Morse brothers romp to doubles title
Scott Morse has three Class 4A/3A/2A/1A tennis singles championships to his credit. But the Cascade Christian senior passed up an opportunity to win a fourth consecutive title for a chance to win a doubles crown with his freshman brother Eric.
The Morse brothers steamrolled through the bracket at the two-day District 3 tournament and won the doubles championship Wednesday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
Scott and Eric Morse defeated the Marist duo of Zack Steele and Brandon Herring, 6-0, 6-1 in the finals.
The Morse brothers started slow in their semifinal match against Nathan Kahler and Zach Reichenberger of North Bend, but eventually put it together for a 6-4, 6-0 victory. Besides the first set of the semifinals, the Morse's lost a total of two games in nine other sets.
Another Morse brother, junior Jeffrey, didn't fare as well. Jeffrey Morse and Taylor Pena of Cascade Christian lost in the doubles semifinals to Steele and Herring, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Kahler and Reichenberger defeated Morse and Pena for third place, 6-0, 6-1.
In singles, Danny Kim of St. Mary's finished fourth. Kim lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Hayden Rear of Marist, 6-0, 7-6 (7-1). Then Tim Chen of Canyonville Christian Academy defeated Kim for third place, 6-2, 6-0.
Marist of Eugene won the team title.
The top four placers in singles and doubles qualify for the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state tournament May 21-23 at the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club.
Two other local doubles teams — Cody Phillips and Matt Lipscomb of St. Mary's and Chris Olson and Mathew Weakley of Cascade Christian — were knocked out in the consolation semifinals.
District 3 Results
SEMIFINALS — Hayden Rear, Marist, d. Danny Kim, St. Mary's, 6-0, 7-6 (7-1); Pom Incharoensakdi, Marist, d. Tim Chen, Canyonville Christian, 6-3, 6-2
FINALS — Rear d. Incharoensakdi, 6-3, 6-1.
THIRD PLACE — Chen d. Kim, 6-2, 6-0.
SEMIFINALS — Scott Morse-Eric Morse, Cascade Christian, d. Nathan Kahler-Zach Reichenberger, North Bend, 6-4, 6-0; Zack Steele-Brandon Herring, Marist, d. Jeffrey Morse-Taylor Pena, Cascade Christian, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
FINALS — S. Morse-E. Morse d. Steele-Herring, 6-0, 6-1.
THIRD PLACE — Kahler-Reichenberger d. J. Morse-Pena, 7-5, 6-4.
HENLEY 1, PHOENIX 0 — At Talent, hard-luck senior pitcher Jordan Decker pitched well enough to win but Phoenix came up shy playing for a Class 4A state playoff berth at Hagler James Park.
The Pirates (16-9, 7-5 Skyline) and Henley came into the game tied for second and battling for the conference's only other playoff spot.
Henley broke the scoreless tie in the eighth inning when Kyle Hankins singled with one out and David Rosser singled through the hole between first and second. With runners on first and third, Zane Fernland grounded to second baseman Christian Adam, who tossed to shortstop Justin Bohn for the force out at second. But Fernland just beat the relay to first as the runner from third scored for the game's only run.
Phoenix threatened in the bottom half of the inning but Kameron Kaufman was stranded at third when third baseman Brandon Montgomery threw out Josh Tally on slow roller to end the game.
Decker (6-3) had nine strikeouts and two walks. All three of Decker's losses this season came by one run.
Christian Adam had two hits for the Pirates, while Hankins had a pair of singles for Henley.
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North, Bigby (8) and Hankins; Decker and Kaufman. W — Bigby. L — Decker (6-3).
HENLEY 9, PHOENIX 1 — At Klamath Falls, Autumn Wedan tossed a no-hitter and collected three hits and two RBIs for second-ranked Henley (18-5, 12-0 Sky).
Wedan struck out nine and walked five.
Phoenix scored in the sixth inning when Danielle Smith and MacKenzie Welburn walked to open the inning. After two were out, Smith scored from second on Kirstie Heath's fielder's choice. Heath hit a grounder up the middle but Welburn beat the throw for the force at second and Smith came all the way around.
Phoenix (17-8, 8-4 Sky) finished second in the conference standings and will play a Class 4A second-round state playoff game on the road May 26 against the No. 1 seed out of the Capital Conference.
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Wedan and Davis; Stroud and Heath. W — Wedan. L — Stroud (12-4). 2B — H: Davis 2, Wedan, Harrington, Carlton.