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Crater waltzes past Reynolds

TROUTDALE - Chuck Dominiak opened this baseball season unsure of what to expect from his Crater Comets.

With so many new faces filling the void of graduated all-stars, repeating last year's state championship run was a tall order.

Now, it looks more and more reasonable.

Crater wiped away a 2-0 deficit with two runs in the fifth inning Friday, then scored singles runs the next two frames to beat Reynolds, 4-2, and advance to the Class 4A state quarterfinals.

"These kids are amazing," said Dominiak. "They're the 'Cardiac Comets.'

"They really compete hard and they never break. They bend a little bit, but they never break, not yet anyway."

Crater (22-6) will play host to Oregon City at — p.m. Monday at Anhorn Field. Oregon City edged Southridge, 5-4, in eight innings on Friday.

With two out in the fifth inning, Crater's Levi Wisdom and Frank Drake hit back-to-back singles. After a walk to Kenny Strate, Wisdom scored when Ryan Gipson's grounder was misplayed. Drake then scored the tying run after a wild pitch by Reynolds starter Kyle Swoboda.

The Comets took advantage of more Reynolds miscues in the sixth, with Jared Maddocks reaching on an error and Derek Petersen turning a sacrifice bunt into a single when he outraced the relay throw. After a double play by Reynolds, Maddocks scored the winning run when Craig Mulder's grounder was misplayed by the third baseman.

Crater added an insurance run in the seventh as Strate smacked a one-out double and scored on a single by Gipson.

"The past 11 games have been just like this," said Dominiak. "We've just been doing what we have to do to win."

Reynolds loaded the bases in the fifth before being denied by an unassisted double play by Drake at third base.

The Raiders also had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth, but Petersen got a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat.

Petersen, who came on in relief of Chris Pettegrew in the fourth, induced three popups in the seventh to cap the season for Reynolds.

The Raiders scored both of their runs in the fourth inning.

"(Pettegrew) got into a little trouble there in the fourth," Dominiak said of Crater's No. 2 pitcher, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury. "Petersen had three days off and has been pitching really well, so we just decided to make the switch, and it worked out."

Crater.....................................................000 021 — - 4 6 2

Reynolds................................................000 200 0 - 2 5 3

Pettegrew, Petersen (4) and Maddocks; Swoboda, Wirth (6) and Holsted. W - Petersen (11-3). L - Swoboda. 2B - C: Strate.

Class 3A Baseball

* HIDDEN VALLEY 11, SOUTH UMPQUA 1, 5 innings - At Murphy, Hidden Valley scored 11 runs off 11 hits to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Scott Hyde notched his 13th win of the season by pitching a four-hitter, fanning four and only issuing one walk in five innings.

Nick Mason, Trevor Schmidt and Josh Evans went a combined 7-for-9 for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs, 20-5, will play Rainier, 18-7, Monday at Hidden Valley High School.

South Umpqua.....................................000 01 - — 4 4

Hidden Valley......................................014 24 - 11 11 0

Clayton, Stevenson (3), Falk (4) and Savage; Hyde and Schmidt. W - Hyde (13-1) L - Clayton. 2B - HV: Hyde.

* HENLEY 7, PHILOMATH 2 - At Philomath, Henley scored three runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to move on to the quarterfinals.

Brian Kinsman had two doubles to power the Hornets' offense.

Henley travels to Grant Union on Monday.

Henley....................................................000 034 0 - 7 8 1

Philomath..............................................000 101 0 - 2 — 5

Bailey and Pryor; Best and Gunter. W - Bailey. L - Best (13-1). 2B - H: Kinsman 2, Stock.

Class 4A Softball

* REDMOND 2, ROSEBURG — - At Redmond, Redmond scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to end Roseburg's season.

Miranda Gillaspie went the distance for the Panthers (25-3), allowing only three hits and one run, while fanning six, including the last two batters of the game.

The Indians finished the season at 20-8.

Roseburg...............................................000 000 — - — 3 0

Redmond...............................................000 002 x - 2 4 1

Jones, Charles (6) and Schruth; Gillaspie and Lillis. W - Gillaspie, L - Jones.

Class 3A Softball

* HENLEY 2, ELMIRA 1, 10 innings - At Klamath Falls, Erika Clements' RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning propelled Henley into the quarterfinals.

After Emily Mills stole second base with two outs, Clements singled to the right-center field gap to score the winning run.

Krystal Young went all 10 innings for the Hornets (23-4), allowing one run on eight hits.

Henley travels to Monmouth to play Central, champion of the Capital Conference, on Monday.

Elmira............................................100 000 000 0 - — 8 3

Henley............................................010 000 000 — - 2 5 4

Cook and Foster; Young and Mills. W - Young (14-1), L - Cook. 2B - E: Campbell.

Class 2A Softball

* GOLD BEACH 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2 - At Gold Beach, Gold Beach scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to hold off the Challengers and advance to the second round.

Gold Beach's Raygen Yantis hit a two-run double to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead, then pitcher Misty Engdahl held Cascade scoreless over the last five innings.

Laural Kelley allowed only three hits and struck out seven for the Challengers, but she issued four walks and had five wild pitches.

Engdahl pitched a two-hitter with two strikeouts and no walk.

Cascade Christian...............................020 000 0 - 2 2 5

Gold Beach...........................................004 100 x - 5 — 1

Kelley and R. Gettman; Engdahl and Ringer. W - Engdahl, L - Kelley (10-5). 2B - GB: Ringer Yantis.