PREP ROUNDUP: Phoenix falls short in season opener
The Phoenix baseball team was pleased with its season-opening performance Tuesday, even though the scoreboard didn’t swing its direction as South Umpqua held on for a 3-2 victory at Lithia & Driveway Fields.
For a Pirates team that graduated 13 seniors last year — including all of their starters — Phoenix coach Bill Hutchinson was encouraged with his squad’s early effort despite a lack of offensive production.
“We were overall really happy,” said Hutchinson. “It always takes a little longer on offense but we were really happy with our pitching tonight. They did really well.”
South Umpqua put the pressure on early in the contest after scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third inning to seize a 3-0 lead.
The Pirates (0-1) started to get going at the plate in the fifth inning when they scored both of their runs, capped by Andrew Hull’s triple that drove home Jackson Shilts. Ryan Watts also drove home Tanner Norris with an RBI groundout earlier in the frame.
Corey Cunningham was able draw a two-out walk and represent the tying run in the bottom of the sixth but that was as close as the Pirates would come before the final out. The game was called after six innings due to a time limit at the field, formerly known as U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Poor field conditions on Phoenix’s home field in Talent forced the game to be moved to the artificial turf ballpark.
Hull finished 2-for-3 while the pitching platoon of Karver Wolowicz, Julius Bolstad and Hull combined to allow two runs on five hits and struck out six. Wolowicz and Bolstad were both able to escape one-out jams with runners on second and third base in the second and fourth innings, respectively.
Johnson, Chavez (4), Bowers (5) and Horton; Wolowicz, Bolstad (3), Hull (5) and Hull, Jackson (3). W — Chavez (1-00. L — Wolowicz (0-1). 3B — SU: Johnson; P: Hull.
ST. MARY’S 10-11, BONANZA 0-0: St. Mary’s saw four pitchers combine to leave Bonanza hitless in a pair of five-inning season openers at St. Mary’s High.
Seniors Beau Aldrich and Travis Johnson each went unscathed over four innings apiece to earn victories, while Grant Russo and CJ Seggelink finished off the first and second games, respectively, with hitless efforts for the Crusaders (2-0).
Game 1 proved to be a perfect one for St. Mary’s, with Aldrich striking out 10 and Russo fanning two without either allowing a walk.
In Game 2, Johnson struck out four with one walk and one earned run, and Seggelink had one strikeout and one walk.
Aldrich had a pair of two-run hits in the opener, the last serving as a walk-off effort in the mercy rule contest. Aldrich added two hits and two RBIs in the nightcap.
Alan Gomez had two hits in each game, driving in two runs in Game 2. Johnson combined for five hits and two RBIs, while Ean Lawrence had two hits and one RBI in Game 1 and Eli Haynes drove in two in Game 2.
Sieminski, Hill (3) and Mestas; Aldrich, Russo (5) and Lawrence. W — Aldrich (1-0). L — Sieminski. 2B — SM: Haynes, Lawrence.
Kness, Mestas (3) and Mestas, Hill (3); T. Johnson, Seggelink (5) and Shunk. W — Johnson. L — Kness. 2B — SM: Aldrich, Gomez.
SOUTH UMPQUA 5, PHOENIX 0: At Myrtle Creek, Phoenix senior pitcher Raelyssa Goff allowed just six hits and struck out six but the Pirates were unable to find an answer after falling behind early in its season opener.
Four out of the five runs charged to Goff were earned, as she also walked one and hit a batter.
South Umpqua sophomore Kaydence Norton went 2-for-3 and had a two-run home run in the bottom of the second to put the Lancers ahead 2-0.
Junior Tatum Kelley limited the Pirates to just one hit in her complete-game effort, a third-inning single by Goff.
Goff and Brite; Kelley and Love. W — Kelley (1-0). L — Goff (1-0). HR — SU: Norton.
Track & Field
CRUSADER RELAYS: Cascade Christian seniors Autumn Murray and Sierra Samhammer finished second and third, respectively, in the girls long jump and St. Mary’s junior Kyan Hidde was runner-up in the boys shot put to highlight local efforts at Spiegelberg Stadium.
North Valley senior Karlee Touey won the girls long jump by going 18 feet, 3 inches. Murray was second in 17-2 and Samhammer third in 15-8.
Days Creek senior Greg Reedy went 42-4 to win the boys shot put, with Hidde second at 41-10.
Cascade Christian, with Samhammer and Murray each running legs with Elliana Vanlandingham and Jerushah Purrier, placed second in the girls 4x100 relay to North Valley in 54.13 seconds. The Knights won in 52.28, with St. Mary’s placing third in 55.10.
The St. Mary’s boys finished third in the boys 4x100 relay in 48.90.
ST. MARY’S 7, KLAMATH UNION 1: St. Mary’s won three of the four singles matches and swept in doubles to earn the runaway win at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
Titus Stark-Seymour, Jackson Rasmussen and Sriram Dinesh scored singles wins for the Crusaders.
SINGLES: Titus Stark-Seymour, SM, d. Stephen Maurer, 6-1, 6-1; Jackson Rasmussen, SM, d. Tyson Murrey, 6-2, 7-5; Wyatt Cain, KU, d. Landus Ho, 8-7 (10-6); Sriram Dinesh, SM, d. Logan Norton, 8-2.
DOUBLES: Jackson Lopiano-Calvin Chmelir, SM, d. Matt Dupuis-Ryan Nork, 6-0, 6-2; Aidan Flaherty-Alex Wilk, SM, d. Will McAfee-Logan Norton, 6-3, 6-1; Logan Diaz-McNeal-Reid Ravassipour, SM, d. Wyatt Jensen-Jack Jensen, 8-1; Simon DeVries-Liam Cho, SM, d. Ace Rusth-Scott Neupert, 8-2.
ST. MARY’S 6, KLAMATH UNION 2: After splitting the four singles matches 2-all, St. Mary’s swept all four doubles matchups to beat Klamath Union at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
St. Mary’s singles players Pratheeka Weerakoon and Sydney Holdermann each picked up straight-set wins.
SINGLES: Patricia Dougherty, KU, d. Hannah Poisson, 6-0, 6-1; Pratheeka Weerakoon, SM, d. Hailey DeGroat, 6-3, 6-3; Sydney Holdermann, SM, d. Bailyn Amos, 6-2, 6-1; Cassidy Bogatay, KU, d. Lillana Castillo, 6-1, 6-4.
DOUBLES: Sofia Castillo-Nicola Chmellir, SM, d. Sara Leist-Gill Merhoff, 6-3, 6-0; Annabelle Mayerle-Sunga Kim, SM, d. Alyse Perez-Anika Lanner, 6-0, 6-0; Essie Lee-Dalia Ibarra, SM, d. Clarissa Krummel-Peyton Ysen, 6-3, 6-2; Ella Weston-Emily Hauser, SM, d. Hailey DeGroat-Leah Sergura via default.