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Corvallis quiets Rogues with shutout

CORVALLIS — Right fielder Nate Nankil had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Corvallis Knights to a 4-0 win over the visiting Medford Rogues in a nonleague game late Friday at Goss Stadium.

The meeting of the former West Coast League foes was the first since 2015.

Nankil, a rising sophomore at Cal State Fullerton, slammed a two-run double in the first inning, singled and stole a base in the third and singled again in the eighth. He was the lone player with more than one hit for the Knights (31-10).

“I noticed they were throwing outside to the batters before me,” Nankil said in describing his mental process during his first at-bat. “My approach was to hit the ball the other way in the gap,” and his shot to the wall in right-center easily scored Travis Bazzana (Oregon State) and Kiko Romero (Central Arizona JC), aboard on walks.

For Medford (29-9), Omar Ortiz went 3-for-4 in the first game of a two-game series set to continue Saturday night.

Corvallis scored twice in the first inning and twice more in the second inning. Otherwise pitching dominated in a quick 2:21 contest before a crowd of 1,663.

Nankil’s two-run, two-out double got Corvallis started in the first inning. Jake Harvey (Cal State Fullerton) doubled and scored and Bazzana and fellow future Beaver Tanner Smith had run-producing outs in a two-run second inning.

Corvallis starter Grant Taylor (Washington State) and relievers Bradley Mullan (Gonzaga), Chase Walter (Cal Poly) and Nathan DeSchryver (Gonzaga) combined to blank the Rogues on five hits. Only one Rogue advanced as far as third base.

Taylor got the victory after allowing two hits over five innings, with eight strikeouts. Mullan spaced three hits in two innings, with two strikeouts; Walter and DeSchryver finished up with one perfect inning apiece.

Medford starter Van Larson (Oregon State) allowed four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings, while reliever Jacob Memmott (Western Oregon) extended his streak of not allowing an earned run to 11 innings with a scoreless sixth-inning effort.

Josh Sandoval (Chaffey College) allowed one hit with two strikeouts in the final two scoreless innings of relief for the Rogues.

After Saturday’s finale, Medford will make an instant return to Harry & David Field for a homestand against the Fresno A’s that begins at 6:35 p.m. Monday.

Sunday’s scheduled game of the series was canceled after notification by Fresno of a COVID-19 outbreak within the team, according to Rogues officials.

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Larson, Memmott (6), Sandoval (7) and Pruitt; Taylor, Mullan (6), Walter (8), DeSchryver (9) and T. Smith. W — Taylor. L — Larson (3-2). 2B — M: Ortiz; C: Nankil, Harvey.