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A Great Start to a Great Season: Medford Rogues Baseball

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Maxx Mahon aims for the back fence. Photo by Bob Palermini

To say the Medford Rogues began their season strong would be putting it lightly. 

The team started off the season with the longest winning streak in franchise history, making it the team’s best start to a season. The team has lost some games since, but it’s clear this year’s team likes to win. 

Director of Communications & Media Relations for Medford Rogues Jonathan Kurman says the coaches aren’t satisfied despite the strong start to the season. The coaches aren’t willing to settle and continue to push the players to play their best game each time. “Our inspiration comes from within,” Kurman says. “This summer is about pushing each other to be our very best so that at the end of the year, we are the ones holding up the League Trophy.”

This year’s team consists of a completely new roster from last year, with three returning players from the 2017 Great West League Championship team. Several of the players come from the Rogue Valley, but there are also a few from the Southwest, Nevada, Georgia, and Kentucky. 

Not only does the Medford Rogues consist of a new roster this year, it also has a new coaching staff. Head Coach Sean Gallagher has a deep history with baseball as a First Team All-State catcher in High School to playing Division One at New Mexico State. Before getting involved with Medford Rogues, he served as an Assistant Associate for the Milwaukee Brewers and lead St. Mary’s baseball to 106 wins and only 37 losses during his time there. 

Medford Rogues Assistant Coach Darien Hardaway also serves as St. Mary’s Head Coach. His history with baseball goes as deep as Gallagher’s, playing Division One at Alcorn State University, eventually leading him to play Independent baseball for Garden City Wind in Kansas. 

“Coach Gallagher has brought an intense and aggressiveness play style to the Medford Rogues,” says Kurman. “We set a franchise record with 11 stolen bases on Opening Night, and the team has not let their foot off the gas pedal. The Rogues have three of the top four base stealers in the league so far.”

Pitcher Dylan Myers is enthusiastic by the team’s history-making record so far. “We know we can be better, and that is the most exciting part,” he says. “It feels like every day there’s a different guy making a spectacular defensive play, hitting home runs, and being dominant on the pitcher’s mound.”

Catcher Ty Mulholland says the team hasn’t played their best game yet. He played for Coach Gallagher in high school at St. Mary’s and says he coaches exactly the same. “He treats each of us with respect and as equals, which makes it easy for us to give our all every single day,” he says.

Outfielder Turner Olson adds, “It’s so much fun. The guys are jelling, the mood in the locker room is light, and we just love coming to the ballpark.” 

All three players, including Kurman, says the team’s biggest challenge this year is four-year league champions Top Speed Baseball from Petaluma, California. “If we want to bring the League Championship to Medford, we’ll have to go through them,” says Kurman.

Not only has Medford Rogues showed little signs of slowing down despite some losses, home game attendance has been up this year. Kurman says, “We are averaging over 1,000 fans per night. Players from opposing teams take pictures and videos of the ballpark because they are so excited to be playing in front of so many people.” 

While the team no doubt gives the fans an exciting game, their home games are often themed, like Super Hero Night, Bark in the Park, and Christmas in July. Check out medfordrogues.com for special deals, and info on the playoffs coming up July 25 – 28. 

 

Medford Rogues vs. South Bay Storm
6:35 pm, Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21
Harry and David Field, 2929 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford
$7 – $12

 

Medford Rogues vs. Hayesville Hammers
6:35 pm, Monday, July 22 & Tuesday, July 23
Harry and David Field, 2929 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford
$7 – $12

 

 

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