KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Medford Rogues (5-4) defeated the Klamath Falls Gems (2-6) 11-7 on Thursday evening at Kiger Stadium in Game One of the Southern Oregon Showdown. In his Rogues debut, starting pitcher Brandon Ross struck out 11 of the 12 batters he faced.
Shortstop Riley Way* (Lewis-Clark State) singled to center field with one out in the first inning, and then stole second.
Left fielder Brandon Bena* (Iowa Western) walked, and then designated hitter Mitch Neunborn (North Iowa Area CC) singled to the right field, to score and McIntyre and move Bena to third.
First baseman Joe Bath (Lewis-Clark State) hit a soft ground ball to third base and legged out a single to load bases.
Catcher Johnny Hawk* (Iowa Western) then walked to score Bena.
Center fielder Riley Kasper (Saddleback College) doubled with one out in the second inning, and then Way singled him home.
Hawk singled to lead off the third and then stole second. Second baseman Austin Healy (Shasta College) singled to move Hawk to third.
Right fielder Tommy Ahlstrom* (Simpson University) singled home Hawk for his first hit as a Medford Rogue.
Kasper walked to load the and Way singled for the third time to score Ahlstrom and Healy.
Neunborn lead off the fourth inning with a solo home run to left field, his third of the season in just 11 at bats.
Ahlstrom doubled to lead off the fourth, and then came home on an opposite field home run off the bat of Brandon Bena.
The Rogues put runners on the corners in the sixth inning but failed to score for the first time in the ball game.
Kody Garvin* (Lewis-Clark State) hit a pinch single in the eighth. Hawk was hit by a pitch, and then Josh McIntyre (Fullerton JC) pinch hit for Chad Pike. He was hit by a pitch as well to load the bases for Healy.
Healy walked, and for the second time in the game, the Rogues drove in a run on a free pass.
Starter Brandon Ross* (San Jose State) struck out 11 over four innings. The only batter Ross did not retire via the strike out was to the first batter he faced, Kyle Yamada, who lined out to center field.
Donte Glover* (Faulkner University) struck out two in a scoreless ninth to shut the door on Klamath.
*indicates Rogues debut
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The Rogues will play Game Two of the three game series against the Gems on Friday, June 8th. First pitch is at 6:35pm.
The Rogues will return home on Sunday, June 10th for Country Night against the same Klamath Falls Gems, featuring a post-game concert by Fogline. It is also a Fred Meyer Family Fun Sunday. Fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for just $44 for Sunday home games. For each ticket package sold, the Rogues will donate $4 to Access, as part of their Zero Waste Zero Hunger campaign.
You can watch every pitch of every game this season online for free on TableRockSports.net