Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
CENTRAL POINT — Crater got another strong pitching performance, and the top-seeded Comets moved into the Class 6A baseball quarterfinals with a 4-1 victory over Tigard Wednesday at Anhorn Field.
"Pitching is definitely keeping us in ballgames," said Crater coach Jay Campbell, after his team improved to 23-6. "Anytime your pitching is giving up one run a game, you've got a shot in the playoffs."
Senior right-hander Ty Fox did the honors this time, holding the Tigers (15-14) to three hits and striking out 10. He walked two and hit one batter.
The effort came two days after Nolan Bastendorff pitched Crater to a 3-1 victory over Aloha.
"He (Fox) was in command all day," said Campbell. "He was pretty dominant from the very beginning."
On Friday, Crater hosts Sheldon, a team it beat 4-1 in the season opener but ousted the Comets in walk-off fashion during last year's state quarterfinals. The defending champion Irish downed Century 6-1 on Wednesday.
Fox, who improved to 10-1, struck out the first two batters he faced, gave up a single, then got the third out via strikeout. The only other hits he allowed were two singles in the sixth, when Tigard scored its run.
"He had all three pitches working," said Campbell. "He was able to locate his fastball and hit the corners at knee level. He kept it nice and low. He kept the ball down and kept it moving. He was aggressive today. It was a real solid outing."
Fox threw only 86 pitches.
Paul Turner, Tanner Ryerson — who got the scoring started with an RBI single in the second — and Taylor Tibbets each had two hits for the Comets.
Crater added two runs in the fourth after Blake Fahndrich singled, Joey Caballero walked and both moved up on a double steal. Zach Lathrop's sacrifice fly scored Fahndrich, and Ty Plankenhorn singled in Caballero.
In the fifth Tibbets doubled and Dylan Morgan, pinch running for him, scored on a wild pitch.
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Crater 010 210 x — 4 10 2
Barlow, Biglow (4) and Gogal, Imai (6); Fox and Aplin. W — Fox (7-1). L — Barlow. 2B — C: Turner, Tibbets.
NORTH MARION 11, HIDDEN VALLEY 5 — At Aurora, Hidden Valley outhit the Tri Valley Conference champions, 10-8, but North Marion used a seven-run fifth inning to take command in the 4A state playoff.
Tyler Campbell had three hits, including two doubles, to pace Hidden Valley (17-9).
McKinnon Bennett and Roman Fretz collected two hits each for the Mustangs, and Mike Hults delivered a two-run single in the sixth.
North Marion (21-7) will host today's LaGrande-Scappoose winner in Friday's quarterfinals.
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North Marion 120 071 x — 11 8 1
Chastain, Norberg (5), Bennett (5) and Hults; Breshears and Barrell. W — Breshears. L — Chastain. 2B — HV: Campbell 2, Fretz; NM: Wampole, Patterson. 3B — NM: Williamson.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 7, RAINIER 0 — Cascade Christian senior Cody Coggins pitched the first six innings of a no-hitter before being relieved and struck out 10 as the Challengers won in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Cascade Christian (21-5) next hosts cross-town rival St. Mary's in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Friday at U.S. Cellular Community Park. St. Mary's defeated Santiam Christian, 4-2.
Coggins, who issued three walks, gave way to Will Weaver to start the seventh. Weaver finished the no-hitter and fanned one.
Coggins also led the offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. He had two doubles for the Challengers, who scored twice in the first inning and three times in the fourth.
Kyle Ferguson was 2-for-3 — both hits were triples — with a run, and Weaver drove in two runs and scored once, going 2-for-3. Cooper Clark scored twice and drove in a run.
Rainier ended the season 11-14.
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Cascade Christian 201 301 x — 7 11 0
Coggins, Weaver (7) and Jones; Taylor and Nicklous. W — Coggins (10-1). L — Taylor. 2B — CC: Weaver, Clark, Coggins 2. 3B — R: J. Tripp; CC: Ferguson 2.
ST. MARY'S 4, SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 2 — At Adair Village, Joe Hammonds hit the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning as 10th-seeded St. Mary's rallied to upset No. 7-seeded Santiam Christian in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
The Crusaders (16-10) will play Southern Cascade Hybrid rival Cascade Christian (20-5) in the quarterfinals Friday.
Ty Mulholland, who went 2-for-3, had the game-tying RBI single in the fourth for St. Mary's, which trailed 2-0 early. Prior to that, Hammonds hit an RBI fielder's choice.
Brady Robison finished 2-for-3 and Christian Aviles 2-for-4 for the Crusaders. Tanner Smith added an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Third baseman Spencer McCabe made St. Mary's final four outs.
Darren Crosby was 2-for-2 with a two-run single for Santiam Christian.
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Santiam Christian 020 000 0 — 2 7 1
Hammonds and Mulholland; Hendrix, Crosby (6) and Aldrich. W — Hammonds (8-2). L — Hendrix. 2B — SC: Crosby, Trader.