On the heels of their 7-3 victory over the Alameda Seals in a special exhibition Monday in Grants Pass, the Medford Rogues of the West Coast League take on the American Legion Medford Mustangs tonight at Harry & David Field. The Rogues are 4-0 in preseason play, showing an aptitude to put runs on the board, balanced with good pitching.
The game will promote youth baseball in southern Oregon. The Mustangs are one of a number of local American Legion baseball teams who are perennial contenders.
For the Rogues, their roster is currently dotted with players who once played youth baseball locally. Billy Hansen, Nick Hall, Corey Wynant, Michael Bradshaw and Colin Sowers are just a few college players fans will recognize.
First pitch for tonight's is set for 6:35 p.m.
In related news, Rogues first basesman Matt Page was named NAIA Player of The Year. The slugger led the nation in home runs with 15, while hitting .385 and 20 doubles for good measure. Page plays collegiately with Oklahoma Baptist, and like other players on the Rogues, the left-handed hitter is looking to keep his skills sharp and showcase his talents for major league scouts. The West Coast League is an 11-team association composed of college players. The newly-minted Rogues are the southernmost team in the league, which stretches as far north as Kewlowna, British Columbia. 20 alumni of the WCL are on major league rosters.
Regular season play will commence at Harry & David Field tomorrow night. The first 500 in attendance will receive a free "I Was There" tee shirt.