GRANTS PASS — A night after blowing out the Alameda Seals, the Medford Rogues showed they are also capable of pulling off a comeback, rallying from a two-run deficit to defeat the Seals 7-3 Tuesday in Grants Pass.
The victory kept the Rogues' exhibition record spotless at 4-0. They host the American Legion Medford Mustangs at 6:35 tonight at Harry & David Field.
Medford found itself trailing 3-1 in the sixth inning, but alert base running by Corey Wynant allowed the Rogues to trim the deficit. He was at second base with two outs when Vince Ampi swung and missed at a ball in the dirt for strike three. However, the ball got away from the catcher, and Wynant got to third as Ampi took first.
The catcher subsequently went to the mound to speak to the pitcher but neglected to call a timeout and Wynant sprinted home.
The Rogues followed that with a five-run seventh, keyed by Ray McIntire's three-run double.
Wynant, Ampi and McIntire each had two hits, with McIntire contributing four RBIs.
The Rogues also learned Monday that first baseman Matt Page, who starred at Oklahoma Baptist University this spring, was named NAIA player of the year by NAIA coaches and an All-American selection committee.
Page led the NAIA baseball with 85 RBIs and ranked second in home runs with 15. The left-hander batted .385 and added 20 doubles.
Alameda Seals 100 110 000 — 3 8 1
Medford Rogues 010 001 05x — 7 10 2
Hutchins, Torres (8), Zavala (8), Heard (8) and Oertle; Harris, Tokunaga (7), Bradshaw (9) and Cornish. W — Tokunaga. L — Torres. 2B — M: McIntire.