CENTRAL POINT — After pulling off a stunning seventh-inning comeback in Tuesday’s baseball game at Ashland, Crater found itself in trouble against the Grizzlies again Saturday during the first game of a Midwestern League doubleheader at Anhorn Field.
Visiting Ashland had already plated three runs with two outs and the bases loaded before Sebasten Boivin stepped on the mound in relief. But the senior right-hander did his job by instantly inducing a pop-up to end the frame and then Crater built on that effort by slowly chipping away for a 9-4 victory.
In Game 2, Boivin’s three-run home run in the first inning gave the Comets (10-1, 6-0 MWL) all the momentum they would need in earning a 16-6, five-inning win to cap off a pivotal series sweep over Ashland (5-4, 2-4).
“The kids battled well and Boivin was able to limit the damage coming in and then was pretty solid the rest of the way,” said Crater head coach Jay Campbell of the roller-coaster Game 1 Saturday. “Getting that first one was big win and at that point we had an opportunity to go for the sweep and we really swung the bat well in the second game with 15 hits.”
Boivin allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 5⅓ innings of relief in the opener while Larson Kindreich helped spur the offense along by going 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs, including an RBI single during a four-run sixth inning that sealed the deal for Crater.
Kellar Edwards was 2-for-4 with one run to pace Ashland in the opener.
In Game 2, Boivin finished 2-for-3 with one run and four RBIs, while Kindreich was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, Sean Bartlett 3-for-4 with three runs and five RBIs and Jace Godley 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.
Sanderson, Edwards (6) and N. McLennan; Swartwout, Boivin (2) and Bartlett. W — Boivin (1-0). L — Sanderson. 2B — C: Bastendorff.
Tzadhil, Carroll (3), Scott (4) and N. McLennan; Croft, Macuk (4) and Kerrigan. W — Croft (3-0). L — Tzadhil. 2B — C: Bartlett, Godley, Kerrigan. HR — C: Boivin (1).
NORTH MEDFORD 9-12, WILLAMETTE 2-2: Tyler Seney’s two-run single with no outs in the fifth inning of Game 2 gave host North Medford a mercy rule victory to complete a Southwest Conference sweep at North Medford High.
Seney finished 3-for-4 as did teammate Justin Geyer, who added two runs, two RBIs and three stolen bases, including a swipe of home plate in the fourth inning for the Black Tornado (7-5, 3-2 SWC).
Kasey Buchanan went 2-for-3 and scored twice and Wyatt Baptiste improved to 2-0 by allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
In Game 1, Brandon King’s two-run single capped North Medford’s pivotal five-run fifth inning and Seney hurled a three-hitter for his first victory. Seney allowed two earned runs with three walks and fanned four.
King, Buchanan and Geyer each had two hits. Geyer stole three bases, scored twice and drove in a run for North.
Seney and Geyer; Bracy, Chelsa (5), Murphy (6) and Thorn, Bushnell (6). W — Seney (1-1). 3B — NM: Buchanan, Geyer.
Baptiste (2-0) and Geyer; Rosebrook, Curtis (5) and Thorn. W — Baptiste. L — Rosebrook. 2B — NM: Geyer.
MARIST 7-10, EAGLE POINT 6-6: At Eugene, Eagle Point rallied to even the score in the top of the seventh inning of the opener and forced an eighth inning, where Marist handed the Eagles their first Midwestern League loss of the season in an eventual sweep.
Bennett Rodgers, who led off the seventh with a walk and later stole second and third base, reached home plate to knot the score at 6-all for the Eagles (6-4, 4-2 MWL) on Preston Johnson’s single. The Eagles, however, stranded potential go-ahead runs on second and third base with one out.
In the fourth inning, EP’s Nate Page led off with a solo home run and Charles Little finished 2-for-5 with a two-run double in the fourth.
Eight walks and a hit batter hindered the Eagles in the nightcap. Trae Perkins went 3-for-4 while both Jacoby Jackson and Coldin Shopp finished 2-for-4, with Shopp scoring once and driving in two.
Marsh, Jackson (5) and Little; Parsons, Myer (5), Hill (7), Bullock (8) and Hidan. W — Bullock. L — Jackson. 2B — EP: Little; M: Hidan, Parsons. HR — EP: Page (1).
Perkins, Johnson (2), Nielsen (5), Gaudern (6) and Little, Alves (6); Bloom, Hidan (6) and Karo. W — Bloom. L — Johnson. 2B — M: Parsons, Hidan; EP: Rodgers, Perkins. HR — M: Lydon, Hidan.
BANDON 13-14, ROGUE RIVER 9-4: At Rogue River, host Rogue River dropped to 2-5 overall with a pair of nonconference losses to Class 2A/1A Bandon (8-1).