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Zavolta walk-off hit boosts Rogues

Vinnie Zavolta’s RBI single to left-center field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning pushed the Medford Rogues past the Palo Alto Oaks, 5-4, at Harry & David Field Friday.

Zavolta’s walk-off winner capped a three-run outburst and improved the Rogues’ record to 11-2. The two teams square off again at 6:35 Saturday.

Joe Casey — one of three Oregon State players who joined the team to get some action — led off the ninth with a home run. After the first out, Josh Berman was hit by a pitch, and Marcus Lydon came on as a pinch runner.

Omar Ortiz singled, then after a fly out, Ryan Ober singled in Lydon. Zavolta followed with his hard single.

Ober was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Ortiz was 2-for-5 with a run.

Ober and Troy Claunch are the other OSU players.

Palo Alto’s Brandon Nguyen and Elijah Lee were each 3-for-4. Nyguyen homered and drove in two runs. Nik Lombardi was 2-for-4 with two runs.

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Hill, Palermo (5), Fukuhara (9) and Lombardi; Perkins, Lund (4), Boivin (8), Erickson (9) and Claunch. W — Erickson (1-0). L — Fukuhara. 2B — PA: Lombardi; M: Berman, Aguilar. HR — PA: Advincula, Nguyen; M: Casey (1).

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MEDFORD MUSTANGS 5, GRANTS PASS RIVERDAWGS 2: At Grants Pass, Medford scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to seal the victory Friday.

The Mustangs (21-9) got a two-run double with two outs from Evan McLennan in the final frame after Eli Westrick singled and Bennett Thompson drew a walk.

Westrick was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run, and Thompson was 2-for-4 with two runs. Zac Ankeny went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Steven Ledendecker pitched the first six innings for Medford, giving up one run and five hits. He struck out four and walked three.

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Ledendecker, Costanti (7) and B. Thompson; Hollingsworth, Anhorn (9) and Robbins. W — Ledendecker. L — Hollingsworth. 2B — M: Gasman, Dy. Marsh, McLennan; GP: Shults.

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