Rogues Win Game One in Chico, 5-3
CHICO, Calif. - The Medford Rogues (1-0) defeated the Chico Heat (0-1), 5-3 on Friday night at Nettleton Stadium and are now a win away from a program's first Great West League championship.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Connor Lowrie (Campbellsville) hit a 1-2 fastball over the right field wall to start the scoring for the Rogues.
In the fourth, Alex Isola (Yavapai) crushed a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the Rogues a 2-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Jaiden France (San Jose State) was cruising until the sixth inning. Three would come home against France as the Heat took the lead 3-2.
Braden Stutzman (Oregon) walked with one out in the seventh. Jayden Hanna (Lane CC) rocked a ball to right field, the ball bounced off the Heat right-fielder Cole Lemmel’s glove, which allowed the runners to advance to second and third.
Clay Valenzuela-Reece (Campbellsville) singled up the middle to score Stutzman, which tied the ball game.
On a wild pitch, Hanna scored the lead run and Valenzuela-Reece advanced to second.
DeLaCruz belted a ball to deep right-centerfield that bounced of Lemmel’s glove for the second time in the inning, which allowed Valenzuela-Reece to score. DeLaCruz slipped as he rounded second, and was tagged out on the base path.
Taylor Frost (Southern Idaho) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first post-season save.
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(Courtesy: Medford Rogues Baseball Club/Jonathan Kurman)