If Jordan Lewis keeps this up, he'll rewrite the Medford Mustangs record book for pitching.
Lewis registered a perfect game for 41/3 innings before settling for a four-hit shutout in leading the Mustangs to an 11-0 win over the Salem Withnell Dodgers Thursday at Harry and David Field during second-day play of the Best of the West Wood Bat Challenge.
Lewis, a left-hander from Phoenix High, struck out 14 and walked just one in improving his record to 3-0.
On the season, Lewis now has 36 strikeouts and three walks in 24 innings. He has yet to give up a run.
Medford (8-5) meets Portland's East County tonight at 7 at Harry and David.
"He keeps the ball down, throws strikes and isn't afraid to use his curveball at any time," said Mustangs pitching coach Eric Austad of Lewis. "But three walks in 24 innings? That's Greg Maddox-like."
Lewis retired the first 13 Salem batters he faced — mowing down eight on strikes — before yielding a sharp single to left field by Tony Wilson with one out in the fifth. He then fanned Jonathan Sigado and Blake Miller to end the inning.
"I'm pitching better right now than I ever have," said the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Lewis, who will be a senior at Phoenix in the fall. "I'm just feeling really comfortable out there and I've got such good players around me. Good players make you better."
Lewis ran into trouble in the sixth inning when Max Price led off with a bad-hop single, Ryan Hartman got aboard on Lewis' throwing error and D.J. Hoffman walked to load the bases with nobody out. But the poised southpaw worked out his way of the jam by getting Bryson Varay to pop out to second base and then striking out No. 3 hitter Tyler Waters and cleanup hitter Doug Bloom.
Lewis had a 3-0 count on Bloom before eventually whiffing the Salem batter on a curveball.
"I was a little nervous when it went to 3-0 because I was one pitch away from walking in a run and losing my zero ERA," Lewis said. "But I went to my curveball and struck the guy out. My curve was definitely my best pitch tonight."
The offense, meanwhile, was largely supplied by the bottom of Medford's batting order. Mark Austad, the Mustangs' No. 6 hitter, went 3-for-5 with two doubles and scored twice. No. 7 hitter Jared Smith raised his season average from .250 to .333 by going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI. And No. 8 hitter Kory Locken went 2-for-2 with a run and three RBIs.
"It's nice to have the run support," Lewis said. "It helps you relax."
Griff Boyd, who entered the game with an eight-game hitting streak, went hitless in five at-bats, but it hardly mattered.
The Mustangs finished with 13 hits as a team.
Medford scored the only run it would need in the top of the second inning when Austad and Jared Smith hit back-to-back doubles, followed by a wild pitch.
The Mustangs extended their advantage to 5-0 in the fourth. Smith, Locken and Jordan Bostwick each hit singles to fuel the four-run outburst that was aided by two Dodger errors.
In the fifth, Jared Smith had a run-scoring double and Locken spanked a two-run single as Medford's lead swelled to 8-0. It went to 9-0 on Logan Odom's sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Odom made it 11-0 with a two-run double in the eighth.
The was scheduled for nine innings but was shortened because of a 10-run mercy rule.
Medford Mustangs 010 431 02 — 11 13 1
Salem Withnell Dodgers 000 000 00 — 0 4 3
J. Lewis and Bruhns; Branch, Stainbrook (5), B. Lewis (8) and Wilson. W — J. Lewis (3-0); L — Branch. 2B — M: Austad 2, J. Smith, Odom
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