Rogues rally late, fend off Rounders
The Medford Rogues scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, taking the lead after trailing early en route to an 8-5 win over the San Mateo Rounders at Harry & David Field Friday night.
The Rogues (23-5), who had lost two of their last three after setting a new franchise record for the best start to a season, trailed for much of the evening before their three-run surge in the seventh.
San Mateo, formerly known as the Palo Alto Oaks, held three separate leads Friday night, only to see Medford tie the game twice before finally going ahead.
Noah Sudyka got the Rogues’ seventh-inning rally started with a leadoff single. Sudyka stole second, then scored the game-tying run on Jake Gentry’s RBI single to left.
Gentry scored the go-ahead in the seventh when he stole home.
Medford pushed its lead to 8-4 in the eighth when Michael LaVigne and Ruben Cedillo scored on a San Mateo throwing error at first base after Sudyka’s sacrifice bunt attempt. Sudyka then scored on Jackson Hall’s RBI single.
Six different Rogues players had two hits, accounting for 12 of Medford’s 13 hits against San Mateo.
LaVigne was 2-for-5 with a run scored, while Sudyka was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Gentry, the Rogues’ RBI leader, finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Josh Williams — who scored a pair of runs — and Daniel Pruitt were both 2-for-4. Hall was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Medford starting pitcher Van Larson didn’t get a decision, but continued his strong 2021 season, going six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and striking out three.
Camden Stephens picked up the win out of the bullpen. Jack Erickson got the save after throwing the final two innings in relief of Stephens.
For San Mateo, Jackson Oyama was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Anthoney Di Vittorio was 3-for-5 and an RBI. Valentino Rodrigues hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth.
San Mateo Rounders 100 001 111`— 5 10 1
Medford Rogues 000 011 33x —8 13 1
Leathers, Meehan (6), Sabatino (7), Lewis (8) and Bellino; Larson, Stephens (7), Erickson (8) and Pruitt. W — Stephens (3-0). L — Sabatino. SV — Erickson (3). 2B — SM: Cavagnaro. 3B — M: Williams. HR — SM: Rodrigues.