The Medford Rogues erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to regain the lead but the offensive barrage didn’t end there Thursday.
The Rogues chalked up 10 runs in the sixth inning and finished with franchise records in both hits and runs scored in a 27-6 victory over the San Francisco Seals, the first of a three-game series at Harry & David Field.
As one-sided as the score indicates, the fourth-inning outburst was much needed as the Seals (18-26) had just scored four runs in the top of the frame to take a 5-2 lead.
The Rogues (26-21) found a rhythm in the bottom of the inning and pounded out eight hits and were issued four walks. The big blow came on former North Medford star Tate Cowden’s two-run single.
Cowden struck again for another two-run single, as did former South Medford talent Cole Carder, during the Rogues’ 10-run sixth inning. Medford totalled five hits and six walks.
The Rogues’ previous franchise marks of 21 runs and 21 hits were both set on June 26 in a game against the Lincoln Potters, whom Medford trails by just one game for second place in the Great West League standings.
Cowden finished 2-for-5 with five runs scored and four RBIs. He was also walked four times.
The Rogues’ Cole Elvis went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three RBIs, Josh McIntyre was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored while both Carder and Riley Kasper finished 2-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs.
Mike Lydon went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs for Medford, while Walker Brinkman picked up the victory in relief, fanning three over three innings and allowed one run on two hits.
San Francisco Seals 001 401 000 — 6 11 3
Medford Rogues 020 82(10) 50x — 27 23 0
Cindric, Shipman (5), Burch (6), Lopez (7), Edwards (8) and Bartelme; Barrios, Daguio (4), Brinkman (5), Brown (8) and Elvis. W — Brinkman (2-1). L — Cindric (0-1). 2B — S: Athanacio, McNally, Vincent; M: McIntyre, Lydon. HR — S: Greenly.