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Rogues use long ball to rally past Gems

KLAMATH FALLS — Home runs by Cole Carder, James Bell and Tommy Ahlstrom, and a clutch go-ahead two-run double by Kody Garvin in the top of the ninth inning pushed the Rogues over the Klamath Falls Gems, 10-6, in Great West League action Thursday at Kiger Stadium.

Ahlstrom hit a game-tying three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning. His big hit occurred not long after Rogues pitcher Michael Moore induced a double play with the bases loaded and nobody out to Medford native and Gems’ cleanup hitter Travis Danielson. Moore then struck out Aki Buckson to end the threat.

Klamath Falls native and Henley High School alum Darren Brown pitched three scoreless innings of relief, striking out six, to pick up the win.

The Rogues (19-15) will return home to kick-off a weekend series with the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox tonight.

Klamath Falls fell to 15-18.

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GRANTS PASS 6-0, MEDFORD 3-10: Joe Johnson tossed a one-hit, five-inning shutout and had two hits, and Jacob Melton went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBIs as Medford dominated the second game to salvage an Area 4 split at Harry & David Field.

Johnson struck out eight and walked three to pick up the win, as the Mustangs improved to 21-8. Justin Geyer had a double and three RBIs and Brennen Watts scored twice.

In Game 2, the Nuggets scored two runs in the first inning, led 4-0 after four and withstood a late Medford rally to prevail.

Johnson and Melton had two hits apiece for the Mustangs, while Geyer and Bennett Thompson drew two walks apiece.

Medford starting pitcher Ethan Whitney surrendered six runs, four earned, on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

FIRST GAME

Grants Pass 211 010 1 — 6 9 0

Medford 000 012 0 — 3 6 2

Allison, Boivin (6) and Robins; Whitney, Melton (7), Sandoval (7) and Thompson. W — Allison. L — Whitney. 2B — GP: Zavolta, Fisher; M: Johnson.

SECOND GAME

Grants Pass 000 00 — 0 1 1

Medford 613 0x — 10 10 0

Fisher, Morgan (1), Frodge (2) and Robins; Johnson and Geyer. W — Johnson. L — Fisher. 2B — GP: Morgan; M: Geyer, Melton. 3B — M: Melton.

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