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Rogues sweep Bees, set franchise record for best start to season

Even with temperatures cooling off in the Rogue Valley as June turned to July, the Medford Rogues remained as hot as they have been all season long this weekend.

The Rogues eclipsed the best-ever start to a season in franchise history with a doubleheader sweep of the California Bees, 8-0 and 13-1, Saturday night at Harry & David Field, improving to 21-3 on the season and extending their winning streak to nine games.

The 2021 team surpassed the record-setting start by the 2019 edition of the Rogues, who started out 20-3 before losing their next three games.

The Rogues’ pitching staff allowed just one run in Saturday night’s doubleheader, seeing a 25 1/3-inning shutout streak snapped when the Bees scored a run in the top of the seventh of Game 2.

Eric Rohrer, the Rogues’ starting pitcher in the opener, picked up his first win of the season after throwing five shutout innings and allowing just one hit.

In both games, the Medford pitching staff was provided plenty of offense.

The Rogues clubbed three home runs in the doubleheader, with Jake Gentry hitting a solo shot in Game 1 before Josh Williams and Caleb Schorr hit two-run and three-run homers, respectively, in the nightcap.

Gentry went a combined 5-for-7 with six runs scored, a pair of doubles, a home run and three RBIs on Saturday.

Emiliano Alarcon was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored in Game 1.

In Game 2, Williams went 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBIs and a run scored in the nightcap, while Schorr was 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBIs and a run scored. Jason Dumont was 2-for-5 with a run scored, Omar Ortiz was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs and Crosby Albee also had two hits and scored a pair of runs.

The Rogues totaled 26 hits in the doubleheader.

FIRST GAME

California Bees 000 000 0 — 0 1 1

Medford Rogues 012 401 x — 8 11 1

Shafer, Soto (5) and Evans; Rohrer, Memmott (6), Smith (7) and J. Brown. W — Rohrer (1-1). L — Shafer. HR — M: Gentry.

SECOND GAME

California Bees 000 000 1 — 1 11 2

Medford Rogues 006 520 x — 13 15 0

Carbasal, Moreno (3), Pedraza (6) and Omi-Jarrett; Miller, Boiben (5), Velarde (6), Erickson (7) and Pruitt. W — Miller (2-0). L — Carbasal. 2B — C: Omi-Jarrett; M: LaVigne, Gentry 2, Albee. HR — M: Williams, Schorr.

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