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St. Mary's received outstanding pitching performances from Ryan Ross and Jake Isola in a Southern Cascade Hybrid baseball doubleheader sweep Saturday.
The Crusaders defeated Rogue River, 10-0 and 7-3, at St. Mary's High.
Ross and Christian Aviles combined for a five-inning, one-hit shutout in the opener.
Ross (5-0) struck out four in four innings and Aviles fanned two in one perfect inning of relief. Kollen Roohr's first-inning double was the Chieftains' (7-11, 2-5 SCH) only hit.
"Ross doesn't overpower batters," said St. Mary's coach Sean Gallagher. "He's a spot pitcher and has an incredible changeup."
Ross sparked the Crusader (15-5, 5-2) offense with an RBI triple in the first inning and a run-scoring double in the second as St. Mary's jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
Daniel Seus was 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Crusaders.
In Game 2, Isola (4-1) tossed four innings without surrendering an earned run to pick up the victory. Isola led the offense with three hits and three RBIs. Isola scored what proved to be the winning run when he singled in the fourth and scored on Ross' double.
Aviles pitched two innings of relief and had a two-run double in the second.
"We're really starting to step it up," said Gallagher. "We're not doing any of the big things wrong. We're playing clean baseball."
Rogue River 000 00 — 0 1 3
St. Mary's 231 4x — 10 7 1
Carpenter, Perston (4) and Ritchie; Ross, Aviles (5) and Seus. W — Ross (5-0). L — Carpenter. 2B — RR: Roohr; SM: Seus, Ross. 3B — SM: Ross.
Rogue River 001 001 1 — 3 4 6
St. Mary's 121 030 x — 7 6 4
Roohr and Ritchie; Isola, Aviles (5), Hammonds (7), Smith (7) and Seus. W — Isola (4-1). L — Roohr. 2B — RR: Perston; SM: Aviles.
LAKEVIEW 1-4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0-1 — At Cave Junction, Lakeview (11-8, 3-3) swept Illinois Valley (4-15, 0-6) in Southern Cascade Hybrid action.