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Rogues fall to NW Star Academy in series finale

The Medford Rogues were unable to finish their series with Northwest Star Academy on a high note Wednesday night, allowing five runs in the sixth inning en route to a 7-1 loss at Harry & David Field.

Through the first five innings, the Rogues (8-7-1) didn’t allowed a hit, with a trio of arms — Chris Weulfing, Ben Pajak and Grayson Grinsell, the latter two being position players — combining for five strikeouts and three walks in five shutout innings.

But then Northwest’s bats came alive against the Medford bullpen. Alex Sole broke the scoreless deadlock with a two-run double, then Brady Majewski hit an RBI single before Josh Schliechardt capped the outburst with a two-run triple to make it 5-0.

The Rogues, who were limited to just four hits Wednesday night, scored their only run in the bottom of the eighth when Reece MacRae drew a bases-loaded walk.

The two teams combined to use 13 pitchers, eight of those by the Rogues.

Sole was the only player for either team that had a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a run.

The Rogues head north to play a Thursday night road game at the Springfield Drifters before returning home to open a series against the San Francisco Seagulls on Tuesday, June 28.

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Gonzalez, Helgerson (4), Elske (5), Clerici (7), Geiszler (9) and Welty; Weulfing, Pajak (4), Grinsell (5), Baker (6), Schmidt (6), Gri. Henry (7), Memmott (8), Boivin (9) and Young. W — Elske. L — Baker (2-1). 2B — NW: Sole; M: Kaatz. 3B — NW: Schliechardt.