LINCOLN, Calif. — A day after belting his first home run of the season, Tommy Ahlstrom one-upped himself in a major way Tuesday, exploding for six extra-base hits, including two homers, to power the Medford Rogues to a 23-2 Great West League rout of the Lincoln Potters at McBean Stadium.
An outfielder who hails from Eugene and plays for Simpson University, Ahlstrom’s magnificent stat line was one for the books: 6-for-6 with four doubles, two homers, five runs scored and five RBIs. He entered the day with one extra-base hit in nine games — a three-run shot Monday that helped the Rogues pull out a much more competitive 8-5 affair.
With the victory Tuesday the Rogues (15-11) inched to within a half-game of the second-place Potters (15-10) in the GWL standings heading into today’s series finale. The Chico Heat (17-5) have a 3 1/2-game lead on the Potters.
Medford scored three runs in the second and five in the third to take charge. Riley Way’s two-run single highlighted the third.
The Rogues then added four in the fifth, when Ahlstrom belted a two-run homer, and eight in the sixth.
Medford finished with 21 hits, seven for extra bases. Leadoff hitter Cole Carder went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Tate Cowden 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI and Brandon Bena 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. James Bell also had two hits and scored three runs.
Button, R. Ahlstrom (6), Pike (9) and Bath, Bell; Dodero, Cooper (3), Smith (6), Manzo (6), Morley (6), Ludeman (6), Murphy (8) and Pacheco, Rotteveel. W — Button. L — Dodero. 2B — M: Ahlstrom 4, Bell; L: Patterson. 3B — L: Starick. HR — Ahlstrom 2 (3).
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MEDFORD 20-6, KLAMATH FALLS 3-7: At Klamath Falls, Jack Thompson had five hits and four RBIs to lead the Mustangs to a blowout in Game 1, but the host Falcons rallied for an extra-inning victory in the nightcap to get the split at Kiger Stadium.
In the opener, Thompson went 5-for-5 with two doubles, Joe Johnson 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs and Jacob Melton 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs to lead Medford’s 17-hit eruption.
Medford’s Ethan Whitney earned the pitching victory after allowing two earned runs in five innings with seven strikeouts.
In Game 2, the Falcons tied the game with on a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the seventh then won it in the eighth when the Mustangs failed to turn a would-be inning-ending double play as the game-winning run scored from third.
Medford fell to 13-5 with the Game 2 loss.
Whitney and Thompson. Loney, Fitts (3) and Hamilton. W — Whitney. L — Loney. 2B — M: Thompson 2, Geyer; KF: Schram. HR — Johnson, Melton.
Thompson, Buchanan (2), Thompson (5), Johnson (6), Melton (7), Boortz (8), Sandoval (8) and Geyer; Overstreet, Schluter (6) and Schutler. W — Scluter. L — Boortz. 2B — M: Marsh, Melton; KF: Hamilton. HR — KF: Rasica.
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SOUTH MEDFORD 9-7, KLAMATH FALLS 1-4: At Klamath Falls, Chase Costanti had five hits and scored four runs on the day to lead the South Medford Colts to the sweep in Area 4 South action at South Medford High School.
Costanti went 3-for-4 with three runs scored an an RBI in the opener to lead the Colts’ 12-hit attack. Also coming up big for South Medford (4-5) in the opener were Steven Ledendecker (2-for-2, three runs, two RBIs), Charbone Campbell (2-for-4, double, two RBIs) and Chase Hinton (2-for-4, double, two RBIs).
In Game 2, Costanti went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and Campbell 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI.
South Medford starting pitcher Logan Lauchstedt went the distance and picked up the victory after holding the Eagles to three earned runs on eight hits while striking out eight.
Moore, Bowman (5) and Short. Sheilds and Ledendecker. W — Sheilds. L — Moore. 2B — SM: Campbell, Hinton, Shenk.
Lewis, Short (4) and Short; Lauchstedt and Ledendecker. W — Lauchstedt. L — Lewis. 2B — KF: Lewis; SM: Sheilds 2, Costanti, Ledendecker.
NORTH JACKSON 11-13, NORTH MEDFORD 9-6: Kolbi Blevins had a double in each game and North Jackson had eight extra-base hits on the day to pull out the Area 4 South sweep at North Medford High School.
Tavin Passey and Devon Grafton had two hits apiece for North Medford in Game 1, but the Mavericks left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh when a line drive to the shortstop ended the host’s comeback hopes.
Blevins had one of North Jackson’s six doubles in Game 2, as the visitors erupted for 17 hits to drop the Mavericks to 8-6 on the season.
North Medford’s Tyler Dunlevy and Tavin Passey had two hits apiece in the nightcap, with Passey going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Gaudern, Kindrick (2), Foulon (7) and Kindrick, Huffman (2), Kindrick (7); Dunlevy, O. Grafton (4) and Passey. W — Kindrick. L — Dunlevy (1-1). 2B — NJ: Blevins; NM: Passey, Baptiste, Huffman.
Foulon, Blevins (6), Marsh (7) and Kindrick; Balsinger, Morris (5) and Passey. W — Foulon. L — Balsinger (1-2). 2B — NJ: Marsh, Gaudern, Blevins, Leeper 2, Huffman; NM: Passey. 3B — NJ: Foulon.