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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.
Cascade Christian 201 040 1 — 8 14 0
St. Mary's 000 002 0 — 2 4 3
Scottow and Jones; Wall and Seus. W — Scottow. L — Wall. 2B — CC: Coggins 2, Brite; SM: Hough. 3B — CC: Coggins.
Cascade Christian 033 39 — 18 14 1
St. Mary's 004 00 — 4 4 7
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.