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Cascade Christian used a big inning to break open a close game and defeat St. Mary's 11-1 in five innings in Southern Cascade Hybrid baseball Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Challengers (13-5, 5-0 SCH) held a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, then exploded for seven runs to end the game early.
Isaiah Luzny opened the fifth with a triple followed by singles from Luke Dusenbury, Josh Brite and Kyle Ferguson. Andrew Sha's two-run double completed the rally and ended the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Cascade's Dillon Huntley went four shutout innings — allowing three hits, striking out five and walking one.
"(Huntley's) arm was live," Cascade Christian coach John Bruce said. "His fastball was his best pitch and he has a quick breaking ball."
Justin Cheney came in to pitch to start the fifth for Cascade but the senior had control problems and left with the bases loaded and one out. The Crusaders (3-9, 0-6) capitalized on both Challenger errors to score an unearned run in the frame.
The Challengers scored four runs in the first inning off St. Mary's starter Jacob Wall. Dusenbury rapped a two-run double and Brite and Ferguson contributed RBI singles.
Dan Leavens' triple accounted for one of the three St. Mary's hits.
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Wall, Hammonds (5) and Seus; Huntley, Cheney (5), Luzny (5) and Jones. W — Huntley (3-2). L — Wall. 2B — CC: Miller, Dusenbury, Ferguson, Sha. 3B — SM: Leavens; CC: Luzny.
ROGUE RIVER 1, LAKEVIEW 0 — At Rogue River, Brian Stinchcomb pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts and Dylan Gomez had the go-ahead RBI single in the fourth inning for Rogue River in Southern Cascade Hybrid play.
Michael Freitas, who scored the winning run, and Cody Worthington had two hits apiece for the Chieftains (5-7, 3-3 SCH). Stinchcomb allowed just one walk against Lakeview (2-11, 1-4).
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Callaghan, Hileman (6) and Cockrell; Stinchcomb and Roohr. W — Stinchcomb (2-3). L — Callaghan.
EAGLE POINT 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Eagle Point, Eagle Point's James Dixon pitched a two-hit shutout while receiving a strong defensive effort behind him in nonconfernece play.
Dixon had two strikeouts and issued one walk.
Evan Jolliffe's fielder's choice scored Branden Wilson and gave the Eagles (6-16) the go-ahead run in the bottom of the third inning. Eric Radcliffe added some insurance an inning later when he came home on a wild pitch.
Joe Cooney and Josh Berman combed on a two-hitter for the Panthers (6-13).
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Cooney, Berman (4) and Walker; Dixon and Augino. W — Dixon. L — Cooney.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 3-4, GRANTS PASS 1-3 — At Grants Pass, Class 5A Mountain View (9-12) registered a pair of close nonconference road victories.
Grants Pass dropped to 9-12 on the season.
KLAMATH UNION 31, PHOENIX 3, 5 inn. — At Klamath Falls, Skyline leader Klamath Union erupted against winless Phoenix, scoring at least four runs in each inning and 22 over the final three.
The Pelicans (14-4, 9-1 Skyline) had 25 hits and Phoenix (0-14, 0-10) committed six errors.
Marcus Paschal had a home run and double and drove in five runs for KU; Mark Owings had five RBIs and three hits, including a triple; and Jack Bell had four hits and three RBIs.
Jordan Pond had two doubles for Phoenix.
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Weiser, J. Bell (3), Kuhlman (5) and Whisler; McCreadie, Reynoso (4), Knutsen (5) and Reynoso, McCreadie (4). W — Kuhlman. L — McCreadie. 2B — P: Bond 2; KU: Owings 2, Whisler 2, Paschal, N. Bell, Depew. 3B — KU: Weiser, Owings. HR — KU: Paschal.
NORTH VALLEY 13, MAZAMA 1, 5 inn. — At Merlin, Stephen Parker and Jake Herlotz combined for a no-hitter for North Valley (15-3, 8-3 Skyline).
Parker (6-2) struck out four in four innings and surrendered an unearned run. Herklotz retired the side in order in the fifth.
Dylan Dupont, a junior designated hitter, paced the Knights' offense with a 3-for-3, three-RBI performance. Parker hit two doubles and scored twice and Joe Schmoll added two hits and one RBI.
Mazama fell to 4-13 and 3-7 in the Skyline.
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Moore, Lefever (2) and Edwards; Parker, Herklotz (5) and Schmoll. W — Parker (6-2). L — Moore. 2B — NV: Todaro, Herklotz, Dupont 2, Beard, Parker 2.
HENLEY 11, HIDDEN VALLEY 3 — At Klamath Falls, Josh Overstreet had three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored for Henley in Skyline Conference play.
Jesse Hilyard added two hits and two runs for the Hornets (8-11, 4-6 Skyline).
Tyler Gulbransen hit a three-run home run in the third inning and finished 3-for-4 for Hidden Valley (9-4, 6-4).
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Hults, Gulbransen (3), Ky. Garrison (6) and Ko. Garrison; Guzman, Hilyard (5) and Hilyard, Overstreet (5). W — Hilyard. L — Hults. 2B — H: Hilyard, Overstreet 2, Alves. 3B — HV: Gulbransen. HR — HV: Gulbransen.