Maurer pitches no-hitter in sweep

REDMOND — Pitcher Matt Maurer hadn't had much luck while going 0-2 to start the season for the Medford Mustangs.

The young left-hander made his own luck Tuesday.

Maurer fired a no-hitter in a 10-0, five-inning victory over Redmond in the first game of a nonleague doubleheader. Medford completed a sweep with a 5-4 win in Game 2.

"My fastball was high in the zone but it played to my advantage," said Maurer, who struck out eight and walked two. "They kept swinging at it and I had a good curveball to go with it."

The first game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Medford gave Maurer all the run support he would need with four runs in the second inning. Colin Sowers kick-started the scoring with a two-run single, Logan Odom added an RBI single and Mark Austad drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Mustangs tacked on five more runs in the fourth on five hits, two Redmond errors and two hit batsmen.

Sowers went 3-for-3 in Game 1 with two RBIs and two runs. Trent Smith, Griff Boyd and Zack Earle added two hits apiece.

The defensive play of the game belonged to Medford right fielder Derek Grieve, who made a spectacular running catch in foul territory for the first out of the second inning.

Redmond's best chance of getting a hit came in the fourth inning when Tyler Hilges belted a hard come-backer to Maurer. But the slick-fielding pitcher scooped the ball up and threw him out.

Maurer preserved the no-hitter with two strikeouts and a pop-up in the fifth.

Redmond looked like it might salvage a split as it led the nightcap 2-1 through six innings.

But Medford erupted for four runs in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead, then withstood a two-run Redmond rally in the bottom of the inning to emerge triumphant.

The Mustangs' winning rally came with two outs and nobody on. Earle walked and Bruhns singled to start the comeback, and Earle scored on a wild pitch. Following a walk to Jordan Bostwick, Dustin Smith hit a wind-aided, two-run double off the wall that gave Medford a 4-2 lead. Odom followed with an RBI double to make it 5-2.

In the bottom of the seventh, Redmond strung together four straight singles to score two runs and get within 5-4, but winning pitcher Andrew Jones struck out Jed Keener to end the game.

Medford (12-6) travels to The Dalles for a 2 p.m. doubleheader today.


Medford 040 51 — 10 11 0

Redmond 000 00 — 0 0 4

Maurer and Sowers; Hilges, Loft (4) and Hase. W — Maurer (1-2). L — Hilges.


Medford 001 000 4 — 5 7 2

Redmond 020 000 2 — 4 11 0

Jones and Bruhns; Young, Loft (7), Ohlde (7) and Tarvin; W — Jones (3-1); L — Young. 2B — M: D. Smith, Odom; R: Young, Hilges.

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