Rogues slide past Bend for road win
BEND — Austin Smith and Jake Gentry hit back-to-back RBI singles to break a 2-all tie in the eighth inning as the Medford Rogues opened a rare road trip this summer with a 4-2 win over the Bend Elks at Vince Genna Stadium late Tuesday night.
The Elks, who play in the West Coast League, tied the game a half-inning earlier when Chase Matheny’s fielder’s choice grounder to second scored former South Eugene standout Bryce Boettcher.
The Rogues (25-5) put runners on first and second against Bend relief pitcher Matt Dallas after Noah Sudkya singled and Jason Dumont walked in the eighth.
Smith then brought home Sudyka with an RBI single on the first pitch he saw from Dallas to put the Rogues back ahead 3-2., and Gentry followed it with his own RBI single for a two-run cushion.
Smith and Gentry accounted for five of the Rogues’ six hits in the game. Smith finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Gentry went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Dumont drove in the Rogues’ first run on a fielder’s choice that scored Daniel Pruitt in the third.
Rogues starter Josh Sandoval allowed one run on five hits in five innings. Kaden Miller got the win in relief, and Griffin Henry recorded the save with two shutout innings to prevent the Elks from making a late-game comeback.
The two-game series, which continued late Wednesday night, is one of only four road trips this season for Medford.
Medford Rogues001001020— 461
Bend Elks010000100— 260
Sandoval, Miller (6), Henry (8) and Pruitt; Thompson, Krnatz (6), Ferrer (7), Dallas (8), Ankeney (9) and Logan. W — Miller. L — Dallas. SV — Henry. 2B — B: Kodama.
SPRINGFIELD TIMBERS 7, MEDFORD MUSTANGS 6: The Springfield Timbers rallied to score to four runs in the top of the sixth inning and salvage a split in Tuesday night’s doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Mustangs (38-9) held a 6-3 lead heading into the sixth inning after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth on Eli Westrick’s solo home run to left and Jeremiah Robbins’ RBI single to center.
The Timbers, however, got a two-run triple from Isaac Volker to cut the deficit to 6-5, then back-to-back RBI doubles from Thomas Touchette and Isaiah Burke to take a 7-6 lead.
Touchette was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Volker and Burke both had two-hit days in the nightcap.
Leo Reeves and Lucas Patterson also finished with two hits.
Westrick finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Mustangs, while Darin Marsh was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Aiden Horsley and Rowan Amann each had two hits.
Hadley and Reeves; Schmidt and Robbins. W — Hadley. L — Schmidt (5-1). 2B — S: Touchette, Burke, Reeves. 3B — S: Volker. HR — M: Westrick.