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Phoenix moves into second with Skyline sweep

Prep Baseball

MERLIN ' It was a tale of two games in a Skyline Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday.

Both, however, had the same ending.

Jordan Lewis tossed a one-hitter to lead Phoenix to an 11-1 win in Game 1, and the Pirates turned to their bats to outslug North Valley, 17-9, in the nightcap.

Lewis, a sophomore left-hander, struck out six and walked four to hold the Knights in check.

Phoenix outhit North Valley 17 to 16 in Game 2.

It was a little strange, said Pirates' coach Joe Hagler of the twin bill. We got behind in both. We had a little bit of a hard time getting going.

— The sweep moves Phoenix into sole possession of second place after Mazama fell to third with a doubleheader split with league-leading Henley Saturday.

Aaron Decker and Ryan Robinson each had two-run singles during a five-run fifth inning to help Phoenix (13-5, 9-2 Skyline) pull away in the opener.

Lewis gave up an unearned run in the second inning, and he walked four batters over the second and third innings.

Jordan did a nice job keeping his composure, said Hagler. He wasn't as sharp early on, but he was really tough in the later innings.

Robinson and Cody Barrett each had two hits in the first game.

Decker went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in Game 2, while Dustin Smith was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

Phoenix had a chance to end the game early because of the 10-run mercy rule, but Travis McDonald belted a three-run home run in the sixth to extend the game.

Nate Ellis and Brian Warren had three hits apiece for North Valley.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix...................................001 151 — ' 11 8 3

North Valley.............................010 000 0 ' — 1 3

Lewis and Giron; Schilling, Werner (6) and McDonald. W ' Lewis (5-2). L ' Schilling. 2B ' P: Barrett.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix.................................001 544 — ' 17 17 3

North Valley...........................200 004 — ' 9 16 3

Decker, Robinson (7) and Giron; Sleight, Turner (5), Ellis (7) and McDonald. W ' Decker (4-1). L ' Sleight. 2B ' P: Decker 3, Giron; NV: Ellis, Olmstead. HR ' NV: McDonald.

HIDDEN VALLEY 4-18, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1-4 '

At Cave Junction, Hidden Valley swept a Skyline doubleheader against Illinois Valley.

The Mustangs improved to 5-7 in conference, while Illinois Valley fell to 0-12.

FIRST GAME

Hidden Valley...........................220 001 — ' 4 5 0

Illinois Valley............................000 100 0 ' — 3 1

Wardle and Bagwell; Anderson and Thomas. W ' Wardle, L ' Anderson. 2B ' HV: Lord.

SECOND GAME

Hidden Valley..............................139 14 ' 18 9 0

Illinois Valley...............................300 10 ' 4 9 0

Hayden and Bagwell; Bergman, Hocker (3) and Thomas. W ' Hayden, L ' Bergman. 2B ' HV: Wardle, 3B ' HV: Stuart.

MAZAMA 9-3, HENLEY 2-9 '

At Klamath Falls, Larry Wagner got the best of Kody Fritz in a Game — pitcher's duel as Mazama handed top-ranked Henley its first Skyline loss. The league-leading Hornets bounced back with a win in Game 2 to split the twin bill.

Henley (13-5, 10-1 Skyline) gave up four first-inning runs and had three uncharacteristic errors in the loss.

Tim McGoveran and Jordan Nelson had three hits and Nelson added four RBIs for Mazama (10-3 Skyline). McGoveran homered for the Vikings, while Kelly Shannon went deep for Henley.

Jimmy Mastroianni, Herr and Hoppe each had two RBIs apiece for Henley in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

Mazama..................................400 020 — ' 9 11 1

Henley.......................................100 010 0 ' 2 7 3

Wagner and Dean; Fritz, Harris (7) and Hoppe. W ' Wagner. L ' Fritz. 2B ' M: Nelson. HR ' M: McGoveran, Nelson; H: Shannon.

SECOND GAME

Mazama....................................100 011 0 ' — 7 5

Henley.....................................312 300 x ' 9 10 4

McGoveran, Stratton (1), Reed (4), Holmes (5), Nelson (6) and Dean, Conner (5); Nygren and Hoppe. W ' Nygren. L ' McGoveran. 2B ' M: Wagner; H: Shannon, Nygren, Hoppe, Herr.

District 6

BUTTE FALLS 19-7, ST. MARY'S 0-3 ' Butte Falls scored 11 runs in the first inning of Game — to set the tone as it swept St. Mary's in a District 6 twin bill.

Butte Falls' Darryl Swearingen threw a no-hitter and struck out eight through three innings before leaving the game on personal business. He also hit a solo home run.

The Loggers' Dillon Ross launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning and pitched the last two innings.

In Game 2, Chris Stephenson went 2-for-3 with four runs and Lucas Strickland went 3-for-4 for the Loggers.

Mike Brimble went 2-for-3 in Game 2 with a run and two stolen bases for St. Mary's (1-14, 1-8 District 6).

FIRST GAME

Butte Falls..............................(11)43 01 ' 19 8 0

St. Mary's......................................000 00 ' 0 — 4

Swearingen, Ross (4) and C. Stephenson; Young, Hocker (1), Ramirez (2), Brimbell (3) and Hoffman. W ' Swearingen. L ' Young (0-2). 2B ' BF: Knighton, Stephenson, Strickland. HR ' BF: Swearingen, Ross.

SECOND GAME

Butte Falls................................005 200 0 ' 7 9 1

St. Mary's.................................000 300 0 ' — 6 3

Stephenson, Strickland (5) and Strickland, Stephenson (5). Schrader, Ortlip-Hume (5) and Brimbell. W ' Stephenson. L ' Schrader (1-6).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6-7, BONANZA 3-12 ' At White City, Derek Evans registered 10 strikeouts to lead Cascade Christian to the Game — victory as it split the District 6 doubleheader.

Holding a 4-3 lead, the Challengers' Matt Hauser added an insurance run in the sixth inning by singling home Jeremy Chaney.

In Game 2, four seventh- inning runs by Cascade Christian (9-9, 3-7 District 6) weren't enough to rally from a nine-run deficit.

With two outs, the Challengers' Kyle Hall ripped a three-run double. A single by Jimmy Lyons drove in Hall to make it 12-7 before Bonanza made the final out.

Hall went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Sam Moxley went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles for Bonanza.

FIRST GAME

Bonanza....................................100 020 0 ' — 8 0

Cascade Christian...................211 011 x ' 6 4 1

Riviera and Moxley; Evans and Banks. W ' Evans (3-3). L ' Rivera. 2B ' CC: Ziegler, Hauser; B: Rivera.

SECOND GAME

Bonanza................................032 025 0 ' 12 13 0

Cascade Christian..................120 000 4 ' 7 11 3

Oates, Cuvington (6) and Moxley; Campbell, Sha (3), Chaney (5) Ziegler (5) and Banks. W ' Oates. L ' Campbell (3-3). 2B ' B: Moxley 2. CC: Hauser, Hall. 3B ' CC: Thomas, Lyons.