Rogues rally in seventh to top Potters
For the second straight game, the Medford Rogues relied on late-inning heroics Friday to pull out a victory in Great West League baseball at Harry & David Field.
Medford (11-5) overcame a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 victory over the Lincoln Potters (10-6).
A day earlier, Medford defeated Portland with a walk-off grand slam in the ninth.
On Friday, with two outs and no one on in the seventh, the Rogues overtook their California visitors with four straight singles.
Caleb Smith started the uprising, followed by Jayden Hanna to put runners at first and second. Davis Delorefice plated Smith with his hit, and Clay Valenzuela-Reece singled in two runs.
Cole Percival made his Rogues debut, pitching five innings and giving up three earned runs while striking out five.
Phoenix’s Aaron Hutchinson pitched a perfect seventh, striking out two, to get the win. He lowered his ERA to 1.42.
Five Medford pitchers combined to fan 11.
Brady Smith picked up the save.
Valenzuela-Reece extended his hitting streak to 12 games, going 2-for-3. Delorefice scored twice.
Potters pitcher Kenneth Pettibone suffered his first loss and allowed his first earned runs of the season.
The second game of their three-game series is tonight at 6:35.
Pettibone and Romero; Percival, Frost (6), Hutchinson (7), Floyd (8), Smith (9) and Isola. W — Hutchinson (2-0). L — Pettibone (1-1). 2B — M: Berman.
MEDFORD MUSTANGS 9, FAIRFIELD 7: Medford scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for the American Legion AAA nonleague win at North Medford High.
Berry Hunt was stellar on the mound and at the plate, shutting down the California team for 2⅓ innings and going 4-for-5 with a run-scoring single in the eighth.
The Mustangs (10-1) got an infield single from Tate Cowden to start the deciding frame, then a Joe Johnson walk and a Jacob Melton drag-bunt single loaded the bases.
Justin Geyer’s fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop scored Cowden, and Johnson came in on a Cole Carder squeeze bunt to tie it. Hunt’s single completed the scoring.
Hunt entered in a six-run sixth for Fairfield, got the final out and allowed only one hit in his stint for the win. Medford, which has an Area 4 doubleheader at home Sunday against the Eugene Challengers, used five pitchers.
Hunt had a run and two RBIs, Cowden was 2-for-5 with two runs and Melton 2-for-5.
Raymos, Mosher (4), Nehring (7), Nelson (9) and McMullen; Shopp, Turnbull (4), Marsh (5), Hunt (6), Whitney (9) and Little. W — Hunt (1-0). L — Nelson. S — Whitney (1). 2B — M: Sanderson, Hunt. 3B — M: Marsh.