Klamath Falls — Entering Wednesday’s pairing with a perfect 3-0 record in league play, the Mazama Vikings were matched up with the Hidden Valley Mustangs, who entered 0-3 in league play and were spinning the wheels entering the day. However, the Mustangs jeopardized the Vikings perfect start to their league season by digging them into a hole early on, but it was the persistence and nose to the grindstone effort from Mazama that got them through the fire.
The action kicks off in the second inning when back-to-back walks put a pair of runners aboard for Hidden Valley. Chloe Owens delivered an RBI single after a passed ball scored the first run of the game, followed up with a Vikings error that allowed Alex Hill to reach and scored Owens to make it 3-0. The party continued three batters later, as Bailey Sandquist drilled a pair of runners home on a single to extend the Mustang lead to 5-0 after 1 1/2 innings. In the bottom of the third, Kennedy Lease got Mazama on the board by bringing home Cambria Meyer on a Hidden Valley error, cutting the deficit to 5-1. Gracie Hamilton followed up a pair of hitters later with an RBI groundout that made the game trim down to 5-2 after three innings in Klamath Falls.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Hidden Valley struck back to add an insurance run on an Owens RBI groundout to extend the Mustangs lead to 6-2. Mazama loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, scoring a run on a Caelyn Davis groundout to cut it down to a 6-3 game. With two on and two outs, Maggie Pizano drilled a deep two RBI triple to the outfield, making the game down to a 6-5 score after five innings against Hidden Valley. Another Mazama error in the top of the sixth made the game a 7-5 Mustangs lead, but the Vikings tied the game in the bottom of the frame on an error and sacrifice fly, giving us a 7-7 score entering the seventh inning. Rhylee Utley and Ashlyn Lueker reached base in the bottom of the seventh via walk and Hidden Valley error, setting up a walk-off single from Cambria Meyer to keep Mazama’s perfect league record intact 8-7 over Hidden Valley.
Gracie Hamilton and Maggie Pizano each had two RBI’s for Mazama, Caelyn Davis had one, and Cambria Meyer’s lone one came on the walk-off single. For Hidden Valley, Bailey Sandquist and Chloe Owens led the way with a pair of RBI’s apiece in the defeat. These two meet again on Saturday for a doubleheader in Medford, with Mazama looking to keep their perfect record and Hidden Valley searching for their first league win.
Footnote: Header Photo is credited to Brian Gailey, Klamath Sports Network