• BlueJackets sting Rogues in opener

    Big second inning propels Kitsap, drops Medford five games back of division-leading Corvallis
  • KITSAP, Wash. — A five-run second inning by the host Kitsap BlueJackets proved to be the undoing for the Medford Rogues on Friday in West Coast League baseball.
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  • KITSAP, Wash. — A five-run second inning by the host Kitsap BlueJackets proved to be the undoing for the Medford Rogues on Friday in West Coast League baseball.
    Medford led 3-1 after the top half of the second inning but soon fell behind for good when Kitsap scored five runs on seven hits in the bottom of the frame en route to a 7-4 victory.
    The Rogues (21-19) dropped five games back of Corvallis in the WCL South standings and four games behind Bend in pursuit of a playoff berth. The champion from each of the three divisions advances to the WCL playoffs, as well as the team with the highest winning percentage beyond those three ballclubs.
    Christian Cox was 1-for-3 with one run and two RBIs and Donald Glover Jr. went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI to pace the Rogues in the first game of a three-game road series.
    Glover helped Medford score three in the top of the second inning, starting things off with a one-out single that was followed by a single from Jeremy Goldenetz. After Glover scored on a wild pitch, Adonis Morrison walked and Kyle Beam singled to load the bases. Cox then came through with a two-out, two-run single.
    Trailing 6-3 in the eighth inning, the Rogues attempted a comeback when Cox singled, Yuto Kata walked and Victor Garcia Jr. lined a one-out single to load the bases. Glover followed with an RBI single but Kata was thrown out attempting to score on the play to cut into the momentum.
    In the bottom of the eighth, action got tense when Kitsap's Caylen Clardy doubled to bring home Austin Hamilton but Zach Larsen tried to follow suit and was thrown out on a great relay from left fielder Glover to shortstop Tucker Campbell to catcher Kyle Beam.
    The plate collision caused both benches to empty and ultimately resulted in Beam's ejection. He was replaced by Ryan Teel with two outs in the inning.
    The Rogues opened the ninth with a single by Morrison but a fielder's choice and double play sealed the win for the BlueJackets (16-23).
    Medford 030 000 010 — 4 7 0
    Kitsap 150 000 01x — 7 11 2
    Peterson, Snider (7), Loeffler (8) and Beam, Teel (8); Baker, Marshall (3), Blackie (7), Gartnier (8) and Matranga. W — Marshall (1-1). L — Peterson (4-1). 2B — K: Matranga, Clardy.
    PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR — At Flagstaff, Ariz., Rogue River's Kevin Murphy finished in a tie for 18th place and Medford's Dylan Wu tied for 35th overall in a four-day tournament dominated by University of Washington sophomore Corey Pereira.
    Murphy tried to make a final-round move at the Pine Canyon Club after opening with rounds of 68, 68 and 67, but a 4-over-par round of 74 on the last day dropped him down the leaderboard at 3-under 277 overall. Murphy managed four birdies but had two bogeys and an especially rough final nine that saw him double bogey hole Nos. 12, 15 and 16 as he tried to be aggressive down the stretch.
    Wu had rebounded from an opening-round 76 with rounds of 68 and 65 over the past two days but Friday's final round 75 left him tied for 35th. Two double bogeys on the front nine of his final round put Wu in a bind and he had four of his five bogeys on the back nine. Wu still was able to birdie hole Nos. 16 and 17 for half of his birdies on the round.
    Pereira shot a final-round 67 to be crowned the tournament's 48th champion at 19-under 261. His four-round total broke the Pacific Coast Amateur gross score record by two strokes held by James Lepp from 2003.
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