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The defending state champion Cascade Christian baseball team set the framework for another successful run at the Southern Cascade Hybrid title with a sweep of a solid St. Mary's squad in their league opener Friday.
Daniel Scottow pitched a two-hitter in the first game and Kyle Ferguson followed with a three-hitter for the Challengers, who derailed the Crusaders 11-1 and 12-2 in their twinbill at U.S. Cellular Community Park. Both contests lasted just six innings by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
"We have depth in pitching," said Challengers coach John Bruce. "Most teams don't have our size. We're kind of blessed because we have guys that can throw strikes and that goes a long way."
Scottow allowed an unearned run in the sixth inning, walked one and struck out four. He was backed by Luke Dusenbury's bases-clearing triple in the third inning, which made the score 5-0.
Jordan Ragan finished 3-for-4 — all run-scoring singles in the third, fourth and sixth innings for the Challengers (8-3, 2-0 SCH).
In the nightcap, Ferguson yielded two earned runs, three walks and fanned eight, and helped his own cause with an RBI triple in the fourth inning. He went 2-for-2.
Tim Martin had a two-run single in Cascade's five-run fifth inning and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
The Challengers' Cooper Clark was also 2-for-3 and scored four runs.
Daniel Seus of St. Mary's (10-3, 0-2 SCH) caused chaos on the base pads for the Challengers by reaching base several times and stealing a handful of bases.
St. Mary's 000 001 — 1 2 3
Cascade Christian 104 204 — 11 9 1
Isola, Aviles (3) and Seus; Scottow and Coggins. W — Scottow (2-0). L — Isola. 2B — Aviles; CC: Ferguson, Dusenbury. 3B — SM: Hough.
St. Mary's 101 000 — 2 3 3
Cascade Christian 020 250 3 — 12 12 1
Leavans, Hammonds (5), Seus (6) and Seus, Aviles (6); Ferguson and Clark. W — Ferguson (2-0). L — Leavans. 2B — SM: Aviles; CC: Clark. CC: Ferguson.
PHOENIX 1, GLIDE 0 — At Talent, senior Meranda Zanni tossed a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts and scored the lone run in the nonconference game at Hagler-James Park.
Zanni, who went 2-for-2 with a walk, began the winning rally with a two-out single in the fifth. Amanda Skaff followed with a single and Makayla Scoggins singled through the right side of the infield, scoring Zanni from second on a close play at home.
The Pirates improved to 10-2 on the season.
Glide 000 000 0 — 0 6 1
Phoenix 000 010 x — 1 8 1
Graham and Hatley; Zanni and Hamilton. W — Zanni (7-1). L — Graham.
EAGLE POINT INVITATIONAL — At Eagle Point, Glenn Linder fired a 7-over-par 79 to take medalist honors and lead the Eagles to the team title in the three-school Eagle Point Invitational at Eagle Point Golf Course.
Zach Henley secured second (83) and Taylor Scott third (85) for the Eagles, who won with a score of 336. Grants Pass (363) was second and North Valley (388) third.
EAGLE POINT (336) — Glenn Linder 43-36—79; Zach Henley 43-40—83; Taylor Scott 41-44—85; Michael Macedo 44-45—89.
GRANTS PASS (363) — Robert Galli 43-43—86; Sean Brooks 44-47—91; Noah Hiesser 46-46—92; Tanner Vest 48-46—94.
NORTH VALLEY (388) — Kade Toledo 44-51—95; Cole DeCourcey 51-44—95; Taylor Cole 47-49—96; Brian Nelson 51-51—102.
RAVEN RUMBLE — At Redmond, senior Luke Parent carded Crater's low round of 84 and the Comets placed 16th in the 19-school field at Eagle Crest Resort.
Parent was 12-over par, with a 41 on the front nine to go with a 43 on the back side.
Hogan Arey of Corvallis was medalist with a even-par 72 and Jesuit took team honors at 303. Crater posted a 362 team total.
TEAM SCORES — Jesuit 303, Canby 314, Roseburg 318, West Albany 322, Glencoe 325, Southridge 328, Redmond 334, Marist 336, Barlow 343, Corvallis 344, Sprague 346, Pendleton 349, Mt. View 353, Lebanon 357, Ridgeview 358, Crater 362, Crook County 367, Sisters 375, Silverton 409.
CRATER (362) — Luke Parent 41-43—84, Corey Marineau 42-45—87, Race Reiter 44-44—88, Mike Piazzini 50-53—103.
ASHLAND 6, CHURCHILL 2 — At Eugene, Ashland No. 1 singles player Ashley Knecht avenged a loss to Marilyn Walker suffered in last year's district tournament as the Grizzlies swept the singles matches.
Knecht beat Walker in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to remain undefeated on the year. Also staying perfect were Ashland's No. 2 singles player, Anne Kim, and the Grizzlies top doubles tandem of Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien.
SINGLES — Ashley Knecht, A, d. Marilyn Walker, 6-2, 6-2; Anne Kim, A, d. Sophie Taggart, 6-0, 6-0; Cass Christopher, A, d. Micky Nagayma, 6-0, 6-1; Emily Haptonstall, A, d. Kayla Thomet, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, d. Olivia Caldwell-Kiana Jensen, 6-0, 6-2; Savannah Taylor-Hannah Montgomery, C, d. Katy Barnard-Elana Cooper, 6-1, 2-6 1-0 (10-5); Alex Tolbert-Amber Wu, C, d. Hannah Barchet-Lilli Patton, 6-3, 7-6 (5); Olivia Butler-Ellie Case, A, d. Isabelle Gangwer/Jane Morgan, 6-0, 6-0.