CHICO, Calif. — The Medford Rogues struck first but Chico was able to capitalize with two big innings and thump the Rogues 15-4 on Saturday in Great West League baseball action at Nettleton Stadium Field.
The Rogues’ loss dropped them to 16-8 in the GWL and left them with a one-game lead over the Heat (15-9), which won the three-game series 2-1.
After Clay Valenzuela-Reece drove in Johnny DeLaCruz with a single to give the Rogues a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, Chico responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame before scoring seven in the seventh inning.
Bryce Tilton accounted for both Rogues runs in the ninth inning, driving home Valenzuela-Reece with a single and later crossing home plate on Alex Isola’s base knock.
Isola finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs while Valenzuela-Reece, DeLaCruz and Davis Delorefice all came up with a pair of hits for Medford.
After Tanner Tokunaga’s two-run single tied the game at 2-all, Brandon De La Guardia gave the Heat the lead for good with a two-run double in the second inning.
Konishi, Parr (3), Carle (5), Smith (7), Lowrie (7), Floyd (8) and Isola; Sanchez, Gamboa (6) and Davison. W — Sanchez (2-2). L — Konishi (0-1). 2B — M: Gutierrez; C: De La Guardia. 3B — C: Kelly.
American Legion AAA
MEDFORD MUSTANGS 7, DANVILLE 7, 8 inn.: At Reno, Nev., Medford staved off a comeback by the Danville Hoots by scoring twice in the bottom of the eighth inning but couldn’t post the game-winner in a contest that was called after eight innings after reaching the time limit of 2 hours and 15 minutes in the Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament at Peccole Park.
Ryan Lorenz was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Mustangs (13-4-1), including a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to score Kasey Buchanan and pull his team within one run at 7-6. An ensuing infield single by Jacob Melton brought home the tying run in Dylan Marsh but Cole Carder grounded out to end the inning with runners on the corners.
Carder, who opened the seventh with a double but was stranded in scoring position, finished 2-for-4 with a triple.
Medford, which had seven hits to score five runs in the first inning, finished second in its pool at 3-1-1 to Yakima Pepsi and will play at 11:30 a.m. today in the third-place final.
American Legion A
KLAMATH FALLS 12-9, NORTH JACKSON 7-8: At Klamath Falls, John Alves helped North Jackson tie the game in the nightcap but Klamath Falls came up with a game-winning base hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to finish its Area 4 sweep.
With the Cardinals clinging to an 8-6 lead in the top of the seventh, Alves came up with an RBI single and later scored the tying run on Skylar Gaudern’s single to left field for North Jackson (7-6 Area 4), making the contest 8-all.
The Cardinals got a runner to third base with one out before North Jackson intentionally loaded the bases in hopes of getting a force play but Klamath Falls came through with the walk-off single.
Alves went 2-for-4 with a double, Clayton Fraughton finished 3-for-3 and drove in a run for North Jackson, which received three runs from Colby Blevins.
Marsh, Fontana (5), Foulon (5) and Alves; Appolino, Campbell (6) and Graham. W — Appolino. L — Marsh (0-1). 2B — NJ: Schreiner, Fontana, Gaudern, Fraughton; KF: Barrington, Graham, Appolino.
Gaudern, Alves (5), Blevins (5) and Alves, Blankenship (5); Barrington, Campbell (6) and Wood, Graham (5). W — Campbell. L — Blevins (0-1). 2B — NJ: Blevins, Alves; KF: Graham, Davenport, Short, Moutlete.