Mustang's Catcher Colin Sowers misses the tag as the Falcons score in the seventh inning, Mail Tribune Photo / Jamie Lusch - Jamie Lusch

Mustangs split with Falcons

Medford stranded nine runners on base — seven in scoring position — to open the door for its first Area 4 loss during the opening game of Friday's doubleheader with the Klamath Falls Falcons.

With that bitter taste in their mouths, the Mustangs made sure such inefficiency wouldn't rear its ugly head in the nightcap at Harry & David Field.

Medford scored seven runs in a pivotal fourth inning of Game 2 to earn a 9-3 triumph and salvage a split with the Falcons, who scored three runs in their last at-bat to gain a 3-2 win in Game 1.

The Mustangs (15-3, 3-1 Area 4) trailed 2-1 heading to the fateful fourth and got an immediate spark on a leadoff double by Matt Maurer. Cody James followed with a single to put runners on the corners and Bradey Shipley supplied a game-tying single.

Nick Hall then hit a grounder to third base that went for a fielder's choice at second, and the Falcons picked up a second out and some good fortune with a great catch in the outfield by their diving right fielder on a Colin Sowers flyball. James didn't tag up on the play so the game remain tied, but Klamath Falls couldn't get out of the inning thanks to an RBI double by Dan Katayama.

Seth Brown kept things moving with a two-run single and, after a walk to Garrett Tygerson, Ian Kendall supplied an RBI single. Picking up from where he left off, Maurer belted another double — this one plating Tygerson and Kendall — to cap the scoring outburst.

The Falcons and Mustangs traded single-run innings to close out the contest, with Lucas Stone earning the win on the mound and Justin Bohn picking up his second save.

Kendall and Brown each went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in Game 2, while Maurer was 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs and Sowers was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Aaron Bocchi was 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the Falcons.

The Mustangs had every right to feel comfortable in the opener, scoring single runs in the third and fifth innings while Tygerson was busy no-hitting the Falcons through 61/3 innings.

Tygerson scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by Maurer after the former Ashland High star singled with one out and advanced to third on a Kendall double.

In the fifth, Katayama was hit by a pitch and back-to-back walks to Brown and Tygerson loaded the bases for Kendall, who hit a deep sacrifice fly to left field. The Falcons avoided further damage when Maurer hit into a double play to end the threat.

Klamath Falls finally broke through against Tygerson in the seventh when Kyle Conner led off with a double and scored on a single by Bocchi to trim the Falcons' deficit to 2-1.

Mason Aspera then attempted a sacrifice bunt but wound up reaching safely when Medford's third baseman couldn't handle the ball. After Andrew McDaniel singled to load the bases with no outs, David Rosser singled to left field to plate pinch-runners Justin Chavarria and Kyle Seutter for a 3-2 advantage.

Tygerson got the next two batters to pop up and then closed the inning on a comebacker by Nate McDaniel, but the damage was already done. Four of Tygerson's five hits allowed came in the seventh. He finished with six strikeouts and two walks.

The Mustangs missed a chance to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning after Brown advanced to second on a throwing error with one out, but a groundout by Tygerson and flyout by Kendall halted any hopes of a comeback.

James finished 2-for-3 for the Mustangs in Game 1, with Falcons pitcher Doug North gaining a measure of revenge by earning a complete-game victory after allowing 10 runs in 51/3 innings last week against Medford.


Klamath Falls Falcons 000 000 3 — 3 5 1

Medford Mustangs 001 010 0 — 2 7 1

North and Reinhard; Tygerson and Sowers. W — North. L — Tygerson (2-1). 2B — KF: Conner; M: Kendall.


Klamath Falls Falcons 200 010 0 — 3 11 2

Medford Mustangs 010 701 x — 9 13 0

Cullen, Kuhlman (4) and Reinhard; Stone, Bohn (5) and Sowers. W — Stone (1-1). L — Cullen. S — Bohn (2). 2B — KF: Bocchi; M: Katayama, Brown, Maurer 2.

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