LOCAL ROUNDUP: Costanti flirts with no-no, Mustangs split twin bill
EAGLE POINT — Starting pitcher Chase Costanti took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and limited Petaluma Athletic Edge to just two hits in a complete-game effort to lead the Medford Mustangs to a 3-1 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Eagle Point High.
The Mustangs (36-9) couldn’t hang on and complete the sweep in Game 2, as Petaluma recorded 6-3 comeback win to get the split.
Only two runners reached base against Costanti — one via a walk and the other on a hit by pitch to open the game — before a leadoff single to begin the seventh broke up his no-hit bid. The only run he allowed was unearned, as Petaluma broke up the shutout when Ryan Baptista scored on a passed ball.
Costanti finished with three strikeouts and one walk.
Darin Marsh knocked in the Mustangs’ first run of Game 1 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third. Medford DH Rowan Amann then made it 3-0 an inning later when he drove in Aiden Horsley and Jace Miller with a two-out two-run double to left.
In Game 2, the Mustangs led 3-2 after Cody Borraggine’s RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth. The Mustangs, however, couldn’t hold onto the lead, as Petaluma took advantage of a Medford error on what could have been the final out of the game and scored a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game.
Petaluma then plated three runs in the top of the ninth, the first two coming in on Connor Ross’ home run to center field.
Borraggine, who also doubled in the opener, finished 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in Game 2.
Zac Ankeny also drove in a run for the Mustangs with an RBI single in the bottom of the first.
Marsh got a no decision in his Game 2 start. He threw six innings and allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out six with one walk.
Petaluma starting pitcher Dylan Petersen threw all nine innings in Game 2, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out two and walking one.
Petaluma Athletic Edge 000 000 1 — 1 2 1
Medford Mustangs 001 200 x — 3 7 0
Zarlo and Cox; Costanti and Robbins. W — Costanti. L — Zarlo. 2B — M: Amann 2, Borraggine, Ankeny. 3B — M: Marsh.
Petaluma Athletic Edge 001 010 103 — 6 11 2
Medford Mustangs 100 200 000 — 3 7 4
Petersen and Fiene; Marsh, Balsiger (7), Zanni (8) and Zanni, Robbins (8). W — Petersen. L — Zanni. 2B — P: Inglin, Lewis, Baptista; M: Borraggine, Schmidt. 3B — M: Borraggine. HR _ P: Ross.
USA SOFTBALL 18U STATE TOURNAMENT: At Salem, the Cascade Christian Gold, a team comprised of local high school softball players, will play for a state title after getting a pair of victories Saturday to remain unbeaten in tournament play.
Cascade Christian beat the Northwest Vandals 4-3 thanks to a two-run walk-off single by Kirsten Morgan, then advanced to the championship game after its would-be opponent was deemed to be ineligible to compete in the tournament. Today’s championship title game will begin at 1 p.m.
Against the Vandals, starting pitcher Katelyn Willard threw a six-inning complete game as she picked up her third win of the tournament. Willard allowed just five hits and one earned run to go along with three strikeouts.
Jo Hueberger went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Morgan finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Sara Martin also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3.
To get into the winner’s bracket, Cascade Christian opened the tournament Friday with a 10-1 mercy-rule win over Oregon Thunder. They followed it up with an 8-5 comeback win over the Aloha Breeze, getting a three-run walk-off home run from Gracie Hamilton.
Hamilton was 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBIs, while Sophie Woodburn was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI against Aloha.
In Friday’s opener, five different Cascade players had at least two hits. Hamilton finished 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs, Morgan was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs and Willard was 2-for-2. Hueberger and Emilee Nielsen both had two hits, scored a run and drove in another.
NW Vandals 003 000 — 3 5 1
Cascade Christian 001 012 — 4 9 2
Nordling and Wier; Willard and Woodburn. W — Willard (7-0). L — Nordling. 2B — CC: Martin.
FRIDAY’S FIRST GAME
Oregon Thunder 100 00 — 1 3 0
Cascade Christian 107 2x — 10 14 1
Wadsworth and Schmidt; Willard and Woodburn. W — Willard (5-0). L — Wadsworth. 2B — CC: Hamilton, Hueberger, Martin, Morgan, Woodburn.
FRIDAY’S SECOND GAME
Aloha Breeze 050 00 — 5 4 1
Cascade Christian 111 23 — 8 11 2
Abbas and n/a; Martin, Willard (2) and Woodburn. W — Willard (6-0). L — Abbas. 2B — A: Isenhart. HR — A: Evans; CC: Hamilton.