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Phoenix avoids Hidden Valley upset to secure sweep

MURPHY - Phoenix survived a scare in the first game, then avoided such histrionics in the second to sweep a Skyline Conference baseball doubleheader from Hidden Valley Saturday.

The Pirates (9-4 Skyline) scored twice in the seventh inning of the first game to go ahead 4-0, then watched the Mustangs score three times in the bottom of the inning before the game ended on a long fly out.

Phoenix rapped 12 hits in the second game and won 13-3 in six innings on the mercy rule.

Senior Darryl Loper was at the heart of each win, stroking two key hits in the first game and going 2-for-4 in the second.

A backup catcher, he filled in at designated hitter in the first game due to the absence of third baseman Ken Gehrig, who was visiting relative out of state, and caught the second game.

"He got an opportunity to step in today and play and he made the most of it," said Pirate assistant coach Brent Watts, who handled the team for head coach Joe Hagler, who also was out of town.

In the fifth inning of Game 1, Loper's RBI single scored Ian McPhee, who had singled. Loper then came in on a Kiffer Stovall sacrifice fly.

In the seventh, Loper ripped a one-out double, Stovall plated him with a single, then Stovall stole second and scored on Kevin Hudnall's single.

Hidden Valley answered when Tyler Mason and Brian Kunst each reached base and scored on Calvin Schmidt's long single. Schmidt, hobbled by a leg injury, could only walk to first base.

After another run, the game ended on the long out.

Brady Rhodes got the pitching win and Ryan Kirk the save.

In Game 2, Eric Kessler and Brett Ellis each had three hits, and Stovall and Hudnall joined Loper with two hits.

Brett Goble pitched five strong innings in the nightcap for Phoenix, allowing one earned run, two hits and fanning five.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix..............................................000 020 2 - 4 6 1Hidden Valley....................................000 000 — - — 5 2

Rhodes and Ellis; Richard and Schmidt. W - Rhodes. L - Richard. Sv - Kirk. 2B - P: Loper.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix.............................................040 027 - 13 12 1Hidden Valley.......................................000 102 - — 7 1

Goble, Goosman (6) and Loper; Kennedy, Mason (5) and Weigel. W - Goble. L - Kennedy. 2B - P: Kessler, Stovall, Hudnall.

HENLEY 10-2, NORTH VALLEY 9-1- At Klamath Falls, fourth-ranked Henley (16-3, 13-1 Skyline) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in both games.

B.J. Holloway ended Game — with a bases-loaded single with no outs. Tim Kinzie and Matt Judkins walked to open the inning, and Korey Stewart was hit by pitcher Drew Dechenne to load the bases.

The Hornets were led by Brian Kinsman with three hits and two RBIs and Judkins with three hits and one RBI.

For North Valley (9-9, 7-6 Skyline), Luke Hall contributed three hits, Andrew Saeman had two hits and three RBIs and Josh Shippy added two hits.

In the nightcap, Morgan Grohs scored the winning run after walking, moving to second on a sacrifice and coming home on an error.

North Valley took a 1-0 lead in the third on a single by Sean Ash and an RBI single by Ariah Nead, who had two hits in the game.

With two out in the bottom of the third, Kirk Cunningham tripled and Holloway was hit by a pitch. Then Cunningham scored on a delayed double steal.

FIRST GAME

North Valley..................................000 531 0 - 9 11 4Henley.........................................120 303 — - 10 11 3

Shippy, Dechenne (2) and Saeman; Card, Wright (4), Kinzie (5) and Judkins. W - Kinzie (3-0). L - Dechenne. 2B - NV: Saeman; H: Judkins. 3B - H: Kinsman 2.

SECOND GAME

North Valley.....................................001 000 0 - — 5 1Henley..............................................001 000 — - 2 — 2

Saeman, Nead (7) and Beck; Thomas and Judkins. W - Thomas (5-0). L - Saeman. 2B - NV: Saeman. 3B - NV: Shippy; H: Cunningham.

MAZAMA 12-16, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0-1- At Klamath Falls, pitchers Brian Clark and Ryan Bair combined for a five-inning no-hitter in the opener as Mazama collected 24 hits in the doubleheader.

Ryan Broadhead smacked a triple and led four Viking players with two hits each in the first game.

Mazama's Mark Manfull and Chris Bocchi each had two hits in the nightcap.

Bocchi and Kyle Blank doubled in both games.

Illinois Valley, which went errorless in the opener, committed seven in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

Illinois Valley.........................................000 00 - 0 0 0Mazama..............................................082 2x - 12 13 1

Houston, Chaghatzbaian (3), Crutchfield (4) and Dugas; Clark, Bair and Manfull. W - Bair. L - Houston. 2B - M: Blank, Brosterhous, Bocchi, Starley. 3B - M: Broadhead.

SECOND GAME

Illinois Valley.........................................001 00 - — 4 7Mazama..............................................744 1x - 16 11 3

Headrick, Haskins (3) and Dugas; Butcher, Massey (4) and Manfull. W - Massey. L - Headrick. 2B - M: Blank, Bocchi, Butcher, Manfull.