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Knights eke past Rogues in 11th

CORVALLIS — Medford was one out away from victory but Corvallis scored a tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning and then Kyler Stancato’s 11th-inning RBI single gave the Knights a 5-4 victory over the Rogues in a thriller in front of a Goss Stadium crowd of 1,596 Saturday night.

Nick Vogt, who doubled and eventually scored in the ninth, started the winning rally in the 11th with a one-out single. He stole second and cruised home when Stancato flared a single into short right-center field.

Vogt had a two-run homer, scored the tying run in the ninth and the winning run in the 11th to cap a big night that secured a two-game series sweep of Medford.

“That was really fun,” Vogt said of scoring such important runs. “There aren’t very many moments when the game is on the line. You have to think quick on your feet. Those are the most fun moments, especially when you’re able to get a win for your team.”

Stancato also had three hits and Taison Corio added two hits as the Knights (32-10) rapped out 11 hits overall.

Austin Smith, Jake Gentry and Ruben Cedillo each produced two hits for Medford (29-10).

Mike LaVigne scored the Rogues’ first run on a passed ball in the second inning, and Cedillo had a two-run single in the third to tie the game at 3-all.

Genty scored on a sacrifice fly by LaVigne to give Medford its only lead at 4-3 in the eighth.

Medford, which had its Sunday game canceled due to COVID issues with the Fresno A’s, filled in its schedule for the coming week with games Monday, Tuesday and Thursday against the Willamette Wild Bills of the four-team Wild West League.

The Wild Bills, who were set to play Corvallis Sunday, were already scheduled to face Medford Friday and Saturday to wrap up the summer season.

The Knights started quickly and scored three times in the first Saturday night. Riley Way led off with a triple and scored on Travis Bazzana’s sacrifice fly to deep center. Corio doubled and Vogt crushed a two-run blast to left-center for his second homer of the summer.

“I was just trying to beat the (pitcher),” Vogt said of his home run. “He was coming at us and I knew I would get something to hit.”

The bats then went to sleep, however, against Rogues starter Kaden Miller and reliever Ryan Brown, and Corvallis had just four hits until tying the game with two outs in the ninth against Jack Erickson. A pinch-hit infield single by Braden Boisvert scored Vogt, who led off with a double and went to third on Stancato’s sacrifice bunt.

Ben Kibbe went the final three innings for the win. He did not allow a hit, struck out three and retired nine of the 10 batters he faced.

Starter Drew Dowd allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. He struck out six and retired the final eight Rogues he faced in order.

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Miller, R. Brown (5), Erickson (9) and Pruitt; Dowd, Vargas (6), Gillis (7), Kibbe (9) and Weiss, T. Smith (10). W — Kibbe. L — Erickson. 2B — C: Corio, Vogt, Stancato. 3B — C: Way. HR — C: Vogt.

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