Despite a stellar performance by Rogues starter Jeff Hardy, Medford had to stave off disaster late in a 4-3 victory over Cowlitz at Harry & David Field on Saturday.
Hardy allowed no hits, no runs and two walks and struck out eight in seven innings to earn his first victory of the year. Three relievers finished and gave up two hits and three runs.
Adonis Morrison finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Medford, which led 3-0 before the Black Bears (7-7) found some offense late with Hardy out.
Rogues reliever Matt Loeffler, who entered with his team leading 4-2 in the top of the ninth, hit the first two batters he faced before Shane Quarterley replaced him. With runners on second and third and one out, the Black Bears' Joey Greco came home on an RBI groundout before a putout finally ended things.
First-place Medford (9-3) can go for the three-game series sweep tonight at 6:35 p.m.
Cowlitz 000 000 021 — 3 2 2
Medford 000 101 11x — 4 7 1
Krueger, Reta (7) and Funyak; Hardy, Shelton (8), Loeffler (9), Quarterley (9) and Beam. W — Hardy. L — Krueger. 2B — C: Funyak.
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NORTH SPLITS — At Corvallis, North Medford beat Burns, 8-3, before falling to Sprague, 6-5, in the Summer Slam Tournament at Taylor Field.
Against Burns, winning pitcher Greyson Wolff hit a double and triple and scored twice, Honus Kindreich had two hits and two RBIs and Larson Kindreich and Mason Barone each scored two runs.
Wolff threw a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Marcus Brammell had the go-ahead RBI single in the fourth.
The Mavericks led 5-3 in their second contest before Sprague rallied with three seventh-inning runs.
For North Medford (4-5), Dakota Adams and Wolff had two hits and Larson Kindreich scored twice.
Burns 200 001 0 — 3 3 3
North Medford 101 230 1 — 8 8 0
Hueckman, McDonald (3) and Vinson; Wolff and Adams. W — Wolff. L — Hueckman. 2B — NM: Wolff, Brown. 3B — NM: Wolff.
North Medford 310 010 0 — 5 8 3
Sprague 100 020 3 — 6 3 2
Hunt, H. Kindreich (7) and Adams; Whiting, Vestal (7) and Nofzinger. W — Vestal. L — H. Kindreich. 2B — S: Halfman.