07/20/2019 8:14 PM
Article By: Jonathan Kurman
MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford Rogues (34-12) defeated the South Bay Storm (9-30) 5-2 on Saturday evening at Harry & David Field to secure the #2 seed in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.
It was Christmas in July at Harry & David Field. The Rogues wore Santa hats special Christmas themed jerseys, which went up for auction during the game. Proceeds from the jersey auction benefitted Access. Rogues fans brought canned goods with them to the ballpark to donate to Access.
Maxx Mahon (Vanguard University) led off the second inning with a hard-hit groundball single. He then stole second base and took third on the single by Ryan Gamboa (Academy of Art University).
With two outs, Jesse Spangler (Presentation College) singled to left field to score Mahon and then stole second base. Spangler scored on the RBI single by Pete Mendazona (Feather River College), who took second on the throw home. Mendazona then stole third and scored on the RBI single by Turner Olson (Chico State).
Gilbert Romero (Chico State) allowed one run and struck out six in 5.2 innings pitched to pick up his first win of the season.
Brice Foster (Menlo College) came on in relief of Romero in the top of the seventh inning with the tying run at third for the Storm. Foster induced a weak ground ball to third baseman Omar Ortiz (Vanguard University), who fired home in time to retire the runner and preserve the 3-2 lead.
With two on and two out in the bottom of the eighth, Gamboa hit a fly ball to right field, which was dropped by the fielder. It allowed Medford native Travis Danielson (Menlo College) and Foster to score to give the Rogues a couple insurance runs.
Matt Lester (Vanguard University) came on to pitch the final out of the game to pick up eligibility for the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League Playoffs.
Jesse Spangler went 3-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in the win.
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The Rogues and the South Bay Storm will conclude their four-game series on Sunday, July 21st. Monday, July 22nd is the 2019 Team Poster Giveaway, courtesy of Harry & David. Fans will be handed a free 2019 team poster as they walk through the gates of Harry & David Field when the gates open at 5:30pm while supplies last. Tuesday, July 23rd is Fan Appreciation Night and the final home game of the year for the Rogues. There will be blowout prices and discounts all over the ballpark, and fans will be able to use the Rowdy Bucks they accrued over the course of the season on merchandise, concessions, and to enter raffles to win fantastic prizes from local businesses. Tickets are on sale on MedfordRogues.com
With the #2 seed secured, the Rogues ensure they will only have to play one single-elimination playoff game to reach the GSCBL Championship series against the four-time defending League Champions, Top Speed Baseball.
The playoffs begin on Thursday, July 25th at 1:00pm. The Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox and the San Francisco Seagulls will play a single-elimination game to see who will advance to play the Rogues later that same day.
The GSCBL Championship Series will begin on Friday, July 26th. Every Rogues playoff game will be broadcasted live on 96.1FM/580AM The Game and online at TheGame541.com.