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Hornets romp past Phoenix

TALENT - Phoenix's hopes for claiming the Skyline Conference baseball crown dissipated in a hurry Tuesday afternoon as the Henley Hornets struck for eight runs in the second inning en route to a 15-0 victory at Hagler-James Park.

The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

While his teammates were pounding out 14 hits, Henley left-hander Brad Bailey mowed the Pirates down, allowing just three base runners. He struck out eight, walked none and hit one batter. The only Phoenix hit was Jake Mahon's single to left field with one out.

"Somewhere, the kids went flat and we just didn't respond when Henley got up on us," Phoenix coach Joe Hagler said. "I knew Henley would be up after getting swept by Mazama (on Saturday). We treated today just like a playoff game in the way we approached it, so it's kind of a discouraging thing to happen."

The Hornets (15-7, 13-5 Skyline) led 2-0 after one inning then blew it open in the second when they sent 13 batters to the plate and turned four hits, three walks and three Pirate errors into a 10-0 advantage. The key hit was a two-run triple to right-center field that made it 5-0.

Scott Gelhardt led Henley with three hits, while Brian Stock, Morgan Grohs and Kinsman had two apiece.

"We could've got out of the inning, trailing three or four to nothing," Hagler said. "But we made a couple of errors on ground balls that could've helped us out and made it a lot shorter inning. But the way Bailey was going, it wasn't going to matter too much." To win today, mean we would've still been fighting for the league championship. Now we're going to have to fight for the No. — (playoff) spot."

The Pirates (13-10,11-7 Skyline) have a Saturday home doubleheader against North Valley and a single home game against Rogue River next Tuesday remaining.

Henley.....................................................283 20 - 15 14 1Phoenix....................................................000 00 - 0 — 4

Bailey and Pryor; Br. Rhodes, Wolford (2), Mahon (4) and Mahon, Pearce (4). W - Bailey. L - Br. Rhodes (1-1). 2B - H: Bailey. 3B - H: Kinsman, Stock.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 5, LAKEVIEW 4- At Cave Junction, Daniel Houston pitched a complete-game victory and drove in the winning run.

Lakeview scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead, but the Cougars rallied in the bottom of the inning for the victory.

Jared Larson opened the rally with a single and after a throwing error on Jon Pope's sacrifice bunt, IV had runners at second and third. Brandon Henry was intentionally walked to load the bases and James Conway followed with a RBI single to tie the game. Houston produced a single to right for the game-winning hit.

Mike McDowell went 2-for-3, with two RBIs to lead the Cougars, while Larson, Conway and Houston each added two hits.

Lakeview.........................................000 100 — -- 4 11 4Illinois Valley................................000 201 2 - 5 10 4

Fairburn, Brazeal (5) and T. Dolbear; Houston and Henry. W-Houston (3-3). L-Brazeal. 2B - L: Griffey; IV: Stone, McDowell. 3B - L: Yocum.

HIDDEN VALLEY 15, ROGUE RIVER 2, 5 innings - At Rogue River, Rob Adler went 4-for-4 and drove in six runs to lead Hidden Valley to a five-inning win.

Troy Beard, Scott Hyde, Josh Evans and Tyler Mason each had two hits. Calvin Schmidt blasted a two-run home run in the first inning for the Mustangs.

Hidden Valley (16-5, 13-5 Skyline) remained tied for first in the conference with Henley.

Hidden Valley........................................602 25 - 15 16 1Rogue River..............................................000 02 - 2 — 1

Hyde, Richard (4) and Schmidt; Hunter, Fredricks (4) and Bowers. W - Hyde (8-1). L - Hunter. 2B - HV: troy Beard, Rob Adler 2, Josh Evans. HR - HV: Schmidt.

MAZAMA 6, NORTH VALLEY 5- At Merlin, Justin Sullivan and Nathan Duffy each had two hits and two RBIs but hard-luck North Valley suffered its 14th Skyline loss in 18 outings.

The Knights (6-15) opened the door for Mazama with a three-base error that scored two runs in the top of the seventh to break a 4-4 tie.

Sullivan opened the bottom of the seventh with his fifth home run of the season. Paul Mitchell followed with a single but got thrown out trying to steal second for the second out of the inning. After singles by Tyler Hurst and Geoff Phelps, leadoff hitter Aaron Phelps took a called third strike to end the game.

North Valley erased a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the second. Duffy provided a two-run double, then scored from third on John Gould's sacrifice fly.

Scott Butterbaugh and Peterson also collected two hits for the Knights.

Mazama..............................................200 020 2 - 6 6 2North Valley.....................................031 000 — - 5 12 5

G. Wagner, Clark (3), L. Wagner (7) and Manfull; Gould, Butterbaugh (4) and Saeman. W - Clark. L - Butterbaugh (2-7). 2B - M: Broadhead; NV: Peterson, Butterbaugh, Duffy. HR - NV: Sullivan (5).

Non-conference

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 9, GLENDALE 0- At White City, Nolan Roberts and Adam Ruttledge both went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for sixth-ranked Cascade Christian.

The Challengers pounded out nine hits while holding seventh-ranked Glendale to just four.

Stan Kelley added two hits and two RBI as Cascade Christian improved to 17-2 overall.

Glendale................................................000 000 0 - 0 4 1Cascade Christian...............................013 140 x - 9 9 1

Causey, Lovemarr (3), Owen (5) and Owen, Hock (5); Gettman, McCormick (5) and Roberts. W - Gettman (2-0). L - Causey. 2B - CC: Nolan Roberts, Ruttledge.