Lodi snaps Rogues' winning streak
After two straight nights of close calls, the Medford Rogues finally found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard against the visiting Lodi Crushers in a 6-4 affair at Harry & David Field on Thursday.
Lodi broke a 4-all tie with a two-run single by Bo McClintock in the top of the ninth inning and then kept the Rogues at bay with two runners on in the bottom half of the frame to snap Medford’s five-game winning streak.
With two outs in the ninth, the Rogues’ Johnny DeLaCruz and Parker Kelly each reached on Lodi errors to give hope to the home team but reliever Will Lydon got David Bellamy to fly out to centerfield for the game-ender.
Medford (14-6) will look to get back to its winning ways at 6:35 tonight when the Rogues play host to Marysville (17-7) in a battle of the top two Great West League franchises. The Gold Sox own a one-game lead over Medford in the GWL standings, with matchups also set Saturday and Sunday in California.
The Rogues opened a 3-0 lead in the second inning after DeLaCruz scored on a hit by Brock Pradere and Derron Davis followed with a two-run single.
After Lodi responded to take a 4-3 lead, Medford scored an equalizer in the eighth inning when Parker Kelly doubled and scored on a Davis single.
Davis finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs to raise his batting average to .364, while Pradere was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Medford starter Dylan Pearce went 6⅓ innings and allowed four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Patterson, Mears (7), Lydon (9) and Torres; Pearce, Duncan (7) and Stutzman. W — Mears (2-0). L — Duncan (0-1). S — Lydon (2). 2B — L: Muniz, Meyer, Verlin; M: Kelly.
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CENTRAL POINT 22, CHURCHILL 6, 5 inn.: At Eugene, Central Point put on an explosive offensive display, rapping 25 hits and having seven players with at least two hits in the mercy rule-shortened Best of the West Tournament game at Swede Johnson Stadium.
Nick Bastendorff, who had five RBIs and three runs, and Jake Ireland, who had two RBIs and three runs, were each 4-for-6 for the Comets (15-2).
Larson Kindreich was 3-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs and Sebasten Boivin 3-for-5 with three RBIs for Central Point, which scored eight runs in the fifth inning and seven in the second.
In a late game Wednesday, the Comets defeated Chico (Calif.) Blue, 5-4.
Hunter Grant had a two-run single and Bastendorff an RBI double for Central Point, which faces Sheldon today.
Croft, Froege (2) and Kerrigan; Powell, Jones (2), Peterson (3), Pinkham (5) and Trivett. W — Froege (1-0). L — Powell. 2B — CP: Cartwright, Grant, Bastendorff 2, Kindreich 2; C: Barnett, Groves.
SOUTH EUGENE 7, NORTH MEDFORD 4, 6 inn.: At Eugene, South Eugene scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the game was called moments after the final out because of a 2-hour time limit in the Best of the West Tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium.
The Mavericks (15-7) were limited to five hits. Brandon King was 3-for-3 with two runs, and Kyle Reece went 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
North Medford plays Marist today.
Reece, Buchanan (4), Drewien (6) and Guyer; Sherman and Marsh. W — Sherman. L — Buchanan (2-1). 2B — NM: Reece; SE: James, Vidal, Brown.