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Series Tied 1-1

The Portland Pickles simply refused to accept defeat on Tuesday night in Medford.  Trailing the Rogues 10-6 entering the ninth inning and facing a playoff exit, the Pickles rallied for six runs in the top of the ninth to survive and live to see another day.  Alec Leighton's first home run of the season put the Pickles up 12-10, their first lead of the night, and they held on for the victory by the same margin.
Leighton got the Pickles offense started with an RBI double in the third inning.  Joey Cooper hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, and Matt Hardy hit a home run in the fifth inning.  After Leighton singled in another run in the eighth, Tate Budnick doubled home two in the ninth, Cooper hit a sacrifice fly, and Daniel Lopez tied the game with an RBI single later in the ninth, setting up Leighton's homer.  Both Leighton and Cooper finished with four RBIs each on the night.

Max Jones started for the Pickles, and went two innings, allowing four earned runs. Matt Hardy gutted out the win, giving the Pickles 2.2 innings out of relief, allowing one run and striking out four batters.

Jake Hellweg and Clay Valenzuela-Reece both had four hits for the Rogues, with Hellweg hitting a home run and driving in three.  Johnny De La Cruz finished with three hits, and Dante Gutierrez drove in two runs.

Scotty Wright started the game for Medford, and allowed three earned runs in 3.1 innings, while striking out five.  Closer Taylor Frost, who did not allow a run during the regular season, allowed four runs, and Jamie Flynn earned the loss, allowing the two go-ahead runs.


Series Tied 1-1

If you expected nothing other than a riveting battle from the Heat-Potters matchup in the first round of the GWL postseason, you can officially take your prediction to the bank as the squads are knotted up at one game each in the best-of-three series. After the Heat outlasted Lincoln in extra innings to claim game one, the series shifted to Chico’s Nettleton Stadium where the home squad looked to close out the series.

However, the Potters employed consistent offensive production among solid early pitching to fend off the Heat, 10-7.

Lincoln drew first blood in the top of the first after a leadoff double proved costly for Chico starter Jack Ralston when the run scored just two hitters later. Ralston was able to quell the Potters in the second before the visitors added two runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

The Heat offense was virtually silent throughout the first four innings of the contest as they stranded a total of three runners on base. Luckily, the home squad finally awakened in the bottom of the fifth to begin to chip away at Lincoln’s then 6-0 lead.

Eric Robles drew a walk from Lincoln starter Josh Cooper to kick off the two-out rally. A single from Tanner Tokunaga put two runners on for Cole Lemmel, who delivered an RBI single to bring in Robles. Consecutive singles from Gavin Johns and Marcus Wilhite scored two additional Heat runs to cut Lincoln’s lead in half, 6-3.

As the scorebooks will show, Chico’s offensive surge, which added an additional four runs throughout the contest, was not enough to overcome the obstacles presented by Lincoln’s consistent offense. The Potters added one run in the sixth and three in the seventh before Chico’s Tanner Clark held them scoreless through the eighth and ninth innings.

Despite closing in on Lincoln 10-6 a late, ninth inning rally for Chico fell short, as the early deficit proved too much for the home team to overcome in front of a crowd of 1,254 Chico faithful.


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