Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
After an eventful seventh inning of its opening game against Lakeview, the St. Mary's baseball team claimed a long-awaited first victory in the Southern Cascade League on Friday.
And for good measure, the Crusaders made it two in the nightcap at St. Mary's High School.
The Crusaders scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh of Game 1 to rally past Lakeview for a 13-12 victory and Joe Hammond powered St. Mary's to a 10-4 triumph in Game 2.
In Game 1, following an RBI single by St. Mary's Connor Engle that tied the score 12-all in the bottom of the seventh, the Crusaders were able to load the bases. With St. Mary's Ryan Ross at the plate, Lakeview pitcher Trevor Callahan delivered a pitch that got by catcher Murphy Cockrell allowing Jake Isola to race home from third base and score the winning run.
In the first inning, the Crusaders (5-9, 2-6 SCL) jumped out in front 4-0 but the Honkers kept the score within reach then chalked up five runs in the top of the sixth to seize a 11-9 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, with two on base and two outs for St. Mary's, Hammonds delivered a clutch two-run double to tie the game at 11-all.
The Honkers (2-14, 1-6 SCL) reclaimed a brief lead with a run in the top of the seventh.
Hammonds finished 2-for-4 as did Daniel Seus, who had a two-run double in the second inning.
Engle and Sam Huff both had a pair of hits and an RBI.
Crusaders' first-year pitcher, Daniel Leavens needed just one inning to claim his first career victory.
The hot bats continued for the Crusaders in Game 2 while Hammonds, aside from a rough third inning, supplied a top-notch effort at the mound.
Hammonds allowed four runs — three earned — all in the third inning. He gave up three of his seven hits in the frame as well. He walked three and struck out eight.
Duncan O'Boyle had a two-run single in the fifth inning.
O'Boyle, Ross, Seus, Hammonds and Huff all collected two hits.
Lakeview 030 125 1 — 12 12 8
St. Mary's 430 112 2 — 13 11 5
Callahan and Cockrell; Wall, Leavens (7) and Seus. W — Leavens (1-2). L — Callahan. 2B — STM: Engle, Seus, Hammonds. HR — LV: Clemens.
Lakeview 004 000 0 — 4 7 1
St. Mary's 031 330 x — 10 10 3
Clemens, Hileman (4), Bier (6) and Cockrell; Hammonds and Seus. W — Hammonds (2-3). L — Clemens. 2B — LV: Clemens, Hileman.
ASHLAND 1, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Jamie Flynn pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Ashland stymied Grants Pass in a nonconference victory.
Flynn didn't issue a walk and his defense backed him by not committing an error. He also struck out nine for the Grizzlies (11-9).
Ashland's Ethan Schlecht doubled home Ryan Bottimore for the game's only run in the third inning. Bottimore led off the frame with a double.
Flynn's counterpart Tyler Bennett allowed just three hits for the Cavemen (9-13).
Ashland 001 000 0 — 1 3 0
Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Flynn and Glick; Bennett and Leenknecht. W — Flynn. L — Bennett (3-5). 2B— A: Bottimore, Schlecht.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 13, MYRTLE POINT 8 — Cascade Christian rallied for the nonconference victory at U.S. Cellular Park.
The Challengers (5-12) used a five-run fifth inning to erase an 8-5 deficit. Cascade combined five hits and three errors in the frame to take a two-run lead.
Sarah Miller went 4-4 with one RBI to pace the Challengers. McKenna Britton and Jordan Martinez added three hits apiece.
Myrtle Point 206 000 0 — 8 5 4
Cascade Christian 300 253 x — 13 16 3
Rousa and Dollarrard; M. Smith, K. Smith (5) and Ratcliff. W — K. Smith (4-4). L — Rousa. 2B — CC: Martinez, Ratcliff.