Only managing four hits, the Falcons were shutout 9-0 in a league game against the Medford Mustangs Tuesday evening at Kiger Stadium.
Medford’s Ryan Sandoval cruised through the Falcons line up, allowing just three hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. He needed only 53 pitches to work through 13 batters, striking out six of them without issuing a walk. It wasn’t a bad day at the plate for Sandoval either, collecting two hits and scoring a run.
Dylan Fitts got the start for Klamath Falls, throwing four complete innings. However, in that time he failed to record a strikeout and gave up six hits and five earned runs. Through the first three innings, Fitts and the Falcons defense kept the Mustang bats at bay, allowing just one run despite putting seven runners on base.
One bad pitch to Evan McIennan in the fourth inning broke the game open for the Mustangs. McLennan doubled to right field to drive home two runs to take a 4-0 lead. McIennan would score on a Zac Ankeny single to extend the lead to five runs.
The Falcons would look to rally in their half of the fourth, with Kaden Bolanos and Bailey Whitlock each singling to open the inning. Garret Canbell would load the bases after getting hit by a pitch.
But the Falcons couldn’t get a run across. Drew Raebel would strike out then Jagger Graham grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Medford would tack on another run in the fifth inning of Canbell who came into to relieve Fitts on the mound. Another run in the sixth inning to make it 7-0 before putting the finishing touches with a two-run seventh inning to take a 9-0 lead.
It was a challenging night at the plate for the Falcons — still seeking its second league win. The lineup struck out 12 times to drawing one walk, while grounding into two double plays. Only Bolanos, Whitlock, Raebel and Gavin Graham collected hits for the Falcons in the loss.
It was a lot of the same in the second game between the Mustangs and the Falcons in Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Medford tacked on eight runs in the first inning off Scott Lewis. Then added another in the second and three more in the third.
Hits didn’t come easy for the Falcons, collecting only three off Medord’s Kyler Gaudern.
At press deadline, the game was still in the fourth inning with the Mustangs leading 12-0