Medford (OR) 1-hits Juneau, wins NW Region opener 4-0
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 7, 2019
Medford (OR) Mustangs pitchers Bennett Thompson and Skyler Gaudern combined for a 1-hitter and faced the minimum 21 batters in a 4-0 win over Juneau Post 25 on the first day of the Legion Northwest Regional Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho.
Juneau starter Gabe Storie kept the Alaska state champs in the game as the score stood at 1-0 through the first five innings. He routinely escaped trouble and saw eight baserunners stranded, including the bases loaded in the third inning.
Even though the score was only 1-0 it felt much worse because of the stranglehold Thompson had on Juneau hitters. The right-hander relentlessly pounded the strike zone and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
Brock McCormick singled and Donavin McCurley walked to produce Juneau’s only two baserunners, but both were erased after McCormick was caught stealing in the sixth inning and McCurley was picked off in the first inning.
Juneau (29-6) dropped into the loser’s bracket and tomorrow will play the Casper (WY)/Idaho Falls (ID) loser at 8:30am ADT. Medford – a 5-time Northwest Regional champion and 2-time Legion World Series finalist – improved to 33-23.
Medford took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after No. 9 hitter Chase Costanti doubled, went to third on Darin Marsh’s bunt single and scored on Storie’s error trying to throw out Marsh at first base. Medford threatened to put up a crooked number before Storie shut the door with a strikeout and pop up to end the frame.
Storie earned his sixth and final strikeout in the fifth inning, Meanwhile, the offense couldn’t buy a hit against Thompson, who retired 13 straight batters at one point. He was pulled after 5.2 innings and 60 pitches.
Medford scored two runs in the sixth inning on a bunt single RBI and sacrifice fly. The Mustangs added another run in the seventh inning on Dylan Marsh’s solo home run, his eighth bomb of the summer.
Juneau, the 3-time reigning Alaska state champs, fell to 1-5 in its last six games at the Northwest Regional. Most of the games, however, have been close.
In 2018, the Midnight Suns lost 8-7 to Meridian (ID) and won 13-9 over Missoula (MT). In 2017, they lost 3-1 to eventual regional champ Lewiston (ID).