CENTRAL POINT — Early season issues got the best of both baseball teams Monday in the opener of the Crater Spring Break Tournament, but South Salem found a way to send host Crater to its first defeat in a 5-2 contest at Anhorn Field.
South Salem committed six errors and the Comets were tagged with three errors in a game played under perfect conditions, with the only two earned runs proving to be Crater's undoing as the Saxons scored twice in the top of the seventh to seal the deal.
Oregon State-bound right-hander Sam Tweedt limited the Comets to six hits and struck out eight with one walk to earn the victory for South Salem (2-1).
Crater counterpart Gunnar Asher allowed six hits before giving way to Taylor Tibbets in the seventh and finished with three strikeouts, four walks and two hit batters.
Tyler Aplin went 3-for-4 to pace the Comets (2-1), with Zach Lathrop and Tyler Plankenhorn each driving in a run to give their team a 2-1 lead in the second inning.
"This early in the season when you get to face a good arm like that, it's a good experience," said Crater head coach Jay Campbell. "We had our chances and just weren't able to get a big hit when we needed it. Overall our kids battled pretty well at the plate."
Lathrop's RBI single plated Ty Fox, who had reached on an error, and after a failed pickoff attempt put Lathrop on second, Plankenhorn laced an RBI double.
Gabe Matthews was 2-for-3 with two runs, Davis Carter 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Garrett Moser 2-for-3 with two RBIs for South Salem, which had a runner thrown out at the plate in the seventh by right fielder Tanner Ryerson.
In other tournament action, West Salem won 5-1 over Grants Pass, Southridge edged Benson 13-12 and Westview beat North Salem 6-1.
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Tweedt and Gries; Asher, Tibbets (7) and Aplin. W — Tweedt (2-0). L — Asher (0-1). 2B — SS: Ohmae; C: Aplin, Plankenhorn.
MOUNTAIN VISTA (Colo.) 1, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — At Glendale, Ariz., a third-inning bloop single decided the Coach Bob Invitational opener that was a pitcher's dual between North Medford's Colton Westfall and Mountain Vista's Nick Leonard at Shadow Ridge High School.
After Westfall intentionally loaded the bases in the bottom of the third, Mountain Vista's Brady Suvart lifted one over third base into shallow left field to plate the game's lone run.
Westfall struck out 14 and walked three while Leonard, whose fastball is in the low 90s and has signed with Washington State, fanned 13 and walked two. Both pitchers allowed four hits.
The Black Tornado (3-1) stranded five runners in scoring position, including Isaiah Luzny, who had a two-out triple in the top of the seventh.
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Westfall and Zavala; Leonard and Suvart. W — Leonard. L — Westfall (1-1). 2B — MV: Steunc, Sparks. 3B — NM: Luzny.
MOUNTAIN RIDGE (Ariz.) 6, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Glendale, Ariz., Mountain Ridge right-hander Harry Gard tossed a no-hitter with five strikeouts to open the Coach Bob Invitational, while South Medford's Caleb Newman and Ryan Carle combined to allow seven hits.
The Panthers (1-1) next play Marian Catholic of Illinois at Desert Edge High School at 9:30 a.m. today.
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Newman, Carle (3) and White, Brammer (6); Gard and Csukardi, Calluto (5). W — Gard. L — Newman (1-1). 2B — MR: Hooshmand, Bohall, Vanderleest, Oochan.
WEST SALEM 5, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Central Point, Connor Mattison's two-run triple highlighted a three-run first inning that carried West Salem to the win at the Crater Spring Break Tournament.
Easton Bents went 2-for-3 and plated Jake Stoffel in the fourth for Grants Pass (1-3). Ben Glaeser allowed one hit after the second inning and had six strikeouts and three walks.
Andy Armstrong was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI for the Titans (2-0).
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Glaeser and Mathews; Henry, Peterson (7) and Rediger. W — Henry. L — Glaeser (0-2). 3B — WS: Mattison.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, NORTH VALLEY 1 — Cascade Christian's Will Weaver drove in the tiebreaking run and secured the final three outs on the mound in the seventh inning to clinch the nonleague win at U.S. Cellular.
With two outs on a 2-2 count in the bottom of the fifth inning, Weaver broke the 1-all tie by scoring Jack Spence from first base on single up the middle that was bobbled by the Knights' center fielder.
Weaver allowed no runs on two hits to go with three strikeouts. He fanned the final batter for the Knights (3-1) and tossed out two runners at third base in the seventh. Cody Coggins pitched the first four innings, allowing one earned run on just one hit and struck out seven for the Challengers (2-0).
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Streeter, Allison (7) and Seguera; Coggins, Weaver (5) and Jones. W — Weaver (1-0). L — Streeter. 2B — CC: Jones.
ASHLAND DROPS TWO — At Bend, Crook County stormed back from an 8-0 deficit to hand Ashland its fourth straight loss to open the season, 11-8, after the Grizzlies fell 13-0 in five innings to Tigard earlier in the day at the Central Oregon Tournament.
Emerald Hayes was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Georgia Williams 1-for-3 with two runs scored to pace Ashland against Crook County, which scored five runs on two hits and three walks to reclaim the lead in the sixth.
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Tigard 200 29 — 13 12 0
Williams, Hayes (5) and Teixiera; Nunn and Hare. W — Nunn. L — Williams. 2B — T: Korak. 3B — T: Hare. HR — T: Hansen.
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Crook County 000 155 x — 11 9 2
Lenthe, Williams (5) and Teixiera; Smith, Benton (4) and Christiansen. W — Benton. L — Williams. 2B — C: Meyers.