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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.
NORTH VALLEY 7-7, PHOENIX 4-0 — At Merlin, Joseph Calzada collected a pair of hits in each game and North Valley ended a three-game conference losing streak.
In the opener, North Valley (15-6, 6-3 Sky) erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the fourth inning. The Knights scored five runs after two were out and Marco Garmendia accounted for the big blow with a two-run double.
Calvin Decker had two hits and one RBI and Justin McCreadie belted a two-run double in the seventh for Phoenix, which has lost 11 of its last 12 games.
Dylan Dupont tossed a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in Game 2.
Garmendia added two hits and one RBI and Knights' leadoff hitter Josh Cowell got on base four times and scored twice.
For Phoenix (7-12, 1-8), Decker had a pair of hits.
Phoenix 000 200 2 — 4 5 1
North Valley 000 610 x — 7 7 0
Kentner, Botermans (5) and McCreadie; Parker and Dupont. W — Parker. L — Kentner (3-4). 2B — P: Mccreadie; NV: Garmendia
Phoenix 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
North Valley 200 320 x — 7 8 3
Hutchinson, Reynoso (5), Pond (6) and Mccreadie; Dupont and Swanson. W — Dupont. L — Hutchinson (0-5).
HIDDEN VALLEY 13-3, MAZAMA 3-2 — At Murphy, Hidden Valley stretched its conference winning streak to five straight with the twin-bill home victory.
In the first game, the Mustangs (12-5, 6-3 Sky) collected 12 hits in the five-inning contest.
Senior pitcher Kody Garrison (4-2) went the distance and helped his cause with three hits and two RBIs.
Hidden Valley also got two hits and two runs scored from both sophomore McKinnon Bennett and senior Jamie Schmidt.
The Mustangs scored all their runs in the third inning of Game 2 on two singles, two walks and an error. Bennett provided the big hit with an RBI single.
Tyler Gulbransen pitched two scoreless innings to get the save.
Mazama 002 10 — 3 7 2
Hidden Valley 310 36 — 13 12 1
Lancaster, Lefevre (4), Haskins (5) and Edwards; Garrison and Bennett. W — Garrison (4-2). L — Lancaster. 2B — M: Edwards, Debry; HV: Wardle, Fretz, Campbell
Mazama 100 100 0 — 2 3 4
Hidden Valley 003 000 x — 3 3 1
Smith and Edwards; Chastain, Gulbransen (6) and Bennett. W — Chastain. L — Smith. 2B — M: Edwards.