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RIDDLE — Daniel Seus did his job at the top of the batting order in St. Mary's season opener Tuesday.
The senior leadoff hitter got on base four times and stole three bases to help the Crusaders post a 10-5, come-from-behind baseball victory against Riddle.
Seus, the team captain and catcher, hit a triple and double and walked twice. He also threw out a runner stealing.
"(Seus) is an amazing athlete," said St. Mary's first-year coach Sean Gallagher. "He does everything well. He can really run."
The Crusaders capitalized on six Irish errors and nine walks.
St. Mary's starter Ryan Ross surrendered four runs in the first inning. Ross blanked Riddle over the next three innings, allowing just one hit, to collect the victory.
"(Ross) was real nervous to start," said Gallagher. "He struggled in the first, then settled down and was steady after that."
St. Mary's broke the game open with an eight-run fourth inning. The Crusaders sent 11 batters to the plate and combined three hits with four walks and four errors. The big frame was highlighted by Christian Aviles' two-run double, and Joe Hammond knocked in two runs with a single.
Hammond, the third St. Mary's pitcher, shut out the Irish over the last two innings and struck out three.
"It's an important win," Gallagher said. "We've had a string of losing years. Our kids are hungry. They were resilient and scrappy today."
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Riddle 400 010 0 — 5 7 6
Ross, Aviles (5), Hammond (6) and Seus; Rogers and Smith. W — Ross (1-0). L — Rogers. 2B — SM: Seus, Aviles; R: Davis, Schuyler. 3B — SM: Seus.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 12, YREKA 3 — Isaiah Luzny pitched four shutout innings in relief and drove in three runs for Cascade Christian at U.S. Cellular Park.
Luzny (1-0) struck out nine and allowed just one hit in registering the victory. The junior collected two of the Challengers' 12 hits.
Tyler West paced the Challengers' offense with three hits and two RBIs. Jordan Ragan added two hits.
Cascade Christian (2-0) scored two runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. Luzny and Cooper Clark provided RBI singles to spark the rally.
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Cascade Christian 112 332 x — 12 12 3
Bennett, Jochum (4), Howard (5), Bartholomew (6) and Andreas, Jeperson (6); Coggins, Luzny (3), Ragan (7) and West, Coggins (3), Carpenter (7). W — Luzny (1-0). L — Bennett. 2B — Y: Andreas; CC: Ragan, West..
PROSPECT 3, HENLEY 3, 9 inn. — At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley's Gregorio Euarte scored the final run on a passed ball to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth.
The game was called because of darkness.
Lander Nordal had an RBI single for Illinois Valley in the third and Zach Welch added a double.
IV starter Mason LaFlamme struck out six in four innings.
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Illinois Valley 002 001 000 — 3 7 2
Prospect NA; LaFlamme, Arias (5), Miller (7), Alvarez (9) and Miller, Alvarez (7), Housel (9). 2B — IV: Welch.
HENLEY 7, ASHLAND 5 — At Klamath Falls, Jack Mitchell scored the go-ahead run on a Drew Seater single in the bottom of the sixth as Henley rallied from a 5-0 hole in the season opener.
The Hornets added an insurance run on an Ashland error, and Henley relief pitcher Josh Overstreet escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh with back-to-back strikeouts.
Jack Carroll, a senior, started on the mound for the Grizzlies and surrendered three runs on three hits while striking out four and walking five in 32/3 innings of work. His replacement, sophomore Steen Fredrickson, was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits in 12/3 innings.
Bryce Rogan, Carter Glick and Ryan Bottimore had two hits apiece to lead the Grizzlies' offense.
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Henley 000 322 x — 7 8 1
Carroll, Fredrickson (4), Flynn (6) and Glick; Hilyard, Greif (4), Goodell (4), Overstreet (7) and Howard, Hillyard (4). W — Goodell (1-0). L — Fredrickson (0-1). 2B — A: Glick, Rogan. 3B — A: Bottimore.