Rogues rip Klamath Falls; Wu advances
KLAMATH FALLS — Medford got itself back on track in a big way Thursday night, scoring early and often in a nonleague baseball matchup with the Klamath Falls Gems for a 15-2 runaway win by the Rogues at Kiger Stadium.
Tony Roque was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs, Chris DeVito 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI and J.J. Kitaoka made his only hit count with a grand slam that highlighted a six-run ninth inning for the visiting Rogues.
Medford (6-9) returns to West Coast League action at 6:35 tonight when the Rogues play host to the Corvallis Knights in the first of a three-game series at Harry & David Field.
Andrew Martinez, DeVito and Roque each supplied RBI singles in the first inning to give Medford a 3-0 advantage.
The Rogues pushed their lead to 7-0 in the third behind a two-run double from Roque, who finished with two doubles, and a two-run error on a misplayed grounder to third base by Brock Pradere.
A.J. Dean picked up the pitching victory for Medford after allowing two hits with five walks and four strikeouts over five innings. Aaron Schwark, Jared Holloman, Daniel Ferrell and Gabe Genter each pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the Rogues, who scattered three hits overall by the Gems.
Dean, Schwark (6), Holloman (7), Ferrell (8), Genter (9) and Wright; Horak, Barchus (5), Overstreet (8), Kuhlman (9) and Wyatt. W — Dean. L — Horak. 2B — M: Roque 2; KF: Overstreet. HR — M: Kitaoka; KF: Hilyard.
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BEST OF THE WEST TOURNAMENT: At Eugene, the North Medford Mavericks moved to 1-2 in the tournament with a 9-2 win over Sheldon and a 9-6 loss to Churchill at Swede Johnson Stadium.
North Medford opened the tournament late Wednesday night with a 6-5 loss to Thurston.
Against Sheldon, Preston Johnson allowed two hits in a game shortened to five innings by a seven-run rule. Justin Geyer supplied a three-run triple in a seven-run first inning for the Mavericks (13-3) and finished with two hits, two runs and three RBIs. Larson Kindreich had two hits, one run and one RBI and Berry Hunt added two hits for North Medford.
Against Churchill, Dakota Adams had three hits, two runs and two RBIs, Tyler Oedekoeven had two hits and one run scored and Dallas Casebier one hit with two runs and one RBI for the Mavericks.
North Medford returns to action at 2 p.m. today.
Johnson and Geyer; Wong, Arnold (2) and Bass. W — Johnson (2-0). L — Wong. 2B — NM: L. Kindreich, Hunt, Baptiste. 3B — NM: Geyer.
DeShaw and Townsend; Baptiste, Geyer (4), Adams (5) and Robbins. W — DeShaw. L — Baptiste (2-1). 2B — C: Womak; NM: L. Kindreich.
WU ADVANCES: At Aloha, Medford’s Dylan Wu earned a pair of victories on Day 2 of match play to advance into today’s quarterfinals at the 106th Oregon Amateur Championship at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.
Rogue River’s Kevin Murphy was eliminated in the Round of 32 by Nicklaus Baines of Portland on the 20th hole.
Wu secured a 1-up victory over West Linn’s Zachary Foushee in his opening match Thursday, then posted a 3-and-1 triumph over Portland’s Scott Hval in the Round of 16.