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Phoenix bats sizzle against Chieftains

Prep Baseball

TALENT ' Phoenix had to rely on its offense in Skyline Conference baseball Tuesday.

The Pirates squandered a big lead but came back to out-slug Rogue River in a 19-9, six-inning victory at Hagler-James Park.

I was very pleased with our bats, said Phoenix coach Joe Hagler. We were hitting line drives and ground balls, not fly balls.

Nick Abney and Kyle Giron both went 4-for-4 to spark the Pirates' 20-hit attack.

Phoenix (14-5, 10-2 Skyline) led 8-3 going into the fifth inning but Rogue River cashed in on a couple of errors to score six runs and take a 9-8 advantage.

(Rogue River) had two on with two out when a grounder to second was misplayed, said Hagler. We're out of the inning with no runs; instead it snowballed from there.

— Eli Haberman's two-run double highlighted the outburst for the Chieftains.

The Pirates answered right back with seven hits that led to eight runs in the bottom of the inning.

Crucial for Phoenix was Ryan Robinson's fly ball that turned into a bases-loaded double that scored three runs and Cody Barrett's two singles ' his second hit driving in the final run of the inning.

Senior Dustin Smith started on the mound for Phoenix. Sophomore Jordan Lewis (6-1) got the win with a two-inning relief stint. The two combined for two strikeouts and seven walks.

That's uncharacteristic for either one of those kids, said Hagler about his pitchers' control problems. It was a frustrating game, pitching-wise.

For Rogue River (8-10-1, 5-7 Skyline), Tim Perston went 3-for-3, scored one run and drove in one, and Spencer Frantz added two hits.

Rogue River.........................201 060 ' 9 9 4

Phoenix...............................032 383 ' 19 20 3

Haberman, Burman (5) and Perston; Smith, Lewis (4) and Giron. W ' Lewis (6-1). L ' Burman. 2B ' RR: Haberman; P: Decker, Giron, Robinson, Abney. 3B ' P: Robinson, Abney.

District 6

RIDDLE 9, CASCADE CHRISTIAN — ' At White City, Brett Swett only allowed one run from the mound and led off the game with a triple to set the tone for Riddle's District 6 play.

Aaron Grissom went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run triple in the sixth for Cascade Christian (9-10, 3-8 District 6).

Riddle...................................101 015 — ' 9 5 1

Cascade Christian...............001 002 0 ' — 7 4

Swett, D. Lewis (6) and Barron; Evans and Banks. L ' Evans (3-4). 2B ' CC: Grissom. 3B ' R: Braggi, Sweet; CC: Grissom.

GLENDALE 7, ST. MARY'S — ' Host St. Mary's avoided the shutout with a run in the bottom of the seventh off Glendale junior pitcher Donald Coon.

Paul Ortlip-Hume opened the final frame for the Crusaders (1-15, 1-9 District 6) with a double, went to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a single by Juan Ramirez.

Coon pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Ben Fleming went 2-for-3 and scored twice for Glendale (9-9, 6-4 District 6).

Glendale...............................101 320 0 ' 7 6 1

St. Mary's.............................000 000 — ' — 4 3

Coon and Prock; Ortlip-Hume, Schrader (6) and Hoffman, Brimble (4). W ' Coon. L ' Ortlip-Hume (0-7). 2B ' G: Fleming, Coon, Hackery; SM: Ortlip-Hume.

LAKEVIEW 8, BUTTE FALLS/PROSPECT 2 ' At Lakeview, pitcher Matt Barber struck out eight and allowed one earned run in four innings to get the win for Lakeview (12-3, 11-1 District 6).

Dillon Ross' solo home run in the third inning accounted for one of two hits for Butte Falls (13-7, 6-4 District 6).

A.J. Clemens and Richard Heath collected two hits each for the Honkers.

Butte Falls/Prospect..........001 100 0 ' 2 2 8

Lakeview..............................201 014 x ' 8 7 2

Swearingen, Stephenson (4), Ross (6) and Stephenson, L. Strickland (4); Barber, Heath (5) and Ferry. W ' Barber. L ' Swearingen. 2B ' BF: Swearingen; L: Clemens, Heath, Hopper. HR ' BF: Ross.