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GRANTS PASS — There wasn't much quit in the Crater batting lineup Tuesday as the Comets defeated Grants Pass, 5-4, in Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball.
Of Crater's eight hits, five came with two strikes. And, as has been the trend, there were hits throughout the lineup as seven players accounted for them.
"That's kind of been a focus of ours," said Comets coach Jay Campbell, after his team improved to 14-7 overall and 5-2 in league. "We want to be a tough out at the plate, focus on one pitch at a time. It's nice to see the kids battle with so many two-strike hits. I really feel that was the difference in the game."
Lane Ullom had the biggest hit, a two-run single in the fourth inning, and he scored what would be the winning run in the seventh on a Tyler Aplin double.
Grants Pass (13-8, 3-4) scored twice in the bottom of the seventh before Crater starter Ty Fox finished off the complete-game victory.
Fox had an eventful outing, allowing six singles and a double, hitting four batters and walking two. He struck out nine while throwing a season-high 105 pitches.
"We ran him up there a little bit," said Campbell. "We're starting to stretch him out. His offspeed pitches were a little erratic. It was one of those days where they were almost moving too much and he lost control sometimes. But he was able to battle through it."
In the fourth, Ullom's bases-loaded single on a full-count, two-out pitch scored Blake Fahndrich, who had been hit by a pitch, and Paul Turner, who singled.
In the seventh, Ullom led off with a grounder to shortstop, who overthrew first base, allowing Ullom to second. Aplin followed with a two-strike double.
In the bottom of the frame, Grants Pass' Justin Spinner doubled home a run and scored on a Chris Leenknecht one-out single. Fox ended the game with a strikeout and fielder's choice.
Fox was 2-for-4, while Spinner, Leenknecht and Easton Bents had two hits each for the Cavemen.
Crater 010 210 1 — 5 8 1
Grants Pass 010 001 2 — 4 7 1
Fox and Aplin; Ingledue and Leenknecht. W — Fox (5-3). L — Ingledue. 2B — C: Aplin, Tibbets; GP: Spinner.
ROSEBURG 8, SOUTH MEDFORD 5 — At Roseburg, Roseburg rallied from five runs down in the SOH contest at Legion Field.
Three of South Medford's four first-inning runs were unearned — Austin White hit a grounder with two on and Roseburg (12-6, 2-5 SOH) threw it away twice and all three runners scored.
Zach Wyscaver had the Indians' first hit, a two-run single in the bottom of the second. Tristan Guillen tied the game with another single and went 3-for-4 with two doubles. He led off the fifth with a double and eventually scored the go-ahead run on a groundout.
Joe Cooney and Eric Wallan had two hits apiece for South (11-9, 3-7).
South Medford 410 000 0 — 5 9 2
Roseburg 050 012 x — 8 6 5
Cooney, Newman (2), Carle (6) and White; Watkins and Irvine. W — Watkins. L — Newman (4-3). 2B — SM: Wallan, Breeze; R: Guillen 2, Matthews.