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First-inning surge dooms Phoenix

Prep Baseball

EUGENE ' One rough inning set the Phoenix baseball team back in its Class 3A second-round state-playoff matchup with fourth-ranked Marist Wednesday.

And the Pirates never could recover against Marist flame-thrower Chris Vitas during the Spartans' 5-0 victory.

Vitas fired a one-hitter and got plenty of support with Marist's four-run first inning.

Vitas had a good fastball, said Phoenix coach Joe Hagler. He didn't have great command of his breaking pitches, so you really couldn't sit on anything.

He had a live fastball, that's for sure.

Vitas struck out only two batters but induced three double plays. Phoenix's lone hit came on a fourth-inning single by Andrew George.

— We didn't really threaten, said Hagler. They played defense pretty well.

It's not like we didn't hit the ball ' Dustin Smith hit a couple balls pretty well. They just made the plays on them.

Grant Mascolo sparked Sky-Em League champion Marist's first inning with a two-run double.

Phoenix (18-10) starting pitcher Ryan Robinson settled down after the opening frame to keep Marist scoreless until the Spartans tacked on a run in the fifth inning.

They only hit a couple balls hard (in the first), said Hagler. A few of those things just found a hole.

I thought Robinson settled down and threw pretty well.

Phoenix, the Skyline Conference's No. — team, will lose only one senior from its roster next season.

It's been a good season for this group, Hagler said. Hopefully this sets the table for a good summer and a good fall. Maybe we'll come back next year and be one of the top teams.

Phoenix.....................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 1

Marist.......................................400 010 x ' 5 8 0

Robinson, Smith (5) and Giron; Vitas and Stiltner. W ' Vitas. L ' Robinson (1-1). 2B ' M: Dickman, Vitas, Mascolo.

NEWPORT 6, MAZAMA — ' At Newport, Justin Bond had two hits, including a home run, and three runs for Newport.

Tyler McGoveran drove in Mazama's only run with a third-inning double.

Mazama.................................001 000 0 ' — 4 3

Newport.................................003 210 x ' 6 11 0

Cory Stratton, Drew Reed (4), Tyler McGoveran (5) and Kyle Dean; Meister, Crow (4) and Munoz. W ' Crow. L ' Stratton. 2B ' M: McGoveran. HR ' N: Bond

HENLEY 6, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 2 ' At Klamath Falls, James Shannon pitched a complete game and drove in two runs for two-time defending state champion Henley (20-6).

Kelly Shannon and Dane Hoppe added two hits apiece for the Hornets.

Henley next plays at Sherwood, the No. — seed from the Tri Valley League, in the quarterfinals Friday.

Brookings-Harbor.................001 001 0 ' 2 6 1

Henley....................................001 212 x ' 6 10 0

Ehlers, Parke (4) and Longo; Nygren and Hoppe. W ' Nygren. L ' Ehlers.

Class 4A State Playoffs

ROSEBURG 8, BARLOW 2 ' At Roseburg, Randy Summers' bases-clearing double highlighted a seven-run inning for Roseburg in its twice-postponed state playoff opener.

The top-ranked Indians (24-1) will host West Salem at 4:30 p.m. today at Legion Field in the third round.

Roseburg sent 13 batters to the plate in the third inning. Mickey Schmorde added an RBI triple to the outburst.

Roseburg pitcher Blake Keitzman, the two-time Southern Oregon Conference player of the year, allowed one earned run in registering his 12th win without a loss. Keitzman struck out eight and walked four in rainy conditions.

Summers had two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Barlow.....................................000 200 0 ' 2 5 3

Roseburg.................................007 100 x ' 8 7 1

Jackson, Paul (3) and Gerkman; Keitzman and Bruggeman. W ' Keitzman (12-0). L ' Jackson. 2B ' R: Summers. 3B ' R: Schmorde.