KLAMATH FALLS — Tommy Ahlstrom had a home run and two doubles and three Medford pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout as the Rogues roughed up the Klamath Falls Gems 8-0 in Great West League action Wednesday at Kiger Stadium.
Ahlstrom, a second-baseman, went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored and was one of three Rogues with three hits. Leadoff hitter Cole Carder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored and right-fielder Kody Garvin went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Starting pitcher Tony Barrios tossed a hitless first four innings with four strikeouts and a walk before giving way to Donte Glover, who surrendered a hit in 3 2/3 innings. Gabe Smith closed out the shutout by allowing two hits over the final 1 1/3 innings.
Carder hit a leadoff double and later scored on a fielder’s choice ground-out in the top of the first inning to give the Rogues (18-15) what proved to be the only run they would need.
Already up 3-0, Medford added three runs in the sixth — two on a Cole Elvis single — to open up a 6-0 lead.
The bottom half of Klamath Falls’ batting order went a combined 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts, as the Gems fell to 15-17.
The two teams square off again tonight at Kiger.
Barrios, Glover (5), Smith (8) and Elvis. Foster, Baker (7), Hegenbart (8) and Harris. W — Barrios (2-0). L — Foster (0-4). 2B — M: Carder 2, Ahlstrom 2, Garvin. HR — Ahlstrom (4).
MEDFORD U11 TEAM CLAIMS DISTRICT: At Klamath Falls, the Medford American Little League all-stars swept Lakeview in a best-of-three series Friday and Saturday to clinch the District 6 championship and advance to the state tournament, which begins Saturday in Gold Hill.
Medford beat Lakeview 24-1 on Friday and 10-0 on Saturday.
In Saturday’s title-clinching victory, Dom Daffron, Tate Snyder and Tanner Keith had two hits apiece, with Keith going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Daffron also drove in two runs while Snyder and Dylan Scott each scored twice.
Also for Medford, Luke Lytle and Elijah Zavala both tripled.
Medford’s Easton Curtis was dominant on the mound, tossing a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts.
In Friday’s victory, Snyder went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored and Zach Decker 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Daffron added a double and drove in four.