07/28/2019 5:32 PM
Article By: Jonathan Kurman
Kentfield, Ca. – The Medford Rogues fell to Top Speed Baseball 7-6 on Sunday afternoon at the College of Marin in the final game of the 2019 Golden State Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series.
In the bottom of the first inning, two runners were walked in before Rogue Valley native Joe Johnson (Vanguard University) had to come on in relief. A botched fielder’s choice at home allowed the third run of the inning to score before Johnson struck out Matt Chester for the first out of the inning.
In all, Top Speed recorded six runs on one hit in the bottom of the first inning.
In the bottom of the second, Matt Chester singled to left field with runners at first and second. The runner at second, Nathan Jessell, tried to score on the play, but Rogues left fielder Aki Buckson (Vanguard University) threw out Jessell at home.
The Rogues near-comeback began when Jesse Spangler (Presentation College) led off the fourth inning with a solo home run.
Medford Rogues MVP Caleb Broughton (Bucknell University) singled with one out in the top of the fifth. The Rogues single season steals record holder then stole second base and scored on the RBI single by Brice Foster (Menlo College).
Medford native Travis Danielson (Menlo College) came on as a pinch runner for Maxx Mahon, who was hit by a pitch in the top of the sixth inning. Danielson took second on a ground out, and then scored on the RBI single by Tre’von Dorsey.
Johnny Radomskiy (San Diego Christian College) led off the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run. Broughton reached on an error, and then scored on the RBI infield single off the bat of Danielson.
With two outs in the top of the eighth, Ryan Gamboa (Academy of Art University) hit a line drive home run over the left field fence.
The Rogues turned an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning to head to the ninth down only one run.
In the ninth inning, Broughton led off with a single and then stole second base. Omar Ortiz (Vanguard University) was intentionally walked to bring up Danielson, who grounded into the game-ending double play.
Joe Johnson pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on five hits with five strikeouts against one of the best summer collegiate baseball teams in the nation.
Jesse Spangler went 3-4 in the final game of the season, which put him over 100 plate appearances (PA) on the season. His .388 batting average is the highest in franchise history (min 100 PA).
The 2019 Medford Rogues set new franchise records for most stolen bases by an individual and a team in a game and season, most home runs hit in a game, longest winning streak, most wins by a single pitcher, highest batting average by a player in a season, and highest team winning percentage in a season. This season, the Rogues also broke the GSCBL attendance record.
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