KLAMATH FALLS — The second-ranked Phoenix Pirates scored a significant victory last Thursday by knocking off then-No.1 Hidden Valley in baseball.
A young Henley team experienced a similar win on Tuesday, taking down the Pirates 4-3 on a windy and snowy afternoon at Henley High School.
The loss is the first in the Skyline Conference for Phoenix (17-3, 9-1 Skyline).
"No question that top to bottom, Phoenix is the best team in our league," said Henley coach Tim Cleland. "We're really young and realize that ... we can beat anybody on any given day."
Henley's Kyle Hankins hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh. The Hornets (9-10, 6-4) received a leadoff double from Rockey Rosser and Phoenix intentionally walked Henley's Nos. 3 and 4 hitters to face Hankins.
The Pirates had tied the game in the top of the seventh on a solo home run from Nick Workman. But Phoenix coach Joe Hagler said his team lost momentum when, with Andrew George on first, Ryan Robinson was hit on a check swing. Umpires initially gave Robinson first base but called him back after ruling that he had attempted to swing at the pitch, resulting in a foul ball and a strike.
Robinson later grounded into a double play.
"That took the air out of us," Hagler said.
George also homered in the game and Jordan Lewis added a double.
Phoenix 001 010 1 — 3 7 0
Henley 102 000 1 — 4 10 2
Lewis, Emerson (6) and Shepherd; Bigby, Conner (7) and Hankins. W — Conner. L — Emerson (7-1). 2B — P: Lewis; H: Rosser. 3B — H: Conner. HR — P: George, Workman.
HIDDEN VALLEY 5, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Rogue River, Nick Bellenbaum, Mike Suthann and Ryan Hayden had run-scoring singles in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie for Hidden Valley (18-2, 9-1 Skyline).
Suthann and Hayden each finished 2-for-4 and Casey Albright pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts and only one walk.
Christian Reyes was 2-for-3 for Rogue River (10-8, 3-7), including a two-run home run to left-center field in the fourth inning.
Hidden Valley 001 100 3 — 5 7 1
Rogue River 000 200 0 — 2 5 0
Albright and Sager; Burman, Haberman (4), Gardner (7) and Lee. W — Albright. L — Haberman (3-3). 2B — RR: Burman. HR — RR: Reyes (1).
NORTH VALLEY 10, ILLINOIS VALLEY 9 — At Merlin, Illinois Valley scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead, only to have North Valley return the favor in the bottom for the win.
North Valley (6-15, 3-7 Skyline) got a leadoff single from John Guzman in the seventh. Later, Joel Shippy's bases-loaded single scored the tying run, and he scored the winner moments later on a wild pitch.
IV scored in the top on a walk and a two-run homer by Chris Carlton.
Shippy was 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Knights. Carlton was 4-for-4 with five RBIs for the Cougars.
Illinois Valley 301 030 2 — 9 9 5
North Valley 230 201 2 — 10 10 5
Bergman, Escalante (4) and Kendall; Weisbart, Sleight (5), DeChenne (6), Werner (7) and Austin. W — Werner (2-1). L — Escalante. 2B — IV: Carlton, Escalante. HR — IV: Carlton; NV: Suits.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, SHELDON 1 — Senior pitcher Griff Boyd fired a four-hit complete game and provided the winning hit with a two-run first-inning double at Harry & David Field.
Casey Kline opened the first for South Medford (10-11, 2-8 SWC) with a single but was erased on Steve Lines' fielder's choice. John Adamson singled, then Boyd delivered the extra-base hit.
The Panthers added an insurance run in the fifth when Lines walked and went all the way to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Adamson, who went 3-4, knocked in Lines with a single.
Sheldon 000 100 0 — 1 4 2
South Medford 200 010 x — 3 7 3
Kayser, Carter (3), Manley (6) and Davis; Boyd and Williamson. W — Boyd (2-4). L — Kayser. 2B — SM: Adamson, Boyd.
Southern Sky Conference
KLAMATH UNION 7-17, MAZAMA 6-16 — At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union broke a 4-all tie with three runs in the top of the seventh to fend off Mazama in the opener, then secured the Southern Sky sweep in a similar Game 2 nail-biter.
Seth Brown had three hits and two RBIs for the Pelicans (5-7 SSC) in Game 1, while Nate Young had two singles and a pair of RBIs.
KU put the pressure on in the nightcap with two runs in the eighth inning and was able to hold the Vikings to only one run in the bottom of the inning for the win. The contest featured nine lead changes.
Aaron Bocchi collected four hits and plated two Pelicans, while Cougar Cruz and Mason Aspera each added two hits and drove in a pair.
Klamath Union 400 000 3 — 7 10 2
Mazama 220 000 2 — 6 8 4
Waardenburg and Cox; Reinhard, N. McDaniel (6) and A. McDaniel, Reinhard (6). W — Waardenburg. L — N. McDaniel. 2B — KU: Cox, Brown; M: Ja. Nelson, Mathis.
Klamath Union 102 322 52 — 17 13 8
Mazama 420 321 31 — 16 15 2
Brown, Matthews (3), Cruz (4) and Cox; Beckman, Ja. Nelson (4), N. McDaniel (4), Mathis (6), Larsen (8) and A. McDaniel, Reinhard (5). 2B — KU: Brown, Waardenburg; M: A. McDaniel 2, N. McDaniel, Ja. Nelson, Bocchi. HR — M: Larsen, Ja. Nelson.
ST. MARY'S 16, CHILOQUIN 4 — At Chiloquin, St. Mary's scored 13 runs in the fourth inning to earn the District 5 win. The game was called after four innings due to snow.
Austin Schrader of St. Mary's (10-4, 7-3 Dist. 5) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, three runs and two stolen bases.
St. Mary's 210 (13) — 16 9 1
Chiloquin 112 0 — 4 4 2
Schrader and Hoffman; Sexton, Springer (4) and Lerma. W — Schrader (1-2). L — Sexton. 2B — C: Jackson; SM: Herrmann.