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Cascade Christian junior pitcher Cody Coggins was in control throughout and the Challengers got an unusual power surge from Cooper Clark en route to an 11-1 baseball victory over Eagle Point in five innings Monday.
Coggins had all three of his hits allowed come in the fourth inning and wound up striking out 10 with one walk in the nonconference game at U.S. Cellular Community Park. The right-hander improved to 2-0.
"He was solid," said Challengers head coach Nate Mayben, whose team is 5-2. "He worked his fastball real well with his changeup and he was able to keep the ball down and then go up when he had to."
Coggins got plenty of support from Clark and Will Weaver, who each went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Clark, not known for his power, highlighted the day with a solo home run in the second inning for his first round-tripper of the season.
"He ran into one there," said Mayben. "He'd been showing a little pop in BP this year and I was expecting him to run one out of the yard soon, but you probably won't see a lot more of those."
Eagle Point (0-6) used a leadoff single by Ryan Johnson in the fourth to break up Coggins' no-hit bid, then got one-out singles by Justin Hughes and Jon Wilson to load the bases. Devyn Grady plated Johnson with a sacrifice fly.
Eagle Point 000 10 — 1 3 4
Cascade Christian 411 05 — 11 9 1
Wilson, O'Brien (3), Jackson (5) and O'Brien, Wilson (3); Coggins and Jones. W — Coggins (2-0). L — Wilson. 2B — CC: Ferguson, Weaver. HR — CC: Clark (1).
ST. MARY'S 10-6, MT. SHASTA 0-7 — At Mt. Shasta, Calif., Joe Hammonds pitched a one-hit shutout in the opener for St. Mary's, but two costly seventh-inning errors in Game 2 forced the Crusaders to settle for a nonconference split.
Hammonds no-hit bid ended with a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Hammonds finished with six strikeouts and hit one batter.
Duncan O'Boyle and Joe Johnson each hit two-run singles for St. Mary's (4-6) in the first and second inning, respectively. The game lasted just five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
In Game 2, St. Mary's built a 6-1 lead by the top of the fourth inning but Mt. Shasta got a run in the bottom of the frame and added three more in the fifth.
Mt. Shasta put two runners on base after an error and a hit with one out in the bottom of the seventh, and another miscue on a well-hit ball to the outfield allowed the tying and winning runs to score.
Spencer McCabe went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in the first inning for St. Mary's. He finished with four RBIs and two runs scored.
St. Mary's 343 0x — 10 6 1
Mt. Shasta 000 00 — 0 1 5
Hammonds and Mulholland; Kindley, Owens (3), Radubaugh (4) and Acord. W — Hammonds (3-1). L — Kindley.
St. Mary's 320 100 0 — 6 6 4
Mt. Shasta 100 130 2 — 7 7 4
Smith, McCabe (6) and Mulholland; Brooks, Acord (2), Ferguson (5) and Radubaugh. W — Ferguson. L — McCabe (0-2). 2B — MS: Acord. HR — SM: McCabe.
NORTH VALLEY 20, CASCASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, 5 inn. — At Merlin, North Valley's eight-run first inning was too much for Cascade Christian to overcome in nonleague action.
The Challengers (0-5) got a quick start with Raleigh Weaver's two-run double in the top of the first inning, but the Knights (4-7) erased it by collecting 10 runs over the next two innings.
Ambur Dechenne had a two-run triple and Mikala Mohr added a two-run double during the Knights' five-run third inning. The contest lasted just five innings by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
Emily Allen allowed three hits and struck out six to get the victory, and Cindy Clarke went 2-for-4.
Cascade Christian 201 00 — 3 3 7
North Valley 825 5x — 20 7 0
Thomson and Ratcliff; Allen and Stark. W — Allen. L — Thomson (0-1). 2B — CC: Weaver; NV: Staten, Mohr. 3B — NV: Dechenne.
ALL-SWC — At Grants Pass, North Medford's Daniel Schuler carded a 2-under-par 70 to take medalist honors in the first counting match of the Southwest Conference season, while Sheldon earned the team title with a 322 at Grants Pass Golf Club.
The Black Tornado finished third overall, with Reese Fisher carding a 76 to help South Medford land in fourth.
Liam Boehning had a hole in one on the par-3 13th for North Medford in his round of 87.
Class 5A Ashland and Eagle Point also competed in the event, with Ashland's Matt Hedges finishing fifth among the individuals at 77 and the Eagles posting a team score of 373, which placed them seventh overall.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Daniel Schuler, North Medford, 70; 2, Ben Wanichek, Sheldon, 74; 3, Jackson Bartow, Grants Pass, 75; 4, Reese Fisher, South Medford, 76; 5, Matt Hedges, Ashland, 77.
SHELDON (322) — Ben Wanichek 36-38—74, Joseph Kuehn 40-40—80, Charlie Lee 39-41—80, Bennett DeLong 46-42—88.
GRANTS PASS (323) — Jackson Bartow 37-38—75, Brian Luther 39-41—80, Robert Galli 41-40—81, Tannon Rounsaville 41-46—87.
NORTH MEDFORD (333) — Daniel Schuler 36-34—70, Liam Boehning 43-44—87, David Parson 47-41—88, Jack Singleton 44-44—88.
SOUTH MEDFORD (335) — Reese Fisher 38-38—76, Alex Brown 41-43—84, Blake Bartlett 42-43—85, Logan Artner 44-46—90.
ROSEBURG (349) — Cole Dittemore 38-40—78, Corey Groshong 42-45—87, Jarred Misfeldt 42-46—88, Taylor Cook 49-47—96.
SOUTH EUGENE (364) — Greg Esrig 39-40—79, Michael Holland 44-46—90, Dekon Cole 48-46—94, Cesere Bigolin 53-48—101.
EAGLE POINT (373) — Ethan DeVore 42-46—88, Zach Henley 42-46—88, Troy Jordan 47-50—97, Micheal Macedo 53-47—100.
CRATER (377) — Mike Piazzini 41-46—87, Race Reiter 42-48—90, Tyler Davis 47-51—98, Jorge Iserte 56-46—102.
ASHLAND (Inc.) — Matt Hedges 40-37—77, Kyle Breeding 44-45—89.
ALL-SKYLINE — At Grants Pass, Phoenix's Austin Jeandin shot an 88 to finish fourth among the individuals in Skyline Conference action at Grants Pass Golf Club.
Mazama's Bryce Wortman earned medalist honors with a 71, while Hidden Valley took the team title after all four golfers scored 94 or better.
HIDDEN VALLEY (361) — Johnson 84, Boice 90, Fields 93, Baker 94.
NORTH VALLEY (377) — Toledo 91, Valle 93, Flynn 96, DeCourcey 97.
HENLEY (381) — Ferguson 87, Skinner 89, Moraweic 99, Lindsey 106.
KLAMATH UNION (417) — Keeney 89, Kensler 98, Hunt 99, Armstrong 131.
PHOENIX (433) — Austin Jeandin 88, Ethan Gedde 104, Travis Treadway 116, Tyler Crawford 125.
MAZAMA (455) — Wortman 71, Blake 123, Saunders 124, Healy 137.
ALL-SOH — At Grants Pass, Crater's Danielle Giles earned medalist honors with an 82 at Grants Pass Golf Club.
Grants Pass ran away with the team win after scoring the four best rounds behind Giles for a combined 381.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Danielle Giles, Crater, 40-42—82; 2, Donnie Thomason, Grants Pass, 45-44—89; 3, Shelby DeRocher, Grants Pass 47-46—93; 4, Hunter Buschke, Grants Pass, 45-51—96; 5, Haley Hoback, Grants Pass, 53-50—103.
GRANTS PASS (381) — Donnie Thomason 45-44—89, Shelby DeRocher 47-46—93, Hunter Buschke 45-51—96, Haley Hoback 53-50—103.
ASHLAND (499) — Carly Walker 56-61—117, Jordan Schweizer 63-61—124, Frol 56-71—127, Barat 66-65—131.
NORTH MEDFORD (538) — Sydney Dixon 59-59—118, Shelby Clyburn 66-65—131, Evany Majano 70-72—142, Melissa Tonkin 68-79—147.
CRATER (Inc.) — Danielle Giles 40-42—82.
SOUTH MEDFORD (Inc.) — Maddie Keepes 51-56—107, Haley Ankeny 62-63—125.