Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
PHOENIX, Ariz. — The South Medford baseball team edged Piedra Vista, N.M., 4-2, to wrap up at the Coach Bob Invitational at Pinnacle High on Saturday.
A Piedra Vista error gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Jimmy Sporer's two-out RBI single provided South (3-3) with some insurance.
Relief pitcher Justin James, who picked up his first win of the year, recorded two strikeouts and induced a groundout to end things in the top of the seventh.
Sporer finished 3-for-4 with a RBI and run scored and Ryan Carle 2-for-3 with a RBI for the Panthers, who went 2-3 in Arizona. Nate Walker added an RBI single.
Starter Caleb Newman allowed two runs (one earned), one hit and one walk and struck out six in 51/3 innings, but he hit five batters. James fanned three and gave up one hit and one walk.
Piedra Vista, N.M. 000 011 0 — 2 2 3
South Medford 200 002 x — 4 8 0
Weaver and Ahlgrim; Newman, James (6) and White. W — James (1-0). L — Weaver.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4-6, YREKA 2-3 — At Yreka, Calif., Cascade Christian topped Yreka, 4-2 and 6-3, in nonleague action.
In the opener, Cody Coggins went 2-for-3, James Carpenter finished 2-for-3 and Tristan Jones pounded a three-run double in the Challengers' four-run third inning.
Coggins struck out nine and allowed five hits, one earned run and three walks in 52/3 innings for Cascade Christian (4-1). Will Weaver picked up the save.
In the second game, Coggins went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Eric Higday hit the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the sixth. Dalton Palmer then bunted in James Carpenter on a squeeze play.
Weaver fanned four and gave up one earned run and no walks for the victory.
Cascade Christian 004 000 0 — 4 6 1
Yreka 010 100 0 — 2 5 2
Coggins, Weaver (6) and Jones; Bennett, Hoff (3) and Jefferson. W — Coggins (2-0). L — Bennett. 2B — CC: Jones; Y: Parker.
Cascade Christian 100 112 1 — 6 5 2
Yreka 000 120 0 — 3 9 2
Weaver and Jones; Durncy to Jefferson. W — Weaver (1-0). L — Durncy.