Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
CAVE JUNCTION — Isaiah Luzny was unhittable against Illinois Valley on Tuesday.
The Cascade Christian junior pitcher tossed a five-inning perfect game as the Challengers defeated Illinois Valley 13-0 in Southern Cascade Hybrid baseball.
Luzny (2-1) struck out nine and needed 67 pitches to finish off the Cougars.
"The biggest thing is our team is pretty young and got intimidated," said Illinois Valley first-year coach Javier Aranzubia. "We had a little breakdown in our hitting fundamentals."
Sophomore catcher Cody Coggins had two doubles and a single to pace the Challengers' 10-hit attack. Coggins ripped a two-run double to highlight a five-run fourth inning that gave Cascade Christian (11-3, 3-0 SCH) a 13-0 lead.
Daniel Scottow added two hits, including an RBI triple in the third, and scored three runs. Tim Martin contributed two hits, two RBIs and three runs.
Illinois Valley (4-10, 0-1 SCH) starter Mason LaFlamme went 32/3 innings.
"(LaFlamme) is our ace," said Aranzubia, "and showed a lot of determination.
"I'm impressed with Cascade Christian," added the IV coach. "They're good contact hitters and defensively they are strong. Unfortunately, we didn't challenge them too much."
Cascade Christian 044 50 — 13 10 0
Illinois Valley 000 00 — 0 0 2
Luzny and Coggins; LaFlamme, Welch (4) and Housel. W — Luzny (2-1). L — LaFlamme (0-2). 2B — CC: Coggins 2, Martin. 3B — CC: Scottow.
ST. MARY'S 17, LAKEVIEW 10 — Daniel Leavens, Christian Aviles and Joe Hammonds each had two hits and three RBIs to help lead St. Mary's to the Southern Cascade Hybrid victory at St. Mary's High.
Daniel Seus went 2-for-5 with three runs and one RBI for the Crusaders (11-5, 1-2 SCH), who committed eight errors but managed 11 hits.
Lakeview (7-6, 1-2), which had seven errors, was undone by an eight-run sixth inning by St. Mary's.
Lakeview 050 401 0 — 10 8 7
St. Mary's 304 028 x — 17 11 8
Callaghan, Hamilton (4), Lampman (6) and Cockrell; C. Aviles, J. Hammonds (4) and Seus. W — J. Hammonds (2-2). L — Callaghan. 2B — L: Clemens.
LOST RIVER 17, ROGUE RIVER 12 — At Merrill, Rogue River's Jared Ritchie drove in three runs on three hits and the Chieftains got two RBIs apiece from Daniel Perston, Tyler Sakraida and Brandon Fode in the nonleague loss.
Sakraida and Brennan Moody finished with two hits each for Rogue River (6-7).
Bo Sites belted a grand slam and finished with five RBIs and Chandler O'Grady plated four to pace Lost River (2-12).
Rogue River 000 163 2 — 12 10 5
Lost River 500 345 x — 17 10 7
Devish, Sakraida (5), Watkins (7) and Fode; McAuliffe, O'Grady (5) and O'Grady, McAuliffe (5). W — McAuliffe. L — Devish. 2B — RR: Roohr; LR: Sites, O'Grady. 3B — LR: O'Grady. HR — LR: Sites.
PHOENIX 7, HIDDEN VALLEY 6 — At Grants Pass, Phoenix held on for its first Skyline Conference victory.
The Pirates (7-7, 1-3 Sky) built a 5-0 lead before Hidden Valley began its rally. Kody Garrison's single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in Joe Wardle and cut Phoenix's advantage to a single run. Reliever Aaron Hutchinson then induced a flyout and recorded a strikeout to end the game.
Calvin Decker was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Jordan Pond hit a run-scoring triple for the Pirates, who were hit by five pitches.
Devin Hinthorne finished 3-for-3 for Hidden Valley (7-5, 1-3).
Phoenix 203 002 0 — 7 4 2
Hidden Valley 000 032 1 — 6 10 3
Kentner, Hutchinson (5) and McCreadie; Garrison, Christian (5), Gulbransen (7) and Wardle, Garrison (7). W — Kentner (3-2). L — Garrison. 2B — HV: Bennett. 3B — P: Pond.
NORTH VALLEY 9, KLAMATH UNION 6 — At Merlin, North Valley erupted for seven runs in the first inning and remained undefeated in the Skyline Conference.
The Knights (11-3, 4-0 Sky) sent 13 batters to the plate in the first and used five hits, four walks and a hit batter to score seven times. Zyon Swanson fueled the outburst with a two-run double and Joe Calzada and Cody Martin provided RBI singles.
Ben Bacon and Calzada had two hits each for the Knights.
Klamath Union 300 030 0 — 6 6 1
North Valley 700 200 x — 9 8 1
Marcus, Trenton (2), Bell (4), Tron (5) and Whisler; Parker, Garmendia (5) and Dupont. W — Parker. L — Marcus. 2B — NV: Swanson. HR — KU: Marcus.
PHOENIX 21, HIDDEN VALLEY 0, 5 inn. — At Murphy, Phoenix's offense erupted for 24 hits, including three home runs and seven doubles, in Skyline Conference action.
Meranda Zanni finished 4-for-5 with a three-run homer, a solo shot and five RBIs for the Pirates (11-2, 2-0 Sky). Baylee Toney was a triple short of hitting for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and five RBIs.
Amanda Skaff went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, Makayla Scoggins 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Enni Ritari 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Delanie Tally tossed a four-hitter with six strikeouts in five innings against Hidden Valley (1-13, 0-4).
Phoenix 424 74 — 21 24 1
Hidden Valley 000 00 — 0 4 2
D. Tally and Zanni; York and C. Allen. W — D. Tally (2-0). L — York. 2B — P: D. Tally, B. Tally, Zanni 2, Skaff, Toney, Wallack. HR — P: Zanni 2 (5), Toney (1).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 18, ILLINOIS VALLEY 6, 6 inn. — At Cave Junction, Katelyn Smith drove in seven runs and went 4-for-5 to lead Cascade Christian in its SCH opener.
Smith belted a three-run home run in the fifth and scored two runs. Her twin sister, Madigan, was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three runs, and Allison McMahon was 4-for-4 with three runs. Kelsey Bogue went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs for the Challengers (5-9, 1-0 SCH).
Katelyn Smith allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked nine.
Cascade Christian 003 159 — 18 23 1
Illinois Valley 010 140 — 6 3 2
K. Smith and Ratcliff; Stewart and Augustadt. W — K. Smith (3-5). L — Stewart. 2B — CC: Ratcliff 2, McMahon, K. Smith, M. Smith 2. HR — CC: K. Smith.
ROGUE RIVER 21, LOST RIVER 4, 5 inn. — At Merrill, Kailin Honea and Carolanne Whittaker were each 5-for-5 to lead Rogue River in the nonconference win.
Honea had two RBIs and three stolen bases for the Chieftains (7-5) and Whittaker two RBIs. Josie Pratt smacked a three-run home run in the second for Rogue River, her first of the year.
Whittaker was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits, striking out two and walking two.
Rogue River (11)51 40 — 21 19 6
Lost River 101 20 — 4 5 3
Whittaker and Pratt; Storer, Mantanona (2) and K. Sites. W — Whittaker (7-5. L — Storer. 2B — RR: Honea, Swangel, Whittaker, Rodriguez; LR: K. Sites. HR — RR: Pratt.