All apologies to former South Medford standout Matt Retzlaff, who failed to get the recognition he was due last week after it was, in fact, his...
CENTRAL POINT — Corey Wynant's leadoff home run in the fourth inning sparked a four-run rally as Crater held off North Eugene 5-4 in a nonconference baseball at Anhorn Field on Monday.
The Comets (16-9), who finish their regular season today against South Umpqua, will host a Class 6A first-round playoff game next Monday.
Wynant's smash was his sixth of the season. It cleared the left centerfield wall and gave way to four more Comet hits in the inning.
RJ Morgan later added a two-run single for the Comets. After Highlanders pitcher Toby Woods balked to advance Morgan to second base, Tyler Aplin's single knocked home Morgan to put the Comets up 5-0.
The Highlanders (16-9), however, made a late surge by driving in two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Crater ace Chris Painter improved to 4-2 on the year, allowing two runs on nine hits, five strikeouts and a walk in five innings.
For the Highlanders, Quinn Wallace went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and Dane Stapley was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
North Eugene 000 022 0 — 4 10 0
Crater 001 400 x — 5 7 2
Moore, Woods (3) and Owens; Painter, Fox (6) and Aplin. W — Painter (4-2). L — Woods. 2B — NE: Delaney, Woods, Shuster, Wallace. HR — C: Wynant.
ASHLAND 7, SOUTH MEDFORD 3 — Ashland took advantage of South Medford's pitching woes and scored early and often to secure its fifth straight victory in nonconference play at Harry & David Field.
The Grizzlies (15-9) were walked 10 times and added 10 hits to open a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning in the runaway victory, their eighth in the past nine games.
Ethan Schlecht went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs and Taylor Humphrey was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI for Ashland, which used four pitchers in a warmup for the state playoffs. Ashland freshman Steen Fredrickson pitched three scoreless innings to highlight the effort.
For South Medford (8-15), starter Zach Smith struggled from the outset. The senior faced only seven batters before being replaced by sophomore Brandon Lupton, who was making his varsity debut. Smith walked four and hit two among his batters faced, and also struck out one batter. Lupton allowed nine hits, five walks and five runs in 31/3 innings.
Kirk Eastman went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI, Eric Wallan was 2-for-3 with one run and Austin Reames 2-for-2 with one run to pace the Panthers, who play host to Century at 4:30 p.m. today in a Class 6A state play-in game at Harry & David Field.
Ashland 221 200 0 — 7 10 1
South Medford 000 120 0 — 3 8 1
Fredrickson, Glick (4), Carlson (6), Schlecht (7) and Westhelle-Grant; Smith, Lupton (1), Cooney (5) and J. Walker. W — Carlson (1-0). L — Smith (1-1). 2B — A: Carlson.
HENLEY 8, CRATER 1 — At Central Point, Haley Fox went 3-for-4 and Kenzie Rohde was 2-for-4 to pace Crater in the nonconference home loss.
The Comets (11-14) scored their lone run in the third inning when Allie Winningham singled to lead off the inning, advanced on a groundout and scored on Renee Murphy's RBI single.
Olivia Peters was 3-for-4 with three runs and Kayla Herr 2-for-3 for Henley (21-3), which was held scoreless for the first three innings.
Henley 000 212 3 — 8 7 0
Crater 001 000 0 — 1 9 4
Scott and Herr; Murphy, Sheperd (6) and Medina, Britton (6). W — Scott. L — Murphy (8-13). 2B — C: Rohde.
LOST RIVER 1, BUTTE FALLS 0 — At Butte Falls, in a contest with two near-perfect pitching performances, errors doomed Butte Falls' chance to tie for first place in District 4.
Mariah Moore threw a one-hitter for the Loggers while her counterpart Chelsea O'Connor tossed a no-hitter, leading Lost River to the league title.
The Loggers (8-7, 7-4 District 4) committed three of its four errors in the fourth inning, leading to Lost River's lone run. A win by the Loggers would have made them District 4 co-champions with Lost River.
Moore, who gave up her only hit with two outs in the second inning to Jen Aguire, walked one and struck out five.
O'Connor walked only two and had 10 strikeouts.
Lost River 000 100 0 — 1 1 0
Butte Falls 000 000 0 — 0 0 4
O'Connor and Sites; Moore and Hobbs. W — O'Connor. L — Moore (8-6).