All apologies to former South Medford standout Matt Retzlaff, who failed to get the recognition he was due last week after it was, in fact, his...
Cascade Christian will enter the Class 3A baseball state playoffs on an eight-game winning streak after taking both games of a nonleague doubleheader against Horizon Christian on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
In a battle of two of the top six teams in the 3A power rankings, the No. 2-seeded Challengers secured 11-3 and 7-5 wins over the No. 6 Hawks from Tualatin.
Cascade Christian belted out 17 hits in the opener, with Kyle Ferguson going 4-for-5 with one RBI and Isaiah Luzny earning the win on the mound to go with 4-for-4, two-RBI effort at the plate.
Also in Game 1, Luke Dusenbury was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Cody Coggins was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Tristan Jones 2-for-4 with one RBI.
The Challengers (22-4) broke open the second game against Horizon Christian (21-6) thanks to a six-run first inning that was highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles with two outs from Josh Brite and Jordan Ragan.
Cooper Clark finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and a triple in Game 2 for Cascade Christian, which will open the 3A playoffs at U.S. Cellular on Wednesday against an opponent to be determined.
Horizon Christian 000 210 0 — 3 5 2
Cascade Christian 210 341 x — 11 17 2
Selland, Sheldon (6) and Muller; Luzny, Coggins (6) and Jones. W — Luzny (6-2). L — Selland. 2B — HC: Brucker, Cosner, Grimett; CC: Ferguson 2, Luzny, Dusenbury. 3B — CC: Dusenbury.
Horizon Christian 101 000 3 — 5 6 2
Cascade Christian 600 001 x — 7 9 3
Cosner, Pearson (6) and Muller; Ragan, Scottow (6), Ferguson (7) and Coggins, Jones (7). W — Ragan (3-1). L — Cosner. 2B — HC: Cosner; CC: Brite, Ragan, West. 3B — HC: Grimett; CC: Clark. HR — HC: Brucker.
PROSPECT 1, GOLD BEACH 0 — At Prospect, junior Alee Pinkerton guided Prospect to its second straight trip to the Class 2A/1A state playoffs with a solid overall performance during the District 4 playoff.
Pinkerton struck out 11 and allowed three hits and one walk to pick up the pitching victory for the Cougars (13-4). She also had both Prospect hits, going 2-for-2, and scored the game's only run in the fifth inning.
Pinkerton led off the fifth with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a groundout by Hannah Bailey. She scored the only run on another wild pitch by Gold Beach (13-11).
The Cougars will open the state playoffs on Wednesday against an opponent to be determined.
Gold Beach 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Prospect 000 010 x — 1 2 0
S. Rucker and Piper; Alee Pinkerton and J. Hobbs. W — Pinkerton (10-4). L — Rucker.