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CENTRAL POINT — Crater starter Nolan Bastendorff got off to a shaky start then found his groove as the Comets secured at least a tie for the Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball crown with a 3-2 win over Roseburg at Anhorn Field Tuesday.
Top-ranked Crater (20-4, 9-1 SOH) registered its ninth consecutive SOH victory and hasn't lost since dropping its league opener to North Medford, 2-1, on April 22. Crater needs to just split Saturday's road doubleheader at Roseburg or see a Black Tornado loss to Grants Pass Friday to win the title outright.
Crater's last large classification conference title was 1997, when it shared the Southern Oregon Conference crown with Mazama and Roseburg. The Comets won a 5A league championship in 2007.
Bastendorff (7-2) struck out six, walked three and allowed one earned run. The 6-foot-6 senior right-hander gave up single runs in each of the first two innings then blanked the Indians (8-13, 4-6) the rest of the way. After the second, the only jam Bastendorff faced was in the fifth when he struck out Brady Fuller on four pitches with runners on second and third to end the inning.
"(Bastendorff) started out a little flat," said Crater coach Jay Campbell. "He definitely got stronger as the game went along. He settled down and was able to locate and get ahead of hitters."
The Comets bunched together five straight hits with two outs and no one on to score all three runs in the third inning.
Tanner Ryerson singled to start the rally. Tyler Aplin followed with a single and Paul Turner delivered a two-run double. Taylor Tibbets singled in the go-ahead run and Ty Fox also got a base hit in the frame.
For Roseburg, David Irvine had two hits, drove in one and scored one run and Chris Stone went 2-for-2 with a run. Layne Westwang tripled in Irvine to give Roseburg a 1-0 lead in the first.
"We have good focus and have been able to win the close games," said Campbell. "Being in big games in the past has helped this group out."
Roseburg 110 000 0 — 2 5 1
Crater 003 000 x — 3 7 2
Haskett and Irvine; Bastendorff and Aplin. W — Bastendorff (7-2). L — Haskett. 2B — C: Turner. 3B — R: Westwang.
NORTH MEDFORD 15, GRANTS PASS 2, 5 inn. — North Medford's Colton Westfall held Grants Pass to two runs, one earned, in five innings and senior shortstop Micah Brown had three hits to spearhead the Black Tornado's 11-hit attack on senior day.
Westfall struck out three without a walk and held the Cavemen scoreless after the second inning to improve to 9-2. Also for North (18-4, 7-3 SOH), Brown was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and scored once and Josh Berman 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
Grants Pass fell to 6-18 and 1-9.
Grants Pass 110 00 — 2 4 2
North Medford 150 9x — 15 11 1
Mathews, D'Amico (2), Zozaya (4), Bunn (4), Crume (4) and Bjorn; Westfall and Zavala. W —Westfall (9-2). L — Mathews.
ASHLAND 10, MAZAMA 0, 5 inn. — At Ashland, two weeks after losing a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning Ashland senior Carter Glick eased at least some of that heartache by tossing a five-inning no-no on senior day.
Glick struck out five and walked one to improve to 4-2 on the year for the Grizzlies (17-6), who have scored 37 runs in their last three games. Offensively, Ashland was led by Aaron Scott (2-for-3, two RBIs), Eric Carlson (2-for-4, double, two runs) and Nick Sanderson (2-for-3, two runs, RBI).
Mazama fell to 7-16.
Mazama 000 00 — 0 0 1
Ashland 203 32 — 10 8 0
Depew, Lefever (3), Crowell (4) and Tron; Glick and Cammarota. W — Glick (4-2). L — Depew. 2B — A: Carlson.
KLAMATH UNION 16, EAGLE POINT 6, 5 inn. — At Klamath Falls, Destin Adams went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead Eagle Point in nonleague action.
Jonathan Wilson added a pair of RBIs for the Eagles (3-15), who committed nine errors.
Peyton Poe was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs for Klamath Union (7-15).
Eagle Point 031 20 — 6 4 9
Klamath Union 410 56 — 16 14 2
Jackson, O'Brien (1), Wilson (5) and Wilson, O'Brien (5); Hamblin, Balbin (5) and Budden. W — Hamblin. L — O'Brien. 2B — EP: Adams, Wilson; KU: Poe 2. 3B — KU: McGahan.
HENLEY 5, PHOENIX 3 — At Talent, Phoenix's Justin McCreadie was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and pitched well over 51/3 innings but it wasn't enough against defending 4A state champion Henley at Hagler-James Field.
Zach Kentner was 2-for-3 with one RBI and struck out three with no walks in 12/3 innings of relief for the Pirates (6-17, 3-10 Skyline), while Max Potter went 2-for-4.
Jesse Hilyard struck out nine with two walks and had two sacrifice fly RBIs to pace the Hornets (22-1, 13-0). Cody Dykstra was 2-for-4 with two runs and Drew Seater 3-for-4 with one RBI.
Henley 200 020 1 — 5 7 1
Phoenix 100 002 0 — 3 7 0
Hilyard, Goodell (6), Guzman (7) and Howard; McCreadie, Kentner (6) and Potter. W — Hilyard. L — McCreadie (0-2). 2B — H: Howard; P: McCreadie 2. 3B — H: Seater.
HIDDEN VALLEY 13, NORTH VALLEY 3 — At Murphy, Hidden Valley was led by three RBIs each from McKinnon Bennett and Jared Norberg in Skyline Conference action.
Roman Fretz went 2-for-3 with a two-run single and Austin Dangelo 2-for-3 for the Mustangs (16-6, 10-3, Sky).
North Valley dropped to 9-14 overall, 5-8 in league.
North Valley 002 010 x — 3 9 2
Hidden Valley 300 700 3 — 13 12 2
Hergenrether, Stegemiller (4), Kissel (5) and Segura; Campbell, Norberg (4) and Hults. W — Campbell (3-1). L — Hergenrether. 2B — NV: Perry; HV: Fretz. 3B — HV: Chastain.
ST. MARY'S 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2 — Tanner Smith tossed five innings of one-hit ball to lead St. Mary's in Southern Cascade Hybrid action.
Smith struck out two with one walk before giving way to Spencer McCabe, who escaped a sixth-inning jam to garner the save. McCabe also provided an RBI double to put the Crusaders (15-10, 7-4 SCH) ahead to stay in the first. Also for St. Mary's, Sam Hough drove in a run on a fielder's choice, and Ty Mulholland executed a successful suicide squeeze to plate another run.
Andrew Sherier hit a double for Illinois Valley (9-12, 0-9).
Illinois Valley 000 002 0 — 2 2 4
St. Mary's 200 200 x — 4 5 2
Miller and Davis; T. Smith, McCabe (6) and Mulholland. W — T. Smith (3-1). L — Miller. 2B — IV: Sherier; SM: McCabe.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 9, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Rogue River, Kyle Ferguson pitched a six-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk for Cascade Christian in Southern Cascade Hybrid action.
Cody Coggins went 3-for-4 for the Challengers (16-4, 0-0 SCH), who used a five-run sixth inning to pull away from Rogue River (9-10, 4-4).
Cascade Christian 100 115 1 — 9 6 1
Rogue River 100 000 0 — 1 6 3
Ferguson and Jones; Roohr, Sakraida (6), Ritchie (6) and Pratt. W — Ferguson. L — Roohr. 2B — CC: Ferguson; RR: Perston, Ritchie.