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PREP ROUNDUP: Nelson, Chieftains outlast Cougars

ROGUE RIVER — Derek Nelson literally shouldered the load for the Rogue River baseball team in Monday’s District 6 opener against Illinois Valley.

Not only did Chieftains’ senior pitcher grind to finish an eight-inning complete game, but he scored the winning run on Cameron Hooker’s single in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving host Rogue River a 4-3 victory.

With the contest knotted at 3-all after the Cougars (2-1, 0-1 Dist. 6) had tied it with a run in the top of the seventh inning to force the extra frame, Nelson was hit by a pitch, stole second and reached third base on a throwing error.

With two strikes, Hooker connected with the base hit to save the Chieftains (1-1, 1-0).

Nelson was efficient through eight innings, tossing 96 pitches to strike out four while walking two with one hit batter.

Hooker finished 2-for-4 for the Chieftains, while teammate Caden Tognoni went 2-for-3, crossed home plate twice and drove in a run.

Illinois Valley10010010—371

Rogue River10200001—452

Bruner, Jolley (4), Conrad (6) and Dugas; Nelson and Hauser. W — Nelson (1-0). L — Conrad. 2B — IV: Bruner.

ROGUE RIVER 15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 5, 6 inn.: At Rogue River, Akira Alvarado amassed six RBIs for Rogue River, which chalked up 10 runs in the fifth inning and opened District 5 play with a win over Illinois Valley in six innings.

Alvarado finished 3-for-5 and scored twice for the Chieftains (3-0, 1-0 Dist. 5), who added four more runs in the sixth inning to win by mercy rule.

Liz Atteberry tossed all six innings and allowed five runs — just two earned — on seven hits, one walk and six strikeouts.

The Chieftains’ Jesse Langfield went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a couple of stolen bases, and Amanda Earnest was 2-for-3, scored twice, drove in one run and swiped a pair of bases.

Jillian Steinbrook-Cory went 2-for-4, drove in two runs and scored once as Annarose Has added a two-run single during the Chieftains’ big fifth inning.

Illinois Valley004010—585

Rogue River1000(10)4—15113

Manning, Wylie (5) and Engles; Atteberry and Rangel. W — Atteberry (3-0). L — Manning. 2B — RR: Alvarado.

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