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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.
PHOENIX 4, KLAMATH UNION 3 — At Talent, Zach Kentner pitched 22/3 innings of scoreless relief to register his first save of the season and Phoenix snapped a five-game losing streak at Hagler-James Park.
The loss denied Klamath Union (10-9, 6-4 Sky) an opportunity to move into a conference three-way tie for first.
In the sixth, Kentner allowed a bloop single to Joe Whisler then Marcus Paschal hit a double off the wall. Phoenix threw out Whisler trying to score the tying run on a relay from Jordan Pond to Andrew Reynoso to catcher Aaron Hutchison, who was the Pirates' only multiple hitter.
Pond delivered a two-out, two-run single in the third to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.
Phoenix (8-12, 2-8) opened the fourth with singles by Travis Stainbrook and Travis Treadway. Carlos Navarro scored Stainbrook on a fielder's choice and the eventual winning run scored on Calvin Decker's groundout.
Klamath Union 001 020 0 — 3 8 2
Phoenix 002 200 x — 4 7 3
Depew and Whisler, Puden (6); McCreadie, Kentner (5) and Hutchison. W — McCreadie (2-2). L — Depew. 2B — KU: Paschal, Tron. 3B — KU: Whisler.
HIDDEN VALLEY 11, HENLEY 1, 6 inn. — At Murphy, Tyler Gulbransen registered his eighth pitching victory and hit a two-run double in the first inning as Hidden Valley moved into a Skyline tie for first with Henley.
The Mustangs (13-5, 7-3 Sky), who began league play at 1-3, have won six straight.
Joe Wardle went 3-for-4 with three runs to pace Hidden Valley's 13-hit attack.
Senior Devin Hinthorne collected two hits and two RBIs and Jamie Schmidt added two hits and scored twice for the Mustangs (13-5, 7-3 Sky).
Henley fell to 15-5 overall and 7-3 in the Skyline.
Henley 000 100 — 1 6 6
Hidden Valley 410 42x — 11 13 0
Hilyard, Goodell (3), Seater (5) and Goodell, Hilyard (3); Gulbransen and Garrison. W — Gulbransen (8-2). L — Hilyard. 2B — H: Overstreet; HV: Gulbransen. 3B — H: Seater.
MAZAMA 13, NORTH VALLEY 12 — At Klamath Falls, Mazama edged North Valley in a Skyline contest that featured 28 hits and 18 errors.
Josh Cowell was 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs, just missing the cycle by a single for North Valley (14-7, 6-4 Sky), which made 12 errors and recorded 17 hits. Marco Garmendia finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and three RBIs, and Stephen Parker went 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Mazama (4-16, 2-8).
North Valley 202 322 1 — 12 17 12
Mazama 123 240 1 — 13 11 6
Garmendia and DuPont; Lefever, Haskins (5), Smith (7) and Edwards. W — Haskins. L — Garmendia. 2B — NV: Cowell, Garmendia 2, Swanson. 3B — NV: Cowell. HR — NV: Cowell; M: Edwards.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 9, ST. MARY'S 3 — Cascade Christian used some late offense to top St. Mary's in Southern Cascade Hybrid action at St. Mary's High.
Kyle Ferguson, Tyler West and Daniel Scottow had two hits each and Cody Coggins and Luke Dusenbury turned in two RBIs apiece for the Challengers (15-4, 7-0 SCH), who scored four runs in the fifth and five in the seventh.
Jacob Smith finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Crusaders (15-6, 5-3).
Cascade Christian 000 040 5 — 9 7 4
St. Mary's 001 110 0 — 3 5 1
Scottow, Dusenbury (5), Luzny (6) and Clark; Ross, Hammond (6), Smith (7) and Seus. W — Dusenbury. L — Ross (5-1).
LAKEVIEW 4, ROGUE RIVER 3 — At Lakeview, Rogue River couldn't bring home the tying run with Kollen Roohr on third and no outs in the seventh.
Roohr tripled home Tyler Sakraida, who doubled to open the inning.
Roohr and Brennan Moody each collected three hits, while Sakraida and Jared Ritchie had two hits apiece for the Chieftains (7-12, 2-6 SCH).
Rogue River 110 000 1 — 3 12 3
Lakeview 111 001 x — 4 6 0
Carpenter and Harris; Callaghan and Cockrell. W — Callaghan. L — Carpenter. 2B — RR: Carpenter, Roohr, Sakraida; L: Clemens. 3B — RR: Roohr.