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FRESNO, Calif. — Crater pitchers Gunnar Asher and Dylan Pearce each were steady on the mound and the Comets used timely hitting to open the 32-team Easter Baseball Classic with a pair of wins Monday.
Asher struck out six, walked one and allowed seven hits to help lead Crater to a 5-2 victory over Sanger High of California, then Pearce took the mound shortly thereafter and stuck out seven with four walks and three hits allowed to upend Clovis East of California, 6-3.
"It's a long drive and the kids traveled well coming down (Sunday)," said Crater head coach Jay Campbell. "They adjusted well to the heat that was in the 90s here and were able to get some clutch hits and good pitching to get off to a good 2-0 start down here."
Taylor Tibbets went a combined 4-for-8 with two runs and two RBIs in the sweep, belting his fifth home run to lead off the seventh inning against Clovis East.
Ty Fox was 2-for-3 with one run and Blake Fahndrich belted a key two-run double in the first inning that helped the fifth-ranked Comets to a 3-0 advantage over Sanger.
The big hit of Game 2 came off Tyler Aplin's bat in the sixth inning with two outs and the bases loaded. Aplin smacked a two-run single that also resulted in a third run scoring when it was thrown away by the right fielder.
Crater (9-2) continues tournament play at 4 p.m. today against North High out of Bakersfield, Calif. The tournament wraps up Wednesday.
Crater 300 100 1 — 5 8 2
Sanger (Calif.) 000 020 0 — 2 7 3
Asher and Aplin; Ortiz and Yepez. W — Asher (1-1). L — Ortiz. 2B — C: Aplin, Fox, Fahndrich; S: Macias, Vasquez 2.
Crater 011 003 1 — 6 7 4
Clovis East (Calif.) 100 010 1 — 3 3 5
Pearce and Aplin; Jackson, Jimenez (6) and Rodriguez. W — Pearce (3-0). L — Jackson. 2B — C: Lathrop; CE: Ramirez 2. HR — C: Tibbets (5).
CRATER JV 8, ROGUE RIVER 3 — At Central Point, Kollen Roohr's RBI triple capped a three-run third inning by Rogue River but Crater's junior varsity was too much for the Chieftains at Anhorn Field.
Danny Perston finished 3-for-3 for the Chieftains (5-6) and Dylan Devish went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Rogue River 003 000 0 — 3 7 4
Crater JV 025 001 x — 8 7 2
Devish, Ritchie (5) and Pratt; McCormack, Morgan (4) and Gillispie. W — Morgan. L — Devish. 2B — RR: Devish, Fode; C: Swartout. 3B — RR: Roohr.
MCKINLEYVILLE (Calif.) 25, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0, 5 inn. — At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley (2-9) went hitless in nonleague action against McKinleyville.
McKinleyville 664 36 — 25 22 3
Illinois Valley 000 00 — 0 0 0
Meagor, Stockwell (3) and Boyd; Stewart, Mason (4) and Summers. W — Meagor. L — Stewart. 2B — M: Hanson 2.
ALL-SWC — At Eugene, South Medford freshman Reese Fisher won his third tournament in eight days by scoring a 1-under-par 71 in a 12-team event at Eugene Country Club.
Fisher finished three shots ahead of runners-up Ben Wanichek of Sheldon and Billy Pollock of Marist, while North Medford's Daniel Schuler tied Churchill's Levi Dean for fourth place at 77 apiece.
Buoyed by Fisher's effort, South Medford finished second in the team scoring to only Sheldon after Logan Artner, Alex Brown and Blake Bartlett each carded an 84. The Irish totaled 316 to edge the Panthers by seven strokes.
North Medford finished fourth at 332.
TEAM SCORES — Sheldon 316, South Medford 323, Churchill 329, North Medford 332, Grants Pass 334, Marist 341, South Eugene 344, Roseburg 352, Willamette 362, Crater 382, North Eugene 388, Springfield 411.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Reese Fisher, South Medford, 71; T2, Ben Wanichek, Sheldon, 74, and Billy Pollock, Marist, 74; T4, Daniel Schuler, North Medford, 77, and Levi Dean, Churchill, 77.
SOUTH MEDFORD (323) — Reese Fisher 71, Logan Artner 84, Alex Brown 84, Blake Bartlett 84.
NORTH MEDFORD (332) — Daniel Schuler 77, Liam Boehning 83, Jack Singleton 84, David Parson 88.
GRANTS PASS (334) — Robert Galli 78, Brian Luther 85, Jackson Bartow 85, Kevin Luther 86.
CRATER (382) — John Keyser 89, Race Reiter 91, Mike Piazzini 100, Jake Gustafson 102.
ALL-SWC — At Eugene, Donnie Thomason helped Grants Pass nab second place at the all-Southwest Conference tournament at Eugene Country Club.
Thomason shot a 94, the sixth-lowest score on the afternoon, and teammate Shelby DeRocher scored a 95 for the Cavers, who totaled 405 as a team.
North Medford finished with an incomplete score after fielding only three players, but Claire Anderson's 107 placed her 14th in a field of 36 golfers.
South Medford finished sixth with Maddie Keepes' 115 leading the way. Ashland took fifth.
Sheldon won with a team score of 348, and Haleigh Krause of the Irish shot a 75 to claim medalist honors.
TEAM SCORES — Sheldon 348, Grants Pass 405, South Eugene 410, Marist 452, Ashland 511, South Medford 533. Incomplete: North Medford, Willamette, Roseburg.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Haleigh Krause, Sheldon, 75; 2, Madalyn Ardueser, Willamette, 77; 3, Jenny Krause, Sheldon, 78; 4 (tie), McKenna Henderson, South Eugene and Clare Dittemore, Roseburg, 85.
GRANTS PASS (405) — Donnie Thomason 94, Shelby DeRocher 95, Emily Henderson 102, Haley Hoback 114.
ASHLAND (511) — Jordan Schweitzer 118, Taylor Barats 123, Maya Timmons 125, Alex Frol 145.
SOUTH MEDFORD (533) — Maddie Keepes 115, Haley Ankeny 121, Morgan Couch 144, Megan Curry 153.
NORTH MEDFORD (INC.) — Claire Anderson 107, Yazmin Gamble 141, Melissa Tonkin 161.