Rogues inch closer to first in GWL
Braden Stutzman sat on the sidelines and saw the Medford Rogues open a 9-0 lead through five innings against Lodi in Great West League baseball Wednesday.
He remained on the bench as the visiting Crushers pulled within 10-9 in the top of the eighth inning at Harry & David Field.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, however, Stutzman got a chance to help his team out and he responded in fine fashion with a pinch-hit, three-run triple that allowed Medford to secure a 13-9 victory.
With the win, the Rogues (14-5) pulled within one game of GWL-leading Marysville (17-6) heading into tonight’s series finale against Lodi (8-13). The Gold Sox come to Medford for a three-game series beginning Friday.
Johnny DeLaCruz was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Derron Davis 2-for-3 with three runs, Spencer Steer 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs and Cam Russ 2-for-3 with one run to pace Medford. Conner McNally, Jared Denning and Brock Pradere each scored twice in a wild game that saw Lodi use five pitchers and the Rogues call upon seven hurlers.
Prior to Stutzman’s big hit — Medford’s third triple of the game — Pradere was hit by a pitch and Lodi issued intentional walks to Davis and McNally.
The Rogues built an 8-0 edge with six runs during an active fourth inning. Chad Bell and Pradere got things started by drawing walks against Lodi starter Alex Camacho and, after McNally was hit by a pitch with one out, Bell scored on a wild pitch and Steer followed with a two-run double.
Relief pitcher Tristan Prybylinski then walked Denning and Russ to load the bases. A third Crushers pitcher was inserted in Ian Manzo and he was greeted by a three-run double by DeLaCruz.
Medford’s lead ballooned to a 9-0 margin in the fifth but Lodi responded with a six-run frame of its own in the seventh to keep things interesting. A leadoff walk to Davis and Crushers error allowed the Rogues to answer with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Steve Robinson’s two-out, two-run double and an RBI single by Nelson Muniz trimmed Lodi’s deficit to 10-9 in the eighth.
Medford starter Austin Crowson earned the win after pitching 5⅓ hitless innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
Camacho, Prybylinski (4), Manzo (4), Dentoni (6), Caffesse (8) and Koch; Crowson, Flynn (6), Foust (7), Painter (7), Stoltz (8), Eytel (8), Lowrie (9) and Denning, Wynant (7), Stutzman (9). W — Crowson (1-1). L — Camacho (0-3). 2B — L: Robinson, Pacheco; M: Steer, DeLaCruz, Kelly. 3B — M: Davis, Steer, Stutzman.
American Legion AAA
KLAMATH FALLS 8-5, MEDFORD 4-16: Tate Cowden combined to go 5-for-9 for Medford and supplied a three-run walk-off home run in the sixth inning of Game 2 of the Area 4 doubleheader at North Medford High.
Josh Berman combined to 5-for-7 with four doubles and three RBIs for the Mustangs (16-9, 4-2 Area 4), who had their six-game winning streak snapped in the opener.
Cole Carder was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, James Turnbull 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Knute Thompson 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the nightcap, with Will Weaver going the distance for the win.
Klamath Falls built a 7-0 lead through three at-bats in the opener, with Berry Hunt coming on in relief to allow only two hits and one run in four innings with one strikeout and no walks for Medford.
Sturgeon, Tron (5) and Hamilton; Wolff, Hunt (3), Johnson (7) and Mahoney, Wolff (3). W — Sturgeon. L — Wolff. 2B — KF: Fernlund, Hampton, Loney, Overstreet, Hamilton 2; M: Cowden, Berman 2. 3B — KF: Fernlund.
Tron, Overstreet (4), Poe (6) and Brown; Weaver and Wolff. W — Weaver. L — Tron. 2B — M: Carder, Sanderson, Berman 2, Wolff. HR — M: Cowden (1).
American Legion A
NORTH JACKSON 12-18, ASHLAND 8-6: At Ashland, North Jackson swept the Area 4 doubleheader at North Mountain Park.
Dylan Marsh was 4-for-4 with a single, double, triple, two RBIs and three runs for the Royals (12-6, 7-1 Area 4) in Game 1. Charles Little finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and Trae Perkins 2-for-4.
In Game 2, Perkins went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, Preston Johnson 3-for-3 with three runs, Ryan Lorenz 2-for-2 with six RBIs and Coldin Shopp 2-for-3 with four RBIs.
Ashland's Kellar Edwards finished the day 5-for-8 with five runs.
Johnson, Spradley (2), Perkins (6) and Little, Alves (6); Buckley, Rice (6) and N. McLennan. W — Spradley. L — Little. 2B — NJ: Schreiner, Little 2, Marsh; A: Edwards 2. 3B — NJ: Lorenz, Marsh.
Shopp, Fontana (4), Lorenz (5) and Little, Alves (4); Titus, Jones (3) and N. McLennan. W — Shopp. L — Titus. 2B — NJ: Perkins, Shopp. 3B — NJ: Lorenz.
NORTH MEDFORD 9, CHICO (RED) 1: At Eugene, Ryan Sandoval struck out five, walked two and allowed one hit in a Best of the West Tournament game that ended by virtue of a seven-run rule.
Kyle Reece was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI for the Mavericks (15-6), who scored three runs in the first inning and broke the game open with four more in the third.
Sandoval and Geyer; Bieser, Mack (5) and Doering. W — Sandoval (3-0). L — Bieser. 2B — NM: Reece, Geyer. 3B — NM: Robbins.