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Top-ranked Henley rallies past Phoenix

Prep Baseball

KLAMATH FALLS ' The Henley High baseball team doesn't appear as talented as the past two seasons when it won back-to-back Class 3A state titles. But the Hornets still know how to get the job done at crunch time.

The No. 1-ranked Hornets put the finishing touches on another Skyline Conference title Tuesday when they rallied from 3-0 and 4-3 deficits to notch a 10-8 victory over Phoenix.

The Hornets took the lead for good thanks to a five-run fourth inning that gave them an 8-4 lead. Chris Herr's two-run single fueled the charge.

Henley, 19-6 overall and 17-1 in league, will host a first-round state playoff game on May 24 against a yet-to-be determined opponent.

Phoenix (17-9, 13-5 Skyline), the No. — representative from the Skyline Conference, will travel to Central of Independence Monday for a first-round state game.

We came out a little flat but we responded in the middle innings and got the win, said Henley coach Joe Tacchini, whose Hornets have won 71 games and lost only 15 over the past three seasons. Our kids have been in a lot of big games. They handle themselves well. They don't panic.

— Kyle Giron hit a two-run homer as Phoenix took a 3-0 lead after one inning of play. Kory Locken also homered for the Pirates, who finished with nine hits.

Junior left fielder Chris Herr, batting in the No. 9 spot, went 4-for-4 to lead Henley's 10-hit attack.

Phoenix.....................................310 021 — ' 8 9 2

Henley...................................021 502 x ' 10 10 4

Decker, Robinson (4) and Giron; Fritz, Harris (6) and Hoppe. W ' Fritz (7-1). L ' Decker. 2B ' H: Hoppe, Herr. HR ' P: Giron, Locken.

MAZAMA 16, ROGUE RIVER 5 ' At Rogue River, Tyler McGoveran went 4-for-4 to spark a 22-hit Mazama attack.

Rogue River (8-16-1, 5-13 Skyline) had a 5-4 lead after three innings, but gave up seven unearned runs in the fourth. The Chieftains committed four of their six errors in the frame.

Rogue River senior Spencer Frantz was 3-for-3 with one RBI and Joe Christie had two hits.

Mazama..................................112 75 ' 16 22 3

Rogue River............................302 00 ' 5 8 6

Reed, Holmes (4) and Dean; Haberman, Watson (4) and Perston. W ' Reed. L ' Haberman (2-8). 2B ' M: Larsen, Conner, Carlin, Reed, Valenta, McGoveran; RR: S. Frantz.

HIDDEN VALLEY 7, NORTH VALLEY 2 ' At Murphy, freshman Ryan Hayden fired a six-hitter and sophomore Eddie Lord went 4-for-4 with a triple as Hidden Valley downed North Valley in the season finale for both teams.

Hayden had eight strikeouts and one walk.

Evan Shahan added three hits, including a double, while Matt Stewart and David Waardle chipped in two hits apiece for the Mustangs (10-15, 8-10 Skyline Conference).

North Valley............................ 000 002 0 ' 2 6 2

Hidden Valley.........................110 014 x ' 7 12 1

Slieght, Olmstead (6) and Ogden. Hayden and Bagwell. W ' Hayden (5-4). L ' Slieght. 2B ' NV; MacDonald. HV. 3B ' NV: Turner.

District 6

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 17, ST. MARY'S — ' At White City, Kyle Hall and Brian Zeigler had three hits each and Kyle Campbell and Danny Sha contributed two hits apiece as Cascade Christian (14-11, 8-8 SCL)rolled to the season-ending victory.

St. Mary's......................................000 12 ' — 5 5

Cascade Christian....................264 5x ' 17 14 1

Hume, Schrader (4) and Brimble; Evans, Campbell (3), Grissom (5), Zeigler (5) and Banks. W ' Evans (5-5). L ' Hume. 2B ' CC: Zeigler. 3B ' CC: Hall, Danny Sha.

BUTTE FALLS 7, LOST RIVER — ' At Butte Falls, Darryl Swearingen clubbed a home run and Lucas Strickland belted a bases-clearing triple as Butte Falls erupted for six runs in the sixth inning to rally past Lost River.

The Loggers (17-9, 10-6 SCL) meet Glendale at — p.m. Friday at Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls in a Southern Cascade League playoff game. The winner meets Lakeview at 3:30 in a play-in game to state.

Chris Stephenson scattered eight hits, struck out 12 and walked three in a route-going performance for Butte Falls.

Lost River.................................000 012 0 ' — 8 3

Butte Falls................................100 006 x ' 7 8 2

Donohoe, Thompson (6) and Hickey; Stephenson and L. Strickland. W ' Stephenson (5-4). L ' Donohoe. 2B ' LR: Haskins, King; BF: Stephenson, Strickland. HR ' BF: Swearingen.