LINCOLN, Calif. — The Medford Rogues season came to a close in a winner-take-all contest for an automatic berth in the Great West League championship on Monday.
The Rogues were unable to solve Lincoln Potters left-hander Jakob Frederick, who kept the Medford offense at bay for five innings while the Potters offense came alive early to derail Medford’s GWL title hopes with a 12-4 decision at McBean Stadium.
The Rogues finished the season with a 31-24 record and finished third in the GWL behind the second-place Potters (37-21) and regular-season champion Chico Heat (43-14). The Rogues and Potters were slated to play a three-game series beginning Sunday to decide which team would take on the Heat for the league title. However, because of the smoky conditions, Sunday’s game was canceled and the series was turned into an all-or-nothing contest for a spot in the championship.
By the time the Rogues got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, the Potters had built a 5-0 lead. Marcus Lydon, who reached base on a walk and later stole third base, scored on a balk to cut the Potters’ lead to 5-1.
After the Potters answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame, former South Medford High star Cole Carder tried to rally the Rogues with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh, trimming the margin to 9-4.
The Potters, however, put the contest out of reach with three more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Carder finished 2-for-5 and Lydon was 2-for-4.
Frederick improved to 5-0 on the season, striking out six over five innings. The Potters’ ace allowed one earned run on three hits and three walks.
Simpson, Ahlstrom (2), Voortmeyer (3), Barrios (4), Brown (6), Smith (7) and Olsson; Frederick, Gil (6), Schmich (6), Garcia (7), Lopez (8), Cochran (9) and Santini. W — Frederick (5-0). L — Simpson (3-3). 2B — R: Lydon, Olsson; L: Santana, Lopez, Santini. HR — M: Carder; L: Santini.