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Rogues turn back Humboldt with steady pitching

Logan Barrick and Griffin Henry did a good job stifling the visiting Humboldt Eagles early on and Ethan Whitney came on in the ninth to close things out for the Medford Rogues, who scored a 6-3 victory late Tuesday night at Harry & David Field.

Barrick allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts and zero walks in four innings, while Henry took over in the fifth and tossed a pair of scoreless innings. Whitney earned his first save for the Rogues (21-5) with a scoreless ninth inning.

Medford will wrap up its 30-game independent collegiate wood-bat season with a four-game homestand against the Cascade Collegiate All-Stars beginning at 6:35 p.m. Thursday.

Drew Steelhammer helped Medford rally from a 1-0 deficit with a one-out double in the third inning. Ben Steck followed with an RBI single and alertly advanced to third base when a relay throw home sailed over the catcher’s head. Wyatt Young followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.

The Rogues tacked on three more runs in a wild sixth inning that started with a double by Omar Ortiz, who then scored when Grant Henry’s bunt was thrown wide of first base. With Henry on second base, Caleb Schorr doubled and saw Henry score on a collision at the plate that ultimately dislodged the baseball from catcher Rogan Bode. The Rogues scored their third run on an RBI groundout by Kyle Lund.

Young finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Steelhammer 2-for-5 with one run, Ortiz 2-for-4 with one run and Grant Henry 2-for-3 with one run for the Rogues.

For Humboldt (36-12), which has been up and down I-5 the past six weeks playing American Legion games, Keenan Morris went 2-for-4 with two runs. On Sunday, Morris scored the Eagles’ lone run in a 5-1 loss to the Medford Mustangs on a solo home run in the West Coast Invitational Baseball Classic.

Humboldt was down to 11 players Tuesday.

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Van Meter, Ruiz (7) and R. Bode; Barrick, Gri. Henry (5), Vidlak (7), Whitney (9) and Gra. Henry. W — Barrick (3-0). L — Van Meter. S — Whitney (1). 2B — H: Morris, H. Bode; M: Steelhammer, Young 2, Ortiz, Schorr.

Medford Rogues starting pitcher Logan Barrick, shown earlier this season, allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts in four innings Tuesday against Humboldt. MT file photo{ }