CHICO, Calif. — Johnny DeLaCruz supplied a three-run double to spark a first-inning surge and the Medford Rogues rode that wave to a nail-biting finish in securing a 5-4 triumph over the Chico Heat in Great West League baseball action Thursday night.
Medford (28-11) scored four runs in the first inning, highlighted by DeLaCruz’s effort, and was up 5-2 in the fifth inning before Chico (22-18) rallied to make things interesting for the GWL leaders.
Four innings of scoreless relief by Scotty Wright and Taylor Frost, however, sealed the deal for the Rogues. Wright struck out five with no hits allowed in three innings, while Frost walked the first batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth before striking out the side to leave the potential tying run on base.
Clay Valenzuela-Reece, Davis Delorefice and Jake Hellweg had consecutive singles to open the game and, with one out, DeLaCruz doubled to clear the bases. Eric Yang followed with an RBI single to quickly make it 4-0.
At 4-2 in the fifth, Delorefice doubled and, after moving to third on a wild pitch, scored on a double by Alex Isola, who boosted his GWL lead in RBIs with his 41st of the summer.
Jaiden France picked up the pitching victory for Medford after allowing four runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout.
For the Rogues, Valenzuela-Reece finished 2-for-5 with one run, while Delorefice was 2-for-4 with two runs, Yang 2-for-4 and Jayden Hanna 3-for-4.
France, Wright (6), Frost (9) and Stutzman; Sanchez, Knowles (5), Bachman (7) and Johns. W — France (3-0). L — Sanchez (3-3). S — Frost (7). 2B — M: Delorefice, Isola, DeLaCruz; C: Wilhite, Heisinger.
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NORTH MEDFORD 8-9, NORTH JACKSON 4-4: North Medford’s Zack Collins was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in the opener and Jon-o Gassman keyed an early suge in Game 2 with his RBI double to lead the Mavericks to an Area 4 sweep at North Medford High.
Brady Buchanan went 2-for-4 with two runs to help pace North Medford (26-4, 18-2 Area 4) in the opener, while Nick Samudio supplied a two-out, two-run single in a five-run fifth inning that allowed the Mavericks to pull away in the nightcap. Jeremiah Huffman also had an inside-the-park home run for the host team.
Kolbi Blevins was 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI for North Jackson in Game 2.
Gaudern, Leeper (4), Barnes (5) and Scheiner; Collins, King (7) and Robbins. W — Collins (3-1). L — Gaudern.
Fontana, Blevins (3) and Scheiner, Alves (4); Drewien, King (5) and Corallo. W — Drewien (3-0). L — Fontana. 2B — NJ: Blevins; NM: Gassman, Grafton. HR — NM: Huffman (1).
CENTRAL POINT 12, ROSEBURG LIONS 6: At Central Point, JoJo Johnson was 2-for-3 with one run and Andy Lacey 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs to lead the Comets to an Area 4 victory at Anhorn Field.
Larson Kindreich struck out 13, walked one and allowed three hits in six innings of work for Central Point (17-8, 14-4 Area 4), which broke the game open with four runs in the seventh inning.
Burke, Hope (3), Pettibone (4), Buechley (6), Hagar (7), Meisner (8) and Kangiser; Kindreich, Memmott (7), Lacey (8), Hollingsworth (8) and Lawrence. W — Kindreich. L — Pettibone. 2B — R: Meisner, Luther; CP: Hollingsworth, Spain.