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Phoenix wins two behind strong pitching

Prep Baseball

MURPHY ' Phoenix is in the hunt for a share of the Skyline Conference baseball title, and it made sure it didn't stumble Saturday against Hidden Valley.

The Pirates got a pair of strong pitching performances in 9-0 and 4-0 victories.

Sophomore Jordan Lewis handcuffed the Mustangs on two hits in the opener. Lewis struck out 11 and walked two.

It was one of his better outings, Phoenix coach Joe Hagler said. He was in command of his pitches.

The Pirates (16-6, 12-2 Skyline) took advantage of two Mustang errors to go with two base hits and a pair of sacrifice flies to score three runs in the fourth inning.

Senior Dustin Smith paced the offense with two hits, two RBIs and one run, while Cody Barrett and Korey Locken both added two hits, one RBI and one run scored.

— Senior Aaron Decker used an effective curveball to blank Hidden Valley in Game 2.

The Pirates broke through with a run in the first inning when Kyle Giron opened with a single, stole second and scored on Smith's single.

In the second inning, Nick Workman provided an RBI single, and Smith rapped a two-run double to complete the scoring.

Phoenix's remaining road isn't easy. After a single game against last-place Illinois Valley on Tuesday, the Pirates finish the season with a home doubleheader against contender Mazama and a single game at league-leading Henley.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix................................000 324 0 ' 9 12 2

Hidden Valley......................000 000 0 ' 0 2 2

Lewis and Giron; Hardle, Bennett (6) and Bagwell. W ' Lewis (7-2). L ' Hardle.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix...................................130 000 0 ' 4 9 0

Hidden Valley.........................000 000 0 ' 0 5 2

Decker and Abney; Hayden and Bagwell. W ' Decker (4-1). L ' Hayden. 2B ' P: Smith.

HENLEY 11-10, ROGUE RIVER 1-0 ' At Rogue River, junior pitcher James Nygren fired a one-hit shutout in the nightcap to complete the sweep for top-ranked Henley (17-5, 14-1 Skyline).

Henley's Chris Herr and Colin Stock each homered and had two hits.

In the opener, sophomore Michael Mastroianni had three hits and three RBIs for the Hornets. Kody Fritz added two hits for Henley and combined with K.C. Harris for a three hitter.

Sophomore Joe Christie had two of the three hits for Rogue River (8-12-1, 5-9 Skyline).

FIRST GAME

Henley.................................522 101 ' 11 13 1

Rogue River........................100 000 ' — — 2

Fritz, Harris (5) and Hoppe, Bair (5); Watson and Perston. W ' Fritz. L ' Watson (3-5). 2B ' H: Robatcek, Mastroianni. HR ' H: Hoppe, Picard.

SECOND GAME

Henley......................................202 06 ' 10 10 1

Rogue River.............................000 00 ' 0 2 1

Nygren and Hoppe, Bair (5); Haberman and Perston. W ' Nygren. L ' Haberman (2-7). 2B ' H: Shannon, Stock, Picard. HR ' H: Stock, Herr.

District 6

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 16-23, CHILOQUIN 3-4 ' At Chiloquin, Kyle Campbell's three-run homer ignited Cascade Christian in Game 2 of the sweep.

Aaron Grissom and Kyle Hall also homered for the Challengers (11-10, 5-7 District 6), with Grissom going 3-for-4 and adding three RBIs and two doubles and Hall notching four RBIs.

In Game — for Cascade Christian, Ryan Ziegler went 5-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, Jordan Banks went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs and Jimmy Lyons had three RBIs on a 3-for-3 effort from the plate.

FIRST GAME

Cascade Christian.....................424 06 ' 16 18 2

Chiloquin.......................................120 00 ' — 4 5

Campbell and Banks; McAda and Orvif. W ' Campbell (4-3). L ' McAda. 2B: Banks 2, Ziegler; C: Braggs.

SECOND GAME

Cascade Christian.....................791 60 ' 23 20 0

Chiloquin.......................................103 00 ' 4 7 1

Chaney, Grissom (4) and Banks, Spence (4); Bragg, Wahl (4), McAda (5) and Orvif. W ' Chaney (5-1). L ' Braggs. 2B ' CC: Grissom 2, Hall, Sha, Shroy, Hauser, Evans, Banks; C: Braggs 2. HR ' CC: Campbell, Grissom, Hall; C: Wahl, McAda.

LOST RIVER 17-18, ST. MARY'S 0-2 ' At Lost River, St. Mary's committed 14 errors in falling victim to the 10-run mercy rule in both District 6 contests.

Lost River capitalized on five errors in the bottom of the second of Game 2, leading to a 13-run inning.

Mike Brimble scored both runs for the Crusaders (1-17, 1-11 District 6) in the second contest.

FIRST GAME

St. Mary's......................................000 00 ' 0 — 6

Lost River....................................215 9x ' 17 9 0

Ortlip-Hume, Hillgartner (4), Hocker (4), Ramirez (4) and Hoffman, Brimble (3); Thompson and Hickey. W ' Thompson. L ' Ortlip-Hume (0-8). 2B ' LR: Cox, Donahoe, Thompson. 3B ' LR: Donahoe.

SECOND GAME

St. Mary's......................................010 10 ' 2 2 8

Lost River...............................2(13)0 3x ' 18 8 0

Schrader and Brimble, Hoffman (4); Donahoe and Hickey. W ' Donahoe. L ' Schrader. 2B ' LR: Donahoe.