Rogues winning streak ends at 11
All good things must come to an end, and for the Medford Rogues on Tuesday, it was their franchise record season-opening winning streak.
Medford fell behind early and could never quite recover in suffering a 15-6 loss to the visiting Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox in Golden State Collegiate Baseball League action at Harry & David Field.
The Rogues moved to 11-1 overall, while Yuba-Sutter, which was part of the Great West League last year with Medford, improved to 8-4.
The Rogues and Gold Sox will meet again at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday to continue their series.
Yuba-Sutter loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning before Rogues starting pitcher Austin Rice got Isaac D’Agostino to ground back to the mound. Rice went home for one out and then catcher Marshal Luiz threw out D’Agostino at first to put Medford in position to escape the bases-loaded jam.
Unfortunately for Medford, Brandon Motherall then walked to load the bases for Gold Sox first baseman Tyler Carpenter, who belted a grand slam to give Yuba-Sutter a lead it would not relinquish.
Omar Ortiz hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning, his first of the year, to boost Medford’s hopes of a comeback, while Joe Johnson hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning.
Shady Cove native Trae Perkins pitched 32/3 innings in relief and struck out five for the Rogues.
Ahern, Daguio (3), Chipchase (5), English (7) and Patton; Rice, Perkins (2), Romero (5), Morgan (7), Hollow (8) and Luiz.