Mustangs split twin bill in Reno
RENO, Nev. — The Medford Mustangs experienced the highs and lows that can come with American Legion AAA baseball on Day 2 of the Reno Tournament, splitting a pair of games with 19 hits in the opener but only three in the nightcap Saturday.
Medford used a 10-run first inning to set the tone for a 22-11 win over the Yuba City Stripers in five innings in its first game of the day but fell short against the host Reno Knights, 4-2, in Game 2.
The Mustangs (15-5) got things off on the right foot with a three-run home run by Tanner Douglas, two-run homer by Owen Thompson and three-run homer by Cameron Sewell in an avalanche of an opening frame against Yuba City.
Cody Borraggine paved the way in the leadoff spot against the Stripers, going 4-for-5 with four runs and five RBIs — falling a home run shy of hitting for the cycle — while Sewell was 4-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs.
Douglas, who also picked up the pitching victory, scored twice and Medford got a pair of RBIs each from Jeremiah Robbins, Thompson, Frankie Rutigliano and Johnny King.
That same momentum, however, did not carryover to the matchup with Reno.
The Knights scored three runs in the first inning to seize control and were able to withstand single-run efforts by Medford in the second and third innings to score the victory.
Robbins singled home Jace Miller, who had been hit by a pitch to open the second inning, and Douglas hit a double to bring home Borraggine in the third inning for the Mustangs’ lone runs. Rutigliano had Medford’s only other hit.
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Brothers, Martinez (2), Baltz (3) and Crabtree; Douglas, Bolstad (5) and Robbins. W — Douglas. L — Martinez. 2B — YC: Crabtree, Conway; M: Long, Sewell, Robbins, Borraggine. 3B — M: Long, Borraggine. HR — M: Sewell, Thompson, Douglas.
Thompson, Borraggine (5) and Robbins; Richards, Dalen (6) and Schuck. W — Richards. L — Thompson. 2B — M: Douglas; R: Smerden.
UTAH MARSHALLS 3, MEDFORD ROGUES 2: Medford once again struggled to close out an opponent late Friday night, with Utah scoring once in the eighth inning and twice in the ninth to open a five-game series with a win at Harry & David Field.
Medford (11-9-1) enjoyed a stellar outing on the mound by starter Eamon Velarde, who didn’t allow a hit through seven innings and walked one with eight strikeouts.
CJ Colyer came on in relief in the eighth inning and saw Utah score the game-tying run without benefit of a hit. A leadoff two-base error was followed by a fielder’s choice where both runners were safe, and the Marshalls pulled off a double steal to make it 1-all. Colyer finished his one-inning stint with one walk, one strikeout and no earned runs.
Grayson Grinsell supplied an RBI single in the fourth and the Rogues were able to answer Utah with a run in the bottom of the eighth when Ben Pajak doubled and scored on a single by Mike LaVigne and ensuing fielding error.
With Medford up 2-1 and trying to close out the win, Utah was down to its final out when a hit batter and walk led to the bases being loaded for Charlie Mannon, who responded with a two-run single to give Utah its first and only lead.
The series was set to continue Saturday night, with Sunday and Monday off before returning to H&D Tuesday-Thursday.
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Kirrer, Tierney (5), Green (9) and Neels; Velarde, Colyer (8), Massie (9) and Blatnick. W — Green. L — Massie (1-1). 2B — M: Pajak.