GRANTS PASS — The Medford Mustangs American Legion baseball team showed off a compelling mix of volume hitting and fine pitching in their Area 4 sweep of the Grants Pass Nuggets at All Sports Park on Wednesday.
The Mustangs — who finished with 30 hits, including 12 doubles — won the wild opener 20-9 and cruised to a 12-2 victory in the nightcap.
Grants Pass rattled off 18 hits in Game 1, but was kept quiet for most of Game 2 by pitcher Brady Thomas. The right-hander owned a no-hit shutout in the bottom of the fifth inning before Mike Macuk singled with two outs. Andrew Tracy followed with his second two-run home run of the night and then Corey Wynant recorded a base hit before the Nuggets grounded out to end things.
Colin Sowers was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, Seth Brown 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run and Jessie Hornbrook 2-for-3 in the second game for Medford (17-6, 6-2 Area 4).
The Mustangs racked up 19 hits in the first game.
Billy Hansen went 3-for-5 with five RBIs, Brown 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs, Ethan Schlecht 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs and Lucas Stone 3-for-6 with an RBI in Game 1.
Hornbrook, who owns a 16-game hitting streak, finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Brent Hegdahl was 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI.
Tracy went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and Nathan Etheridge finished 3-for-5 for the Nuggets in Game 1.
Medford Mustangs 243 231 5 — 20 19 1
Grants Pass Nuggets 411 102 0 — 9 18 6
Cash, Herrera (4) and Kaufman; Bennett, Herklotz (3), Robinson (7) and Schmidt. W — Herrera (3-0). L — Bennett. 2B — M: Hornbrook 2, Brown 2, Sowers, Schlecht, Hegdahl, Hansen; GP: Bennett 2. HR — GP: Tracy.
Medford Mustangs 008 22 — 12 11 1
Grants Pass Nuggets 000 02 — 2 3 1
Thomas and Sowers; Tracy, Polder (3), Etheridge (5) and Macuk. W — Thomas (3-1). L — Tracy. 2B — M: Brown 2, Treadway, Hansen. HR — GP: Tracy.
ASHLAND 2-5, NORTH MEDFORD 1-15 — Ashland's AJ Adams scored the go-ahead run on a walk in the top of the sixth inning in Game 1 and North Medford cranked out 11 hits in the nightcap in the Area 4 split at North Medford High.
Christian Gillis went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Charlie Walker pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and five walks in the first game. In the sixth, Adams was walked with the bases loaded to give Ashland its 2-1 lead.
Taylor Raff's RBI single, which drove in Isiah Luzny, tied the first game at 1 in the bottom of the fifth inning for North (19-6, 10-4 Area 4).
The Pilots used five different pitchers who combined to allow 12 walks in Game 2.
Bryan Carbonell was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, Micah Brown 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, Austin Zavala 2-for-4 with an RBI and run and Gillis 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a run for the Mavericks in the nightcap. Hayden Evans offered up a two-out, two-run RBI single in the victory.
Ashland's Evan Westhelle went 2-for-2 with a run.
Ashland 010 001 0 — 2 3 1
North Medford 000 010 0 — 1 6 1
Bottimore, Carlson (6), Flynn (7) and Glick; Walker and Zavala. W — Carlson. L — Walker (1-2). 3B — A: Carroll.
Ashland 003 020 0 — 5 5 1
North Medford 301 821 x — 15 11 1
Glick, Carlson (4), Fredrickson (4), Westhelle (4), Carroll (5) and Cammarota; Gillis, Miller (5) and Zavala. W — Gillis (3-0). L — Glick. 2B — NM: Carbonell, Walker, Gillis. 3B — A: Adams.
CENTRAL POINT 8-16, CC-St.M-RR 5-14 — At Central Point, Central Point swept Cascade Christian-St. Mary's-Rogue River in Area 4 play at Anhorn Field.
Steven Sparacino, Sebastian Reynolds, Anthony Martin, Chris Painter, Evan Erskine and Tyler Aplin each recorded two hits in Game 1 for the Comets (13-7, 10-4 Area 4). Aplin also scored three runs.
Ben Zomerdyk was 2-for-3 in the first game for the Wolfpack.
In the second game, Ty Fox finished 3-for-3 with three runs and Reynolds was 2-for-5 for Central Point.
Jake Miller had two hits, including a leadoff home run in the fifth inning, and Jake Isola and Dillon Huntley both registered two hits for the Wolfpack.
CC-St.M-RR 001 031 0 — 5 6 3
Central Point 311 111 0 — 8 15 3
Huntley and Jones; Pardee, Fox (7) and Aplin. W — Pardee (2-1). L — Huntley. 2B — CSR: Zomerdyk, Banks, Britton; CP: Sparacino, Martin.
CC-St.M-RR 200 390 0 — 14 10 5
Central Point 012 760 x — 16 9 8
Banks, Isola (4), Miller (4), Zomerdyk (5) and Miller, Jones (4); Bastendorff, Inkley (5), Painter (7) and Cooper. W — Inkley (1-0). L — Miller. 2B — CSR: Zomerdyk, Banks; 3B — CP: Martin. HR — CSR: Miller.