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CENTRAL POINT — Home proved sweet for the Crater baseball team Tuesday.
The Comets (8-4), who went 1-3 in four games played in San Jose, Calif., last week, entertained Eagle Point and rolled to a 13-3 nonconference win in five innings at Anhorn Field.
"We swung the bats well, it was nice weather," said Comets coach Jay Campbell. "It was good to get back to playing on our home field. We need to shore up some defensive issues, but for the most part, it was a good day."
Eight of Crater's nine players in the lineup had at least one hit, but the team committed five errors.
Tyler Aplin ripped a two-run double in the first inning for Crater, keying a three-run outburst. The Comets added four in the second and four in the fourth.
Crater scored a run in the bottom of the fifth for a 13-3 lead and had the bases loaded with no outs when the 10-run mercy rule was invoked.
Aplin was 3-for-3 with four RBIs and Taylor Tibbets 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Anthony Martin and Ty Fox each had two hits and two runs.
Pitcher Fox went the distance, allowing seven hits, fanning three and walking one. Only one run was earned.
Eric Skogseth was 2-for-3 and scored for the Eagles (6-8).
Eagle Point 011 01 — 3 7 4
Crater 341 41 — 13 14 5
Brammer, Statler (3), Mickey (4) and Hangaard; Fox and Aplin. W — Fox (3-1). L — Brammer. 2B — EP: Skogseth, Wilson; C: Turner, Martin, Fox, Aplin.
GRANTS PASS 1, ROSEBURG 0, 9 inn. — At Roseburg, Grants Pass eked out a thrilling Southern Oregon Hybrid victory at Legion Field.
With the game scoreless in the top of the ninth inning, Cameron Mathews singled, Justin Spinner recorded a sacrifice bunt and then Easton Bents lined a single past the Roseburg shortstop. The relay throw was bobbled and Mathews scored without a play at the plate.
Reliever Ben Glaeser induced three straight outs in the bottom of the inning to earn the save for the Cavemen (10-2, 1-0 SOH).
Roseburg (8-2, 0-1) had runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings but winning pitcher Chris Ingledue got out of each situation.
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Roseburg 000 000 000 — 0 7 1
Ingledue, Glaeser (9) and Leenknecht; Watkins and Irvine. W — Ingledue. L — Watkins. 2B — GP: VanEss; R: Bassett, Irvine.
NORTH VALLEY 11, PHOENIX 2 — At Talent, North Valley pounded out 12 hits to win its sixth straight in the Skyline Conference opener at Hagler-James Field.
Marco Garmendia was 3-for-5 and Josh Cowell and Ben Bacon 2-for-4 for the Knights (9-3, 1-0 Sky), who led 7-0 after the first inning.
For Phoenix, Jordan Pond and Zach Kentner both finished 2-for-4.
North Valley 721 001 0 — 11 12 1
Phoenix 011 000 0 — 2 8 3
Olmstead, Parker (5) and Swanson; Reynoso, Kentner (3) and McCreadie. W — Olmstead. L — Reynoso (2-1). 2B — NV: Bacon; P: Pond, Hutchinson. 3B — NV: Garmendia, Swanson.
HIDDEN VALLEY 19, MAZAMA 3, 5 inn. — At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley's Tyler Gulbransen tossed a complete game four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and went 4-for-5 with three runs in the Mustangs' conference opener.
Kody Garrison smacked three doubles and drove in five runs for the Mustangs (7-2, 1-0 Sky) and Jamie Schmidt added three hits, four RBIs, three runs and three stolen bases. Roman Fretz also collected three hits for Hidden Valley.
Hidden Valley 635 23 — 19 18 2
Mazama 201 00 — 3 4 4
Gulbransen and Garrison; Smith, Lancaster (3), Le (5) and Edwards. W — Gulbransen (4-1). L— Smith. 2B — HV: Garrison 3.