Phoenix rallies past Mazama, settles for Skyline split
TALENT — Phoenix scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally past Mazama in the first game before the visiting Vikings rolled to a 9-1 win in Game 2 in a Skyline Conference baseball doubleheader Friday at Hagler-James Field.
The Pirates lost the first game of the three-game series 9-5 on Wednesday and were two outs away from dropping the second before staging a dramatic comeback capped by senior Chase Courtney’s walk-off single.
Jonathan Halligan sparked the rally with a one-out hit and scored on Braeden Watts’ single to left. Following an error, a passed ball and an intentional walk, Liam Serean singled up the middle to drive in the tying run. That set up Courtney, who stroked a 1-1 pitch off Mazama reliever Aidan Schram that bounced just out of the reach of Mazama’s shortstop.
“They were really excited, I can’t even put it into words,” Phoenix coach Bill Hutchinson said. “That’s the second time they’ve done that this year.”
Halligan went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Watts 2-for-4 to lead Phoenix (11-5, 4-2 Skyline) in the opener. For Mazama (5-6, 2-4), McCrea Hamilton had a double and a triple and Bill Miller homered.
In the second game, Mazama scored three runs in the first inning, led 6-0 through three and rode pitcher Devin Monteith to a dominant series-clinching victory.
Monteith struck out three and walked two while allowing one run in the complete-game performance, and Hamilton, who had four RBIs on the day, had two hits.
Phoenix’s next three-game Skyline series, which starts with one game Wednesday, is against Henley (12-1, 4-0), the 2017 Class 4A state runner-up.
“We’ve got some things to work on for sure, especially offensively,” Hutchinson said, “but we always play Henley tough.”
Mazama 202 010 1 — 6 6 3
Phoenix 300 010 3 — 7 10 2
Smigaj, Schram (7) and Hamilton; Martinez, Stella (6) and Serean. W — Martinez (3-1). L — Smigaj. 2B — M: Hamilton; P: Serean. 3B — M: Hamilton, Reynolds. HR — M: Miller.
Mazama 312 010 2 — 9 10 3
Phoenix 000 000 1 — 1 5 1
Monteith and Hamilton; Knudson, Beer (3), Serean (7) and Merriman. W — Monteith. L — Knudson (3-1). 2B — M: Monteith, Schram, Gibson. 3B — M: Hamilton.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8, GLIDE 2: At Glide, Gunnar Thompson was as good with the bat in his hand as he was behind the plate, going 3-for-3 to lead Cascade Christian in the nonconference affair.
Thompson’s double got the Challengers (6-6) started in the . He would score on Davis Federico’s base knock.
At catcher, Thompson excelled defensively, threw a runner out at second base and worked well with starting pitcher Caleb Knight, who threw five innings of scoreless ball, allowing just one hit and one walk to go with a pair of strikeouts.
Federico finished 2-for-4.
Cascade Christian 022 030 1 — 8 9 0
Glide 000 000 2 — 2 2 2
Knight, Payne (6), McLemore (7) and Thompson; Kangiser, Alexander (6) and Holland. W — Knight (1-2). L — Kangiser. 2B — CC: Thompson.
ASHLAND SPLITS: At Eugene, Ashland won all four doubles matches en route to a 6-2 victory over Sheldon but dropped three tie-breakers to fall to North Bend, 5-3, at the Marist tournament.
Against Sheldon, Ashland’s No. 1 singles player Rox Rogers picked up the first of his two straight-set wins on the day, defeating Garret Laurie 6-2, 6-3. Ashland swept doubles play, including a nip-and-tuck No. 4 doubles match, which Adrian Rennie and Simon Cropper pulled out over Jon Trefethen and Ethan Wagner, 4-6, 6-1, 10-7.
ASHLAND 6, SHELDON 2
SINGLES: Rox Rogers, A, d. Garret Laurie, 6-2, 6-2; Andy Vestal, S, d. Yize Yuan, 6-2, 6-2; Elan Teichman, A, d. Aaron Henley, 6-4, 7-5; Luis Tort, S, d. Dawson Yang.
DOUBLES: Nur Shelton-Braden Rogers, A, d. Daniel Choi-Alex Song, 6-0, 6-3; Henry Cook-Gabe Dryer, A, d. Jacob Eddy-Nathan Yeh, 7-6, 6-2; Artem Fiscer-Simon Dirienzo, A, d. Owen Mau-Aiden Olsen, 6-2, 6-0; Adrian Rennie-Simon Cropper, A, d. Jon Trefethen-Ethan Wagner, 4-6, 6-1, 10-7.
NORTH BEND 5, ASHLAND 3
SINGLES: Rox Rogers, A, d. Matthew Jordan, 6-0, 6-0; Kendall Ehlin, NB, d. Yize Yum, 6-4, 6-1; James Farlow, NB, d. Elan Teichman, 2-6, 6-3, 10-7; Nico Parum, NB, d. Dawson Yang, 6-4, 6-3.
DOUBLES: Graham Lyons-Lucas Paruin, NB, d. Nur Shelton-Braden Rogers, 6-3, 0-6, 10-8; Jack Wilson-Bryce Hadley, NB, d. Henry Cook-Gabe Dryer, 3-6, 6-0, 10-2; Artem Fiscer-Simon Dirienzo, A, d. Jorge Sontacruz-Seth Marshall, 6-4, 6-2; Simon Cropper-Adrian Rennie, A, d. Romig Beley-Spencer Spini, 7-6, 6-3.