It’s not often a pitcher throws a complete game off the bench and even less likely that the pitcher turns it into a gem as Brady Buchanan did for the Medford Mustangs American Legion AAA team on Monday.
After Mustangs starter Wyatt Baptiste uncharacteristically walked the game’s first three batters and was pulled, Buchanan stepped to the mound and led Medford to an 8-2 victory in the opening game of a nonleague doubleheader against Redding at Harry & David Field.
The Mustangs (9-3) completed the sweep with a 9-4 win in the nightcap.
Buchanan limited the damage in the first inning to one run before the Mustang offense provided three runs of support in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by three straight doubles by Jacob Melton, Jack Thompson and Dylan Marsh. Thompson drove in Brennen Watts and Melton with his and Marsh scored Thompson.
Buchanan struck out four and allowed one unearned run on five hits and did not issue a walk to earn the win.
Melton finished 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI while Thompson added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
In Game 2, Baptiste went 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in two while Thompson drove in three runs for the Mustang, who benefited from 11 walks surrendered by Redding.
Jon-o Gassman went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and drove in a run during Medford’s four-run third inning.
Schroedle, Carona (4) and Reynolds; Baptiste, Buchanan (1) and B. Thompson. W — Buchanan. L — Schroedle. 2B — M: Marsh, Melton, J. Thompson. 3B — M: Melton.
McCoy, Tracy (5), Weiser (5) and Reynolds; Sandoval, B. Thompson (4), Melton (7) and J. Thompson. W — B. Thompson. L — McCoy. 2B — R: Carmona; M: J. Thompson.
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NORTH JACKSON ROYALS 15-7, KLAMATH FALLS EAGLES 3-1: At Eagle Point, Darin Marsh and Kolbi Blevins both hit first-inning home runs in Game 1 to set the tone for North Jackson’s sweep of Klamath Falls in Area 4 play.
Marsh took the second pitch he saw for a leadoff homer to deep left-center field, and after Skylar Gaudern’s double, Blevins’ blast gave the Royals a 3-0 lead during a five-run first inning.
Braxton Barnes struck out 11 over five innings and allowed three runs — all in the fifth inning — on five hits and two walks for the Royals (3-3, 3-1 Area 4), who needed just five innings to prevail by 10-run mercy rule.
Marsh finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored, Jake Leeper was 3-for-3, drove in three and scored twice while Kyler Kendrick finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Game 2 featured Devin Foulon on the mound, who tossed a four-hitter for the Royals. He struck six and allowed just one unearned run while not surrendering a walk.
Foulon, Marsh, Leeper and Domenic Fontana all had two hits. Leeper’s hits were both doubles and he added a couple of RBIs.
Klamath Falls Eagles00003—354
North Jackson Royals5334x—15130
Montieth, Fanning (3) and Jagger; Barnes and Kendrick. W — Barnes (1-0). L — Montieth. 2B — KF: Erickson; NJ: Gaudern, Fontana, Leeper. HR Dar. Marsh, Blevins.
Klamath Falls Eagles0000100—142
North Jackson Royals102400x—783
Kyle and Jagger; Foulon and Alves. W — Foulon (1-0). L — Kyle. 2B — NJ: Leeper 2, Foulon.
CENTRAL POINT 11, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn.: At Central Point, Central Point pitchers Garrett Dance and Hunter Chubb combined to no-hit Cascade Christian in the nonleague contest at Anhorn Field.
Dance struck out five over the first three innings and walked just two while Chubb took the mound for two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Ike Gilliland finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs and scored twice for the Comets (6-0), and Hayden Glatte went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs in a contest that lasted just five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Central Point Comets3512x—1170
Payne, Waits (2), Martin (3) and Zornes; Dance, Chubb (4) and Gilliland. W — Dance (1-0). L — Payne. 2B — CP: Gilliland, Johnson.