BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Miller’s big day propels ‘Stangs to sweep
KLAMATH FALLS — Jace Miller provided quite the power surge on a day where the Medford Mustangs offense was firing on all cylinders.
Miller homered twice — included a seventh-inning grand slam — to lead the way in the Mustangs’ 11-4 win over the Klamath Falls Falcons in the second game Thursday night’s doubleheader that secured the sweep. The Mustangs also won the first game 21-1 in six innings, with Miller driving in three runs to start his day with a bang.
Miller finished the doubleheader with 10 RBIs as his two homers gave him the team leading with four on the season. Miller, who is also now second on the team in RBIs with 47, went 2-for-2 and scored a pair of runs in both ends of the doubleheader.
With the sweep, the Mustangs improved to 35-8 on the season.
Cody Borraggine, Tanner Douglas, Aiden Horsley and Chase Costanti also had two-hit games in the opener. Borraggine scored four runs and drove in another, while Douglas and Eli Westrick both had three RBIs. Costanti, Darin Marsh and Gavin Schmidt each drove in two runs.
Amidst all of the offense in the opener, starting pitcher Trey Newmann improved his record to 5-0 after allowing four hits and an unearned run over four innings.
Schmidt also improved his record to 5-0 in Game 2, allowing four runs (three earned) and eight hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
In Game 2, Westrick went 4-for-4 with an RBI and four runs scored, Borraggine was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Klamath Falls Falcons100000—156
Newmann, Zanni (5) and Robbins; Marcos, Douglass (5), Cook (6) and Waits. W — Newmann (5-0). L — Marcos. 2B — M: Borraggine, Costanti, Douglas, Horsley. 3B — M: Horsley.
Klamath Falls Falcons0012100—482
Schmidt, Balsiger (7) and Zanni; Grahm, Fitts (6) and Waits. W — Schmidt (5-0). L — Grahm. 2B — M: Amann. 3B — M: Borraggine. HR — M: MIller 2.
MEDFORD ROGUES 9, LINCOLN POTTERS 3: After back-to-back losses, the Medford Rogues were able to salvage a game and prevent a sweep at the hands of the Lincoln Potters with a win at Harry & David Field.
Starting pitcher Matt Ager and reliever Kaden Miller limited the potent Potters offense to just three runs on eight hits. Ager allowed four hits and two runs in four innings of work, while Miller picked up a five-inning save and limited Lincoln to just four hits over that span.
The Rogues (22-5) scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take a lead they would never relinquish. Jake Gentry tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI single with the bases loaded, then Omar Ortiz — who went 3-for-4 on the night — drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly. The Rogues scored their final run of the inning on a Potters throwing error.
Ortiz was one of five players to have a multi-hit game for the Rogues, who had 14 hits in the game.
Four different Medford players — Austin Smith, Grant Sherrod, Jesse Brown and Carson Lydon — finished 2-for-4 at the plate. Smith had two RBIs, while Brown and Lydon both drove in a run. Brown also scored a pair of runs.
For Lincoln, Jeffery David was 2-for-5 with a run scored. Cuauhtemoc Becerra finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Cuffee, Horn (5), Bell (5), Cohen (8) and Stanke; Ager, Miller (5) and J. Brown. W — Ager (2-0). L — Cuffee. SV — Miller (1). 2B — L: Becerra. 3B — M: Lydon.