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Brown lifts Rogues with walk-off HR; ‘Stangs split

What can Brown do for you?

The well-known commercial slogan took on a new meaning for the Medford Rogues Thursday night after Jesse Brown drilled a two-out, 3-2 pitch over the left-field fence for a 4-3 victory over the visiting California Bees at Harry & David Field.

Prior to the ninth-inning comeback, Medford (18-3) had stranded 11 baserunners — eight in scoring position — before Brown came through in grand fashion.

With the Rogues trailing 3-2, Mike LaVigne drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth and advanced to second base following a passed ball on a strikeout. After the Bees stung Medford for a second out, Brown came up as his team’s last hope and didn’t flinch in providing the game-winner.

Matt Ager didn’t register in the decision but he provided yet another quality start for the Rogues, allowing two runs and four hits over 4 2/3 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts.

Ryan Kayser also supplied three innings of steady relief, striking out four with no walks against three hits and one run allowed. Tyler Tilton gained the win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Josh Williams drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning for Medford and Jackson Hall, who went 2-for-3, scored on a bases-loaded balk in the sixth inning.

Hindering Medford’s cause all night were three double plays turned by California.

The four-game series continues with tickets still available at 6:35 p.m. Friday night, and concludes with a 5 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.

California Bees000021000—390

Medford Rogues010001002—472

Caravalo, Lewes (6) and Evans; Ager, Velarde (5), Kayser (6), Tilton (9) and J. Brown. W — Tilton (2-0). L — Lewes. HR — M: Brown (3).

American Legion

MEDFORD MUSTANGS 15, KLAMATH FALLS FALCONS 5, 6 inn.: At Reno, Nev., Medford broke open its second game of the Reno Knights Fourth of July Tournament with a nine-run third inning against Klamath Falls.

Consecutive RBI doubles from Aiden Horsley, Jace Miller and Gavin Schmidt got the Mustangs (29-6) rolling in the third.

Brandon Zanni and Cody Borraggine followed with RBI singles before Tanner Douglas supplied a big blast with his two-run home run. Still not done, Medford saw Miller add an RBI single in his second at-bat of the inning to separate from the Falcons.

Borraggine finished 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, Douglas 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs, Horsley 3-for-5 with one run and two RBIs and Miller 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs.

Baptiste and Schmidt also added two hits, and Zanni drove in two runs.

Darin Marsh went the distance for the win, striking out five with one walk.

In Thursday’s late opener, Medford saw its 4-2 lead evaporate after the West Coast Kings tallied nine straight runs — seven in the fifth inning — to turn the tide.

Horsley went 2-for-4 with one run and the Mustangs received RBI efforts from Jeremiah Robbins, Miller and Schmidt.

Klamath Falls Falcons 101 210 — 5 7 1

Medford Mustangs 129 012 — 15 18 1

Davis, Henton (3), Raebel (4), Graham (5) and Waits; Marsh and Zanni. W — Marsh (2-0). L — Davis. 2B — KF: Baker, Hubble; M: Baptiste, Borraggine, Horsley 2, Miller, Schmidt. HR — KF: Baker, Raebel; M: Douglas.

Thursday’s Game

West Coast Kings 202 070 3 — 14 15 3

Medford Mustangs 040 010 0 — 5 9 3

Chriss, Tooze (6) and McInnis, Sweeney (6); Borraggine, Wood (5) and Robbins. W — Chriss. L — Borraggine (2-3). 2B — WC: Griffith, Nava; M: Miller.

Medford Rogues right-hander Matt Ager delivers a pitch during Thursday's 4-3 win over the California Bees. Photo by Denise Baratta