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Joe Hammonds was lights out on the mound and received plenty of run support from a balanced St. Mary's batting lineup as the Crusaders secured their first-ever Class 3A state playoff berth with a 10-1 Southern Cascade Hybrid victory over Rogue River on Tuesday at St. Mary's High School.
Hammonds held the Chieftains to one run on four hits while striking out five to improve to 8-2, and Sam Hough went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to pace the Crusaders (16-10, 8-4 SCH), who avoided a tie in the final conference standings and will play a first-round playoff game on May 28.
St. Mary's last qualified for the playoffs in 2010 as a Class 2A program.
"The team has just gotten better all year and we've got some stud freshmen and sophomores, and they came out and just crushed the ball today," St. Mary's head coach Sean Gallagher said. "They really wanted it."
St. Mary's jumped on top early, as freshmen Joe Johnson led off the bottom of the first with a double and was driven home on another double by Hough.
The Crusaders then pulled away in the third, scoring six runs, one on an RBI single by Hough. Johnson and Spencer McCabe each added fielder's choice RBI groundouts.
That 7-0 lead was plenty for Hammonds, a senior who will also take the hill for the Crusaders in the round-of-16 playoff game next week.
"(Hammonds') hoping to play at the next level and he's put together some great performances for us," Gallagher said. "He came out and did what he had to do."
Rogue River fell to 11-11, 6-6 in league play.
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St. Mary's 106 021 x — 10 6 0
Roohr, Rodhie (4) and Harris; Hammonds and Mulholland. W — Hammonds (8-2). L — Roohr. 2B — RR: Roohr; SM: J. Johnson, Hough.
NORTH MEDFORD 7, SHELDON 4 — At Eugene, Colton Westfall tossed a complete game and senior shortstop Micah Brown smacked a two-run triple in the nonconference road victory for North Medford.
Westfall (9-2), a junior right-hander, struck out eight, walked two and allowed two earned runs in a 106-pitch effort.
Brown's two-run triple highlighted a five-run second inning for the fourth-ranked Black Tornado (21-4). Austin Zavala platted the first two runs with a two-out single.
Brown had two hits and scored twice.
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Sheldon 001 020 1 — 4 7 3
Westfall and Zavala; Frost, Herbert (2), Harrel (6) and Rotherham. W — Westfall (9-2). L — Frost. 2B — She: Adams, Herbert. 3B — NM: Brown.
SUNSET 3, GRANTS PASS 2 — At Portland, Sunset rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to win the Class 6A state play-in contest.
The Cavemen (6-21) recorded just three hits, including an Easton Bents triple, and pitcher Ben Glaeser had eight strikeouts and four walks.
Sunset, which scored runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh, improved to 13-13 and will next play in the first round of the state tournament Monday.
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Sunset 000 011 1 — 3 9 2
Glaeser and Mathews; Porter and Pullen. W — Porter. L — Glaeser. 2B — S: Pullen, Black. 3B — GP: Bents.
LAKEVIEW 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Lakeview (8-16, 4-8 SCH) downed Illinois Valley (9-15, 0-12) in the league finale.
NORTH MEDFORD 4, HENLEY 0 — Alexis Barkwell pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and one walk and Megan Cowden finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored for North Medford in nonleague action.
North (24-1) scored three runs in the third inning against Skyline Conference champion Henley (22-4).
The Black Tornado will take on the one team that beat it — South Salem — in a playoff tuneup on the road Thursday.
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North Medford 003 010 x — 4 8 1
Scott and Armantrout; Barkwell and Ramsay. W — Barkwell (21-1). L — Scott. 2B — NM: Barkwell.
LAKEVIEW 14, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0, 5 inn. — At Cave Junction, Emma Deters, Miliya Stewart and Sam Frederick each singled for Illinois Valley in the Southern Cascade Hybrid romp.
Amanda Arcularius had three hits and two RBIs and Rachel Leal three hits for Lakeview (13-10, 7-2 SCH).
Illinois Valley fell to 7-15, 4-5 in league play.
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Illinois Valley 000 00 — 0 3 5
Brooks and Leal; M. Stewart and Augustadt. W — Leal. L — M. Stewart. 2B — L: Crumine, Hadley, Arcularius. 3B — L: Larson.
PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 14, EAGLE POINT JV 1, 5 inn. — At Eagle Point, Hannah Bailey pounded two three-run doubles and Halee Hedgpeth finished 3-for-4 for Prospect-Butte Falls in nonleague action.
Shawna Creech, Alee Pinkerton and Taylor Burnhardt each recorded two hits for Prospect-Butte Falls (20-2).
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Eagle Point JV 000 10 — 1 6 5
Pinkerton and Hedgpeth; Dakota, Maddie (4) and Katie. W — Pinkerton (20-2). L — Dakota. 2B — P-BF: Creech, Hedgpeth, Bailey 2. 3B — P-BF: Creech.