RENO, Nev. — Jacob Melton powered the Medford Mustangs to a 13-3, five-inning victory over Carson City, Nevada, Tuesday and third place in the Reno Knights Fourth of July Tournament at Reno High.
Melton went 2-for-2 with a home run, drove in four runs and scored three for the American League AAA Mustangs (19-7), who led 7-0 after two innings and banged out 12 hits in the American Legion AAA game.
Following a Brennen Watts walk to start the fourth inning, Melton slugged a home run to right-center field. He added an RBI double in a four-run fifth and a sacrifice fly in the second. He walked and scored in the first.
Medford played five games in seven days in the tournament.
“We like going down there and playing different teams and different competition,” said manager Nate Mayben. “We get to play some travel teams and Connie Mack teams. It tests us. You get a couple doubleheaders where it’s hot and you have to grind it out.”
The tournament is an opportunity for his players to “make a statement about playing time,” said Mayben, prior to entering the meat of the Area 4 schedule.
The Mustangs play four-game series against the other five league teams. They’ve already faced Klamath Falls, and are 3-1.
Medford returns to Area 4 action with a 6 p.m. home doubleheader Thursday against Grants Pass at Harry & David Field.
“I feel like we got a lot of questions answered as far as our lineup goes and we’re excited to get into league play,” said Mayben.
Jack Thompson was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs, and Joe Johnson was 2-for-3 with three runs for the Mustangs.
Also for Medford, Wyatt Baptiste had two hits, Jon-o Gassman and Dylan Marsh each knocked in two runs and Watts and Bennett Thompson each scored twice.
Winning pitcher Andrew Schreiner scattered seven hits over four innings. He allowed three runs, all earned, while striking out four and walking two.
“Schreiner pitched really well,” said Mayben. “He did a great job of throwing strikes and hitting his spots with all his pitches. He did a good job of keeping them off balance. It was a good team, so that was good to see.”
Branco, Nussbaumer (4), Stevens (5) and Baker; Schreiner, Boortz (5) and B. Thompson. W — Schreiner (1-0). L — Nussbaumer. 2B — M: Johnson, Melton. 3B — M: Gassman. HR — M: Melton (7).
American Legion A
PHOENIX 5-13, ASHLAND 3-6: At Ashland, Phoenix’s Kade Beer drove in three runs and was the winning pitcher in Game 2, helping the Pirates to an Area 4 split.
Beer pitched five innings of two-hit ball, striking out five and walking two. Only one of the three runs he allowed was earned.
Ethan Humble had two hits and scored three runs for Phoenix, and Monte Spence scored three times.
Eli Westrick and Rowan Amann scored twice each for Ashland.
In the opener, Spence drove in two runs to lead Phoenix.
Evan McLennan was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Ashland.
Humble, Martinez (7) and Merriman; Westrick, Ranswieler (7) and Brown. W — Humble. L — Westrick. 2B — A: McLennan.
Beer, Mason (6), Merriman (7) and Aldrich; Lemhouse, Nixon (3), Lawrence (4), Ranswieler (6), McLennan (6), Hanks (7) and Gilliland. W — Beer. L — Lemhouse. 2B — P: Aldrich, Humble.