Rogues continue perfect start, rout Seagulls
Brice Foster picked up his third win and Phoenix native Joe Johnson belted his first home run of the year as the Medford Rogues remained undefeated with an 11-1 win over the San Francisco Seagulls Saturday night at Harry & David Field.
After breaking the record for best start to a season earlier, the 2019 Rogues (9-0) are in the midst of their longest winning streak in franchise history.
Foster allowed one run in six strong innings to improve to 3-0, the best mark in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League. He struck out two and walked one.
Omar Ortiz led off the bottom of the second inning with a double to the deepest part of the ballpark, a blast which kicked off a six-run inning for the Rogues. Turner Olson and Maxx Mahon also doubled for Medford, which had 12 hits on the day.
Joe Johnson hit a solo shot to right field.
San Francisco (4-3) starter Jake Pizzo gave up seven runs on seven hits and was tagged with the loss. He struck out four with a walk.
Pizzo, TzuChun (5), Guess (8) and Fischvogt; Foster, Perkins (7), Johnson (9) and Kiefer, Gamboa. W — Foster (3-0). L — Pizzo. 2B — SF: Murray; M: Olson, Ortiz, Mahon. HR — M: Johnson (1).
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NORTH MEDFORD 13-4, ASHLAND 11-3: Cody Borraggine had three hits and picked up the pitching victory in Game 1, and Dylan Empasis laid down a perfect bunt to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 as the Mavericks pulled out a pair of close games in the Area 4 showdown at North Medford High.
In the opener, Borraggine went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs and struck out seven in five innings of work on the mound to lead North Medford (3-0). Tyler Dunlevy went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI triple for the Mavericks, who scored six runs in the fourth to take control.
Ashland’s Dillan Anway went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Nick Buccino 2-for-5 with two runs.
In Game 2, the game was tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh when AJ Balsiger hit a leadoff triple. Two batters later, Empasis bunted the ball in front of the plate as Balsiger raced home to easily score the winning run in walk-off fashion.
Dunlevy went 2-for-2 with two runs and two stolen bases for North.
Ashland’s Eli Westrick went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single.
Amann, Anway (3), Burns (5) and Dreiling; Borraggine, Warren (6), Blankenship (6), Dunlevy (6) and Ivens. W — Borraggine (1-0). L — Amann. 2B — A: Buccino; NM: Blankenship. 3B — NM: Dunlevy.
Buccino, Lawrence (6) and Kemper; Dunlevy, Empasis (5) and Ivens. W — Dunlevy (1-0). L — Lawrence. 2B — A: Westrick, Buccino, Kemper; NM: Blankenship. 3B — NM: Balsiger.