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Rogues rough up Rams

SPARKS, Nev. — The Medford Rogues remained undefeated with an 18-5 Golden State Collegiate Baseball League rout of the Reno Rams Tuesday at Golden Eagle Sports Complex.

Aki Buckson hit a two-run home run — the first of the season for the Rogues (5-0) — in the first inning.

Joe Johnson got in on the home-run party in the seventh inning with a three-run shot.

Starter Chris D’Amico went six strong innings. He allowed just two hits and one run and struck out six in the win.

Colton Harris came on in relief in the seventh inning and picked up right where D’Amico left off. Harris allowed just one hit and struck out three in two innings.

With the Rogues up by 17 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Ashland native Ty Mulholland came into the game to pitch the final three outs. Mulholland sat down the first two batters and eventually shut the door on the Rams.”

“Chris D’Amico was unbelievable today,” said Rogues coach Sean Gallagher. “He’s learning to spot his pitches and sequence properly. The key to pitching is not velocity; it’s location and pitching, and Chris has both of those. We’ve paired him with some of the best catchers in the league to help frame his pitches, which makes him even more effective. He looked incredible out there on the mound today, and I am excited to see him build on what has been two terrific starts for us.”

Harris, said Gallagher, reminds the coach of Mariano Rivera. Rivera, the former Yankees Hall of Famer, discovered an off-speed pitch “by accident,” said Gallagher. Harris had the same fortune.

“Chris has been searching for an off-speed pitch to complement his fastball and slider,” said Gallgher. “He threw a changeup for the first time today and induced a ton of swinging strikes and weak contact. I truly feel that this changeup could completely change Colton’s career.”

The teams play the second of their three-game series at 1 p.m. Wednesday.