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Harris Saves Rogues, Season Opener

05/30/2019 10:18 PM

Article By: Jonathan Kurman

MEDFORD, Ore. – Relief pitcher Colton Harris (Dixie State) recorded the final 11 outs of the game to guide the Rogues to a 9-7 victory over the California Bees at Harry & David Field in the Season Opener of the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League.

The Medford Rogues stole a franchise record 11 bases, but a nightmare of a 6th inning for the Rogues pitching staff handed the Bees five runs and the lead. After Rogues starting pitcher and Grants Pass native Chris D’Amico (Presentation College) left the game with a four run lead, having thrown five innings of two-hit baseball with six strikeouts, the Rogues bullpen gave up eight free passes and five runs in the sixth inning. The Bees did not put a ball in play until the final out of the sixth.

Harris came on in relief in the sixth inning to stop the bleeding, and then allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out five the rest of the way.

The Rogues tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Turner Olson (Chico State) led off with a walk, stole a base, and took third on a throwing error. Joe Johnson (Vanguard University) lifted a ball to shallow left field, but it was deep enough to score Olson from third.

In the seventh, Omar Ortiz (Vanguard University) walked with one out, and was pinch ran for by Tre’Von Dorsey (Undecided). Dorsey took off for second base and was hit by the throw. The ball caromed into left centerfield. Dorsey hustled towards third base with Rogues head coach Sean Gallagher waving frantically to send Dorsey home. Dorsey slid in safely just under the tag. A lapse in concentration by the Bees outfield allowed Dorsey to score the go ahead run from second base.

The two teams will face off again tomorrow at Harry & David Field at 6:35pm first pitch.

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