Challengers earn SCH's No. 1 seed

Dillon Huntley and Daniel Scottow combined for a five-hit shutout as Southern Cascade Hybrid baseball champion Cascade Christian defeated Rogue River 8-0 to win the league playoffs Friday at Harry & David Field.

Both teams advance to the 16-team Class 3A state playoffs that begin Wednesday. Opponents and sites are to be determined by the OSAA power rankings.

"The odds are we'll be traveling," said Cascade Christian coach John Bruce, whose team was 11th in the latest power rankings. "We could be the only league winner to be on the road."

Rogue River (9-13) is listed as 23rd in the power rankings.

Huntley allowed five hits in 41/3 innings. Scottow retired all 10 batters he faced and induced a double play to get out of the fifth inning.

"Daniel was a strike machine today," said Bruce. "He doesn't mess around."

Garrett Banks produced the big hit — a bases-clearing double — in the fourth inning to give Cascade Christian a 6-0 lead.

"That was essentially the game right there," said Bruce.

Jake Miller had two hits for the Challengers (18-5), including an RBI single in the second.

Bruce said Rogue River was at a disadvantage having to play three games in three days.

"They ran out of arms and were just tired," said Bruce. "We played errorless ball, our pitchers battled and shut them out and we executed well offensively when we got people in scoring position."

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Cascade Christian 111 320 x — 8 7 0

DuPont, Worthington (3), Roohr (5) and Gomez; Huntley, Scottow (5) and Jones. W — Huntley (7-1). L — Dupont. 2B — CC: Banks.

NORTH VALLEY 7, SIUSLAW 2 — At Florence, North Valley cranked out 12 hits and did not commit an error in its Class 4A state play-in victory.

Steven Parker pitched four strong innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits and two walks after entering in the second inning for the Knights (14-12).

Josh Cowell, Jake Herklotz, Joel Shippy and Jon Guzman all had two hits against Far West League champion Siuslaw (15-7).

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Beard, S. Parker (2), Shippy (6) and Schmoll; Smith, Snow (4) and Thompson. W — S. Parker. L — Smith. 2B — NV: Shippy, S. Parker, Todaro, J. Guzman; S: Holmes. 3B — S: Smith.

PHOENIX 4, DOUGLAS 3 — At Winston, Makayla Scoggins recorded three hits and two RBIs and Delanie Tally threw a five-hitter with six strikeouts to lift Phoenix to a stunning Class 4A state play-in victory over Far West League champion Douglas (17-7).

Mia Alanez offered two hits for the Pirates (7-16), who will next travel to play in a first-round state playoff game on Wednesday against an opponent to be determined.

Sadie Birch provided all of Douglas' offense, hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning and a two-run shot in the sixth.

In the circle, Tally had no walks and induced a pair of groundouts and a strikeout in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal the upset.

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Douglas 000 102 0 — 3 5 0

Tally and Giron; Zanni and Jacobs. W — Tally (6-9). L — Zanni. 2B — P: Bradfield, Alanez; D: Alexander. HR — D: Birch 2.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 19, LAKEVIEW 2, 5 inn. — At Rogue River, Cascade Christian secured a state playoff berth for the fifth straight year with the Southern Cascade Hybrid playoff victory.

Amanda Kinney sparked a 13-run outburst in the second inning for the Challengers (13-10). Kinney had two singles and four RBIs in the frame, finishing with three hits and six RBIs.

Sawyer Benzley opened the second with a single and came around to score the first run, then drove in two more runs with a double in the inning.

Meghan Higday went 3-for-3 with two runs and Veronica Martinez added two hits, three RBIs and three runs for the Challengers. Haley Casebier chipped in two hits.

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Cascade Christian 2(13)0 4x — 19 14 1

Trish and Jesenia; Gallo and J. Martinez. W — Gallo (12-7). L — Trish. 2B — CC: Casebier, Benzley.

ROGUE RIVER 11, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1, 5 inn. — At Rogue River, Lacey Swangel belted a two-run homer and Rogue River capitalized on five Cascade Christian errors in the SCH playoff game to decide the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds at state.

Both teams adance into the 16-team 3A state playoffs, with SCH champion Rogue River likely to host a playoff game Wednesday and the Challengers (13-11) likely to start on the road. Matchups and site of games will be determined by the OSAA power ranking system.

The Chieftains (15-8) ended the game with a four-run surge in the fifth. Swangel's home run scored the first two runs, then Sarah Perkins walked and Kaylea Reber singled before Carolanne Whittaker and Kailin Honea delivered RBI hits.

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Rogue River 133 04 — 11 8 3

Gallo and J. Martinez; Whittaker and Perkins. W — Whittaker. L — Gallo (12-8). HR — RR: Swangel.

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