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  • AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL

    Comets cruise to another rout at regional

    Central Point moves to 2-0 in tourney, can clinch spot in Tuesday's title game with win today
  • With several lightning storms in the area brightening the horizon, Central Point continued to put on its own flashy display Saturday at the American Legion A Northwest Regional baseball tournament in Wheatland, Wyo.
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    • CENTRAL POINT 12, LARAMIE 1
      RECAP: Zach Lathrop goes 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, including a key two-run single in the fifth inning, and Central Point also gets a pair of hits from Ty Plankenhorn and Joey Caballero....
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      CENTRAL POINT 12, LARAMIE 1
      RECAP: Zach Lathrop goes 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, including a key two-run single in the fifth inning, and Central Point also gets a pair of hits from Ty Plankenhorn and Joey Caballero.

      • up next: Today, 5 p.m. Pacific, Central Point vs. Laurel (Mont.) Dodgers.
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  • With several lightning storms in the area brightening the horizon, Central Point continued to put on its own flashy display Saturday at the American Legion A Northwest Regional baseball tournament in Wheatland, Wyo.
    The Oregon state champion Comets scored their second straight mercy-rule win in as many days at the eight-team, double-elimination event, gradually pulling away from the Laramie (Wyo.) Rangers for a 12-1, seven-inning victory.
    Central Point (37-13) put its depth on display against the Wyoming state champions, with the latter part of the hitting lineup leading the charge on Saturday.
    "It was nice to have some different guys in a different part of the order actually carry us today," said Comets head coach Jay Campbell. "Our Nos. 6-7-8 hitters went 7-for-10 on the day so we're hitting the ball up and down the lineup, and it was huge for those guys to get it done there so those other guys ahead of them don't have the whole load on them all the time. We've been able to hit up and down the lineup all summer and today was no different."
    Zach Lathrop, in the No. 6 spot, went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs and was supported, in succession, by Ty Plankenhorn (2-for-4, one run, two RBIs) and Joey Caballero (2-for-2, one run).
    Gunnar Asher picked up the victory on the mound after allowing four hits and one run in six innings. Taylor Tibbets pitched a scoreless seventh inning to put into effect the 10-run mercy rule.
    Central Point will square off against the Laurel (Mont.) Dodgers at 5 p.m. Pacific today in a battle of the tournament's only unbeaten teams. The winner of that game is assured of a spot in Tuesday's championship game, regardless of what transpires on Monday.
    The Montana state champions opened a 14-7 lead on South Anchorage (Alaska) Post 4 heading into the top of the ninth inning but had to stave off a comeback attempt to walk away with a 14-13 triumph.
    In another nail-biter Saturday, the Nampa (Idaho) Braves eliminated the Brigham City (Utah) Royals with a 15-14 win that saw Nampa take an 11-1 lead through three innings before Brigham City rallied to eventually tie the game. Also, the Northern Utah Eagles from Tremonton, Utah, played the tournament host Wheatland (Wyo.) Lobos in a late elimination game.
    Central Point took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Tyler Aplin scored on a fielder's choice by Ty Fox, then doubled its advantage in the second when Caballero, who singled and stole second base, scored on a single by Paul Turner.
    The Comets broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning that saw every run cross the plate with two outs.
    Fox drew a two-out walk to get things going and Asher followed with a single. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Lathrop brought them home on a two-run single. Lathrop then stole second and scored on a Plankenhorn single, and Caballero put runners on the corners with another single. After a stolen base, Plankenhorn made it 6-0 when he scored on a passed ball.
    "Lathrop's two-run single really was the backbreaker for them," said Campbell. "That came at a big time for us and kinda gave us a nice cushion to work with."
    An RBI double by Tibbets and RBI singles by Lathrop and Plankenhorn followed in the sixth, and Lathrop scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-0.
    In the seventh, Central Point tacked on a pair of unearned runs when Turner and Tibbets scored after Laramie errors.
    Central Point Comets 110 044 2 — 12 10 0
    Laramie Rangers 000 001 0 — 1 5 4
    Asher, Tibbets (7) and Aplin; Burman, Hammontree (6), Yates (6) and Bernaski. W — Asher (6-1). L — Burman. 2B — CP: Tibbets.
    Reach reporter Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, khenry@mailtribune.com, www.facebook.com/krishenryMT or www.twitter.com/Kris_Henry
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