The Medford Rogues failed to make it easy on themselves yet again Tuesday night but still managed to come out on top in Great West League baseball action at Harry & David Field.
Striking fast for the second straight night, the Rogues opened a 9-1 lead on Marysville through two innings but errors and free bases allowed the Gold Sox to pull within four runs before being closed out, 12-8, before a crowd of 1,479.
Former Ashland High standout Jamie Flynn was sensational in getting the start for the GWL-leading Rogues (18-8), striking out five with one walk and two hits allowed in six innings. Two of his three runs were earned.
Davis Delorefice doubled, stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Clay Valenzuela-Reece to open a five-run first inning for Medford. After Alex Isola doubled and Jake Hellweg singled, Connor Lowrie was hit by a pitch to load the bases. An error by the shortstop on a grounder by Eric Yang allowed one run to score, and a fielder’s choice and subsequent error made it 3-1. Josh Berman followed with a two-run double to cap the outburst.
The Rogues tacked on four runs in the second and led 12-3 through seven innings until Marysville (9-16) rallied with five runs in the eighth inning. Ryan Carle came on in relief for Medford to induce a key double play to halt the outburst, then Aaron Hutchinson closed the door with a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning.
Johnny DeLaCruz finished 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs, Berman was 1-for-4 with three RBIs, Hellweg 3-for-4 with three runs and one RBI and Delorefice 2-for-4 with two runs to pace the Rogues.
Game 2 of the series begins at 6:35 tonight.
McCarthy, Doll (1), Clayton (2), Glover (6) and Sbranti, Horwitz (8); Flynn, Wood (7), Kayoda (8), Carle (8), Hutchinson (9) and Stutzman. W — Flynn (2-0). L — McCarthy. 2B — M: Delorefice, Isola, Lowrie, Berman. 3B — M: DeLaCruz.
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NORTH MEDFORD 16, KLAMATH FALLS 10: At Klamath Falls, Josh Robbins and Ryan Sandoval combined to drive in 11 runs and Brandon King scored six times as North Medford won the first game of an Area 4 doubleheader.
The second game was past deadline.
Robbins was 4-for-5 with six RBIs and two runs, and Sandoval was 3-for-3 with five RBIs and two runs. King went 3-for-5 but reached base six times.
The Mavericks (11-4), were coming off a runner-up finish in the Best of the West Tournament in Eugene on Sunday. They lost to Churchill in the title game, 6-4.
Collins, King (5) and Robbins; Graham, Henderson (6) and Berrington. W — Collins. L — Graham. 2B — NM: Robbins 2. 3B — NM: Sandoval 2; KF: Bay.
NORTH JACKSON 8-11, PHOENIX 3-1: At Eagle Point, North Jackson’s Kolbi Blevins led the Royals at the plate in both ends of the Area 4 doubleheader.
In the first game, he had a two-run single in North Jackson’s seven-run second inning. He also stole home.
Phoenix’s Brayden Watts was 3-for-4 with a run, and Braden Zanni was 2-for-3.
In the five-inning nightcap, Blevins was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs for the Royals (9-7, 9-7 Area 4). Andrew Schreiner had two hits, two runs and an RBI, and Joe Bondoloski and Clayton Fraughton each had two RBIs.
Spence, Steller (5) and Merriman; Alves, Judd (5) and Bondoloski. W — Alves. L — Spence. 2B — P: Aldrich.
Beer, Searna (5), Stanfield (5) and Aldrich; Fontana, Blevins (5) and Alves. W — Fontana. L — Beer. 2B — NJ: Blevins, Schreiner.
WASS SETS RECORDS: At Newport, Robert Wass of Eagle Point broke his own American records in the bench press and deadlift at the U.S. Powerlifting Association state championships at the Hallmark Resort on June 18.
Wass, 70, competed in the 70-74 age division and 275-pound weight class. He weighed in at 248 pounds.
His bench press of 270 pounds broke the mark of 264 he set in March at a meet in Grants Pass.
In the deadlift, he upped the record to 429 pounds. He set the previous mark of 407 in the Grants Pass competition.