Home Runs Key as Medford Splits Doubleheader with Marathon

The Medford U19 Baseball team split a doubleheader with Marathon on Monday night. Marathon won the first game 6-4, Medford took the second 11-0.

In the first game, Medford took the lead in the first inning with four straight base hits from Seth Mudgett, John McMurry, Spike Alexander, and Aiden Gardner. to plate two runs in the top of the 1st.

Neither team would score again until the 3rd when Marathon would plate five runs in the inning. Marathon’s Mitchell Kurtz would single to lead off the inning, Jayden Koeller would add a second single before Carter Hanke Walked to load the bases. Brock Warren would hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Kurtz. Hunter Seubert would then walk to reload the bases before recent graduate Kole Kaldunski hit a grand slam way out of the park in left field.

Medford would get three straight walks to lead off the top of the fourth before Nate Retterath would single in Blaine Seidl to cut the lead to 5-4.

Medford would score again in the 6th when Bryant Kaneznie would score on a sacrifice fly.

Marathon would add one more in the bottom of the 6th when Jayden Koeller would double, advance to second on a past ball, then score on a balk.

Game two would see a different story as Marathon went deep into their bench, Medford would score 11 runs in five innings on the back of two home runs by Blaine Sidel and 11 walks issued by Marathon pitching, including 6 straight with two outs in the 3rd inning.

Medford’s next plays in a doubleheader at home against Rib Lake on Monday, July 13th, the first pitch of game one is at 5:30 PM.

Steven Okonek
Author: Steven Okonek