MEDFORD, Ore. — On the third stop of Lewis-Clark’s Oregon road trip, the Twins were met with a team that’d won the Beaver State’s American Legion baseball title five years in a row.
L-C’s Dawson Bonfield and the Twins’ bats weren’t shaken by that distinction, despite being 1-2 on the trip.
Bonfield tossed five-plus innings without allowing an earned run and L-C registered 13 hits — more than doubling up Medford — in a blow-by victory at Harry and David Field, a result that was likely the Twins’ best showing with less than a week until districts.
The Lewis-Clark Twins won 12-6 over the Mustangs.
“For our boys to walk into their park and play one of the top teams in Oregon like that after we’d had a couple of tough games,” L-C coach Kevin Maurer said, “for them to turn around like that, it shows that their mindset is getting to the point it needs to get to.”
After entering with his team trailing 4-0, Bonfield allowed two hits and walked one, amassing a 61 percent strike percentage while eight Twins batters registered hits.
“He threw incredibly,” Maurer said. “He spotted up his pitches, got out of that inning and just put up zeros until the sixth.”
Of the offense, which put up six runs in the fifth with two down?
“They’re scary good when they’re hitting like that,” Maurer said.
Offensively, L-C was paced by Bonfield and Dalton Hart, who each drove in three. Bonfield had two hits (one double) and three walks, and Hart hit a two-bagger and walked twice.
Mason Daniel, Jose Barajas and Tyson Wallace each logged multiple-hit games, and Coy Stout whacked a two-run single.
“We’d gotten blown out in Eugene then responded the right way,” Maurer said. “How do you wanna finish this season? They wanted something more out of it.”
L-C (21-17) finishes its Oregon trip with a game today at Klamath Falls. The excursion was set up for the Twins by former Lewis-Clark State coach Jeremiah Robbins, whose Roseburg team beat L-C late last week.
L-C Twins 003 360 000—12 13 6
Medford 400 001 010—6 6 3
Bill Alspach, Dawson Bonfield (1), Jose Barajas (7) and Austin Kolb. Marsh, Brady Buchanan (3), Chase Costanti (7), Blake Shields (9) and Taven Passey, Bennett Thompson (5).
L-C Twins hits — Brayden Turcott, Dalton Hart (2B), J. Barajas 2, Tyson Wallace 2, Mason Daniel 3 (2B), A. Kolb (2B), D. Bonfield 2 (2B), Coy Stout.
Medford hits — Zac Ankeny, T. Passey, Bennett Smith, C. Costanti 2, Darin Marsh.