Even though the Medford Mustangs had to hold their breath in Thursday’s pinch-and-tuck affair with the Chico Nuts, they dropped it all early in the last drink of a perfect start at Coach K Memorial.
After rallying for a 2-1 win over the Chico Nuts earlier in the day, the Mustangs capped Thursday’s game with a 9-3 win over the Reno Knights at North Medford High.
A double from Cameron Sewell, a triple RBI from Jace Miller and an RBI single from Aiden Horsley allowed Medford (12-2) to create a first-inning cushion at the fifth annual event that honors the legacy of the former Mustangs manager Sandee Kensinger, who died in 2017.
When Reno managed to tighten things up to 3-right in the top of the third, Medford tied in and scored six straight runs over the next two innings at bat to retire and extend their winning streak to seven games.
Owen Thompson hit Tanner Douglas and Horsley at home with two outs to break the deadlock late in the third, then the Mustangs really opened the game with a four-run fourth inning.
Horsley’s RBI double highlighted the fourth inning for Medford and saw them go 2 for 4 with a run and two RBIs.
Also for Medford, Douglas went 2-for-3 and Jeremiah Robbins was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Douglas earned the pitching victory, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in six innings of work.
Johnny King pitched a scoreless seventh inning to end things for Medford, which was scheduled to play at 7 p.m. against the Salem Withnell Dodgers on Friday.
Medford will host the Idaho Falls Bandits at 7 p.m. Saturday at Harry & David Field ahead of Sunday’s seeding rounds.
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Ouellette, Imbasciani (4), Parke (4), Maynick (5) and May, Williams (5); Douglas, King (7) and Robbins, Wallace (5). W-Douglas. L- Ouellette. 2B-M: Horsley, Robbins, Sewell. 3B-M: Miller.