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Ortiz paces Rogues past Heat


In only his second game since returning to the Medford Rogues from school, Omar Ortiz collected four hits to lead the way in 16-5 win over the Sacramento Heat Sunday at Harry & David Field.

The victory, called in the eighth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule, improved Medford to 10-2. They play at the Reno Rams Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ortiz was 4-for-5 with four RBIs and a run for the Rogues, who built an 8-4 lead through three innings and tacked on four more runs in the sixth.

Drew Steelhammer was 3-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs, and Jake Gentry was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs for Medford. Jason Dumont added two hits and four runs and Grant Sherrod two hits and two runs.

Raul Soria was 2-for-4 to pace Sacramento.

Sacramento Heat12101000—5127

Medford Rogues33200413—16142

Linberg, Paolini (3), Rios (6) and Barry; Tilton, Rohrer (4), Cope (7), Miller (8) and Pruitt. W — Tilton (1-0). L — Linberg. 2B — M: Gentry, Steelhammer 2.