CHICO, Calif. — Dylan Marsh went 3-for-3 to help Medford claim a 10-4 victory over Chico but the host Nuts scored two runs on the bottom of the sixth to beat Medford 3-2 in the nightcap as the Mustangs settled for a split in their season-opening doubleheader Saturday at Doryland Park.
In the opener, the Mustangs used a 16-hit attack to blow away the Nuts, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after three and 9-2 lead through six. Besides Marsh’s standout performance, Medford received a lift from Jacob Melton (3-for-4, double, two RBIs), Zac Ankeny (3-for-4, RBI), Brennen Watts (2-for-4, two runs) and Brady Buchanan (2-for-4, two RBIs).
Ethan Whitney picked up the win after holding Chico to two runs on seven hits through the first seven innings before being relieved by Ricky Boortz.
In the second game, Watts’ RBI single and a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded allowed the Mustangs to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.
Chico rebounded in the bottom of the inning, scoring the tying run on a single by Shane Taylor and the go-ahead run on an error.
Bennett Thompson drew a two-out walk in the top of the seventh to keep the Mustangs’ hopes for a sweep alive, but Chico reliever Kellen Brothers struck out Medford leadoff hitter Joe Johnson to end the game.
Medford starting pitcher Brandon Letendre surrendered three runs, two earned, in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
Medford’s road swing south continues today with a twin bill against the Redding Tigers scheduled to begin at noon.
MEDFORD ROGUES 11, YUBA SUTTER GOLD SOX 6: At Marysville, Calif., Chad Pike went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, Austin Healy had a triple and two RBIs and the Rogues scored four runs in the second to take control.
Also for the Rogues, catcher Cole Elvis went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Joe Bath hit a two-run homer.
Cantwell, Chioho (5), Carle (6), Pike (9) and Elvis; Mora, Saller (2), Bugarin (6) and Terao. W — Chioho. L — Mora. 2B — M: Pike, McIntyre; YS: Moreland. 3B — M: Healy. HR — M: Bath (1).