the plate and threw 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win on the mound. Borraggine allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out eight.
Marsh was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored while Jace Miller and Chase Costanti both had two hits in Game 2 for Medford, which led 9-0 after three innings.
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Baker, Davis (5) and Waits; Douglas, Zanni (5) and Robbins. W — Douglas (6-1). L — Baker. 2B — M: Borraggine, Douglas, Horsley, Miller, Schmidt. HR — KF: Cook; M: Schmidt.
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Schuenk, Bolanos (5) and Waits; Borraggine, Balsiger (5) and Zanni. W — Borraggine (3-3). L — Schuenk. 2B — KF: Baker, Henton; M: Borraggine, Westrick. 3B — M: Westrick.