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CENTRAL POINT — Chris Painter struck out nine in four innings for Crater and the ninth-ranked Comets did just enough for the second straight day to come out victorious in nonconference baseball Tuesday.
Crater scored single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings and limited Eagle Point to three hits en route to a 3-1 triumph at Anhorn Field.
The teams combined for eight errors — five by EP and three by Crater — on a rainy day that saw several contests postponed in the Rogue Valley.
"It's baseball season in Oregon, you've got to work a little bit," Comets coach Jay Campbell said of getting the game in.
On the heels of a 4-3 road win over Henley on Monday, in which the Comets had five errors, Crater wasn't as crisp as Campbell would have hoped but his team still found a way to remain unbeaten at 8-0 overall.
"That's kinda what it's been for us the last couple days, just find a way to get a win," said the coach. "We're obviously not playing our best games but at the same time we're still finding a way to get a win so that's good."
Painter helped take care of the defensive effort by holding the Eagles (4-6) hitless through four innings, although he did walk three. Nolan Bastendorff came on in relief in the fifth inning and allowed three hits and one run in the seventh.
Sebastian Reynolds had an RBI single in the third to plate Tyler Aplin, who led off the inning by reaching on an error and advanced a base on another error. Ty Fox singled to lead off the fourth and eventually scored on another EP error.
Crater went up 3-0 in the sixth after Blake Fahndrich doubled, stole third and came home when the throw went into left field.
Eagle Point's run in the seventh came after a leadoff single by Branden Wilson and an eventual sacrifice fly by Eric Skogseth.
Eagle Point 000 000 1 — 1 3 5
Crater 001 101 x — 3 4 3
Wilson and Augino; Painter, Bastendorff (5) and Aplin. W — Painter (2-0). L — Wilson. 2B — C: Fahndrich.
LOST RIVER 7, ST. MARY'S 2 — At Merrill, Ryan Ross and Matt Johnson had bookend RBIs for St. Mary's in the first and seventh innings, respectively, in a season-opening road loss for the Crusaders (0-1).
Joe Hammonds allowed two runs on three hits in four innings and gave way to Jacob Wall, who was hampered by a four-error inning by St. Mary's in the fifth that led to four Lost River runs.
St. Mary's 100 000 1 — 2 2 4
Lost River 101 041 x — 7 5 2
Hammonds, Wall (5) and Seus; Hickey, Ireland (7) and Ireland. W — Hickey. L — Hammonds (0-1).
UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 5, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Rogue River, Umpqua Valley Christian pitcher Jake Forrester struck out 14 without a walk and escaped two bases-loaded jams, including one in the seventh.
Rogue River (1-2) pushed across its only run when Forrester plunked a batter with the bases loaded in the fifth. The Chieftains' starting pitcher, Brian Stinchcomb, was the hard luck loser after striking out six and giving up one earned run in six innings.
Umpqua Valley Christian 030 001 1 — 5 3 0
Rogue River 000 010 0 — 1 4 3
Forrester, Suhrstedt (7) and Tilton; Stinchcomb, Roohr (7) and Longtain. W — Forrester. L — Stinchcomb (0-2). 2B — RR: Freitas.