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TALENT — Sophomore pitcher Israel Navarro tossed a three-hitter and the Phoenix offense put together two big innings as the Pirates defeated North Valley 7-2 in Skyline Conference baseball at Hagler-James Field Tuesday.
Navarro (2-1) struck out nine, walked three and made some big pitches to get out of trouble.
"I liked his toughness on the mound," said Phoenix coach Bill Hutchinson. "When he got in a jam he executed his pitches really well."
In the third, after Kevin Olmstead hit a double to score Sean Kindy, Navarro fanned the next two batters. Then with runners on second and third with one out in the fourth, Navarro responded with a strikeout and groundout.
"(Navarro) was basically going with fastball and changeup most of the day," said Hutchinson. "His changeup was dirty. It had a lot of movement."
The Pirates (5-7, 2-2 Sky) staked Navarro to all the runs he would need with a four-run outburst in the first. Aaron Hutchinson delivered the big hit with a bases-loaded triple, followed by Navarro's run-scoring single.
In the fifth, Phoenix added three more runs on RBI singles by Justin McCreadie and Zach Kentner and Navarro's successful squeeze bunt.
Kentner paced Phoenix with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored and Calvin Decker added two hits and scored once.
For North Valley (4-7, 0-4), Olmstead had a double and triple and one RBI.
"It was absolutely one of our best outings of the season," said Hutchinson. "We limited our mistakes and focused the entire game."
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Olmstead and Seguera; Navarro and McCreadie. W — Navarro (2-1). L — Olmstead. 2B — NV: Calzada, Olmstead. 3B — NV: Olmstead; P: Hutchinson.
HIDDEN VALLEY 10, MAZAMA 0, 6 inn. — At Murphy, Tyler Campbell pitched the fourth no-hitter in school history as Hidden Valley won the Skyline Conference game.
Campbell struck out seven and walked two in raising his record to 2-0 for the Mustangs (8-1, 2-0 Sky).
Roman Fretz went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for Hidden Valley, and Mike Hults was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
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Lancaster, Cool (6) and Tron; Campbell and Hults. W — Campbell (2-0). L — Lancaster. 2B — HV: Hults, Fretz 2. 3B — HV: Bennett.
CRATER 4, NORTH (Calif.) 2 — At Fresno, Calif., Paul Turner was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Nolan Bastendorff shut down North High of Bakersfield, Calif., over the final six innings to help Crater improve to 3-0 at the Easter Baseball Classic.
Zach Lathrop also went 2-for-3 with one run for the Comets (10-2), who continue play at 10 a.m. today against Cosumnes Oaks of Oak Grove, Calif. Crater potentially could also play in the 7:30 p.m. championship game.
Turner had an RBI single in the third inning to cut the Comets' deficit to 2-1, then added an RBI double in the fourth to complement an RBI single by Tanner Ryerson and sacrifice fly RBI by Tyler Aplin.
Bastendorff struck out six, walked one and hit two batters against North, which scored twice in the top of the first inning.
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Akins, Flores (4) and Bennett; Bastendorff and Aplin. W — Bastendorff (2-1). L — Akins. 2B — N: Mocminch; C: Turner. 3B — N: Lucas.
ROSEBURG 9, GRANTS PASS 3 — At Grants Pass, Roseburg was able to jump out to an early lead and got a solid complete-game pitching effort from Brady Haskett in the SOH opener.
Cameron Mathews went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Grants Pass (3-9, 0-1 SOH), while Kadin Lopez reached base twice and scored a run and Griffen Merritt went 2-for-4.
The Indians (5-6, 1-0) opened a 7-0 lead through four innings.
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Haskett and Irvine; Glaeser, D'Amico (4), Worthington (7) and Mathews. W — Haskett. L — Glaeser. 2B — GP: Bents, Ekwall.
ASHLAND 13, KLAMATH UNION 3, 6 inn. — At Ashland, Ashland racked up 12 hits, including two apiece by the first four batters in its lineup, to run away with its sixth straight victory in nonleague action at North Mountain Park.
Leadoff hitter Bryce Rogan and cleanup hitter Steen Fredrickson both went 2-for-3, with Rogan driving in two runs and scoring three times. Max Montgomery went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Eric Carlson was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Ashland (6-3).
Grizzlies starting pitcher Carter Glick struck out 11 in five innings to improve to 2-1. He surrendered three runs on seven hits.
Klamath Union fell to 2-7-1.
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McGahan, Weitzel (5) and Budden; Glick, Carroll (6) and Hamik. W — Glick (2-1). L — Weitzel. 2B — A: Milgram, Rogan, Montgomery, Carlson.
HENLEY 14, EAGLE POINT 0, 5 inn. — At Eagle Point, three Henley pitchers held Eagle Point to three hits in the nonconference game, and the Hornets rapped 14 hits to counter in a game shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.
Drew Seater was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs for Henley (11-1).
Jon Wilson was 2-for-2 for Eagle Point (0-8), and Justin Hughes had the other hit.
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Goodell, Overstreet (4), Noonan (5) and Hilyard, Howard (2); O'Brien, Jackson (3) and Wilson. W — Goodell. L — O'Brien. 2B — H: Dykstra, Hilyard, Guzman, Howard, Fernlund.