Morgan, Rogues romp past Elks
BEND — Striking with five runs in the top of the third inning, the Medford Rogues West Coast League baseball team distanced itself early in a 9-5 triumph over the Bend Elks at Vince Genna Stadium on Friday.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Rogues (23-23 WCL), who claimed the first of a three game series against the Elks (26-20 WCL). The Rogues are third in the South Division Standings, trailing the second-place Elks by three games and leader Corvallis by seven.
Joey Morgan went 2-for-4 — both hits were doubles — with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored for Medford, which stretched its lead to 8-2 after the five-run frame. The Rogues came out with three runs in the first inning.
Seth Smith added a run-scoring double for the Rogues and Adonis Morrison went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
David Peterson improved his record to 5-1 after throwing five innings. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts.
Medford Rogues 305 000 100 — 9 7 1
Bend Elks 020 010 020 — 5 11 3
Peterson, Loeffler (6), Cox (8), Shelton (8), Quarterley (9) and Morgan; Guzzon, Bennett (3), Gomez (5), Blackwell (6), Schnieder (7) and Wildung, Ferguson. W — Peterson (5-1). L — Guzzon (4-2). 2B — M: Morgan 2, Smith; B: Hurd.
COMETS ELIMINATED — The Central Point Comets were dispatched from the ASA 14B Western National Tournament title hunt at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Friday.
Huntington Beach of California handed the Comets a 7-1 defeat in the loser-out bracket a day after the Comets pulled off a shocking upset of the tournament's top-seeded squad, Escondido of California.
In their second game of the day Thursday, the Comets were sent to the loser's bracket after falling to the TABU Scramblers.