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  • Rogues sweep away Central Oregon

  • In his first home game for the Medford Rogues, infielder Jerad Casper hit two home runs and had four RBIs to lead Medford to a 5-3 victory over Central Oregon on Thursday at Harry & David Field, completing a two-game sweep of the Bucks.
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  • In his first home game for the Medford Rogues, infielder Jerad Casper hit two home runs and had four RBIs to lead Medford to a 5-3 victory over Central Oregon on Thursday at Harry & David Field, completing a two-game sweep of the Bucks.
    Casper's first home run came in the first inning with a man on base and tied the game at 2-all.
    After falling behind 3-2 again in the second inning, Rogues infielder Jake Whisler stole home plate to tie the game again heading into the fourth inning.
    Casper, a junior at Oregon State, picked up his second homer in the fifth, a two-run shot that gave Medford its first lead of the day.
    Casper finished 2-for-4 while infielder Connor George and Whisler eached added two hits apiece.
    Rogues starter Jake Lessel pitched four innings, allowing three runs on four hits with five strikeouts. After giving up three runs in the first two innings, Medford pitchers went the final seven innings without giving up a run.
    Casper continued to shine for the Rogues in the eighth inning, this time as a pitcher. He struck out all three batters he faced. A.J. Balta entered in the ninth to earn the save.
    The Rogues improve to 16-13 overall and will return to West Coast League play against the Bend Elks tonight at 7:35.
    American Legion AAA
    MEDFORD MUSTANGS 10, BILLINGS ROYALS 2 — At Reno, Nev., Medford ratcheted up its offense in the latter stages of the game to pick up victory over Billings in the opening game of the Reno 4th of July Tournament.
    Micah Brown was 2-for-3, drove in three runs and scored twice for the Mustangs, but his highlight moment of the day was a defensive play at second base. In what would have been a sure hit to right field for the Royals at the end of the fifth inning, Brown made a back-handed stop with his glove, spun around and threw the batter our at first base.
    Cody Hoff went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Mustangs who got a 4-for-4, two-run effort from David Crofton and Charlie Walker finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Both Crofton and Walker drove in a run as well.
    The Mustangs, who will play two games today, received a 2-for-4 performance Austin Zavala. He also scored twice and knocked in a run.
    Hayden Evans was a bit wild at the mound but effective for the Mustangs as he didn't allow an earned run to go with four strikeouts. He walked four batters.
    Billings 000 001 1 — 2 6 1
    Medford 010 423 x — 10 15 3
    Zimmer, Englin (7) and Linknecht; H. Evans, Brown (7) and Zavala. W — H. Evans (3-0). L — Zimmer. 2B — M: C. Walker, Crofton. 3B — M: C. Walker.
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