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EAGLE POINT — Although pitcher Bub Skogseth wasn't on top of his game, he made a big difference for the Eagle Point baseball team on Thursday.
The senior right-hander surrendered one earned run and struck out eight over seven innings and was backed by early offense as the host Eagles vanquished nonconference foe Phoenix 9-3 at The Yard.
"(Skogseth) had a hard time locating all night and got behind on some counts but did a great job battling back," said Eagles coach Adam Randall. "He didn't have his best stuff, but he competed anyway and he was able to carry us. When the other guys are able to see him compete like that, it gets everyone going. It was a gritty performance from a gritty kid."
Skogseth yielded five hits and two walks in his first win of the season.
Eagle Point scored five runs in the opening frame, keyed by Brandon Wilson's two-run single. They maintained the lead despite stranding 11 runners.
"We had much better at-bats than in the past," said Randall. "Now we need to take the next step at getting those guys across the plate."
Zach Meerten and Andrew Hangaard each went 2-for-4 for the Eagles (5-6). Meerten also drove in a run.
For the Pirates (6-4), Jordan Pond and Zach Kentner both had a double and a single.
Phoenix 111 000 0 — 3 5 2
Eagle Point 512 100 x — 9 9 2
McCreadie, Reynoso (3) and Treadway; Skogseth and Hangaard. W — Skogseth (1-1). L — McCreadie. 2B — P: Pond, Kentner; EP: Skogseth. 3B — EP: Korn.
HENLEY 7, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6 — Cascade Christian scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the rally stopped there in the nonleague game against visiting Henley.
With runners at third and second and two outs, Henley ace Jesse Hilyard came on and retired Cooper Clark on a strikeout to end the game.
Cascade Christian (5-3) got two walks, then RBI singles by Cody Coggins and Isaiah Luzny and a sacrifice fly by Tristan Jones resulted in three runs.
The Challengers scored two runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Luzny and Coggins.
Coggins was 3-for-4 and Luzny and Clark were each 2-for-4.
Four of Henley's runs were unearned, aided by four Challenger errors.
Henley 023 002 0 — 7 5 0
Cascade Christian 100 002 3 — 6 8 4
Goodell, Greif (6), Hilyard (7) and Hilyard, Noonan (7); Dusenbury, Scottow (2), Luzny (4), Coggins (7) and Clark. W — Goodell. L — Dusenbury (1-2). 2B — H: Dykstra; CC: Coggins. 3B — H: Crain.
ST. MARY'S 6, GLENDALE 0 — Senior right-hander Jake Isola pitched a two-hitter for host St. Mary's in the nonleague game.
Isola struck out 11 and didn't walk anyone.
Daniel Seus, who had two of 11 stolen bases for the Crusaders (7-3), went 2-for-3, as did Jacob Smith, who doubled.
Glendale 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
St. Mary's 040 200 x — 6 9 1
Streeter and Moody; Isola and Aviles. W — Isola (2-0). L — Streeter. 2B — SM: Smith.