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  • Rogues blow big lead, fall to Victoria

  • VICTORIA, B.C. — The Medford Rogues allowed five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Victoria HarbourCats rallied to steal a 12-11 win at Royal Athletic Park on Thursday.
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  • VICTORIA, B.C. — The Medford Rogues allowed five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Victoria HarbourCats rallied to steal a 12-11 win at Royal Athletic Park on Thursday.
    The HarbourCats' comeback began when Alex Real hit a two-run home run to cut the lead to 9-7 in the bottom of the eighth. Medford answered with two in the top of the ninth to make it 11-7, but Rogues catcher-turned-closer Bo Cornish gave up five runs in the ninth on three walks and three hits.
    Ashland native Jamie Flynn started for the Rogues, giving up three earned runs over five innings. The bullpen came in to give up nine runs over the last four innings after the Rogues (4-5) had built a 9-1 lead through five.
    After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Rogues scored three in the third on a two-run triple by A.J. Balta and a sacrifice fly by Matt Page. Medford added two more as Quentin Urban walked and moved around the bases on a sacrifice and wild pitch to score the first run of the inning. A double by Shakeel Newton followed a singles from Colin Sowers and Caleb Palensky scored Newton to make it 6-1 after four innings.
    Medford tacked on two more in the fifth to chase Victoria starter Joe Navilhon. Logan Lombana relieved Navilhon and let one runner in to end the top of the fifth with a 9-1 Rogues lead.
    The HarbourCats (5-1) struck back with four in the sixth on a series of hits, walks and hit batters by Flynn and reliever Christian Morrison. Bret DeRooy came in for Morrison to stop the bleeding and the sixth ended with a 9-5 Medford lead.
    The Rogues return home Saturday night to host the Walla Walla Sweets in the first game of a three-game series, part of a six-game home stand.
    Victoria 12, Medford 11
    MEDFORD VICTORIA
    ab r h bi ab r h bi
    Newton lf 4 3 2 1 Smith lf 4 3 1 1
    Plnsky dh 5 1 2 1 DeGti ss 2 1 0 1
    Balta 2b 4 2 2 3 Real c 4 2 2 4
    Page 1b 4 1 2 2 Fetes dh 2 0 1 1
    Weiss ss 5 1 0 0 Storm dh 0 0 0 0
    Urban cf 4 2 1 0 Adkns ph 1 0 0 0
    Mctire 3b 3 0 1 1 Lewis 1b 6 1 2 2
    Finbrg c 3 0 0 2 LaVelle 3b 5 1 2 2
    Sowers c 3 1 1 0 A. Rusell rf 5 1 2 0
    Cukovch cf 3 1 0 0
    T.Rusell ph 0 0 0 0
    Grahm 2b 2 1 1 1
    Blskvch ph 0 1 0 0
    Totals 34 12 11 12 Totals 34 12 11 12
    Medford 003 330 002 —11
    Victoria 100 004 025 —12
    LOB—Medford 4, Victoria 13. 2B—Newton (1), Balta (2), Page (2), McIntire (1), Sowers (1), LaVelle (1). 3B—Balta (1). HR—Real (1).
    IP H R ER BB SO
    Medford
    Flynn 5 5 3 3 5 1
    Morrison 2/3 1 2 2 2 0
    DeRooy 11/3 0 0 0 0 2
    Tokunaga 1/3 2 2 2 3 1
    Cornish L,0-1 11/3 3 5 5 3 1
    Victoria
    Navilhon 41/3 8 9 8 3 6
    Lombana 22/3 0 0 0 0 1
    Provencher W,2-0 2 3 2 2 0 6
    WP—Flynn 2, Cornish, Navilhon. Umpires—Home, Don Violette; Field 1, Chet Masse; Field 2, Dan Rogers. T—3:17. A—1,015.
    NORTH MEDFORD 5-2, SHELDON 3-1 — Unlike the opener, where all of their offense came early, North Medford needed a late-inning rally in the nightcap to save the superb pitching performance of Josh Berman.
    After knotting the score 1-all in the sixth inning, Christian Gillis drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Mavericks the victory in Game 2 of a doubleheader versus Sheldon at North Medford High School.
    In the seventh inning of the second game, Gillis' two-strike single down the left field line plated Josh Hansen for the win run. In the sixth inning, Brett Pearson drew a walk and later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game for the Mavericks (2-0).
    Berman went six innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits, two walks and struck out 10. Jared Evans pitched the seventh inning and was awarded the victory.
    In Game 1, the Mavericks' Honus Kindriech went 2-for-3 and had run-scoring singles in the second and third innings. North Medford scored all five of its runs over the first three frames.
    Sheldon's Taylor Frost went 2-for-2 and scored twice in the contest.
    FIRST GAME
    Sheldon 100 101 0 — 3 4 1
    North Medford 212 000 0 — 5 5 1
    Strahm, Harrell (6) and Rotherham; Pearson, Gillis (6) and Wolff. W — Pearson (1-0). L — Strahm. 3B — NM: Gillis.
    SECOND GAME
    Sheldon 000 100 0 — 1 5 1
    North Medford 000 001 1 — 2 5 2
    Richardson, Steel (5) and Olson; Berman, Evans (7) and W — Evans (1-0).
    CENTRAL POINT 8-5, GRANTS PASS 1-4 — At Central Point, Central Point rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Grants Pass minors in the second game of their season debuts at Anhorn Field.
    Paul Turner drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Tanner Ryerson for the winning run. The Comets (2-0) scored the tying run on a dropped fly ball by the Minors, who committed two errors in the frame.
    Turner, Zach Lathrop and Ty Fox each went 2-for-3. Turner had two RBIs and Fox had one.
    In the opener, the Comets tallied six runs in the second inning and Dylan Pearce went the distance at the mound to earn the victory. He allowed just one unearned run on four hits, two walks and he fanned six.
    Taylor Tibbetts went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs while Ty Plankenhorn finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
    FIRST GAME
    Grants Pass Minors 100 000 0 — 1 4 2
    Central Point 160 100 x — 8 10 2
    Olmstead, Mariss (6) and Streeten; Pearce and Aplin. W — Pearce (1-0). L — Olmstead. 2B — GP: Bennett.
    SECOND GAME
    Grants Pass Minors 030 100 0 — 4 6 2
    Central Point 002 001 2 — 5 8 2
    Norbert and Hults; Fahndrich, Lathrop (6) and Aplin. W — Lathrop (1-0). L — Norbert. 2B — GP: Campbell. 3B — CP: Aplin.
    American Legion AAA
    EXPOS 7, MUSTANGS 6 — At Salem, Medford's furious ninth-inning rally fell short when Fairfield relief pitcher Troy Nixon induced a bases-loaded pop out by Isaiah Luzny on the first day of the Willamette Classic.
    The Mustangs (2-4) nearly erased a 7-2 deficit in the final inning, as Micah Brown delivered a two-run single to spark the rally. Austin Zavala's bases-loaded sacrifice fly cut the deficit to one, but two batters later Luzny popped up to shallow center and Fairfield's second baseman made a tumbling catch to end the game.
    Medford's David Crofton surrendered seven runs, four earned on nine hits in six innings before giving way to Brown. Crofton struck out five and walked two.
    Taylor Raff was 2-for-5 with two doubles and scored twice to lead the Mustangs' offense. Steen Fredrickson was 2-for-3 and scored a run.
    Bryce Rogan's RBI single put the Mustangs on the board in the sixth. Moments later another run scored on a dropped pop up, cutting Fairfield's lead to 4-2.
    Down 5-2 in the seventh, Medford blew an opportunity to even the game when Charlie Walker struck out with the bases loaded.
    Medford 000 002 004 — 6 11 3
    Fairfield 000 041 02x — 7 11 3
    Crofton, Brown (7) and Zavala; Brandt, Nixon (8) and Parodi. W — Brandt. L — Crofton (0-2). 2B — M: Raff 2; F: Brown, Fitzpatrick, Kaleczyc. 3B — F: Brown.
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