Hostert pitches Rogues past front-running Bend
BEND — Kohl Hostert kept West Coast League-leading Bend in check through eight innings and the Medford Rogues secured their first win in five tries against the Elks, 4-1, at Vince Genna Stadium.
Hostert scattered six hits with one walk and two strikeouts through eight innings for Medford (13-16), which snapped a three-game losing streak. Bend (26-6) tallied an unearned run against Hostert in the eighth when Cadyn Grenier reached on an error and scored on a double by West Tunnell.
Rogues reliever D.J. Wilson struck out two batters in the ninth and, after another error, finished the job with his third strikeout to preserve the victory.
The WCL South teams wrap up their series at 1:05 p.m. today before Medford opens a three-game homestand Monday against the Victoria HarbourCats.
Medford jumped ahead with a third-inning solo home run by J.J. Kitaoka, then built a 2-0 advantage in the fifth when T.K. McWhertor hit a leadoff double, was sacrificed to third by Kitaoka and scored on a groundout by Derron Davis.
In the top of the eighth, the Rogues scored twice for a 4-0 lead when Dan Mayer singled and moved to third on an error after a grounder by Stefan Panayiotou. Mayer scored on a groundout by Tony Roque, and Panayiotou followed on a passed ball.
Hostert, Wilson (9) and McWhertor; Gomez, Newman (9), Bies (9) and Hummel. W — Hostert (1-2). L — Gomez. 2B — M: McWhertor; B: Cavaness, Tunnell. HR — M: Kitaoka (1). A — 711.
American Legion AAA
MEDFORD 6-1, KLAMATH FALLS 0-3: Steen Fredrickson pitched a four-hitter with four strikeouts and a walk for Medford in the nonleague opener at Harry & David Field.
Klamath Falls pitcher Darren Brown limited the Mustangs (26-10) to five hits with no walks and two hit batters in the nightcap to split the doubleheader.
Bryce Rogan was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Micah Brown 2-for-3 with three runs to pace Medford in Game 1, with Jared Evans going 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Tate Cowden 2-for-4 with one run.
The Mustangs’ lone run in Game 2 came in the sixth when Cowden singled to open the frame and, with one out, moved to third on a double by Micah Brown. Rogan followed with a run-scoring groundout.
Will Weaver struck out seven and walked two in taking the Game 2 loss.
The Mustangs host an alumni game at 7 tonight at Harry & David Field.
Lancaster and Brown; Fredrickson and Wolff. W — Fredrickson (4-3). L — Lancaster. 2B — M: Evans 2, Cowden, Carlson.
Brown and Budden; Weaver and Hamik. W — Brown. L — Weaver (5-2). 2B — M: Brown.
American Legion A
NORTH MEDFORD 10-12, GRANTS PASS DIGGERS 0-2: Zack Collins pitched a no-hitter in the six-inning opener for the North Medford Mavericks and Tyler Oedekoven went 4-for-6 with three runs and two RBIs in the Area 4 twin-bill sweep at North Medford High.
Collins finished with nine strikeouts, five walks and one hit batter for the Mavericks (25-7-1, 12-2 Area 4). Oedekoven was 2-for-3 with two runs, while Dakota Adams went 3-for-4 with one run and three RBIs and North Medford got two RBIs apiece from Kasey Buchanan and Justin Geyer.
In Game 2, Oedekoven was 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs and Berry Hunt went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Each player had an RBI triple in the five-inning contest. Dallas Casebier allowed one hit with one walk and four strikeouts in four scoreless innings of relief pitching.
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McGill and Bjorn; Collins and Geyer. W — Collins. L — McGill.
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D’Amico and Bjorn; Johnson, Casebier (2) and Geyer. W — Casebier. L — D’Amico. 2B — GP: Bjorn. 3B — NM: Hunt, Oedekoven.