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CENTRAL POINT — Crater didn't waste time earning its third straight baseball victory on Tuesday, opening a 7-0 lead through three innings on visiting South Medford before ultimately securing a 10-2 win in Southern Oregon Hybrid play at Anhorn Field.
Ty Fox earned the win on the mound by pitching five shutout innings, allowing two hits with five strikeouts. Taylor Pardee allowed two unearned runs and three hits over the final two innings in a game in which the teams combined for seven errors.
"We're starting to put some things together," said Crater head coach Jay Campbell. "We definitely have some things to work on with the errors we made defensively, and we weren't as sharp as we needed to be in some situations. But for the most part we swung the bats well and had good at-bats today."
For the Comets (12-6, 3-1 SOH), seven of nine batters recorded at least one hit and at least one RBI against the Panthers (10-7, 2-5).
Tyler Aplin went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI, Evan Erskine was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI, Anthony Martin 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Paul Turner 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
South Medford scored twice in the sixth behind one-out singles by Ryan Carle and Forrest Pierson and a throwing error that loaded the bases. Carle scored on a passed ball and Trevor Meyer supplied a two-out RBI single. Pierson went 2-for-3 for South.
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Cooney, Alexander (3), Carle (4) and White; Fox, Pardee (6) and Aplin. W — Fox (4-2). L — Cooney. 2B — SM: Pierson; C: Aplin.
MAZAMA 12, PHOENIX 6 — At Talent, Mazama scored four seventh-inning runs to seal the Skyline victory.
Phoenix's Jordan Pond had tied it at 6-6 with a two-run home run in the fourth, but the Vikings scored twice in the fifth and erupted in the seventh.
Pond's homer was his second of the season. He was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs for the Pirates (7-10, 1-6 Sky).
Phoenix's Andrew Reynoso was 2-for-4 with two runs and Calvin Decker was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
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Haskins, McClune (5) and Edwards; McCreadie, Reynoso (5), Bottermans (7) and Mobley, Hutchinson (4). W — McClune. L — Reynoso (2-2). 2B — M: Edwards 2, Crowell, Harris; P: Reynoso, Pond. 3B — P: Hutchinson. HR — P: Pond (2).
HIDDEN VALLEY 7, KLAMATH UNION 4 — At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley scored three runs after two were out in the ninth inning to register its third straight Skyline victory.
Joe Wardle singled with no one on to get the winning rally going. After stealing second, Wardle came around to score on Tyler Gulbransen's strikeout that got away from the catcher and a throwing error at first. Another hit and error produced the second run, and Roman Fretz completed the outburst with an RBI single.
The Mustangs (10-5, 4-3 Sky) received three hits and two RBIs from Fretz and Kody Garrison had three hits, one RBI and one run. Wardle contributed two hits and McKinnon Bennett belted a two-run triple in the second.
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Garrison, Gulbransen (6) and Bennett, Garrison; Depew, Paschal (8) and Whisler. W — Gulbransen (7-2). L — Paschal. 2B — HV: Chastain; 3B — HV: Bennett, Garrison
HENLEY 11, NORTH VALLEY 7 — At Klamath Falls, Jesse Hilyard hit a three-run home run and Cody Dykstra went 4-for-5 to for Henley in the Skyline game.
Kevin Olmstead was 2-for-3 with two runs for the Knights (12-6, 4-3 Sky), who scored five runs in the top of the sixth.
Drew Seater finished 3-for-4 for the Hornets (14-3, 6-1).
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Garmendia, Olmstead (5), DuPont (5) and DuPont, Swanson (5); Hilyard, Goodell (6), Greif (6) and Howard. W — Hilyard. L — DuPont. 2B — NV: Olmstead; H: Dykstra, Seater. 3B — H: Seater. HR — H: Hilyard.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 17, LAKEVIEW 0, 5 inn. — Tyler West provided two big hits and three Cascade Christian pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout at U.S. Cellular Park.
West delivered a two-run triple in the second and drove in two with a bases-loaded single in an eight-run third.
Challenger hurlers Kyle Ferguson, Cody Coggins (3-0) and Jordan Ragan struck out eight and walked one.
Coggins had three hits, while Cooper Clark and Matthew Sha contributed two hits and two RBIs each.
Cascade Christian (14-3, 6-0 SCH), third in the Class 3A coaches' poll, will play at top-ranked Glide in a nonconference game Friday.
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Callaghan, Hamilton (3), Lampman (4) and Cockrell; Ferguson, Coggins (3), Ragan (5) and Clark, Coggins (5). W — Coggins (3-0). L — Callaghan. 2B — L: Harms; CC: Sha. 3B — CC: West.
ROGUE RIVER 8, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3 — At Rogue River, Rogue River used a five-run sixth inning to pull away in SCH play.
Dylan Devish was 2-for-3 with two runs and Brandon Fode and Daniel Perston each had two hits, including a three-run double by Perston in the sixth.
Devish tossed a five-hitter with 14 strikeouts and three walks for Rogue River (7-9, 2-3 SCH).
Zach Welch homered for Illinois Valley (4-13, 0-4) in the defeat.
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Housel and Miller; Devish and Roohr. W — Devish (2-4). L — Housel. 2B — RR: Devish, Perston, Watkins, Fode. HR — IV: Welch.