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Kitsap denies Rogues in series opener

Medford put itself in prime position to snap its six-game losing streak but couldn’t seal the deal Thursday night as Kitsap used a sixth-inning rally to win 6-5 in West Coast League baseball action.

The Rogues (5-8) and BlueJackets were tied 1-all when Medford used a three-run surge in the fifth inning to pull ahead.

Medford opened the fifth with consecutive singles by Daniel Patzlaff and Derron Davis and then John Kinne reached on an error to load the bases. Nathan Etheridge followed with a sacrifice fly to break the 1-all tie and then Davis scored on a wild pitch. Dan Mayer’s ensuing two-out, RBI triple pushed the Rogues’ advantage to 4-1.

Unfortunately for Medford, it couldn’t keep Kitsap at bay after that as the BlueJackets scored five runs on four hits and one error in the sixth to reclaim the lead for good. Three of those runs were unearned after a two-out error at shortstop extended the inning.

Davis drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning to pull Medford within one run at 6-5, but reliever Joe Galindo was able to come in and get two quick outs to stave off a comeback by the Rogues, who have now lost seven in a row after a 5-1 start.

Game 2 of the three-game series is at 6:35 p.m. today.

Medford;001;030;010;—;5;9;2

Kitsap;100;005;00x;—;6;10;1

Bertsch, Wagner (6), Fuhriman (7), Mulvaney (8) and McWhertor; Oltman, Colbert (6), Galindo (8) and Sommer. W — Colbert. L — Wagner. S — Galindo. 2B — M: Kinne 2, K: Scudder, Valenti. 3B — M: Mayer.