Rogues baseball signs first players to 2014 roster

Seven players have committed to the 2014 Medford Rogues roster, including returning pitcher Jeff Hardy, the team's 2013 ERA leader, and six others.

The new players are pitcher Tyler Gulbransen and catcher Tyler Gould, both from Lower Columbia College, Bucknell outfielder Ryan Otis and three players from Morehead State in Kentucky: infielder Tyler Bigler, outfielder Clayton Meyer and pitcher Ryan VanSaghi.

Hardy, who plays at Lane Community College, led the Rogues with a 0.62 earned run average in 11 games in 2013.

Gulbransen, the former Hidden Valley High standout, was the Skyline Conference pitcher of the year.

Gould, who attended North Medford High until his sophomore year, played at Lindbergh High in Renton, Wash., compiling a .412 career average.

Otis, whose family is from Medford, was projected to start in center field for the Division I Bison before an injury to his non-throwing elbow sidelined him. His LaSalle High team won the Pennsylvania state high school championship in 2012.

Bigler, a transfer to Morehead from Dyersburg State Community College, hit .367 in 41 games for DSCC with one home run, 26 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

Meyer, also a transfer to Morehead State, was named a NJCAA All-American at Southwestern Illinois Junior College in 2013. He hit .426 in 43 games (168 plate appearances) with 25 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in the leadoff spot for SIJC and was fifth in the NJCAA in triples.

VanSaghi, the third transfer to Morehead State, played at Illinois Central College, where he went 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 11 games (10 starts). He struck out 44 and had four complete games with two shutouts.

Ex-North standout McMillen named Big Sky player of week

Former North Medford High goalkeeper Kendra McMillen was named the Big Sky Conference's player of the week for her performance with Montana last month.

The senior played 220 minutes in goal to help lead the Grizzlies to a pair of draws against Air Force and Wyoming.

In a 1-1 tie on Aug. 23 against Air Force, McMillen faced 11 shots and made a pair of saves. In the Aug. 25 match against Wyoming, which finished in a 0-0 draw, she took on 17 shots and recorded three saves.

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