Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
Cascade Christian rallied for a 6-5 victory against Mazama in a rain-shortened nonconference baseball game Friday at U.S. Cellular Park.
The game was called in the bottom of the sixth with the Challengers (2-0) batting and ahead 10-8 but the score reverted to the last complete inning.
Cascade Christian pushed across the tying and winning runs in the fifth. Josh Brite opened with a single and scored on Tim Martin's double. A balk moved Martin to third, then he scored on a ground-out RBI by Andrew Sha.
The Challengers had to overcome eight walks by pitchers Luke Dusenbury and Kyle Ferguson.
Isaiah Luzny, a sophomore transfer from North Medford, went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Challengers. Martin added two hits and one RBI.
For Mazama, Brian Howard had three hits and one RBI.
Mazama 013 10 — 5 7 1
Cascade Christian 121 02 — 6 7 2
Wynne, Bryant (5) and D. Howard; Dusenbury, Ferguson (3) and Brite. W — Ferguson (1-0). L — Bryant. 2B — M: B. Howard, Dillon; CC: Miller, Martin.
MAZAMA 18-24, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3-6 — Mazama capitalized on 12 walks, five hit batters and nine errors in sweeping a pair of five inning games at U.S. Cellular Park.
Meghan Higday had two hits in the opener for the Challengers (0-4), while Jordan Martinez and Haley Casebier rapped a pair of hits in the nightcap.
Mazama 536 13 — 18 11 1
Cascade Christian 010 20 — 3 4 4
Wortman and Boulie; K. Smith and Martinez. W — Wortman. L — K. Smith. 2B — M: Wortman, Boulie, Grigsby, Valenta; CC: Higday.
Mazama 00(15) 24 — 21 6 2
Cascade Christian 102 30 — 6 3 5
Grigsby and Boulie; M. Smith and Ratcliff. W — Grigbsy. L — M. Smith. 2B — CC: Kinney, Casebier.