PREP ROUNDUP: Crusaders, Challengers split twin bill
In need of some timely hitting to start the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against rival Cascade Christian, the St. Mary’s offense did just what the doctor ordered.
The Crusaders scored early, scored often and went on from there.
Behind Grant Russo’s big game at the plate, St. Mary’s was able to build a big early lead and claim a 9-5 win over Cascade Christian after the Challengers had recorded a 10-4 win in Game 1.
Russo had four RBIs in Game 2 and 5 RBIs on the day to lead the Crusaders (4-5), who won the season series against the Challengers with their Game 2 victory.
Russo’s two-run single in the first inning gave St. Mary’s a 2-0 lead. The Crusaders then broke things open in the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly by Beau Aldrich after three straight walks to load the bases and then another two-run single off the bat of Russo.
Travis Johnson also had a pair of RBIs for the Crusaders in Game 2.
Eli Haynes picked up the win in the nightcap, throwing four solid innings for St. Mary’s.
Cascade Christian’s Cody Reece had a pair of hits and an RBI in Game 2. Cole Stofflet and Ashton Moody also drove in a run, while Keith Reed had a pair of hits for the Challengers (4-5).
In Game 1, Cascade Christian got solid pitching from Reece, who struck out five and worked into the sixth inning.
Moody gave the Challengers a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run double. St. Mary’s tied it two innings later on Johnson’s RBI single and an Ean Lawrence sac fly.
Cascade went back in front in the top of the fourth on Sam Martin’s RBI single. Before the inning was over, Dillon Moody and Reed both scored on passed balls to put the Challengers up 5-2. Dillon Moody — who had two hits in the opener — added a two-run double an inning later.
Lawrence finished with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in Game 1.
Reece, Martin (6) and Thompson; Aldrich, Russo (5) and Lawrence. W — Reece. L — Alrich. 2B — CC: A. Moody, D. Moody, Stofflet; SM: Haynes, Lawrence 2, Shunk. .
Waits, Federico (2), Thompson (4), Martin (5) and Thompson, Stofflet (4), Thompson (5); Haynes, Johnson (5) and Aldrich. W — Haynes. L — Waits. 2B — CC: Waits, Reed, Stofflet; SM: Gomez.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1-3, LAKEVIEW 2-1: At Lakeview, Cascade Christian senior Katelyn Willard and Lakeview sophomore Tyler McNeley racked up the strikeouts as the two each claimed wins in a pair of pitchers’ duels.
McNeley struck out 30 batters in the two games, including 17 in the Honkers’ victory in Game 1. Willard also recorded double-digit strikeout totals in both games, fanning 11 batters in the opener and 10 more in the nightcap, allowing just four hits to Lakeview in her 14 innings of work.
The lone hit Willard allowed in Game 1 didn’t leave the infield, as Lakeview (6-2) scored both of its runs on errors by Cascade Christian (7-2).
Becca Clark recorded two of Cascade Christian’s four hits against McNeley in the opener.
The only run Willard allowed in Game 2 was on a solo home run in the bottom of the first off the bat of McNeley.
Cascade Christian responded with three runs in the top of the fourth, tying the game on Willard’s RBI double. The Challengers then took the lead when Willard scored on a Clark groundout to second and later got an insurance run when McKenzie Bonner scored on a passed ball.
Modrell recorded two of the Challengers’ five hits in Game 2.
Willard and Modrell; McNeley and E Phillibert. W — McNeley. L — Willard (6-2). 2B — CC: Bonner.
Willard and Modrell; McNeley and E Phillibert. W — Willard (7-2). L — McNeley. 2B — CC: Willard. HR — L: McNeley.
HENLEY 3, PHOENIX 2: After dropping both singles matches, Phoenix’s doubles teams came close to flipping the score in the Pirates’ favor but finished just short against Henley at Bear Creek Park.
Phoenix’s No. 2 doubles team of Maggie Bakke and Kaylee Szeremi claimed a 6-0, 6-2 win to tie things at 2-2 after Henley won the No. 1 doubles match. The Pirates’ No. 3 team of Clara Newel and Maddison Gridley also were victorious with a 6-1, 3-6, 10-8 win.
SINGLES: Grace Bernadino, H, d. Courtney House, 7-6, 7-6; Katherine Grayson, H, d. Agatha Hosking 6-1, 3-6 (10-8).
DOUBLES: Elli Smith-Ashliegh Johnston, H, Ally Ellis-Gowri Vellanki PH 6-4.6-3; Maggie Bakke-Kaylee Szeremi, P, d. Laurie Wilkenson-Sydney Cox 6-0, 6-2; Clara Newell-Maddison Gridley, P, d.Riley Honeycut-Katherine Gracy, 6-1, 3-6, (10-8).