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Rogues’ rally comes up short in loss to Elks

BEND — The Medford Rogues came close to pulling off one of their wildest comebacks of the 2021 season Wednesday night, falling just short of completing a ninth-inning rally as they fell 7-6 to the Bend Elks at Vince Genna Stadium.

Trailing 7-4 going into the top of the ninth, Jake Gentry cut the deficit to two runs with a sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Jessue Brown drove in Austin Smith on a fielder’s choice to make it 7-6. With the potential game-tying run in scoring position and the possible winning run on first, Josh Williams flied out to left to end the game.

The Rogues fell to 25-6 with the loss.

Bend led 2-0 after one inning and then scored four runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth to get the lead for good.

The Rogues cut the early deficit to 2-1 in the third on Crosby Albee’s RBI single to bring in Williams.

An inning later, Medford took a 4-2 lead thanks to RBI singles by Grant Sherrod and Ruben Cedillo as well as Sherrod scoring on a throwing error by the Elks.

Smith, Cedillo and Michael LaVigne all finished 2-for-4, while Williams was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Noah Sudyka also had a two-hit game and scored a run.

Rogues starting pitcher Matt Ager was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

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Ager, Memmott (4), Larson (5), R. Brown (6), Boivin (8) and J. Brown; Hattenbach, G. Smith (3), Madariaga (5), Snyder (6), Juhasz (7), C. Smith (9) and Thompson, Veloz (9). W — Ager. L — G. Smith. SV — C. Smith. 2B — M: LaVigne, Cedillo; B: Boettcher, Garcia, Rork. 3B — B: Rork.

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