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CENTRAL POINT — Early morning starts concern any coach but Crater's baseball team showed no ill effects during its 10 a.m. opener against Sprague in the sixth annual Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field on Tuesday.
The Comets scored in every inning and opened an 11-3 lead through four innings before holding on for a 15-10 victory over the visiting Olympians in a game shortened to six innings due to a time limit.
"Their coach had them up at 7:45 in the morning to work on the field so by the time the game got here it probably felt like 2 o'clock for them," Crater head coach Jay Campbell jokingly said of ensuring his players were ready to play at 10. "We came out with good energy. You always do worry about a 10 o'clock game and the kids being tired, but they came out with good energy and were focused."
Corey Wynant's two-run home run in the second inning helped the Comets (4-0) open a 6-3 advantage on Sprague (1-2). Blake Fahndrich added a three-run homer in the fifth to help Crater stave off a potential rally by the Olympians, who scored seven of their runs over the final two frames.
"We had a pretty commanding lead until those last innings," said Campbell. "We played pretty good baseball. We made one error and had a good approach at the plate again today and were able to score a run in every inning and that's our goal, so I was happy with two of three phases of our game today."
Evan Erskine went 2-for-3 with three runs and one RBI while Ty Fox was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and also picked up the pitching victory for Crater.
Sprague's Dakota Albrecht was 2-for-3 with two runs and Cody Hagopian 2-for-3 with one RBI.
In Tuesday's other openers, Grants Pass and Barlow were forced to settle for a 4-4 tie due to the time limit; Westview, led by standout Carson Kelly, topped Lakeridge 9-0; and Jesuit edged West Linn 4-2.
Pool play continues through Thursday at Anhorn Field — weather permitting — with the placing games set for Friday. Start times each day of the tournament are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., with games potentially moved to U.S. Cellular Community Park should rain make Anhorn unplayable.
Sprague 120 043 — 10 8 4
Crater 241 44x — 15 10 1
Biggs, Herbert (2), Hoyt (4), Crocker (5) and Smith; Fox, Pardee (5), Preston (5), Fahndrich (6) and Aplin. W — Fox (1-0). L — Biggs. 2B — S: Albrecht. HR — C: Fahndrich (1), Wynant (3).
GRANTS PASS 4, BARLOW 4, 8 inn. — At Central Point, Grants Pass rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't push across the go-ahead run in a game that ended in a tie due to a time limit at the sixth annual Crater Spring Break Tournament.
Justin Spinner slapped a two-run single in the third inning to cut the deficit in half for the Cavemen (0-4-1). In the seventh, Tyler Bennett's grounder to the shortstop scored one run and Ryan Lackey was walked with two outs and the bases loaded to even the score. Barlow (2-2-1) got out of the jam by inducing an inning-ending groundout to second base.
Neither team threatened to score in the eighth.
Chris Leenknecht was 2-for-4 for GP, while Andrew Polder allowed four hits and two earned runs in seven innings. Polder struck out five and walked two.
Barlow 301 000 00 — 4 4 2
Grants Pass 002 000 20 — 4 8 5
Hawkins, Summerfield (7) and Cunningham; Polder, Cole (8) and Leenknecht. 2B — B: Pernich; GP: Cole, Martin.
In Game 2, Austin Reames was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Taren Bradd went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBIs and two runs and Kirk Eastman was 2-for-4 with three runs. Ryan Johnson added two doubles for the Panthers and Pat Alexander, Jack Walker and Nate Walker recorded two hits apiece.
In the seventh inning of Game 2, Reames hit a two-run double off the wall in left field and then Bradd followed up with a homer to pad South's advantage.
South freshman Josh Berman earned the win on the mound against Summit (6-1), with Nate Namanny coming up big in relief. The senior induced a groundball and sent the comebacker to first base with runners on second and third base and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the opener, Alexander went 2-for-3 with a run and Jack Walker had an RBI single in the second inning for the Panthers (1-3).
South Medford 010 000 0 — 1 6 1
Summit 110 202 x — 6 9 0
Alexander, Reames (6) and J. Walker; Hamann, Reddick (6) and Mingus. W — Hamann. L — Alexander (0-1). 2B — S: Mingus, Peters. 3B — S: Frost, Peters. HR — S: Mingus.
South Medford 201 121 3 — 10 17 2
Summit 020 012 1 — 6 8 0
Berman, Cooney (6), Namanny (6) and J. Walker; Wilson, Reddick (5), Frost (7) and Mingus, Gracomi (7). W — Berman (1-0). L — Wilson. 2B — SM: Johnson 2, Reames, Eastman, Bradd; S: Reddick, Mingus, Peters. HR — SM: Bradd.
ASHLAND 4, BOULDER (COLO.) 3 — At Phoenix, Ariz., sophomore Bryce Rogan hit a solo home run and Carter Glick smashed a key RBI single for Ashland at the Greenway Festival Tournament.
Rogan, who finished 2-for-3, tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the second inning with his first varsity homer. Glick's run-scoring hit drove in Ethan Schlecht in the fourth inning and put Ashland ahead 3-2.
Utilizing some strong pitching, the Grizzlies (2-1) were able to protect their lead.
Junior Jack Carroll (1-0) earned the win on the mound, recording four strikeouts and two walks in 51/3 innings. Steen Fredrickson replaced Carroll and went 11/3 innings, fanning one and walking one, and Schlecht recorded the final out of the game.
Schlecht was strong at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run. Billy Hansen's RBI groundout in the first inning scored Evan Westhelle to put Ashland up 1-0.
Boulder 020 000 1 — 3 6 2
Ashland 110 110 x — 4 6 1
YREKA (CALIF.) 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — At Yreka, Calif., Jake Miller's fourth-inning single gave Cascade Christian (5-3) its only baserunner of the game in the nonconference loss.
Rich Sweet dominated for Yreka, striking out 12 with no walks in a complete-game effort.
Cascade Christian 000 000 0 — 0 1 2
Yreka 300 020 x — 5 2 0
Dusenbury, Scottow (6) and Johns; Sweet and Lee. W — Sweet. L — Dusenbury (0-1). 2B — Y: Durney.
ASHLAND DROPS PAIR — At Bend, Piper Cantrell combined to go 4-for-6 with one run and two RBIs and Nicole Lehman was a combined 5-for-8 with one RBI but Ashland dropped two games at the Central Oregon Tournament. Crook County edged the Grizzlies 6-5 and Bend won 11-3.
Georgia Williams struck out four and allowed three hits against Crook County but walked six.
Against Bend, Christina Kuykendall was 3-for-4 with one RBI, Amber Sutherland 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Hannah Thornton 2-for-4 for the Grizzlies (2-6).
Ashland 002 111 0 — 5 8 4
Crook County 320 010 x — 6 3 3
G. Williams and Lehman; Smith and Walker. W — Smith. L — Williams. 2B — A: Lehman. 3B — CC: Walker.
Ashland 000 200 1 — 3 13 0
Bend 320 114 x — 11 12 4
S. Williams, Lenthe (6), Cantrell (6) and Lehman; Kramer and Kinkade. W — Kramer. L — S. Williams. 2B — B: Sylvester, Kinkade, Holmgren. 3B — A: Cantrell.