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Cascade Christian clinched the Southern Cascade Hybrid baseball championship with the first win and improved its chances of claiming a top-two seed with the second in a doubleheader sweep of St. Mary's on Friday at Meese Field.
Cody Coggins was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs in the Challengers' 8-2 Game 1 victory, and Kyle Ferguson went 4-for-4 with two doubles and six RBIs in their 18-4, five-inning Game 2 win, moving Cascade (19-7, 11-1 SCH) closer to earning a home game when the 16-team Class 3A state tournament begins next Wednesday.
The Challengers, who were No. 5 in the OSAA power rankings at press time, face North Douglas today in their final regular season game, then will have to wait until Sunday to find out who they'll play (and where) in the first round of the playoffs.
"The kids did a good job," Cascade Christian coach John Bruce said. "They worked hard and they earned it."
Against St. Mary's (5-14, 2-10), Cascade pitcher Daniel Scottow struck out six in a complete-game effort to pick up the first win. Josh Brite was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Isaiah Luzny was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Ryan Ross had an RBI single for St. Mary's.
In Game 2, Luzny was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs and Tyler West went 2-for-4 as Cascade racked up 14 hits and scored nine runs in the fifth to end the game early by the 10-run mercy rule.
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Scottow and Jones; Wall and Seus. W — Scottow. L — Wall. 2B — CC: Coggins 2, Brite; SM: Hough. 3B — CC: Coggins.
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Dusenbury, Coggins (3), Cheney (5) and Brite; Hammonds, Wall (5), Leavens (5) and Seus. W — Dusenbury. L — Hammonds. 2B — CC: Ferguson 2; SM: Ross.
ROGUE RIVER 16-14, LAKEVIEW 5-3 — At Lakeview, Rogue River's Brian Stinchcomb, Aaron Longtain and Kollen Roohr each had three hits and two RBIs in the opening game of the Southern Cascade Hybrid doubleheader.
Stinchcomb belted a triple with one of his hits, while Longtain and Dylan Gomez each had doubles for the Chieftains.
Michael Freitas and Longtain each doubled and drove in two runs in the six-inning nightcap.
Rogue River, which wrapped up its season 8-12 overall and 6-6 in the SCH, amassed 16 hits in the opener and 12 in Game 2.
HIDDEN VALLEY 8, SIUSLAW 3 — At Florence, B.J. Hults smacked a two-run triple and completed his path around the bases on a Siuslaw error to highlight a four-run fifth inning that led Hidden Valley to the Class 4A play-in victory.
Hults finished 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs and Tyler Gulbransen went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored for the Mustangs (14-6), who also got solid games from A.J. Munoz (3-for-4, one run, one RBI), Jaime Schmidt (2-for-4, two runs, one RBI) and Gregory Hurd (2-for-3, two runs).
Ryan Smith had a solo home run and finished with two runs and two RBIs to pace Siuslaw (15-8).
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Hurd and Ko. Garrison; Smith, Thompson (6) and Thompson, Rankin (6). W — Hurd (9-0). L — Smith. 2B — HV: Schmidt, Gulbransen 2; S: Smith. 3B — HV: Hults HR — S: Smith.
NORTH VALLEY 6, NORTH BEND 2 — At Merlin, North Valley junior Stephen Parker allowed one earned run on three hits, three walks and three hit batters to lead the Knights in the Class 4A state play-in game.
North Valley scored three runs in the third and sixth innings to pull away from North Bend, with Parker supplying an RBI triple in the sixth and Kevin Olmstead following with a ground-rule double.
Dylan Dupont was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run for North Valley, which opens the state playoffs Wednesday.
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Anderson and Duryee; S. Parker and Schmoll. W — S. Parker. L — Anderson. 2B — NV: Herklotz, Olmstead. 3B — NV: S. Parker.
HENLEY 7, SOUTH UMPQUA 2 — At Myrtle Creek, Jesse Hilyard went the distance and allowed four hits with seven strikeouts to help carry Henley to the Class 4A state play-in victory.
Drew Seater had three hits and one RBI for the Hornets (12-13), who used a five-run fourth inning to pull away.
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KLAMATH UNION 7, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 0 — At Klamath Falls, senior Kody Kuhlman pitched a one-hitter for Klamath Union (18-6), which advanced to the Class 4A state playoffs with the play-in victory.
PHOENIX 7, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 2 — At Talent, Amanda Skaff belted a two-run triple in a six-run third inning for Phoenix and pitcher Meranda Zanni allowed two hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk in the Class 4A state play-in victory at Hagler-James Field.
Delanie Tally and Makayla Scoggins had RBI singles in the third, and Zanni added a two-run single to power the Pirates (20-6) into the state playoffs. Phoenix will open Wednesday against an opponent to be determined.
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Kay and Ostman; Zanni and Hamilton. W — Zanni (10-5). L — Kay. 2B — P: Flynn. 3B — P: Skaff.
ROGUE RIVER 13-10, LAKEVIEW 4-3 — Lakeview, Lacey Swangel's second-inning grand slam highlighted a runaway sweep by Rogue River in the Southern Cascade Hybrid finale for both teams.
The Chieftains improved to 11-10 overall and 8-1 in league play to earn the SCH crown, while Lakeview dropped to 11-9 and 4-5.
Kailin Honea combined for six hits, five RBIs and five runs scored in the sweep for Rogue River, while Hope Wolterman had six hits, three runs and two RBIs in the twin bill.
Swangel finished with four RBIs and three runs on two hits in Game 1, while Danielle Taylor added three hits, two runs and two RBIs.
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Swangel and Pratt; Boothe and Leal. W — Swangel. L — Boothe. 2B — RR: Taylor, L: Crumane. 3B — RR: Pratt; L: Bryant. HR — RR: Swangel.
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Danielle Taylor and Pratt; Boothe, Forbis (5) and Leal. W — Taylor. L — Boothe. 2B — RR: Honea, Pratt. 3B — RR: Honea 2; L: Forbis.