Medford plucks win from Pickles
Win or lose, the Portland Pickles have made things interesting nearly every night this season.
Wednesday was no different, with the Pickles in Medford for Game 2 of a three-game series with the Rogues.
It was another close game not determined until the end, and this one was a loss for the Pickles, in tough fashion.
Portland bounced back from a sluggish performance and 8-1 loss in Tuesday's series opener and had the lead, 5-4, before Medford pushed across one run in the eighth and one in the ninth.
The Rogues got a leadoff double in their final at-bat, then had runners on second and third after a single. An intentional walk loaded the bases with no outs, and a sacrifice fly to left field brought home the winning run against Jason Allbee, who pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and two runs.
Starter Max Jones went 5 2/3 innings for the Pickles. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.
Medford out-hit Portland, 11-7.
Pickles second baseman Kelechi Anyanwu, from Benson High, was 2 for 4 and scored twice — on a wild pitch in the first inning and on an error in the fifth.
Griffin Mueller and Joey Cooper each had an RBI for Portland.
The series will conclude at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Then the Pickles will head to Marysville for three games, Friday through Sunday, with the Gold Sox.
In the Great West League on Wednesday, the Chico Heat won 18-3 at Marysville, and the Lincoln Potters beat the visiting Yuba City Bears, 11-9.
Lincoln (10-4), Chico (10-5) and Medford (9-5) form the top half of the six-team summer college wood-bat league.
Portland is 6-8, Yuba City 5-10 and Marysville 3-11.