KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — With three regular season games remaining, Klamath Union is closing in on its first baseball league title since 1990. On Tuesday, it was cross-town rival Mazama opening that stretch, hosting the Pelicans at Kiger Stadium.
Dylan Smith not only hit a first inning three-run home run, but also struck out 10-plus on the Mazama mound.
It was errors though that doomed the Vikings, as Klamath Union scored runs in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh to come-from-behind for a 5-3 win. KU starter Kody Kuhlman finished with a complete game win, striking out 14.
The Pels need to beat Hidden Valley once on Saturday (Noon – 960 the Sports Legend) to guarantee a share of the Skyline Conference title; with a sweep, KU will win it outright.
Across the mountains, Henley tallied a season-high 15 runs to beat Phoenix 15-2. With the win and the Mazama loss, Henley currently holds the fourth and most likely final playoff spot in the league.
Tulelake swept Big Valley 5-1 and 2-1. In a tight match, Lost River downed Bonanza 10-9.
Henley Wins Softball Title
The Henley Hornets softball team wrapped up the Skyline Conference title beating Phoenix 12-1. It was the 13th striaght win for Henley, giving the Hornets a three-game lead in the standings with two to play.
Bonanza lost to Lost River 15-0. Lost River plays host to Chiloquin today at 4:30 p.m. Butte Falls beat Prospect 6-4 on Monday.