Mustangs split twin bill with Portland club

TUALATIN — Cody James capped an outstanding day with a two-run home run in Game 2 of a doubleheader with Portland Mound Time to help the Medford Mustangs clinch a split in the nonconference baseball games Saturday.

James was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs in the nightcap as Medford won 6-1. In an opening 9-7 loss, the designated hitter was 2-for-3 with one run and three RBIs.

Hitting wasn't much of a problem for the Mustangs (34-10) on Saturday, with the American Legion AAA team notching 12 hits in each game, but one shaky inning in the opener squashed the team's hopes for a sweep. Portland Mound Time, a Senior Babe Ruth squad, used a five-run, second-inning surge to put Medford on its heels in the opener.

Michael Bradshaw threw four solid innings in Game 2, allowing one run on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Christian Morrison followed with three scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save. Both were aided by a defense that turned four double plays in seven innings.

Colin Sowers followed a leadoff walk by Justin Bohn with his eighth home run of the season during the third inning of Game 2 and Kameron Kaufman added an RBI single to give Medford a 3-0 lead. James' sixth homer in the sixth inning provided the final margin of victory.

Kaufman was 4-for-7 with two RBIs in the twin bill, with Seth Brown 2-for-4 with one run in Game 2.

In the opener, Sowers was 2-for-4 with two runs, Jessie Hornbrook 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI and Lucas Stone 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.

Medford next takes the field at 9 a.m. Wednesday to open the American Legion AAA state tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium in Eugene. The Mustangs' opponent is still to be determined.


Medford Mustangs 300 022 0 — 7 12 1

Portland Mound Time 053 001 x — 9 10 1

Cash, Thomas (3), Kaufman (6) and Sowers; Johnson, Spencer (6) and Azevedo, Sanders (5). W — Johnson. L — Cash (6-2). 2B — M: Sowers, Brown, Kaufman. HR — P: Cornwell; M: Stone (3).


Medford Mustangs 003 012 0 — 6 12 0

Portland Mound Time 000 100 0 _ 1 8 2

Bradshaw, Morrison (5) and Kaufman; Makler, Green (4), Walker (6), Nix (7) and Sanders. W — Bradshaw (4-2). L — Makler. S — Morrison (1). 2B — P: Johnson; M: James. HR — M: Sowers (8), James (6).

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