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Trailing 8-2 in Game 2, Crater rallies behind solid relief pitching to sweep a twin bill from Mazama

The sophomore right-hander came in to pitch in the second game of a non-conference twin bill against Mazama with the Comets trailing 8-2. Teaters blanked the Vikings through the next five innings, and Crater rallied for a 9-8 victory to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Crater (3-0) won the opener 3-1 behind Derek Petersen's complete game.

"Sometimes when you get used to winning, the kids get that attitude that you're not out of any game," said Crater coach Chuck Dominiak, whose team advanced into the state semifinals last season after winning the state championship the year before. "You can use a game like this to build on. You need to win one like that to know you can."

Teaters allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one. The left-handed hitter helped his cause with two hits.

"He (Teaters) handles pressure well," said Dominiak. "I was planning on using him in relief of Petersen in the first game, but Petersen did such a good job we didn't need him."

Crater's second-game starter, Kevin Mulder, was the victim of shoddy defense. The Comets made all eight errors in the nightcap in the first two innings, and Mazama scored eight runs.

"He (Mulder) didn't get much help," said Dominiak. "Sometimes you just need to make a change."

While Teaters stopped Mazama from adding to its lead, the Comets chipped away at the plate. Crater trailed 8-4 entering the sixth inning when Comet catcher Jared Maddocks blasted a three-run homer to left-center field.

With Crater trailing 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh, Teaters doubled and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. David Sills responded with an RBI double to tie the game at 8-all. Then the Comets won it on Frank Drake's two-out, run-scoring single.

Maddocks led the Comets' 13-hit attack with a 3-for-5, five-RBI performance.

In the opener, Petersen handcuffed Mazama on four hits. The senior right-hander, who set a school record for wins last season with a 12-2 mark, used 78 pitches to strike out eight and walk four.

"Hopefully, he can start where he left off last year," said Dominiak of Petersen. "He dictated the game with his off-speed pitches. He got ahead of most everybody in the count."

Crater grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Colin Schoonover, who went 3-for-3 for the second straight game, opened with a single. A pair of fielder's choices moved him to third, and he scored on Trevor Ryan's single.

In the third, Drake walked, Maddocks doubled and Schoonover singled in the run.

The Comets increased their lead to 3-0 in the fourth on Sills' RBI single, scoring Dan Casey, who singled and stole second.

Maddocks and Casey both had two hits in the opener.

"We had some real good at-bats today," said Dominiak. "We took some good swings, and we were real patient."

FIRST GAME

Mazama................................................000 001 0 - — 4 2

Crater...................................................011 100 x - — 10 1

Clark, Massey (5) and Manfull; Petersen and Maddocks. W - Petersen (2-0). L - Clark. 2B - M: Bocchi; C: Maddocks.

SECOND GAME

Mazama................................................350 000 0 - 8 8 3

Crater...................................................201 103 2 - 9 13 8

Wagner, Bair (5), Massey (7) and Manfull; Mulder, Teaters (3) and Maddocks. W - Teaters (1-0). L - Massey. 2B - C: Teaters, Sills. HR - C: Maddocks.

Crater's Colin Schoonover, bottom, slides into second base as the ball gets by Mazama's Ryan Broadhead during Tuesday's action. - Photos by Roy Musitelli / Mail Tribune