Chase Spinning was masterful on the mound when the Medford Rogues needed it most and the home bats came alive for 12 hits to deny the Chico Heat for an 8-5 win in Great West League action Saturday at Harry & David Field.
Spinning came on in relief in the fifth inning for the Rogues (17-13) with the game tied at 4-all and proceeded to limit the Heat (22-6) to only one run on one hit with six strikeouts and no walks to earn the victory with 1,007 on hand.
Spinning had retired 12 in a row before allowing a leadoff home run to Chico first baseman Joe DeBaca in the ninth inning.
After Chico scored twice in the top of the first inning against Medford starter Kolby Button, the Rogues stormed back in true form for Military Appreciation Night with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Blake Baumgartner’s two-run home run highlighted the surge.
Baumgartner finished 2-for-4 with one run and three RBIs, while Josh McIntyre was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Tanner Cantwell and Kody Garvin each went 2-for-4 with one run to boost Medford.
The series between GWL leaders concludes at 6:35 tonight at Harry & David Field as the Rogues celebrate Beavers Night at the ballpark.
Those wearing Oregon State gear will receive free general admission, with Central Point’s Dylan Pearce — a former Rogues pitcher and member of OSU’s College World Series championship team — on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Sanchez, Roundy (6), Elder (7) and Phillips; Button, Spinning (5) and Elvis. W — Spinning. L — Sanchez. 2B — M: T. Ahlstrom, Miller. HR — C: DeBaca (1); M: Baumgartner (2).
MEDFORD MUSTANGS 7, REDDING TIGERS 4: At Reno, Nev., Ryan Sandoval tossed six scoreless innings before a late surge by Redding and Jacob Melton went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs to help the Medford Mustangs move to 2-0 in the Reno Knights Fourth of July Tournament at Reno High.
Medford (17-5) came out hot with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, with leadoff singles by Joe Johnson and Brennen Watts followed by a two-run triple by Melton, who later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jack Thompson.
The Mustangs pushed their lead to 7-0 in the third inning, which was plenty of cushion for Sandoval. The right-hander allowed only four hits with six strikeouts through the first six innings before Redding put an end to his night with two hits and two walks with one out in the seventh.
Reliever Dylan Marsh gave up a walk and two hits before getting a game-clinching strikeout to deny the Tigers’ rally.
Johnson finished 2-for-3, while Thompson drove in two runs.
Downey, Hall (4), Reynolds (6) and Schroedle; Sandoval, Marsh (7) and B. Thompson. W — Sandoval. L — Downey. 2B — R: Ryan; M: Melton. 3B — M: Melton.