Medford Mustangs Kameron Kaufman, right, celebrates with Seth Brown after hitting a home run in Monday's game. - Julia Moore

Mustangs cruise by Knights

Scoring early and often provided the cornerstone for success Monday night as the Medford Mustangs earned a sweep of the East County Knights in American Legion baseball at Harry & David Field.

Medford opened a 7-0 lead through two innings en route to a 12-4 triumph in the opening game of the doubleheader. In Game 2, the Mustangs scored at least one run in each of the first four innings to gradually pull away for a 7-5 victory.

Kameron Kaufman highlighted the opener with a laser shot over the right-field wall for a three-run home run in the second inning, while Jessie Hornbrook and Seth Brown at least one hit in each game. Hornbrook improved his hitting streak to 14 games and Brown has hit in 19 of the team's 21 games.

Medford (15-6) combined for 23 hits in the twin bill against the Portland-area team.

"We hit the ball real well today," said Mustangs manager Nate Mayben. "What we did really well is we stayed back and we hit the ball the other way. Trying to hit the ball into this wind out here is not easy so they did a good job of staying away from fly balls into left field, keeping the ball on the ground and hitting it to right."

Medford jumped on East County starter Louis Wolf with four first-inning runs on only two singles in Game 1. Colin Sowers started things off by drawing a walk and then moved to second on a single by Hornbrook. Brown followed with an RBI single to right field and the Mustangs chipped away from there. A fielder's choice by Cody James made it 2-0, a bases-loaded walk to Justin Bohn plated the third run and an error on a grounder to shortstop by Brent Hegdahl made it 4-0 as Medford batted through the lineup.

The Mustangs waited for two outs in the second inning before breaking loose again, with Brown's single and a walk to James setting the stage for Kaufman. The Phoenix High standout laced the first pitch he saw for a line drive that tailed foul down the right-field line, then straightened the ball out moments later on a blast that got out of the ballpark in a hurry.

"It felt really good for my first home run, a nice line drive over the fence," he said. "It went so hard I didn't get to first (base) before it was gone. I thought it was going to hit the fence so I was running hard, too."

Max Anderson of Ashland made that lead stand up, notching only one shaky inning during his first complete game of the summer. Half of Anderson's six hits allowed came in a four-run third inning by the Knights (11-11), with one run unearned thanks to a leadoff error. The right-hander struck out three and walked two.

"There were some great defensive plays and Max did a real good job with his curveball today," said Mayben. "He threw that for a lot of strikes and then snuck the fastball in there."

The Mustangs tacked on three runs in the fifth on a wild pitch and a balk by Wolf and an RBI single by Hornbrook. Medford added two more in the sixth on RBI singles by Kyle Treadway and Hornbrook.

Hornbrook and Brown each went 3-for-5 in the opener and combined for three runs and three RBIs, while Ethan Schlecht was 3-for-3 with a double and one run scored.

Kaufman was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs in Game 1, then backed that up with a 2-for-3 effort in the nightcap. The catcher entered the game hitting .333 in his second season with the Mustangs.

Sowers was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI in Game 2 and provided the play of the night when he retreated in center field and then did a full layout for a line drive over his shoulder to deny Mark Morris in the second inning.

Bohn, Billy Hansen, James, Schlecht and Hegdahl each scored once in the nightcap, with Hansen, Hornbrook and Sowers plating one run apiece. The Mustangs broke the game open with a four-run second inning to go up 5-2 on the Knights.

The second game also saw the mound debuts for Hornbrook and Hegdahl, who became the 13th and 14th players on the 18-man Medford roster to take the hill this summer. Hornbrook allowed nine hits and four runs — three earned — in his five innings, while Hegdahl allowed one unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts over the final two innings.


East County Knights 004 000 0 — 4 6 3

Medford Mustangs 430 032 x — 12 14 3

Wolf and Peterson; Anderson and Kaufman. W — Anderson (2-0). L — Wolf. 2B — M: Schlecht. HR — M: Kaufman (1).


East County Knights 021 010 1 — 5 13 3

Medford Mustangs 141 100 x — 7 9 3

Tilton and Peterson; Hornbrook, Hegdahl (6) and Kaufman. W — Hornbrook (1-0). L — Tilton. S — Hegdahl (1). 2B — EC: Teel.

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