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PREP ROUNDUP: Cascade Christian clinches FWL title

Cascade Christian senior Ali Modrell has been a vital part of her softball team’s success all season, but she came up especially clutch Friday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Modrell supplied the go-ahead runs with a fifth-inning double in the opening game of a doubleheader with South Umpqua and then clinched Game 2 with a walk-off grand slam for a pivotal sweep that clinched the Far West League title for the Challengers.

Cascade Christian (13-2) won the opener 4-2 and completed the three-game series sweep with a 14-2 win in six innings in the nightcap.

The Challengers will next play in the eight-team Class 3A playoffs on Tuesday against an opponent to be determined.

South Umpqua (8-4) scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning in Game 1 Friday but the Challengers answered with single runs in the first and third innings to tie the contest at 2-all.

In the fifth, Callie Sweem had a leadoff double and moved to third on an infield single by Zoie Fisher, who finished 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Modrell followed with a two-run double that one-hopped the fence.

“That was a huge hit that double she had,” said Challengers coach Keith Willard. “She’s been hitting the ball well all year. She just keeps battling and takes good cuts every time.”

Katelyn Willard struck out 12 with two walks and three hits allowed in the opener, then returned to fan nine with one walk and four hits allowed in the six-inning Game 2.

Modrell finished 3-for-4 with three runs and five RBIs in the nightcap, including her walk-off grand slam.

Also in Game 2, Willard and Kara Palmer each had two hits and three RBIs, Fisher was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and the Challengers got two hits apiece from McKenzie Bonner and Neha Joseph.

FIRST GAME

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Richardson and Love; Willard and Modrell. W — Willard (12-2). L — Richardson. 2B — CC: Sweem, Modrell.

SECOND GAME

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Kelley, Richardson (5) and Love; Willard and Modrell. W — Willard (13-2). L — Kelley. 2B — SU: Norton; CC: Palmer, Willard. HR — SU: Vey, Richardson; CC: Modrell.

Baseball

HIDDEN VALLEY 10-10, PHOENIX 0-0: At Murphy, Phoenix got a fifth-inning single by Monte Spence in the opener and singles by Trystan Norris and Brandon Zanni in Game 2 but otherwise was held in check by Hidden Valley, which capped an unbeaten Skyline Conference campaign.

Six errors hindered the Pirates (7-8) in the opener, with Justin Wilcox striking out six with no walks and no earned runs allowed in the six-inning contest.

Matt Iwamizu had a three-run home run and Ethan Elzy added a three-run double in a six-run second inning that broke the game open for the Mustangs (15-0).

In the five-inning nightcap, Norris singled in the first and Zanni singled in the third.

FIRST GAME

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Wilcox and Zanni; Hill, Mathew (5) and Matusik. W — Hill. L — Wilcox. 2B — HV: E. Elzy, Hill. HR — HV: M. Iwamizu.

SECOND GAME

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Bolstad, Page (5) and Zanni; E. Elzy, Matusik (5) and Iwamizu. W — E. Elzy. L — Bolstad.

ST. MARY’S 3-9, DOUGLAS 2-17: Beau Aldrich singled home the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning for host St. Mary’s in Game 1 and picked up the pitching victory with nine strikeouts against five hits and two walks allowed.

Sam Shunk singled home Aldrich in the first inning and Alan Gomez singled and scored a second run for the Crusaders (4-11) in the fourth inning. Gomez drew a walk and stole second ahead of Aldrich’s clutch hit in the sixth.

The second game was called in the seventh inning following a lightning strike near St. Mary’s High, marking an unconventional ending to an already unusual baseball season.

Ean Lawrence went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Game 2, while Eli Haynes had two hits and an RBI and Aldrich two hits and two RBIs for St. Mary’s, which celebrated senior night after the twin bill.

FIRST GAME

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Jones and R. O’Toole; Aldrich and Lawrence. W — Aldrich. L — Jones. 2B — D: Jones, Ledbetter.

SECOND GAME

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Ledbetter, Martin (4) and Lounsbury; Russo, Lawrence (3), Johnson (4), Haynes (7) and Aldrich. W — Martin. L — Russo. 2B — D: Christian, Martin, Jones, Hale, Ledbetter 2, Lounsbury, O. Toole; SM: Johnson, Lawrence 2, Haynes.

SOUTH UMPQUA 11-13, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 10-9: At Myrtle Creek, Davis Federico went 2-for-4 with four runs and one RBI and Owen Thompson was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI for Cascade Christian in the opener but South Umpqua rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and won on a walk-off single by Ever Lamm.

Dillon Moody went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs, Sam Martin was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI and Liam Benade went 2-for-4 for the Challengers (5-10) in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

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Federico, Martin (6) and Thompson; Jace Johnson, Cole (5), K. Johnson (7) and Horton. W — K. Johnson. L — Martin. 3B — CC: Reed; SU: Pacheco.

SECOND GAME

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Thompson, Martin (2), Knipps (4) and Stofflet, Thompson (2), Kuyper (5); K. Johnson, Chavez (6), Reedy (7) and Horton. W — K. Johnson. L — Thompson. 2B — CC: Waits, Martin; SU: K. Johnson. 3B — SU: Reedy.

Track and Field

SKYLINE CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix junior Sophia Stubblefield edged sophomore teammate Kyla Potratz by the closest of margins in a dash to the finish line in the 3,000 meters to highlight Day 1 action at Modoc Field.

Stubblefield claimed the conference title by finishing first in 11 minutes, 29.40 seconds. Potratz was an eyelash behind in 11:29.60.

Fa Luafulufa Masalosalo paced the Phoenix boys team by placing second in the discus at 125 feet, 9 inches and third in the shot put (45-0). Dilan Mathieu was third in the 3,000 for the Pirates (9:39.88).

Through four of the 17 events, the Phoenix girls (26) stand second to Hidden Valley (38). Henley is third with 25 points, followed by Mazama (23), North Valley (23) and Klamath Union (21).

On the boys side, the Pirates are fifth with 22 points through five events. Henley leads with 66, followed by Hidden Valley (41), Klamath Union (31), North Valley (23) and Mazama (12).

BOYS

3,000 — 1, Patrick Clayburn, NV, 9:22.51; SHOT PUT — 1, Joseph Northcutt, Hen, 47-3; DISCUS — 1, Bowen Mabou, Hen, 132-7; POLE VAULT — 1, Andrew Edwards, Hen, 12-0; LONG JUMP — 1, Gabriel Burchfield, HV, 21-0.25.

GIRLS

3,000 — 1, Sophia Stubblefield, Pho, 11:29.40; JAVELIN — 1, Kayden Kappas, Maz, 132-5; HIGH JUMP — 1, Grace Girdner, KU, 4-11; LONG JUMP — 1, Karlee Touey, NV, 18-5.

The Cascade Christian softball team celebrates clinching the Far West League championship Friday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.