Challengers split softball twin bill
MERRILL — Chessa Fait fired a pair of two-hitters, but could only conjure up one win for the Cascade Christian softball team on Wednesday.
Fait was dominant in an opening-game, 3-1 win over District 4 foe Lost River, striking out eight for her sixth win of the season.
She fanned three in the nightcap, but Lost River rallied in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 2-1 triumph.
"Chessa pitched well in both games," said Cascade Christian coach Wally Nye.
The Challengers (6-3, 4-2 District 4) trailed 1-0 in the opener until a three-run sixth inning turned the tide.
"It was getting cold out there and we finally pulled through," said Nye.
Brandi Johnson singled to open the rally, and Nikki Jones followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Theresa Gomez then belted a two-run double to put Cascade Christian on top, and later scored on a passed ball for the final tally.
Debbie Gettman also had a double in the opener for the Challengers.
The score was tied at 1-all in the nightcap heading into the seventh inning when Brittany Biondi smacked a one-out double for the Challengers. Unfortunately the effort went for naught as Cascade was unable to bring her home.
"We had a chance to score but just didn't get it quite done," said Nye.
The same couldn't be said for Lost River, however, as the Raiders (4-1 Dist. 4) pushed over the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out single by Katelyn Gesser.
Rebecca Fronek had the only other hit for Cascade Christian in Game 2.
Cascade Christian 000 003 0 — 3 5 2
Lost River 010 000 0 — 1 2 2
Fait and Fronek; Hammers and Debelle. W — Fait (6-2). L — Hammers. 2B — CC: Jones, Gomez, Gettman.
Cascade Christian 010 000 0 — 1 2 2
Lost River 010 000 1 — 2 2 2
Fait and Fronek; Hammers and Debelle. W — Hammers. L — Fait (6-3). 2B — CC: Biondi.
District 4 Baseball
u CASCADE CHRISTIAN 14-17, LOST RIVER 3-1 — At Merrill, sophomore Ryan Pech tossed a no-hitter in the five-inning nightcap and Travis Wolf belted two home runs to help Cascade Christian sweep a District 4 doubleheader.
Pech struck out seven on the hill, while Wolf finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs in Game 2. Pech also had three hits and Ryder West added two.
Freshman Colton Cochran fanned nine in the opener to record his first win, while teammate Jordan Banks went 2-for-2.
Jeremy Cheney went 6-for-6 over both games and had six RBIs in Game 1 to lead the Challengers (9-2, 6-0 Dist. 4).
Cascade Christian 330 143 —14 11 0
Lost River 003 000 —3 4 2
Cochran, Artale (6) and Banks; Haskin, King (6) and Ruiz. W — Cochran (1-0). L — Haskin. 2B — CC: Wolf 2, Cheney 2; LR: Hernandez. HR — CC: Wolf.
Cascade Christian 215 90 —17 14 1
Lost River 010 00 —1 0 2
Pech and West; King and Ruiz. W — Pech (1-2). L — King. 2B — CC: Wolf, Cochran, Cheney. 3B — CC: West. HR — CC: Wolf.
U SOUTH MEDFORD INVITATIONAL — At Klamath Falls, South Medford junior Nathan Budziszewski shot a 3-over-par 75 to win the six-team event on a rainy, blustery afternoon at Running Y Golf Course.
The tournament win was the first for Budziszewski, who overcame poor weather conditions to claim victory.
Ashland won the team title with a 321, while North Medford was second with a 331.
North Medford's Christian Bernard finished in a three-way tie for third place with Ashland golfers Ben Wright and Austin Harfst. Each shot a 79.
TEAM SCORES — Ashland 321, North Medford 331, Crook County 346, Grants Pass 355, South Medford 373, Crater 419.
TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS — Nathan Budziszewski, SM, 75; 2, Mike Chappelle, CC, 78; 3, (tie) Christian Bernard, NM, 79; Ben Wright, A, 79; Austin Harfst, A, 79.