Pirates open season by sweeping St. Mary's

TALENT — The Phoenix Pirates experienced their fair share of thrills in a season-opening baseball doubleheader against St. Mary's on Saturday.

"We're trying to learn to deal with adversity," Pirates' head coach Bill Hutchinson said, "by getting tougher as we go."

Mission accomplished.

Calvin Decker delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth to clinch a 7-6 win for the Pirates in the opener, and sophomore pitcher Israel Navarro overcame a shaky first inning to lead Phoenix to a 12-2, six-inning rout in Game 2 as it swept St. Mary's in nonconference action at Hagler-James Field.

In the first game, St. Mary's (1-3) scored two runs in the top of the seventh to extend the game, but Phoenix turned a clutch 6-4-3 double play in the eighth before winning the game on Decker's drive to right in the bottom of the inning. Decker's opposite-field hit came on an 0-2 count.

"We've been working with him, talking about just letting the ball get deep on him and he did," Hutchinson said. "It was a beautiful hit. He's always been a clutch hitter."

Phoenix starting pitcher Zach Kentner surrendered four runs — two earned — in six innings with four strikeouts before giving way to Kyle Botermans in the seventh. Aaron Hutchinson picked up the win after getting out of the eighth-inning jam.

In Game 2, Navarro surrendered two runs on three singles and two hit batters in the top of the first, but recovered to pick up the win after shutting down the Crusaders over the next four innings.

Justin McCready went 4-for-4 with three RBIs in the nightcap to wrap up a perfect 8-for-8 day that included two doubles. Also for Phoenix, Max Potter was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs, Kentner 2-for-2 with three runs and two walks and Knute Thompson 2-for-3 with two runs.


St. Mary's 040 000 20 — 6 5 2

Phoenix 140 001 01 — 7 12 3

C. Aviles, Hammonds (6) and Mullholland; Kentner, Botermans (7), Hutchinson (8) and McCready. W — Hutchinson (1-0). L — Hammonds. 2B — P: Kentner, McCready.


St. Mary's 200 000 — 2 3 3

Phoenix 140 502 — 12 16 3

Smith, N. Aviles (5) and Mullholland; Navarro, Hutchinson (6) and McCready. W — Navarro (1-0). L — Smith. 2B — P: Kentner, McCready, Thompson.

HIDDEN VALLEY 11-10, BROOKINGS 1-5 — At Brookings, Roman Fretz supplied a three-run double to break open the first game and a two-run double to spark Hidden Valley in the second game of a nonleague sweep.

Fretz finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs in Game 1 and was 2-for-2 with three RBIs in Game 2 for the Mustans (3-0).

Tyler Campbell was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and James Chastain allowed one hit with six strikeouts and one walk in the opener.

In Game 2, A.J. Munoz was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Jay Hain 2-for-4 with one RBI.


Hidden Valley 002 315 0 — 11 8 0

Brookings 100 000 0 — 1 1 5

Chastain and Hults; Baldridge, Edwards (5) and Ellers. W — Chastain (2-0). L — Baldridge. 2B — HV: Fretz.


Hidden Valley 600 040 0 — 10 9 0

Brookings 200 200 1 — 5 9 0

Norberg and Hults; Murray, Manley (1), Ellers (6) and Ellers, Bench (6). W — Norberg (1-0). L — Murray. 2B — HV: Fretz; B: Manley.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 9-14, PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 1-4 — At Cave Junction, Zach Welch tossed a complete game in the opener and was 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple, double and three RBIs in the second game to power Illinois Valley.

Welch struck out eight and walked one in the first game, allowing only one unearned run. He received plenty of support as well, as Eric Miller and William Housel each went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

In Game 2, Jason Bardeimeier struck out 10 in another complete-game pitching performance for the Cougars (2-1). Also for IV, Lander Nordal was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs and Shea Mather 3-for-4 with two RBIs.


Prospect-Butte Falls 001 000 0 — 1 3 3

Illinois Valley 002 115 x — 9 17 4

May, Givens (6) and Castro; Welch and Housel. W — Welch (1-1). L — May. 2B — IV: Miller, Welch, Housel.


Prospect-Butte Falls 111 010 0 — 4 4 2

Illinois Valley 533 020 x — 13 14 4

Givens, Scofield (5), Driskell (5) and Castro; Bardeimeier and Housel. W — Bardeimeier (1-0). L — Givens. 2B — P: Givens; IV: Nordal 2, Mather, Welch, Housel. 3B — IV: Bardeimeier, Welch.


GRANTS PASS 3-1, SOUTH EUGENE 1-0 — At Grants Pass, Amy Robinson combined for 22 strikeouts and allowed only six hits in the twin bill to lead Grants Pass to the nonconference sweep.

Robinson struck out 13 with no walks in the opener, then fanned nine with one walk in Game 2 for the Cavers (3-1).

Jadyn Lenard supplied a two-run single in the first inning to key GP in the opener, while Nicole Godwin had two hits.

Taylor Thomas had two hits in the nightcap, with Jacque Luaders reaching on a two-out double in the fifth and scoring on Thomas' single.


South Eugene 000 010 0 — 1 3 2

Grants Pass 200 001 x — 3 4 1

Henshaw and Silver; Robinson and Lenard. W — Robinson (2-1). L — Henshaw. 2B — GP: Godwin.


South Eugene 000 000 0 — 0 3 0

Grants Pass 000 010 x — 1 4 3

Leiblein and Silver; Robinson and Doman. W — Robinson (3-1). L — Leiblein. 2B — GP: Thomas, Luaders.

PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 19-17, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0-7 — At Cave Junction, Alee Pinkerton picked up both pitching victories and went a combined 6-for-8 in the nonconference sweep for Prospect-Butte Falls.

Pinkerton had five strikeouts and five RBIs in the five-inning opener, combining on a no-hitter with freshman Katie Munsell.

Halee Hedgpeth went 6-for-8 in the twin bill, while Taylor Bernhardt was 3-for-4 in the opener for the Cougars (3-0).


Prospect-BF 16(12) 00 — 19 15 1

Illinois Valley 000 00 — 0 0 2

Pinkerton, Munsell (4) and Thompson; Stewart and Augustadt. W — Pinkerton (2-0). L — Stewart. 2B — P: Thompson, Munsell, Bailey.


Prospect-BF (11)10 50 — 17 21 2

Illinois Valley 200 23 — 7 4 2

Munsell, Pinkerton (3) and Thompson; Stewart and Augustadt. W — Pinkerton (3-0). L — Stewart. 2B — P: Creech, Hedgpeth 2.

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