Sweet Home 4, South Umpqua 3

SWEET HOME — The South Umpqua Lancers dropped a 4-3 decision to Sweet Home in nine innings in a Class 4A play-in baseball game on Thursday.

“It was a great game on both sides,” said S.U. coach Steve Stebbins. “We had opportunities to win offensively, but couldn’t get the big hit. Our kids did a good job of not giving up on the season and finishing decent.”

Bailey Johnson struck out eight batters and walked two for S.U. (12-14 overall) before being relieved by Cody Gray in the ninth. Gray took the loss.

South Umpqua finished with seven hits. Gray and Anthony Rondeau had doubles.

The Lancers took the lead in the third inning with a run and added two more runs in the fourth inning to make it 3-1. Keanu Aiona hit a solo home run in the sixth inning for the Huskies (18-5) to tie up the game.

Sweet Home’s Keegan Holly advanced to second base on a passed ball and then moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning. The Lancers intentionally walked two batters to load the bases, then Colton Smith hit an RBI single for Sweet Home to end the game.

S. Umpqua 001 200 000 — 3 7 5

Sweet Home 000 111 001 — 4 10 1

Johnson, Gray (9) and Gross; Stafford and Aiona. WP — Stafford. LP — Gray. 2B — Gray (SU), Rondeau (SU), Elder (SH). HR — Aiona (SH).

C. Christian 7,

UVC 5

Cascade Christian defeated Umpqua Valley Christian 7-5 on Thursday night in a nonleague baseball game at Bill Gray Stadium at Legion Field.

The 1A Monarchs took a 2-1 lead in the second inning, but the 3A Challengers (15-11) scored twice in the third to go ahead 3-2. The Monarchs tied up the game at 4-4 in the fifth inning and took the lead with one run in the sixth.

Cascade Christian rallied, though, with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Both clubs committed five errors.

CJ Gale batted 3-for-4 with an RBI for UVC (18-7). Kolby Mahoney and Jacob Mesa each knocked in runs.

The Monarchs will host a 2A/1A playoff game on May 24.

C. Christian 102 010 3 — 7 9 5

UVC 110 021 0 — 5 9 5

Reece, West (5) and Shields, Reece (5); Buechley, Pettibone (7) and Sanders. WP — West. LP — Pettibone. 2B — Reece 2 (C).

Softball

N. Douglas 5, Monroe 3

DRAIN — The North Douglas Warriors earned the No. 1 seed out of Special District 3 for the Class 2A/1A softball playoffs after beating Monroe 5-3 on Thursday at Howard Hooker Field.

Nicki Derrick batted 2-for-4 for North Douglas (18-4 overall), hitting a double in the second inning and adding a two-run double in the sixth. Amy Dooley and Natalie Draeger were both 2-for-4.

Derrick pitched the win, striking out 19 Dragons. She gave up seven hits.

The Warriors will host a state playoff game on May 24.

Monroe 001 002 0 — 3 7 3

N. Douglas 010 103 X — 5 8 2

Warden and Greene; Derrick and Toy. WP — Derrick. LP — Warden. 2B — Derrick 2 (ND)

Monroe 4, Oakland 3

DRAIN — Tyler Warden hit a two-run home run and Monroe scored four unearned runs in the sixth inning to top Oakland 4-3 in a Special District 3 softball playoff game on Thursday.

Oakland (14-10) led 1-0 entering the sixth, but an error led to eighth-ranked Monroe advancing to the district championship game against North Douglas.

Kylee Bean struck out seven and allowed just five hits in the loss.

Monroe’s Warden was the winning pitcher after scattering eight hits and five walks while striking out four.

Seleena Duck batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and Emily Patt was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Oakers, who may still receive a Class 2A/1A at-large playoff berth based upon their No. 12 ranking.The rankings will freeze Saturday night.

Oakland 000 100 2 —3 8 4

Monroe 000 004 x — 4 5 3

Bean and Duck; Warden and Greene. WP — Warden. LP — Bean. HR — Warden (M). 2B — K. Bean (O), Duck (O), Ballard (M).

Lacrosse

Thurston 8, Roseburg 7

SPRINGFIELD — The Roseburg boys lacrosse team lost 8-7 in overtime to Thurston on Tuesday in its last Southwest Conference game.

“Overall I think this is a great season,” said RHS coach Dave Heverly. “It’s always good to get to the state playoffs and play one of the top teams.”

Thurston was ahead 5-3 at halftime, but the Indians came back to tie up the game at 7-7 in the fourth quarter. Trevor Orlando scored the winning goal in overtime for the Colts (6-10, 4-6 SWC).

Tanner Reber had three goals and two assists, while Ethan Stoner, Lyle Lee, Scott Harvey and Nathan Lund each chipped in goals for Roseburg (10-4, 7-3).

The Indians, who finished second in the conference behind Sheldon, open the Class 6A state playoffs on the road today against Lakeridge.

Part-time sports reporter Mckenzy Gausnell can be reached by email at mgausnell@nrtoday.com.

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