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KLAMATH FALLS — Crater withstood the stranding of 16 baserunners and five defensive errors to remain undefeated with a 4-3 nonconference baseball victory over Henley on Monday.
The Comets (7-0) scored twice by drawing bases-loaded walks and one run apiece on a Henley error and a sacrifice fly to cap an unusual day at the plate. Crater mustered 10 hits overall, with Corey Wynant going 3-for-4 while Sebastian Reynolds and Blake Fahndrich each were 2-for-4 with one run scored.
"It was a struggle today," said Crater head coach Jay Campbell, whose team plays host to Eagle Point today. "We would load the bases or get guys to second and third or first and third and we just couldn't get the big hit."
Anthony Martin's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning accounted for the eventual winning run after Henley (3-5) rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Matt Preston scattered four hits with six strikeouts and one walk to improve to 3-0 for Crater.
Preston got out of a seventh-inning jam in unconventional fashion after, with one out and runners on second and third, he induced a fly ball to the right fielder Reynolds. Both Henley runners faked as if they were tagging up to advance, leading Reynolds to throw the ball to catcher Tyler Aplin. Henley's lead runner retreated to third but the runner between second and third was caught more than halfway to third. Aplin then connected with shortstop Evan Erskine, who started the pickle that eventually led to Wynant tagging the runner out at third for the game-ending play.
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Henley 000 100 2 — 3 4 1
Preston and Aplin; Overstreet, Thomas (4) and Hilyard. W — Preston (3-0). L — Thomas. 2B — C: Fahndrich.
ETNA (CALIF.) 8, PHOENIX 4 — At Etna, Calif., Phoenix junior John Greenman hit a pair of two-run home runs but the Pirates couldn't keep pace with Etna in a nonconference game.
Greenman went deep in the first and sixth innings and was 2-for-2 on the day.
Sophomore center fielder Zack Kentner supplied a double play in the second inning for the Pirates (0-4) by making a diving catch in the right-center gap and then doubling up the runner at first base with an on-target throw.
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Etna, Calif. 302 012 x — 8 9 1
Reynoso, Kentner (6) and McCreadie; Rimmer, Munson (5) and Hansen. W — Rimmer. L — Reynoso (0-2). 2B — E: Hansen 2, Mexer. 3B — E: Schaefer. HR — P: Greenman 2.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8, PLEASANT HILL 7, 8 inn. — Cascade Christian's Tim Martin slapped a two-out single to center field to score Cody Coggins with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Martin finished 2-for-5 for the Challengers (6-5), who answered a four-run sixth inning by Pleasant Hill with four runs in the bottom half of the frame to help send it into extra innings.
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Bertsch, Ritchie (4), Parmenter (6), Davis (7) and Smith; Scottow, Huntley (4), Coggins (6), Luzny (8) and Brite. W — Luzny (3-1). L — Davis. 2B — PH: Bertsch; CC: Luzny. 3B — PH: Smith; CC: Jones, Martin. HR — PH: Smith.
GLIDE 11, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0, 5 inn. — At Glide, Illinois Valley committed five errors and managed just two hits as Glide topped the Cougars (1-2) in five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Wildcats' Zach Rose ended the game in the fifth inning with a three-run home run. He had three hits in the contest to lead Glide.
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McLaughlin and Robbins; Fricke and Rowe. W — Fricke. L — McLaughlin (1-1). 2B — G: Rose, Rowe, Livingston, Spencer. HR — G: Rose.
ROSEBURG 11, SOUTH MEDFORD 1, 5 inn. — At Roseburg, South Medford held Roseburg in check until the Indians' eight-run outburst in the fourth inning of the Southern Oregon Hybrid contest.
The Indians scored the game-ending tally by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule on an error just after Sydney Reynolds' RBI single put Roseburg up 10-1 in the fifth.
Sam Owirka drove in Ricki Tacdol in the fourth inning to briefly tie the game at 1-all for the Panthers (1-6, 1-2 SOH).
Meghan Sanders went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Indians (4-3, 1-0).
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Roseburg 100 82 — 11 8 1
Nunez, Jones (5) and Ramsay; Akers and Conklin. W — Akers. L — Nunez (1-5).
PHOENIX 21, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, 5 inn. — At Talent, Phoenix tallied nine runs in the third inning to take care of Cascade Christian (2-6) in a five-inning contest at Culver Field.
The Pirates' Makayla Scoggins drove in five runs and cleared the bases with her double in the second inning. She went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of runs scored.
Katie Strong went 4-for-4 for the Pirates (8-2) with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored while Meranda Zanni finished 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and two runs.
Also for the Pirates, who claimed the victory by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule, Ashlyn Flynn knocked in three runs and scored twice.
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Phoenix 269 4x — 21 17 1
Casebier and Martinez; Zanni, Tally (3) and Hamilton. W — Tally. L — Casebier. 2B — P: Zanni 2, Scoggins 2, Strong 2, Wyncoop.