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Rogues suffer setback against CCL All-Stars

Medford’s pitching staff posted a season-high in strikeouts but one big inning proved to be the Rogues’ demise Thursday night at Harry & David Field.

The visiting Cascade Collegiate League All-Stars went for eight runs in a pivotal fourth inning to take the lead for good for a 14-9 victory in the opening game of a four-game series to close out the collegiate wood-bat season for the Rogues (21-6).

Game 2 was set to begin at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Harry & David Field, coinciding with the birthday of Medford official scorer BG Gould.

The Rogues got off to a fast start with a six-run first inning spearheaded by two-run singles by Omar Ortiz and Bennett Thompson.

Medford’s lead was 7-1 when the CCL All-Stars turned the tide with an eight-run outburst that was highlighted by Brody Ponti’s three-run double.

Three more runs in the sixth inning gave the visitors enough cushion to close out the Rogues, who were outhit 14-13.

In contrast to the big offensive numbers, Medford’s pitching staff posted a season-high 16 strikeouts behind the efforts of Trae Perkins (4), Kyle Lund (4), Jack Erickson (3), Josh Berman (2) and Grant Henry (3).

Drew Steelhammer went 4-for-5 with three runs and one RBI, Ortiz was 3-for-4 with one run and three RBIs and Thompson 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

For the CCL All-Stars, Ponti was 2-for-6 with one run and three RBIs, Hunter Klingelhoffer 2-for-4 with one run and three RBIs, Carter Booth 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, Zach Jones 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI and Aaron Barber 3-for-6 with two runs.

CCL All-Stars100803020—14141

Medford Rogues610001001—9131

VonGoedert, Siegel (5), McGuire (7) and Ulrich; Perkins, Lund (4), Erickson (7), Berman (8), Gra. Henry (9) and Thompson. W — VonGoedert. L — Perkins (2-1). 2B — CCL: Barber, Booth, Ponti, Jones 2, Klingelhoffer; M: Steelhammer, Alarcon. 3B — M: Steelhammer.

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Rogues catcher Bennett Thompson, shown earlier this season, supplied a two-run single in the first inning Thursday at Harry & David Field.