11/26/2017 8:52 PM
MEDFORD, Ore. – The 2017 GWL Champion Medford Rogues have announced the signing of two Rogue Valley stars, Cole Carder and Tate Cowden. Both players currently play baseball for Linn-Benton Community College.
Cole Carder is a big-swinging outfielder who has played baseball for Medford since he was 11 years old. He has prior experience playing at Harry & David Field; he played here while playing for South Medford High School from 2012-2016. In 2015, Carder played center field for the Medford Mustangs World Series team. Carder played in 45 games in 2017 for Linn-Benton, where he had 27 hits, 25 RBI, and 28 runs scored. 10 of his 27 hits went for extra-bases, including four home runs, and he also stole nine bases. “It felt great when I heard I got an offer from the Rogues,” said Carder. “I remember going to games the first year they were in Medford, and now I get to a chance to put on the uniform and play for them. I know it’s going to be an amazing experience. I can’t wait!”
Joining Carder on the Rogues in 2018 is his Linn-Benton teammate and Rogue Valley native, infielder Tate Cowden. Cowden graduated from North Medford in 2016, where he played baseball for the Black Tornado. Last season for the Roadrunners, Cowden hit .262 with 33 hits, 32 RBI, and 20 runs scored. He also had 13 extra base hits and seven stolen bases in eight attempts. He was named 2nd team All-NWAC, and started every game at 2nd base for Linn-Benton. “I’m beyond excited to be back for the summer again. I love it here in the Rogue Valley, it’s where I’ve grown up,” said Cowden. “I was here last summer playing for the Mustangs last season, so it’s good to be back again!”