Rogues hang on for 7-6 win over Lodi
LODI, Calif. — The Medford Rogues used a strong starting effort by pitcher Kade Wagner and a six-run surge in the third inning, then held on for a 7-6 road victory over the Lodi Crushers in Great West League baseball Saturday.
Medford (4-1) seeks a three-game sweep at 6:05 tonight against the Crushers (3-5), who have lost five straight.
Wagner allowed one run on four hits and two walks through six innings in his first start for the Rogues, who opened a 7-1 lead through four innings. He struck out five.
In the third, Connor McNally got things going with a one-out single and David Bellamy followed with another single. Derron Davis sent a shot into the right-center gap for a two-run triple. Connor Lowrie followed with an RBI double and, after moving to third on a flyout by Jared Denning, scored on a passed ball to make it 4-1. Cameron Russ reached on an error and Johnny DeLaCruz walked, with both later scoring to make it 6-1.
Lodi rallied with three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth and had the tying run on in the ninth before relief pitcher Malik Evans came up with a game-ending strikeout.
Wagner, Balducci (7), Painter (7), Flynn (8), Evans (9) and Denning; Patterson, Manzo (4), Caffesse (6), Piryblinski (9) and Torres. W — Wagner (1-0). L — Patterson. S — Evans (2). 2B — M: Lowrie; L: Pacheco, Williams. 3B — M: Davis.
CENTRAL POINT 7-11, GRANTS PASS DIGGERS 3-1: At Central Point, Matt Croft struck out eight and walked one in a two-hitter for Central Point in Game 2, and Jake Ireland combined to go 4-for-5 with four runs and four RBIs in the nonleague American Legion A doubleheader at Anhorn Field.
Tyler Williams had a triple and home run in the nightcap for the Comets (2-0), while Ireland was 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs.
In Game 1 against the Diggers, Jace Godley was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Caleb Lawrence 2-for-4 with one RBI, Shay Hall 2-for-3, Nick Bastendorff 3-for-4 with three runs and Ireland 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
Knight, Hausen (4), Mattock (6) and Padgett; Boivin, Swartwout (7) and Bartlett. W — Boivin. L — Knight. 2B — GP: Padgett. 3B — CP: Godley.
King, Hill (4), McQuain (5), Tobin (5) and Padgett; Croft and Kerrigan. W — Croft. L — King. 2B — CP: Ireland. 3B — CP: Williams. HR — CP: Williams (1).
NORTH JACKSON 5-10, KLAMATH FALLS 0-5: At Eagle Point, Coldin Shopp struck out 11 in a one-hitter with two walks in an American Legion A victory in the opener for North Jackson, which completed the Area 4-opening sweep thanks to an eight-run second inning in Game 2.
Justin Pugh and Shopp each had RBI hits in a four-run third inning to boost the Royals (3-1, 2-0 Area 4) in the opener.
In Game 2, Bennett Rodgers was 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs, Lydon Spradley 2-for-2 with one run and two RBIs and Trae Perkins 2-for-3 with three RBIs against the Klamath Falls Cardinals.
Cooper, Carter (4) and Walle; Shopp and Little. W — Shopp. L — Cooper. 2B — NJ: Marsh.
Barrington, Simgaj (5) and Aho; Marsh, Spradley (5) and Little. W — Marsh. L — Barrington. 2B — NJ: Perkins.
3A/2A/1A ALL-STAR SERIES: At McMinnville, St. Mary’s senior Tanner Smith was 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a run for the East team, which was limited to three hits in a 20-4 loss to the West in Game 1 of the series.
Fellow Crusader Jose Perez took the loss after exiting with the East down 4-3 through three innings, while Ty Mulholland was the starting catcher and was replaced in the eighth inning.
BATTLE OF THE BLITZ: At Portland, 10-year-old Uriel Ibarra and 11-year-old Desmond Hayes earned victories for the Spartan Boxing Club on Saturday.
Ibarra defeated Portland’s Brandon Sota, age 9, and Hayes secured his first victory in a bout against Portland’s David Franco, age 10.