Kitsap slips by Rogues in 10th
BREMERTON, Wash. — Defensive miscues have haunted the Medford Rogues early in this West Coast League season and a couple more helped lead to the team’s downfall in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to Kitsap on Saturday.
Both teams scored twice in the first inning and the scoring subsided until the bottom of the 10th inning, when the BlueJackets used a leadoff walk, an error and a balk to set up the walk-off win on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Mitchell Robinson.
Kitsap’s Kyle Nobach drew the opening walk from Medford reliever D.J. Wilson and advanced to second on an error by shortstop Daniel Patzlaff — the Rogues’ 18th error of the summer and fifth by Patzlaff. After a balk advanced both runners, Wilson was forced to intentionally walk Brett Bautista to load the bases and set up a force play. Robinson foiled that thought, however, with a fly ball deep enough to right field to plate the game-winner.
The Rogues (6-9) have an off travel day today before hosting Top Speed Academy on Monday and Tuesday at Harry & David Field.
Medford had a chance to put a go-ahead run on the board in the top of the 10th inning when T.K. McWhertor slapped a leadoff single and was sacrificed to second base by J.J. Kitaoka. Kitsap then called on reliever Joe Galindo, who struck out Stefan Panayiotou and induced a groundout by Derron Davis to strand McWhertor.
The Rogues used leadoff singles by Davis, Patzlaff and Nathan Etheridge to put the pressure on Kitsap (6-6) in the first inning. The BlueJackets then tried to turn a double play on Billy Fredrick’s grounder but the relay to first was thrown away, allowing two runs to score on the play.
An RBI single by Robinson and sacrifice fly RBI by Leo Valenti tied it for Kitsap in the bottom of the first against Medford starter Taylor Johnson, who allowed 10 hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 7⅓ innings before giving way to Wilson.
Johnson, Wilson (8) and McWhertor; Cline, Siegel (9), Galindo (10) and Greene. W — Galindo. L — Wilson (1-1).
American Legion A
NORTH MEDFORD MAVERICKS 8, LEBANON 3: At Corvallis, Wyatt Baptiste allowed one earned run over five innings on the mound and North Medford used a three-run third inning to separate from Lebanon in the Summer Slam Tournament at Taylor Field.
The Mavericks (10-1) assured themselves a spot in today’s championship final at 3 p.m. They will also play a noon contest.
Berry Hunt supplied a two-run single to highlight the third inning for North Medford, which went up 5-1, while Bennett Rodgers was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI, Larson Kindreich 2-for-2 with three runs and one RBI and Dakota Adams 2-for-3.
Baptiste, Hunt (6) and Guyer, Robbins (6); Rappe, Lyon (5) and Norris. W — Baptiste (2-0). L — Rappe. 3B — NM: Buchanan, L. Kindreich.
SOUTH 42, NORTH 21: At Hillsboro, Ashland’s Parker Layton keyed a stout defensive effort by the South team in the Les Schwab Bowl with a team-best 11 tackles in the annual all-star football game for high school seniors at Hillsboro Stadium.
Layton had eight tackles, including one for loss, by halftime. North Medford’s Nick Janakes was also a featured player in the contest for the South team.
Lakeridge quarterback Eric Dungey, who is bound for Syracuse, was named MVP after completing 13 of 17 passes for 186 yards, three touchdowns and one interception and rushing 13 times for 82 yards and another score.
Keegan Weiss of Grants Pass hauled in four passes for 49 yards and one TD.