• Medford picks up sixth straight victory

  • The Medford Rogues held on to their game-and-a-half lead in the WCL South while earning the league's best record with an 8-4 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox on Saturday night at Harry & David Field.
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  • The Medford Rogues held on to their game-and-a-half lead in the WCL South while earning the league's best record with an 8-4 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox on Saturday night at Harry & David Field.
    The win extended Medford's winning streak to six games.
    A persistent attack gave the Rogues (6-2) an early lead with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. In the fifth Medford exploded for four runs as third baseman Yuto Kata and catcher Tanner Lubach were hit by pitches to start the inning. Singles by outfielder Christian Cox and designated hitter Nathan Etheridge knocked in the first two runs.
    A fielder's choice by outfielder Clayton Meyer scored the third run of the inning and a single by shortstop Tucker Campbell capped the rally.
    Medford tacked on a run in the sixth and allowed four runs to Wenatchee over the last three innings but held on.
    Medford starter Jackson Bertsch (2-0) tossed six shutout innings, giving up only three hits and striking out three. Three relievers finished off the game for the Rogues. Tom Zarosinski (0-1) took the loss for the AppleSox.
    The Rogues' 14-hit attack was led by Cox (4-for-5), Etheridge (3-for-5). Campbell and Victor Garcia added two hits each.
    The same two teams meet today at 6:35 p.m. at Harry & David Field. Right-handed pitcher Brandon Erickson (1-0) is scheduled to start for Medford.
    Wenatchee 000 000 121 — 4 7 1
    Medford 011 141 00x — 8 14 0
    Zarosinski, Schroeder (6) and McCann; Bertsch, Morrison (7), Woods (8), Ramage (8) and Lubach. W — Bertsch (2-0). L — Zarosinski. 2B — W: Wood, Brooks; M: Garcia.
    American Legion AAA
    MEDFORD 4, PORTLAND 1 — At Salem, Medford pitcher Caleb Newman was nearly untouchable to lead the Mustangs to victory on the third day of the Willamette Classic at Spec Keene Stadium.
    Newman held Portland Mound Time scoreless on two hits in eight innings with eight strikeouts before giving way to Jordan Ragan in the ninth. Newman, a South Medford High product, improved to 2-0.
    Medford drew first blood in the fourth when Christian Gillis came home on Eric Carlson's sacrifice fly. The Mustangs added an insurance run two innings later when Jared Evans singled home Austin Zavala (2-for-4, two runs) from second.
    Josh Berman padded Medford's lead with a two-run homer in the eighth.
    Medford (3-2) wraps up its Classic run against the defending state champion Canyon Crushers of Salem today at 9 a.m.
    Portland 000 000 001 — 1 4 3
    Medford 000 101 02x — 4 6 1
    Scott, Dunn (8) and Saunders; Newman, Ragan (9) and Zavala. W — Newman (2-0). L — Scott. 2B — M: Zavala. HR — M: Berman (1).
    American Legion A
    SOUTH MEDFORD 7-18, ASHLAND 2-2 — At Ashland, Ryan Carle tossed a complete game in the opener and Ashland pitchers issued 16 free passes — 12 walks and four hit batters — in the nightcap as South Medford cruised to an Area 4 sweep at North Mountain Park.
    Carle struck out six without a walk to pick up the victory in Game 1. South Medford's Nick Henry was 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
    For Ashland (2-4), pitcher Kyle Milgram held the Colts to two earned runs on two hits in five innings with four strikeouts and also went 2-for-4 at the plate. Aaron Scott was 3-for-4 with two runs to pace the Pilots.
    In Game 2, four Ashland pitchers struggled to find the strike zone and the Colts capitalized by scoring six in the third and 10 in the fifth, finishing the game early by the 10-run mercy rule.
    South Medford's Christian Mahoney was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs.
    South Medford 001 020 4 — 7 6 1
    Ashland 001 010 0 — 2 10 6
    Carle and Wallan; Milgram, Buckley (6) and Hamik. W — Carle. L — Milgram (1-1).
    South Medford 026 0(10) — 18 7 3
    Ashland 000 11 — 2 3 3
    Devriel and Wallan; Jer. Carroll, Clary (3), Perez (5), Scott (5), Clary (5) and Jes. Carroll, McLennan (5). W — Devriel. L — Jer. Carroll (0-1). 2B — SM: Byland, Mahoney.
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