Resilient Eagle Point wins two from Lancers
EAGLE POINT — There's nothing like senior leadership to lead a team from adversity.
The Eagle Point High baseball team, leaning on its eight seniors, fought from behind twice Saturday to post a nonconference doubleheader sweep over South Umpqua at The Yard.
The scores were 5-4 and 16-11.
The Eagles boosted their season record to 3-0.
"The kids showed some resilience in both games today and they did the same thing in our win over Hidden Valley last Tuesday," Eagle Point second-year coach Robbie Cowden said. "Those seniors give you that veteran leadership and confidence that are so important in close games."
One of the seniors — Austin Owens — came up big in Game 1. He pitched 21/3 innings of effective relief to notch the win on the mound, then produced an RBI groundout that tied the game at 4-all in the bottom of the sixth.
Owens relieved Eagle Point starter Chris Smith with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the sixth. South Umpqua had already scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead and seemed destined for a big inning, but Owens quickly induced a double play to end the Lancer uprising.
"He (Owens) got a first-pitch grounder right back to him, and we went to the plate and then to first for the double play," Cowden said. "That was huge."
Kyle Miers and Francisco Aranda kick-started EP's winning rally with a single and double in the bottom of the inning. Jesse Keesee then loaded the bases with a walk, and Owens followed with a groundout that scored Miers with the tying run. Scott Erickson then reached base on an error and Aranda scored, giving the Eagles a 5-4 lead.
Josh Kendrick pitched a scoreless seventh inning to record a save for Eagle Point.
Erickson and Miers each had two hits to lead the Eagles' offense in Game 1.
In Game 2, Robby Smith spanked a bases-clearing double that sparked South Umpqua to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Eagles responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning and never trailed again.
Logan Fosenburg's two-run triple highlighted the outburst for Eagle Point.
"We don't really have any studs on this team, but we've got a bunch of guys who play as a team and contribute in different ways," Cowden said. "It's a fun team to coach."
Chris Smith got on base five times for Eagle Point in Game 2. He had two hits, two walks and was hit by a pitch. He also scored three times and had an RBI.
Daniel Warner added two hits, three RBIs and two runs for the winners.
South Umpqua 100 210 0 — 4 7 3
Eagle Point 110 012 x — 5 8 3
R. Smith and Clack; C. Smith, Owens (4), Kendrick (7) and Erickson. W — Owens (1-0); L — R. Smith. 2B — EP: Willis, Charlton, Aranda.
South Umpqua 400 034 0 — 11 13 6
Eagle Point 623 311 x — 16 12 3
Whiteley, Smedley (2), Lowry (5) and Clack; Keesee, Willis (4), Kendrick (6) and Adams. W — Keesee (1-0). L — Whiteley. 2B — SU: Hill, Younker, Whiteley, R. Smith; EP: C. Smith, B. Charlton, Adams, Kendrick, Willis. 3B — EP: Fosenburg.
u BROOKINGS-HARBOR 14-0, ROGUE RIVER 0-1 — At Brookings, junior pitcher Eli Haberman struck out seven and gave up two hits in a Game 2 shutout to help Rogue River (2-1) split a nonconference doubleheader.
Haberman, a right-hander, allowed only one runner as far as third base in his first outing of the season.
Ryan Castro scored the Chieftains' lone run in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Mike Christie.
In Game 1, Brookings pitcher Tyler Parke fanned 10 and gave up two hits in the five-inning contest.
Rogue River 000 00 — 0 2 5
Brookings 671 0x — 14 10 1
Castro, Frantz (2) and Schoner, Castro (2); Parke and Lungo. W — Parke. L — Castro (0-1). 2B — B: Nelson.
Rogue River 000 100 0 — 1 4 1
Brookings 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Haberman and Castro; Nelson, Ehlers (4) and Lungo. W — Haberman (1-0). L — Nelson.
U HIDDEN VALLEY JV 11-15, ST. MARY'S 1-6 — At Murphy, St. Mary's was hurt by 12 errors in the nonconference doubleheader.
In Game 1, the Crusaders got a run-scoring single from Paul Hume in the fifth inning. He drove in Eli Tussing, who ran for pinch-hitter Dustin Peters, who had walked.
In the nightcap, St. Mary's (0-4) Lane Littlefield went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Peters had an RBI single, and Mike Brimble scored twice.
St. Mary's 000 01 — 1 3 7
Hidden Valley JV 130 16 — 11 7 1
Hume, Schrader (5) and Hoffman; Maynard, Syfert (4) and Bellenbaum. W — Maynard. L — Hume (0-2).
St. Mary's 011 220 0 — 6 8 5
Hidden Valley JV 208 140 x — 15 10 5
Brimble, Schrader (3) and Hoffman; Aplund, Druihet (5) and Syfert. W — Aplund. L — Brimble (0-1). 2B — HV: Bellenbaum.
u ILLINOIS VALLEY 14-0, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3-12 — At Cave Junction, Aaron Grissom fired a four-hit shutout and Travis Wolf belted a home run and two doubles, fueling Cascade Christian past Illinois Valley in the second game of a nonconference twin bill.
The host Cougars cruised to victory in Game 1 behind the six-hit pitching of Austin Hocker.
Both games went five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Grissom, a senior right-hander, struck out nine and walked two as he moved to 2-0. He also went 2-for-2.
Wolf, meanwhile, blasted a two-run homer in the third inning and smashed a two-run double in the sixth, when the Challengers erupted for six runs to turn Game 2 into a rout.
Ryan Pech added two hits for the Challengers in Game 2 and provided them with much of their offense in Game 1 when he went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
The split moved Cascade's record to 2-2.
Illinois Valley 149 0x — 14 10 0
Cascade Christian 000 21 — 3 6 2
Hocker and Bergman; Pech, Cochran (3), Litton (4) and Grissom. W — Hocker. L — Pech (0-2). 2B — IV: Augustad; CC: Wolf, Pech. Becker. 3B — IV: Glasgow; CC: Grissom.
Illinois Valley 000 00 — 0 4 1
Cascade Christian 103 62 — 12 13 0
Anderson, Berman (4) and Hoskins; Grissom and Banks. W — Grissom (2-0). L — Anderson. 2B — CC: Wolf 2. HR — CC: Wolf.