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Crusaders cap regular season with sweep

The St. Mary’s baseball team completed a season for the record books with a sweep against Cascade Christian on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Crusaders, who boast a 25-1 record (11-1 in Southern Cascade League), got a quality pitching start from Jose Perez in the opener and followed with 10 extra-base hits in the nightcap for 6-2 and 19-10 wins.

The loss prevented the Challengers (7-16, 7-5 SCL), who needed one win against the Crusaders, from getting to the play-in round.

The SCL champion Crusaders will find out their playoff opponent next week. They are fourth in the OSAA rankings.

Perez (11-1) went the distance with a four-hitter striking out three and walking two.

Brady Robison and Travis Danielson each went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the opener for St. Mary’s.

For the Challengers, Trenton Palmer had an RBI triple and Gunnar Thompson singled him.

In Game 2, Danielson and Joe Johnson both hit home runs. Danielson was 3-for-4 with four runs and Johnson 2-for-5 and three runs.

Perez was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. Ben Robinson also went 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

For Cascade Christian, Palmer was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Kevin Wheeler and Joel McLemore each had three hits with a pair of runs. Thompson and Wager both knocked two runs.

FIRST GAME

St. Mary’s;010;201;2;—;6;13;0

Cascade Christian;020;000;0;—;2;5;1

Perez and Mulholland; Palmer and Thompson. W — Perez (11-1). L — Palmer (4-6). 3B — SM: Smith; CC: Palmer.

SECOND GAME

St. Mary’s;201;650;5;—;19;19;2

Cascade Christian;102;034;0;—;10;15;2

Danielson, Johnson (4), Savage (5), Smith (6) and Mulholland; West, Thompson (4), Wager (5), McLemore (7) and Palmer. 2B — SM: Perez, Danielson, Robison, Mulholland, Robinson, Savage; CC: McLemore, Palmer, Thompson. 3B — SM: Perez, Kuitert; CC: Ca. Wager. HR — Johnson, Danielson.

THURSTON 4-5, NORTH MEDFORD 3-2: At Springfield, although second place in the Southwest Conference was already solidified, North Medford finished the regular season on a down note against sixth-place Thurston.

The Black Tornado (15-11, 12-9 SWC) will host a first-round playoff game against an opponent to be determined. Thurston ended its season 9-17 and 8-13.

In the opener, starting pitcher Larson Kindreich was tagged for four runs in the first inning and the Black Tornado didn’t recover despite Kindreich allowing just one hit the rest of the way. He struck out seven and didn’t walk any.

Kasey Buchanan had two doubles and drove in all three North Medford runs. His two-run double in the top of the seventh cut the Black Tornado deficit to 4-3.

In the nightcap, Buchanan drove in a run in the first inning and Kindreich scored Wyatt Baptiste on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Dakota Adams went 2-for-3 for North Medford.

FIRST GAME

North Medford;000;010;2;—;3;10;1

Thurston;400;000;x;—;4;5;3

L. Kindreich and Wolff; Howard, Bates (7) and Travelstead. W — Howard. L — L. Kindreich (4-3). 2B — NM: Buchanan 2; T: Duran, Fisher.

SECOND GAME

North Medford;100;001;0;—;2;6;2

Thurston;020;300;x;—;5;7;1

Casebier, Hunt (4) and Wolff; Steadman, Bates (6) and Travelstead. W — Steadman. L — Casebier (2-1). 2B — T: Morton, Werder.

MARIST 3-7, EAGLE POINT 1-3: At Eugene, Eagle Point squandered a chance to tie the game late in the opener and Marist picked up the Midwestern League sweep.

The Eagles (8-10, 11-12 MWL), who finished fifth in the MWL, face Central on Friday in a play-in game.

With the Spartans up 3-1, Eagle Point stranded runners on second and third base in the top of the sixth.

In the nightcap, the Eagles’ Ryan Lorenz was 2-for-3 — both were doubles — with a run scored.

FIRST GAME

Eagle Point;100;000;0;—;1;3;2

Marist;200;100;x;—;3;8;1

Shopp and Little; Miller and Jablonsky. W — Miller. L — Shopp (3-4). 2B — M: Lara.

SECOND GAME

Eagle Point;200;001;0;—;3;3;3

Marist;212;200;x;—;7;6;1

Jackson, Marsh (4), Spradley (6) and Little; Parsons and Karo. W — Parsons. L — Jackson (4-3). 2B — M: Miller, Haney; EP: Lorenz 2.

MAZAMA 16-5, PHOENIX 6-6: At Talent, Phoenix’s playoff hopes were dashed after losing the first game, but sophomore left-hander Dylan Knudson helped the Pirates finish strong.

Knudson won his first start and added a two-run triple in the second inning that gave the Pirates a 4-0 lead in Game 2.

The Pirates however, needed to stave off Mazama which led off the top of the seventh with a Antonio Lujan pinch-hit home run that sliced Phoenix’s lead to 6-5.

Garrett Truex was 2-for-3 and scored twice for the Pirates (5-10, 10-14 Skyline).

In the opener, Pirates received two hits and an RBI each from Colton Beer, Kyle Botermans and Drake Knowles.

FIRST GAME

Mazama;008;002;6;—;16;12;2

Phoenix;100;203;0;—;6;11;4

Hampson and Hamilton; Botermans, Martinez (3), Knowles (7), Knudson (7) and Mobley. W — Hampson. L — Botermans (3-4). 2B — M: Hamilton, Shram, Wright. P: Turnbull.

SECOND GAME

Mazama;003;001;1;—;5;6;3

Phoenix;130;200;x;—;6;7;1

Hodder, McVey (5), Hampson (6) and Aho; Knudson, Beer (6) and Courtney. W — Knudson (1-0). L — Hodder. 2B — P: Truex. 3B — P: Knutson. HR — M: Lujan.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 6-3, ROGUE RIVER 1-5: At Cave Junction, Jacob Tambellini’s two-run double during Rogue River’s four-run second inning in the nightcap gave the Chieftains their first Southern Cascade League win in the season finale.

Tambellini was 3-for-3 and Tyler Sakraida — who went 2-for-2 — knocked in Tambellini to put the Chieftains (2-17, 1-11 SCL) up 5-0 in the fourth. Jose Chavez also went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Rogue River.

Sakraida went the distance, allowing eight hits, one walk and striking out seven.

FIRST GAME

Rogue River;000;010;0;—;1;4;5

Illinois Valley;000;321;x;—;6;12;1

Mahnke, D. Nelson (5) and Tambellini; Thornhill and McLanahan. W — Thornhill. L — Mahnke. 2B — IV: Klingbeil, Moore, Konik; RR: Dhabolt.

SECOND GAME

Rogue River;140;000;0;—;5;10;1

Illinois Valley;010;002;0;—;3;8;2

Sakraida and D. Nelson; Davis, Bruner (4) and Brummett. W — Sakraida. L — Davis. 2B — RR: Tambellini; IV: Thornhill.