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Rogues avenge painful loss

Staff reports

A.J. Miller blasted his second home run of the season, James Bell drove in three runs and the Medford Rogues recovered from Monday’s collapse by pounding the San Francisco Seals 11-3 in Great West League baseball action Tuesday at Harry & David Field.

A day after the Rogues booted away a would-be win over the Seals in the ninth, Medford jumped out to a 4-0 lead before scoring four in the eighth — three on Josh McIntyre’s bases-clearing double — to put another San Francisco comeback out of reach.

Riley Kasper had two hits, Cole Carder and Kody Garvin scored three runs apiece and Miller launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the third as the Rogues (22-17) remained tied with the Lincoln Potters (21-16) for second place in the GWL standings, 8 1/2 games behind league-leading Chico (29-7).

Medford took control early when Carder and Garvin led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back walks against Seals starter Manuel Ochoa before being driven in when Bell came through with a two-out single.

Ochoa took the loss after giving up five runs, four earned, in six innings.

Medford starter Robby Ahlstrom held San Francisco (13-22) scoreless through the first four innings before giving way to Michael Moore, who was credited with the victory after surrendering three runs, one earned, in four innings. He struck out three and walked one.

San Francisco 000 003 000 — 3 7 3

Medford 202 001 24x — 11 8 3

Ochoa, Cindric (7), Mallot (8) and Edwards; Ahlstrom, Moore (5), Brown (9) and Bath. W — Moore. L — Ochoa. 2B — M: McIntyre, Kasper. HR — Miller (2).

American Legion A

ASHLAND 12-8, NORTH JACKSON 8-13: At Ashland, Evan McLennan went off in the opener to help Ashland pull away, but North Jackson rode a standout performance by Domenic Fontana to take Game 2 and leave town with a split in Area 4 South action at North Mountain Park.

In Game 1, McLennan went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored, while Rowan Amann and Isaac Evans had two hits apiece.

Ashland (7-13, 6-8 Area 4) had four doubles in the game, and Eli Westrick picked up the pitching victory after holding the Royals to three earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He struck out four and walked two.

In Game 2, Fontana went 3-for-4 and scored three runs and North Jackson scored five runs in the fourth to open up an 11-6 lead. Leadoff hitter Darin Marsh went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs for the Royals, and Skyler Gaudern earned the pitching victory after striking out six and surrendering six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Amann and Nick Buccino had two hits apiece for the Pilots, while Dillon Anway drove in two runs.

FIRST GAME

North Jackson 041 000 3 — 8 8 3

Ashland 203 214 x — 12 11 3

Alves, Blevins (4) and Kendrick; Westrick, Anway (7) and Evans. W — Westrick. L — Alves. 2B — NJ: Fontana, Marsh; A: Amann, Westrick, Brown, McLennan.

SECOND GAME

North Jackson 225 500 2 — 13 14 2

Ashland xxx xxx x — 8 12 2

Gaudern, Fontana (6) and Kendrick; Amann, Brown (4), Hanks (4), Ranswieler (7) and Brown. W — Gaudern. L — Brown. 2B — NJ: Leeper, Marsh, Huffman, Alves; A: Anway, Amann, Brown, McLennan, Buccino.

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