CORVALLIS — With a couple of stingy aces at the mound, runs were hard to come by for either side in Sunday’s Corvallis Summer Slam Wood Bat championship.
As he dueled Bend pitcher Jacob Quinlan, North Medford’s Gavin Schmidt pitched a complete game shutout and picked off two runners late in the game that helped deliver the tournament crown with a 2-0 victory over the Bend Lava Bears.
Schmidt struck out six, and gave up eight hits and four walks. He recorded the game’s final out by picking off a runner at second base just after having done the same to record the second out in the bottom of the sixth after the Mavericks scored to break the scoreless stalemate.
In the top of the sixth inning following consecutive singles by Cody Borraggine and Nick Samudio, the Mavericks (5-2) were able to get on the board when Bend’s first baseman overthrew third base. The error allowed Borraggine to score and Samudio to get to third. Devin Grafton then put down a timely squeeze bunt that allowed Samudio to score and give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead.
Like Schmidt, Quinlan went the distance at the mound, allowing just two runs — one earned — and six hits.
North Medford finished the six-team tournament with a 3-1 record.
N. Medford Mavericks 000 002 0 — 2 6 1
Bend Lava Bears 000 000 x — 0 8 2
Schmidt and Passey; Quinlan and Karpstein. W — Schmidt (2-1). L — Quinlan. 2B — B: Benitez.
KLAMATH FALLS 9-1, ASHLAND 5-17: At Klamath Falls, after taking the loss in the opener, Ashland responded with 16 hits in Game 2 and posted eight runs in the sixth inning to strike back with a win by 10-run mercy rule.
The Pilots’ Evan McLennan went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and three RBIs, which included a two-run single during the top of the sixth.
Dane Reynolds was 2-for-3, score twice and plated three for the Pilots while Nathan Carter finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Rowann Amann picked up the win, tossing 4 2/3 shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
In the opener, Klamath Falls scored five runs in the third inning to take control early.
Carter went 3-for-4, had a run-scoring triple and a two-run single for the Pilots.
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Klamath Falls 015 300 x — 9 8 1
Buccino, Ransweiler (3), Gilliland (4) and Evans; Mick, Smith (3), Reasoner (6). W — Smith. L — Buccino. 2B — KF: Lewis. 3B — A: Carter.
Ashland Pilots 051 038 — 17 16 1
Klamath Falls 000 001 — 1 4 2
Amann, Evans (5) and Gilliland; Lewis, Short (4), Jones (6), Cook (6) and Coulter. W — Amann. L — Lewis. 2B — A: Reynolds, McLennan. 3B — KF: Short.
MEDFORD MUSTANGS 8, WITHNELL DODGERS 0: Medford’s Joe Johnson went 3-for-4 with two doubles and was part of a pitching platoon that surrendered just four Withnell hits at Harry & David Field.
Johnson also drove in two runs and stole a couple of bases for the Mustangs (7-3) while Jacob Melton finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Starting pitcher Ricky Boortz set the tone at the mound, allowing just one hit in the first four innings and struck out two. Johnson fanned four and allowed two hits over the fifth and sixth innings and Jacob Melton gave up a hit, a walk and struck out one in the seventh.
Bennett Thompson added a two-run single in the four-run sixth inning and Jack Thompson was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
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Medford Mustangs 102 104 x — 8 12 2
Deloretto, Fredinburg (6) and Doten; Boortz, Johnson (5), Melton (6) and Geyer, Thompson (7). W — Boortz. L — Deloretto. 2B — M: Johnson 2, Melton.