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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.