Garcia powers Rogues to victory over Gems
KLAMATH FALLS — Victor Garcia and the Medford Rogues stayed hot on Saturday.
Garcia belted his second home run in as many days and the Rogues held on for an 8-7 victory over the Klamath Falls Gems in West Coast League action.
Medford will go for the three-game sweep at 5:05 p.m. today.
Garcia, who had a three-run homer in the Rogues' 11-5 win on Friday, slammed a two-run shot in the top of the first inning. Medford led 6-3 before Klamath Falls (6-13) scored two runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth.
The Rogues executed a 5-4-3 double play to end things in the ninth.
Nathan Etheridge finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored and Yuto Kata 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs for Medford, which leads Corvallis by 21/2 games for first in the WCL South Division. The Rogues' 12-5 record is the best in the league.
Medford 201 021 020 — 8 9 5
Klamath Falls 100 112 020 — 7 10 4
Peterson, Morrison (6), Shelton (6), Loeffler (7), Quarterley (8) and Morgan; Kron, Ehli (7), Kuhlman (8) and Whisler. W — Peterson. L — Kron. 2B — M: Kata, Etheridge, Meyer, Pereira; KF: Williams. HR — M: Garcia.
American League AAA
MUSTANGS SPLIT — At Roseburg, Isaiah Luzny threw a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and no walks in the Medford Mustangs' 3-0 win over Roseburg Dr. Stewart's at the Edward "Pee Wee" Kelley Tournament at Legion Field.
The Mustangs (13-4), who are 3-1 at the tournament, will play Klamath Falls Senior Babe Ruth in the championship at 5 p.m. today.
In its earlier game, Willamette Valley beat Medford, 8-7.
Against Roseburg, Luzny retired the first 13 batters he faced and struck out the side in the seventh.
Bryce Rogan finished 3-for-3 with an RBI, Christian Gillis 3-for-4 with a run scored and David Crofton 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Earlier in the day, Medford blew a 7-3 lead after Willamette Valley scored five in the top of the seventh.
Austin Zavala went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Rogan and Crofton each had two hits and Taylor Raff and Gillis both recorded two runs scored against Willamette Valley.
The Mustangs committed four errors.
Willamette Valley 100 200 5 — 8 12 1
Medford 100 312 0 — 7 11 4
Britfus, Curtis (5), Simpson (6) and Guy; Ragan, Newman (4), Glick (7), Westfall (7) and Zavala. W — Simpson. L — Westfall (2-1). 2B — WV: Ferrari; M: Carlson, Crofton. 3B — M: Evans, Rogan.
Medford 200 000 1 — 3 9 0
Roseburg 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Luzny and Zavala; Smith, Westbrooks (6) and Suhrstebt. W — Luzny (1-0). L — Smith. 2B — M: Rogan.
American Legion A
CENTRAL POINT 15-11, ASHLAND 5-10 — At Ashland, Central Point used an eight-run fifth inning in the opener and Caine Smith's go-ahead two-run double in the second to sweep the Area 4 doubleheader at North Mountain Park.
In Game 1, Smith went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, Christian McCormick pounded a three-run homer and went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Nate Jenkins finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs for Central Point (11-5, 5-1 Area 4).
Aaron Scott was 3-for-4 for Ashland.
In the second contest, Smith connected on the eventual game-winner with two outs and his squad trailing 10-9 in the top of the seventh inning. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, while Cavin Gillispie scored three times.
Nick Sanderson had two doubles, two RBIs and a run and Jett Hamik went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs for Ashland.
Central Point 003 084 — 15 9 1
Ashland 202 100 — 5 6 5
Bastendorff and Gillispie; Bell, Buckley (5), Falkner (6) and Hamik, N. McLennan (6). W — Bastendorff. L — Bell (0-1). 2B — CP: Smith, Jenkins; A: A. Scott, Bell, Hamik. HR — CP: McCormick.
Central Point 040 302 2 — 11 8 2
Ashland 514 000 0 — 10 8 2
Deuel, Smith (3) and Gillispie; Flynn, Clary (5), E. McLennan (7) and Hamik. W — Smith. L — E. McLennan (0-1). 2B — CP: Smith; A: A. Scott, Sanderson 2, Hamik.
THURSTON 6, NORTH MEDFORD 5 — At Eugene, the North Medford Mavericks scored four runs in the sixth inning but their rally fell short in the Best of the West Tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium.
The Mavericks will play again at 9 a.m. today.
Kacey Buchanan had two hits for North Medford (9-8), which trailed 6-1 until the sixth.
Thurston 400 200 0 — 6 7 4
North Medford 001 004 0 — 5 7 3
Bates, Dunn (6) and David; H. Kindreich and Wolff. W — Bates. L — H. Kindreich. 2B — T: Dunn, Asa; NM: Buchanan.