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Henley undeterred by Phoenix's fast start

Skyline Baseball

KLAMATH FALLS ' Down three runs before most fans had found their seats, the Henley baseball team got a little panicky against Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon.

It's a situation you're not used to being in with Bryn (Card) on the mound, said Henley coach Joe Tacchini. Phoenix showed they came ready to play. We wanted our kids to respond to that.

And respond they did, answering the Pirates' strong first inning with a few of their own for a key 4-3 win.

Phoenix (12-11, 11-7 Skyline) got on the board with back-to-back doubles by Zak Supan and Brenton Ferguson. Sam Lockett then drilled a 3-1 fastball over the fence, scoring Ferguson.

I felt like Bryn made three mistakes in the first inning Tacchini said. And they were able to capitalize.

Card cruised through the next six innings, striking out seven and walking none.

— Henley (20-3, 15-3 Skyline) rallied, scoring the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth inning, when Matt Mapp hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Kelly Shannon. Card then singled, scoring B.J. Holloway.

Holloway had an RBI double in the third and Mapp scored in the first on a sacrifice fly by Shannon.

The win gives Henley a two-game lead over North Valley in the standings with three games to play. Phoenix falls into a tie for fourth place with Rogue River.

I thought both teams played pretty well, Tacchini said. Now we have to take things one game at a time.

Phoenix.....................................300 000 0 ' — 5 0

Henley......................................101 020 x ' 4 6 1

Kirk and West; Card and Hoppe. W ' Card (9-1). L ' Kirk. 2B ' P: Ferguson, Supan, Walker; H: Mapp, Holloway. HR ' P: Lockett

ROGUE RIVER 11, MAZAMA — '

At Rogue River, the Chieftains kept their playoff hopes alive behind a strong performance from Gary Richardson, both on the mound and at the plate.

Rogue River's (12-11, 11-7 Skyline) Josh Hill went 4-for-4 on the day, while Richardson was 3-for-3, including a sixth-inning, two-run homer that sealed the Vikings' fate.

Mazama........................................100 000 '1 4 4

Rogue River.............................203 222 ' 11 14 0

Slezak, Nelson (3), Starley (5) and Lee. Richardson and Reagles. W ' Richardson (5-2). L ' Slezak. 2B ' M: Caulfield, Hummel; RR: Fredrick, Castro. HR ' RR: Richardson.

NORTH VALLEY 16, HIDDEN VALLEY 2 '

At Murphy, North Valley (17-5, 13-5 Skyline) moved into sole possession of second place in the Skyline with a hitting showcase.

Andrew Saeman went 2-for-4 with a triple and Josh Shippy had four RBIs as every Knight safely hit.

Skylar Ogden hit an RBI double for Hidden Valley (7-17, 6-12).

North Valley..............................322 81 ' 16 16 1

Hidden Valley................................000 20 ' 2 7 3

DeChenne, Shippy (5) and Saeman, Ogden (5); Dillon, Tate (5) and Hermanson. W ' DeChenne (8-3). L ' Dillon. 2B ' HV: Ogden, Sward. 3B ' NV: Saeman.

LAKEVIEW 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 5 ' At Cave Junction, Austin Hocker went 2-for-3 for Illinois Valley but the Cougars remained winless .

Illinois Valley fell to 0-23 on the season and 0-19 in the Skyline

Lakeview..............................000 121 11 ' 6 11 6

Illinois Valley.......................004 010 00 ' 5 6 6

Farver and Baker; Carter and Steinhoff. W- Farver. L-Carter. 2B ' L: Ferry 2; IV: Hocker.