Mustangs fall short against Vancouver

The Medford Medford already owned one last-inning comeback against the Vancouver Cardinals heading into Sunday's game but two such rallies apparently weren't in the cards at Harry & David Field.

Medford pulled to within 11-8 after scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but left the bases loaded to fall short of an American Legion comeback.

One week ago, Nate Namanny blasted a three-run homer in the ninth to rally Medford for a 7-6 win over Vancouver during the Willamette Classic in Salem.

It was beginning to look like a repeat was in the making on Sunday with one out in the ninth when Brent Hegdahl was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game and ninth of the summer. After Billy Hansen popped up for the second out, Justin Bohn singled up the middle and Colin Sowers followed with a deep shot over the left-center fence on a 3-2 pitch.

Following the three-run homer, Jessie Hornbrook was hit by a pitch, Seth Brown singled and Cody James walked to load the bases. Kameron Kaufman followed with a hard grounder that was knocked down by the shortstop but no play was available for an RBI effort. Still with the bases loaded, Ethan Schlecht got under the ball for a game-ending flyball out to center field.

The Mustangs (13-6) return to H&D at 5 p.m. today to host Northwest Star Academy in a nonleague doubleheader.

Bohn was 2-for-2 with one run scored for Medford, while Hornbrook slapped a two-run single in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Vancouver Cardinals 101 140 202 — 11 18 0

Medford Mustangs 003 000 104 — 8 7 1

Watts, Schwinof (7), Jones (9) and Jones, Girod (9); Bohn, Morrison (4), Kaufman (7), Treadway (9) and Sowers. W — Watts. L — Morrison (0-1). 2B — V: Webb, Callura, Schwinof, Hale. HR — M: Sowers (3).

SOUTH MEDFORD 10-6, ASHLAND 3-4 — At Ashland, South Medford tallied 18 hits in its Area 4 sweep at North Mountain Park.

Jack Walker was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three stolen bases and Jimmy Sporer went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the first game. Walker hit an important two-run single in the fourth inning.

Winning pitcher Austin Reames, who improved to 3-1, threw a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and three walks in Game 1. At the plate, he offered a two-run single in the seventh to give the Colts a solid cushion.

Taren Bradd went 2-for-3 with two runs, Pat Alexander 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Reames 2-for-4 with an RBI and triple in Game 2. Eric Wallen added two RBIs in the win, and Ryan Johnson hit an RBI triple in the fourth inning for South (11-7).

Kirk Eastman, who earned the victory on the mound in the nightcap, struck out four and allowed three runs in five innings. Brandon Lupton picked up the save against the Pilots.


South Medford 100 500 4 — 10 10 5

Ashland 000 001 2 — 3 4 5

Reames and Wallen; Carroll, McKelvey (5) and Glick. W — Reames (3-1). L — Carroll. 2B — A: Humphrey.


South Medford 000 420 0 — 6 8 2

Ashland 000 031 0 — 4 5 4

Eastman, Lupton (6) and Wallen; Flynn, Fredrickson (6) and Cammarota. W — Eastman (2-0). L — Flynn. 3B — SM: Reames, Johnson.

NORTH MEDFORD 6, THURSTON 3 — At Corvallis, Charlie Walker hit a key two-run double to help lift North Medford past Thurston in the 10-team Corvallis Summer Slam wood bat tournament championship game.

Walker belted his hit with one out in the sixth inning to create some separation.

David Crofton went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Austin Zavala was 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Mavericks (16-5).

Colton Westfall earned the win to improve to 3-0. He struck out four and allowed eight hits and three walks in seven innings.

North Medford 010 014 0 — 6 8 1

Thurston 000 012 0 — 3 8 0

Westfall and Zavala; Combs, Ridge (6) and Goddard. W — Westfall (3-0). L — Combs. 2B — NM: Walker; T: Goddard, Cuft, McIntyre.

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