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Rogues rally from 5-4 deficit and defeat Portland with ninth-inning sacrifice fly/Series concludes Thursday

Win or lose, the Portland Pickles have made things interesting nearly every night this season.DILLON

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.

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