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  • Rogues' season comes to end

    Corvallis finishes off two-game sweep in WCL South Division playoffs
  • The Medford Rogues' first season came to an end on Wednesday.
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  • The Medford Rogues' first season came to an end on Wednesday.
    Jared Casper smashed a two-run home run late in the game, but it wasn't enough as Corvallis defeated Medford, 7-3, in Game 2 of the West Coast League South Division playoffs at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.
    The Rogues (30-26) lost Game 1 at Harry & David Field, 8-6, on Tuesday, setting the stage for a must-have win in the best-of-three series. The Knight — who have won 12 straight — will face Wenatchee in a best-of-three championship series beginning Saturday night. The AppleSox clinched their spot with a 6-2 triumph over Walla Walla on Wednesday.
    Medford took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Matt Taylor's single drove in Spencer Smith, who led off with a single, advanced to second base on a passed ball and moved to third on a single by Casper.
    Three of the Rogues' eight hits were in the first.
    Medford held the advantage until the fifth, when the Knights evened the score. Corvallis posted another run in the sixth and then three more in the seventh to begin to pull away.
    Enter Casper, whose homer drew Medford within two runs in the eighth. Ray McIntire was hit by a pitch before Casper's shot.
    There would, however, be no further dramatics.
    The top of the eighth continued with two flyouts, a walk and a strikeout. The Knights answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
    The Rogues went quietly in the ninth as Bo Cornish struck out and Jake Whisler and Smith flew out and grounded out.
    Casper finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Taylor 2-for-4 with an RBI for Medford, which committed two errors.
    John Forsythe, the losing pitcher, allowed three hits, two runs and four walks in six innings.
    Kevin Kline and Kavin Keyes were both 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Michael Lucarelli was 2-for-2 with two runs scored for the Knights, who have advanced to the WCL finals in six of their seven summers since moving to Corvallis for the 2007 season.
    Elliot Surrey gave up seven hits, one run and one walk in seven innings to earn the victory.
    Corvallis reliever Chris Bishop gave up the homer, but retired six of the next seven batters to finish the sweep.
    Medford clinched a spot in the postseason on Sunday, becoming the first expansion team in WCL history to reach the playoffs in its inaugural year.
    medford corvallis
    ab r h bi ab r h bi
    Smith cf 5 1 1 0 Drake cf 1 1 0 1
    McIntire 3b 3 1 0 0 Vn Gnsn 2b 4 0 1 2
    Casper 1b 4 1 2 2 Lund lf 3 0 0 0
    Taylor lf 4 0 2 1 Kline dh 4 1 2 2
    Miles dh 4 0 0 0 Lenhan 3b 3 0 0 0
    McNabb rf 3 0 0 0 Keyes 1b 4 1 2 2
    Wynant ss 3 0 1 0 Duffin rf 2 0 0 0
    Cornish c 3 0 1 0 Blckhm rf 1 0 0 0
    Whisler 2b 4 0 1 0 Rabago c 3 2 0 0
    Lcrelli ss 2 2 2 0
    Totals 33 3 8 3 Totals 27 7 7 7
    Medford 100 000 020 —3
    Corvallis 000 011 320 —7
    E—Wynant. DP — Corvallis 1. LOB—Medford 7, Corvallis 9. 2B—Taylor, Wynant, Cornish, Lucarelli. HR—Casper, Keyes. SB — Drake, Rabago. CS — Lund 2.
    IP H R ER BB SO
    Medford
    Forsythe, L (0-1) 6 3 2 2 4 1
    Williams 1/3 0 3 3 4 0
    Tokunaga 1 3 2 1 0 1
    Morrison 2/3 1 0 0 1 1
    Corvallis
    Surrey, W (1-0) 7 7 1 1 1 2
    Bishop 2 1 2 2 1 2
    Umpires—Home, Jon Jackson First, Colin Price Third, Roger Castro. T—2:25. A—1,167.
    Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email djones@mailtribune.com
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