07/06/2019 3:54 PM
Article By: Jonathan Kurman
MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford Rogues (26-8) defeated Top Speed Baseball (26-5) 9-5 on Saturday night at Harry & David Field.
With runners at first and third in the first inning, Joe Johnson (Vanguard University) doubled down the first base line to score Brice Foster (Menlo College). Omar Ortiz (Vanguard University) walked to load the bases with nobody out for Maxx Mahon (Vanguard University), who doubled to left centerfield to clear the bases and give the Rogues a 4-0 lead.
The Rogues loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the third. Jesse Spangler (Presentation College) hit a flare down the right field line and was robbed of an extra base hit and multiple RBI on a diving catch by Kyle Orloff. The sacrifice fly would score Ortiz from third. A wild pitch later in the inning scored Mahon from third base to give the Rogues a 7-0 lead.
The Rogues had the first two base runners reach in each of the first four innings.
Grants Pass native and Rogues starting Pitcher Chris D’Amico (Presentation College) fired nine scoreless innings against Top Speed Baseball dating back to his start against the Speedos down in California on June 26th before allowing a lone run across in the fifth inning.
With a runner at first in that top of the fifth inning, Joe Johnson made a sliding grab on the warning track to rob Nathan Jessell of extra bases. Johnson fired the ball back into the infield to double up the Speedos.
With runners at second and third in sixth inning, Turner Olson (Chico State) tracked a ball down the right field line and made the catch as he flipped over the fence that separates foul territory from the visitors’ bullpen. His spectacular catch did allow a pair of Top Speed runs to tag and score.
The Rogues had the first two base runners reach safely in each of the first four innings.
After the Rogues scored the first seven runs of the game, Top Speed inched back by scoring the next five runs of the game over the fifth, sixth, and seventh inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Olson singled and took second on a ground out. Pete Mendazona (Feather River College) singled to left field to give the Rogues an important insurance run.
In the bottom of eighth inning, Johnny Radomskiy (Presentation College) walked and took second on a wild pitch. He scored on the third single of the game off the bat of Omar Ortiz to give the Rogues a four-run lead.
In the top of the ninth inning, Top Speed had runners on first and third with only one out. Top Speed sent the runner at first, but he was thrown out by Rogues catcher Ryan Gamboa (Academy of Art University). Top Speed manager Stan Switala came out to argue the call and was subsequently thrown out of the game.
Relief pitchers Dylan Myers (Western Oregon University), Brice Foster, and Colton Harris (Dixie State) combined to pitch the final nine outs without allowing a run. Harris struck out the final batter looking to end the game.
Tonight, the Medford Rogues hosted Paint the Park Pink Night at Harry & David Field to raise money to fight breast cancer and honor breast cancer survivors. Saturday morning, Inspire Studios led a 1-hour Zumba class, starting at 9:30am. Rogues fans participated alongside Rogues players and staff in the Zumba class and received a ticket to Saturday night’s game. The Rogues wore special Pink Jerseys, which fans bid on during the game. All proceeds from the jersey auction and the Zumba class benefitted the Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center. The first 500 fans in attendance also received a free Pink Rally Towel, courtesy of Forte Clothing.
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The three-game series between the top two teams in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League and two of the top 25 summer collegiate baseball teams in America will conclude on Sunday. The Rogues will have an off day on Monday before traveling down to California for a five-day road trip. The Rogues will return home on Tuesday, July 16th to face off against Northwest Star Baseball Academy, kicking off an eight-game home stand, the final homestand of the season.