Glide bounces Challengers out of Class 3A playoffs

Cascade Christian had Glide pitcher Brandon Halter in trouble early in the Class 3A baseball first-round state playoff game at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

But the Challengers didn't capitalize and the Wildcats came on late to post a 6-1 victory Thursday.

The Glide home game was originally set for Roseburg but was moved to Medford because of uncertain weather conditions.

"In the first three innings we leave about eight guys on base," said Cascade Christian coach John Bruce. "In the playoffs, when you get your opportunities, you better take them."

The Challengers got two hits and a walk off Halter, a 6-foot-3 sophomore right-hander, in the first inning but did no damage. Then Andrew Sha led off the second with a triple and never advanced.

Finally, Cascade broke through for its only run in the third inning but had an opportunity to get more.

Jake Miller opened the third with a single, but was picked off first for the second time in the game. Zach Smith and Garrett Banks followed with singles, then Tristan Jones delivered an RBI base hit. Kyle Ferguson walked to load the bases but Halter got out of the jam with a pop up and strikeout.

After tying the game in the fourth, the Wildcats went in front for good on Cory Finlay's two-run homer in the fifth.

Brenden Fricke's leadoff home run in the sixth led to sophomore pitcher Daniel Scottow's undoing. The Wildcats scored two more in the inning to take a 6-1 lead.

"(Scottow) pitched really well for five innings," said Bruce. "He really wasn't throwing badly but mentally the second home run broke him."

While Scottow faltered, Halter found his groove and retired the Challengers in order over the final three frames.

Glide (22-5) advances into today's quarterfinals against league rival Bandon, while Southern Cascade Hybrid champion Cascade Christian completes the season at 18-6.

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Scottow, Huntley (6) and Jones; Halter and Rowe. W — Halter. L — Scottow (8-2). 2B — G: Camozzi. 3B — CC: Sha. HR — G: Finlay, Fricke.

WILLAMINA 10, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Clackamas, senior Sarah Segura rapped a double and triple in a losing effort for Rogue River in the Class 3A first-round playoff contest played in constant rain at Hood View Park.

The Chieftains trailed by just one run after five innings but the West Valley League runner-up scored eight runs on four walks, three hits and an error in the sixth.

Segura tripled and scored on Martha Rodriguez's single to cut the Chieftains' deficit to 2-1 in the fifth.

Rodriguez had two hits for Rogue River (15-9).

Sammie Bowman sparked Willamina with three hits and two runs. Willamina (19-8) will host Horizon Christian in today's quarterfinal round.

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Whittaker and Perkins; Milton and Davis. W — Milton. L — Whittaker (13-8). 2B — RR: Segura, Gomez; W: S. Bowman 2. 3B — RR: Segura.

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