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Top Speed rallies past Rogues

Top Speed Academy scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a walk and went on to defeat the Medford Rogues, 4-3, in nonleague baseball Monday at Harry & David Field.

The loss dropped the Rogues to 6-10. They host Top Speed again tonight at 6:35, then get back to West Coast League play Thursday with a game at Klamath Falls. They return home Friday for six straight games, beginning with three against the Corvallis Knights.

Top Speed took a 1-0 lead on Medford in the first inning Monday, but the Rogues grabbed the lead with a three-run sixth inning.

Billy Frederick started the frame with a single, but consecutive groundouts ensued.

Andrew Martinez scored Frederick with a double, then he came in when Dan Mayer ripped his first home run of the season.

The lead was short-lived as Top Speed tied it with two runs in the seventh off Dustin Hughes, the Rogues’ third of five pitchers. Chris Miguel and Drew Taylor each hit run-scoring singles.

The deciding run came in the eighth when, after getting the first two batters out, Medford reliever Aaron Schwark issued a walk, allowed a single and hit a batter to load the bases. He then walked Miguel to force in the run.

Frederick was 3-for-5 for the Rogues.

Daniel Ferrell started on the mound for Medford and allowed three hits and one run in four innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Miguel, Taylor, Drew Vanisi and Lucca Champi each had two of Top Speed’s nine hits.

Top Speed;100;000;210;—; 4;9;3

Medford;000;003;000; —;3;7;2

Bagnall, Slifer (7), Rudkin (8), Truex (8) and Vasil; Ferrell, Holloman (5), Hughes (7), Schwark (8), Flynn (9) and Wright. W — Slifer (1-0). L — Schwark (0-1). S — Truex (1). 2B — TS: Miguel, Vanisi; M: Frederick 2, Martinez. HR — M: Mayer (1).


WU SHARES LEAD: At Aloha, Dylan Wu of Medford shot a 5-under-par 66 to share the lead in the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 106th Oregon Amateur Championship at the The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club's North Course.

Wu is a former St. Mary's High two-time state champion who played for Northwestern this past year as a freshman and qualified for the NCAA championships.

He was tied for the lead with Jesse Heinly of Bend. Arthur Kim of Tigard is one stroke back, and five players are two shots behind.

Qualifying ends today, and the top 64 advance to single-elimination match play.

Defending champion Gigi Stoll of Beaverton led the women's field with a 3-under 69.