Rogues drop two to end season
The Medford Rogues dropped a couple of wild games on Sunday and Saturday at Harry & David Field to complete their independent collegiate wood-bat season.
On Sunday, the Cascade Collegiate League All-Stars held on for a 10-9 victory after Medford scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The loss gave the Rogues a 22-8 record for the summer.
On Saturday, Cascade outslugged the Rogues, 15-13.
In the season finale, Caleb Schorr and Jacob Melton hit home runs to highlight the big ninth.
Schorr’s was a pinch-hit, three-run shot with no outs that made it 10-6 after Ben Steck reached on a single and Drew Steelhammer was hit by a pitch.
Melton’s solo shot to right followed. He returned after missing 23 games with a shoulder injury.
Omar Ortiz and Emiliano Alarcon kept the rally going with singles before Jason Dumont scored them with a single to right, making it 10-9. With runners at second and first, Steelhammer struck out swinging to end the season.
Steck and Alarcon were each 2-for-3.
Cascade’s Aaron Barber was 3-for-4 with two runs and Michael Ball was 2-for-4.
In Saturday’s game, the red-hot Steck homered twice and went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs, and Grant Henry was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run.
Alarcon, Wyatt Young -- who hit his seventh home run -- Josh Berman and Bennett Thompson each had two hits for Medford. Young and Thompson each scored twice.
Cascade’s Michael Ball was 5-for-5 with a home run, double, three RBIs and four runs. Brodie Ponti was 4-for-5, homered twice, and had four RBIs and four runs.
Cascade All-Stars 060 022 0 -- 10 13 2
Medford Rogues 012 000 6 -- 9 12 3
Boswell, McGuire (5), Siegel (7), Adams (7) and Pruitt; Hill, Barrick (2), Kindreich (3), Erickson (4), Thompson (5), Whitney (6), Perkins (7) and Alarcon. W -- Boswell. L -- Hill (1-2). 2B -- C: Ponti; M: Gra. Henry. HR -- M: Young (7), Schorr (3), Melton (1).
Cascade All-Stars 530 022 003 -- 15 21 1
Medford Rogues 143 000 401 -- 13 17 0
Speegle, Barth (4), Smith (7), Adams (7) and Pruitt; Lattery, Ragan (2), Berberet (6), Morrison (9) and Thompson. W -- Smith. L -- Berberet (0-2). 2B -- C: Barber, Ball, Ponti, Jones; M: Gra. Henry, Berman 2. HR -- C: Ball, Booth, Ponti 2; M: Steck 2 (3).