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The defending Class 3A state champion Cascade Christian baseball team picked up where it left off by seizing a victory in their season debut on Monday.
Will Weaver got the Challengers going with a two-out, two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the second inning and Cascade Christian topped Umpqua Valley Christian, 7-4, at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
In nonconference action at 4 p.m. today at U.S. Cellular, the Challengers (1-0) face Yreka, another team coming off a state tournament run and a squad that beat Cascade Christian twice last season.
"They were one of the best teams we faced last year," said Challengers coach John Bruce. "They're very good and very well-coached. We look forward to playing them. It's going to be a great challenge."
The Challengers received a little bit of help Monday by scoring three runs on three Monarch errors, including both third-inning runs that put Cascade up 4-2.
Isaiah Luzny added an RBI triple in the fourth inning and later scored on a single by Cooper Clark that gave the Challengers a 7-2 advantage.
Daniel Scottow went 2-for-3 with a triple and Clark finished 2-for-4 for the Challengers.
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Forrester, Dahl (5) and Surhstedt; Scottow, Dusenbury (3), Ragan (7) and Coggins. W — Dusenbury (1-0). L — Forrester. 2B — UVC: Graham, Surhstedt, Perez. 3B — CC: Luzny, Scottow.
EAGLE POINT 5, NORTH VALLEY 1 — At Eagle Point, Brandon Wilson threw an efficient one-hitter over five innings as Eagle Point won in Adam Randall's debut as coach.
Wilson threw just 49 pitches, struck out two and walked one. James Dixon increased the Eagles' lead to 5-0 with a two-run home run to left-center field.
Zach Meerten scored Jesse Sattler on a suicide squeeze play in the fourth innings for the Eagles (1-0).
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Parker, Olmstead (4), Garmendia (6) and Johnson; Wilson, Bowers (6), Dixon (7) and Hangaard. W — Wilson (1-0). L — Parker. HR — EP: Dixon (1).
HIDDEN VALLEY 11, ROGUE RIVER 0, 5 inn. — At Grants Pass, Hidden Valley senior Tyler Gulbransen tossed three shutout innings and connected for a double and triple to lead the Mustangs to a season-opening win in nonleague play.
Rogue River managed two hits in five innings, and the Mustangs used a seven-run fourth inning to separate from the Chieftains.
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Devish, Sakraida (4) and Perston; Gulbransen, Garrison (4) and Hults. W — Gulbransen (1-0). L — Devish (0-1). 2B — HV: Schmidt, Gulbransen, Hults. 3B — HV: Gulbransen.