LINCOLN, Calif. — A night after setting a franchise record for team hits in a game, the Medford Rogues Great West League squad, led by Cole Carder, nearly matched the mark again Wednesday, when it wrapped up a three-game series sweep of the Lincoln Potters.
Carder, a former South Medford High School star, finished 4-for-6 with two RBIs and the Rogues claimed their fourth straight win with a 9-4 victory at McBean Stadium.
Tanner Cantwell went 2-for-5 and mashed a two-run homer in the top of the fourth innings to give the Rogues (16-11) a 5-2 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish.
The Rogues, who pounded out 19 hits and were just off the pace of Tuesday’s 23-2 win in which they came up with 21 hits, picked up a 3-for-6 effort from Joe Bath, who also scored twice and drove in a run.
Chad Pike, AJ Miller, Tommy Ahlstrom and Blake Baumgartner each had two hits for the Medford. Miller and Pike both scored twice.
Relief pitcher Chase Spinning came in to spell starter Brandon Ross in the fourth inning and was credited with the victory. He struck out five over four innings, allowing one earned run on three hits with no walks.
Ross, Spinning (4), Carle (8) and Bath; Gilman, Nabers (4), Cochran (7), Lopez (8), Gums (8) and Rotteveel. W — Spinning (2-0). L — Gilman (2-3). 2B — M: Carder, Pike. 3B — L: Middleton. HR — M: Cantwell.
AMERICAN LEGION AAA
MEDFORD MUSTANGS 5-11, KLAMATH FALLS FALCONS 1-2: Jacob Melton had quite the afternoon at the plate for Medford and pitched for the win in the nightcap of an Area 4 sweep at Harry & David Field.
In the opener, Melton hit a three-run home run in the third inning and finished 3-for-3 with a double and scored twice.
Jon-o Gassman added a solo homer and had two hits, as did Jack Thompson and Wyatt Baptiste for Medford (15-5, 3-1 Area 4).
The Mustangs’ Joe Johnson tossed a complete game, striking out four, and allowed one run on five hits.
In Game 2, Melton finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI while going the distance at the mound.
He fanned nine and allowed two runs — one earned — on five hits and four walks.
Thompson went 2-for-2 with two doubles, scored three times to go with an RBI, Johnson was 2-for-3 and Justin Geyer knocked in a couple of runs.
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Schutler and Hamilton; Johnson and Geyer. W — Johnson. L — Schluter. 2B — KF: Tacchini; M: Melton. HR — M: Gassman, Melton.
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Hudson, Whitlock (4), Grayson (6) and Schutler; Melton and Geyer. W — Melton. L — Hudson. 2B — KF: Tacchini; M: Melton, Thompson 2.
AMERICAN LEGION A
NORTH MEDFORD MAVERICKS 12, GRANTS PASS 5: Devan Blankenship’s two-run triple in the fifth inning helped host North Medford take control and grab an Area 4 victory.
The Mavericks’ Nick Samudio went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and an RBI while Gavin Schmidt, Jeremiah Huffman and Ryan Kloek all came up with two hits. Schmidt and Huffman both scored twice and knocked in a pair of runs and Kloek crossed home plate once and added an RBI.
The Mavericks improved to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in Area 4 play.
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No. 17, No. 25 (5), No. 21 (5), No. 11 (6) and (unknown); Borriggine, Blankenship (5) and Passey. W — Borriggine. L — No. 17. 2B — NM: Samudio 2. 3B — NM: Kloek, Blankenship.
NORTH JACKSON 9, PHOENIX PIRATES 3: At Eagle Point, Jakob Leeper’s two-run double broke the 3-all tie for North Jackson during a seven-run third inning by the host Royals who picked up the nonleague victory.
Royals reliever Kolbi Blevins went to the mound in the bottom of the third and tossed five shutout innings of one-hit ball. He struck out four and walked two.
Both Leeper and Skylar Gaudern both finished 2-for-4 for the Royals (7-4).
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Hanson, Zanni (5) and Merriman; Foulon, Blevins (3) and Kendrick. W — Blevins (1-2). L — Hanson. 2B — NJ: Leeper.