The Phoenix Pirates baseball team kept their bats blazing against Cascade Christian on Friday.
Dylan Knudson finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases for the Pirates, who took the lead for good in the fourth inning en route to a 7-3 victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
“This win gives us a lot of confidence going into league play,” says Pirates coach Bill Hutchinson, whose squad begins Skyline Conference play Wednesday and is averaging over nine runs per game.
Knudson also started the game at the mound and looked sharp over the first two innings but began to lose command in the third where the Challengers (1-6) chalked up three runs and tied it at 3-all. Knudson was lifted with two outs and the bases loaded for reliever Freedom Martinez.
Martinez not only escaped the jam but picked up his first win of the season. He allowed just one hit and one walk over the next three frames before giving way to reliever Liam Serean in the seventh.
“He did a great job tonight,” said Hutchinson on Martinez. “He was pitching ahead in the count quite a bit.”
The Pirates (7-3) scored four runs on four hits in the fourth, highlighted by three consecutive his from Serean, Chase Courtney and Knudson.
The Pirates staff allowed just three hits on the afternoon.
Brennen Watts went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and scored a couple of runs, Courtney was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and Kevin Botermans went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs.
The contest was originally scheduled to be played in Phoenix but wet field conditions forced the move to U.S. Cellular.
Phoenix 210 240 1 — 10 13 1
Cascade Christian 003 000 1 — 4 3 4
Knudson, Martinez (3), Serean (7) and Merriman; Reece, Knight (4), Thompson (6) and Thompson, Reece (6). W — Martinez (1-1). L — Knight. 2B — P: Watts; CC: Thompson.
HIDDEN VALLEY 8-9, ROGUE RIVER 1-1: At Murphy, Class 4A Hidden Valley held 3A Rogue River to a single run in each end of the nonconference doubleheader.
The Chieftains (3-4) were limited to one hit in the opener — a third-inning leadoff triple by Henry Black, who scored Rogue River’s run on a passed ball.
Caughlin Shults went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Mustangs (9-2) in Game 1.
Rogue River got two of its three hits in a run-scoring seventh inning of the nightcap. Cameron Hooker singled and came around to score on Jimmy Geiger’s RBI base hit.
For Hidden Valley, Joel Williamson had two hits, including a bases-loaded triple in the fourth, and Kolton Fisher’s three-run homer in the sixth was his second hit of the game.
Rogue River 001 000 0 — 1 1 2
Hidden Valley 500 003 x — 8 9 0
Nelson and J. Tambellini; DiMatteo, Matusik (6) and Iwamizu W — DiMatteo. L — Nelson (2-1). 2B — HV: Shults. 3B — RR: Black .
Rogue River 000 000 1 — 1 3 3
Hidden Valley 104 004 x — 9 11 0
Black and J. Tambellini; Dolantree, Shults (7) and DiMatteo. W — Dolantree. L — Black (1-1). 2B — HV: Wright, Shults. 3B — HV: Williamson. HR — HV: Fisher.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4-6, PHOENIX 3-16: Ali Modrell had the game-winning hit in the opener for Cascade Christian before Phoenix salvaged a split by winning in six innings via the 10-run mercy rule in the nightcap of a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
In Game 1, Modrell’s double belted home Kara Palmer to break the 3-all tie in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Challengers’ Katelyn Willard picked up the win from the circle, striking out eight while allowing three runs — one earned — on three hits and eight walks. She also finished 2-for-3 and scored a run.
Brooke Kentner drove in two runs for the Pirates (4-3).
In Game 2, Makenna Page went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs, Kate Hanson went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and three runs scored while Halie Bowman finished 3-for-4 with a pair or runs and a couple of RBIs for the Pirates. Claire Mathewson was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Willard drove had two doubles and drove in three for the Challengers (6-5).
Cascade Christian 001 020 1 — 4 6 4
Phoenix 110 001 0 — 3 3 5
Willard and Modrell; Mathewson and Bowman. W — Willard (6-5). L — Mathewson. 2B — P: Kentner; CC: Clark, Modrell, Willard.
Cascade Christian 240 000 — 6 5 7
Phoenix 811 213 — 16 14 9
Payne, Mayben (4) and Modrell; Mathewson, Hanson and Bowman. W — Mathewson. L — Payne (0-1). 2B — CC: Willard 2; P: Kentner, Bowman, Hanson. 3B — P: Hanson.
Track and Field
CHEHALEM CLASSIC: At Newberg, the Crater girls took eighth out of 14 teams, while the Comet boys finished 14th out of 16 schools.
Senior Emily Thomason turned in the Comet girls top performance — a third place in the pole vault with a jump of 10-feet.
Maya Van Hook, a junior, and freshman Kylie Anderson tied for fifth in the long jump (15-7) and Ariane Marks placed sixth in the 1,500 (5:13.88) for the Comets.
Crater’s boys highlight was accomplished by Cody Fisher’s second place in the discus (141-4).
BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1, Newberg, 73; 2, Century 60; 3, Westview 55; 4, Beaverton 51; 5, Sunset 48; 6, Willamette 44; 7, Lakeridge 42; 8, (tie) Central and Franklin, 40; 10, Forest Grove 31; 11, Hillsboro 17; 12, Glencoe 15; 13, Clackamas, 12; 14, Crater 11; 15, Veritas 4; 16, Mountainside 3.
GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1, Glencoe 77; 2, Beaverton 75; 3, Westview 72; 4, Clackamas 69; 5, Sunset 67.5; 6, Newberg, 61.5; 7, Lakeridge 30; 8, Crater 23; 9, Forest Grove 19; 10, Franklin 18; 11, Hillsboro 12, 12, Mountainside 11; 13, Century 9; 14, Willamette 2.
RIDGEVIEW INVITATIONAL: At Sprague’s Quincy Beyrouty registered a 77 to notch medalist honors and Bend (377) edged runnerup Sprague by five strokes to win the team title.
Nauvoo Beal pared four of her last six holes to post a 43 on the back nine after turning the corner with a 47 on the front.
TEAM SCORES: Bend 377, Sprague 382, Hermiston 388, Pendleton 412, Ridgeview 425, Crook County 435, Eagle Point 438, Summit 446, Woodburn 468, Mountain View 476, Lebanon 499, Redmond 499.
INDIVIDUALS (Top 5): 1, Quincy Beyrouty, Sprague, 77; 2, Sophie Dalphonsi, Summit, 83; 3, Megan George, Pendleton, 88; 4, Nauvoo Beal, Eagle Point, 90; 5 (tie), Makenzi McLeod, Pendleton, and Grace West, Bend, 91.
EAGLE POINT (438): Nauvoo Beal 47-43—90, Ryleigh Gainey 55-46—101, Kelsi Monroe 57-55—112, Jacoby Adams 71-64—135.
SOUTH MEDFORD 4, GRANTS PASS 4: South Medford’s Jay Panchel and Caleb Buckman teammed to upend Reece Polen and Nathan Campbell of Grants Pass, 6-4, 6-1, in a battle of doubles top seeds.
South’s lone win in singles came in No. 4 where Ian Grady defeated Jacob Dryden, 6-1, 6-1.
SINGLES: Anthony Maravilla, GP, d. Elliott Hikade, 6-4, 6-1; Ty Neville, GP, d. Jacob Keller, 6-0, 6-1; Jaxon Shatza, GP, d. Brayden Wente, 6-2, 6-2; Ian Grady, SM, d. Jacob Dryden, GP, 6-1, 6-1.
DOUBLES: Jay Panchel-Caleb Buckman, SM, d. Reece Polen-Nathan Campbell, 6-0, 6-2; Seth Parks-Blake Bennett, SM, d. Zach Olson-Christian Pendleton, 6-3, 6-2; Kasper Christensen-Jacob Nelson, GP, d. Cole Costanti-Daniel Schlosser, 7-5, 6-0; Jase Graham-Ryon Crick, SM, d. Zach Wright-Elgin Noveske, 6-4, 6-4.
ASHLAND 5, KLAMATH UNION 3: At Ashland, Ashland’s only loss in doubles was at No. 1 where Elyse Englesradtor and Mya Phelps of Klamath Union prevailed against Tia Wilhelm and Grace Smith, 6-4, 7-5.