Knights turn back Rogues
Medford trimmed a 5-0 deficit to Corvallis with single runs in the middle three innings but couldn’t get over the hump as the visiting Knights secured an 8-3 West Coast League victory on Saturday at Harry & David Field.
Christian Cox singled home Forrest Garcia for the Rogues’ first run in the fourth inning, while Kyle Beam’s second home run in as many days cut Corvallis’ lead to 6-2 in the fifth.
In the sixth inning, Medford tacked on its third run when Nathan Etheridge supplied a two-out single and scored on a double by Cox.
Corvallis will go in search of a series-ending sweep of Medford at 6:35 tonight in the season finale for the Rogues (25-28), who did not qualify for the four-team WCL playoffs. The WCL South-leading Knights (35-18) have already wrapped up their spot in the postseason.
Cox and Etheridge each had two hits to pace Medford, while Rogues starter Tyler Bennett took the loss after allowing five runs on five hits and six walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Dalton Kelly was 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs to pace Corvallis.
Corvallis 200 310 002 — 8 11 1
Medford 000 111 000 — 3 6 3
Snodgrass, Sodders (7), Wise (9) and Ice; Bennett, Morrison (4), Snider (8), Loeffler (9) and Beam. W — Snodgrass (4-1). L — Bennett (0-3). 2B — C: Soto, Rausch; M: Cox. HR — C: Kelly (7); M: Beam (3).
American Legion A
NORTH MEDFORD 8, DIMOND LYNX (Alaska) 5 — At Anchorage, Alaska, North Medford scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally for a victory and avoid elimination at the Northwest Regionals.
After Preston Johnson reached on an error to open the ninth and was sacrificed to second base, North Medford’s Josh Robbins came through with an RBI single to tie the game at 5-all. Following a fielder’s choice, Mason Barone added an RBI single to plate Larson Kindreich with the go-ahead run. After a pair of stolen bases each, Barone and Kasey Buchanan also scored to build an 8-5 cushion.
Larson Kindreich went the distance for the pitching victory, striking out eight with two walks and eight hits allowed for North Medford (28-21).
The Mavericks will next face the Pocatello (Idaho) Razorbacks at 11 a.m. today after the Idaho state champion ousted Montana's Whitefish Glacier Twins, 15-4.
North Medford 000 220 004 — 8 7 0
Dimond Lynx 010 003 100 —5 8 5
L. Kindreich and McKee; Cleveland, Remmer (9) and Bremont. W — L. Kindreich. L — Cleveland. 2B — NM: Johnson. 3B — NM: L. Kindreich.