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Crater, GP split, stay tied

SOC Baseball/SoftballGRANTS PASS ' Crater was one game away from avoiding a league playoff but couldn't close the door on Grants Pass in a Southern Oregon Conference softball doubleheader Saturday.

Behind the pitching of Ashleigh Cuddie, Crater opened the twin bill with a 3-0 victory. Comet errors and timely hitting helped Grants Pass take Game 2, 5-4.

Crater, Grants Pass, South Medford and North Medford finish the SOC slate tied for second at 7-5. Those teams will vie for the three remaining state playoff berths Tuesday in a four-team league playoff.

The Cavers take on South in Game — of a four-team playoff at Fagone Field on Tuesday, while North Medford and Crater square off in the second game. The losers play at 2 p.m. and the winners play at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, Crater and Grants Pass combined for nine errors in the nightcap.

It was just a bizarre game, said Cavers coach Clay Rounsaville. For a game that meant so much, it wasn't played very well. We're just glad to still be alive.

The Cavers (18-6 overall), who had only three hits, scored an unearned run in the fourth inning to break a 4-all tie.

Karleigh Prestianni led Grants Pass with two hits, while Whitney McDaniel went 2-for-3 for Crater.

In the opener, Cuddie tossed a one-hitter and struck out seven to record the win.

Kristen Haga was 2-for-3 to lead the Comets.

FIRST GAME

Crater.......................................002 000 — ' — 6 1

Grants Pass.............................000 000 0 ' 0 — 2

Cuddie and Winningham; Chamberlain and Woolf. W ' Cuddie. L ' Chamberlain.

SECOND GAME

Crater.......................................003 100 0 ' 4 6 4

Grants Pass.............................202 100 x ' 5 — 5

Cuddie and Winningham; Prestianni, Chamberlain (6) and Woolf. W ' Prestianni. L ' Cuddie.

ROSEBURG 6-3, NORTH MEDFORD 4-0 ' At Roseburg, Tanya Johnston had four RBIs on the day to help Roseburg sweep North Medford in SOC action.

Brandi Campos went 2-for-3 and Ali Paz batted 3-for-4 to help the Indians in the first game.

Katie Gould went 3-for-4, had two RBIs, two stolen bases and a run scored to help North Medford (12-10, 7-5 SOC).

In the second game, Johnston went 2-for-3 and had two of her RBIs for the Indians (21-1, 11-1 SOC).

FIRST GAME

North Medford........................000 002 2 ' 4 5 3

Roseburg.................................200 040 0 ' 6 8 2

Sanders, Schmidt (6) and Sevano; Endicott and Johnston. W ' Endicott, L ' Sanders (7-5).

SECOND GAME

North Medford........................000 000 0 ' 0 2 2

Roseburg.................................200 100 0 ' — 7 0

Schmidt and Sevano; Curry and Johnston. W ' Curry, L ' Schmidt (3-4).

Baseball

CRATER 3-11, GRANTS PASS 1-10 ' At Central Point, Grants Pass scored five runs in the seventh inning, but its comeback fell short as Crater hung on for a Game 2 victory, closing its season with a sweep.

The Comets (16-9, 14-7 SOC) will face Valley League champion Sprague in a first-round playoff game on May 22.

Crater had six hits in a six-run fifth inning, none bigger than Zach Boskovich's two-run single to make it 7-5. Charlie Reina and Josh Staniforth added back-to-back RBI doubles.

Chris Thomas struck out 10 batters while giving up four hits, three to Craig Dolmage.

Dolmage also had a solo home run in Game 1.

Ben Murray went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in Game 2 for Grants Pass (8-19, 6-15 SOC).

FIRST GAME

Grants Pass.............................100 000 0 ' — 4 0

Crater.......................................021 000 x ' — 9 0

Murray and Garcia; Thomas and Reina. W ' Thomas (7-3). L ' Murray. HR ' GP: Dolmage.

SECOND GAME

Grants Pass.........................100 040 5 ' 10 13 3

Crater...................................020 360 0 ' 11 13 2

Sabo, Morgan (5) and Garcia; Zelecki, Davidson (5) and Lovemark. W ' Davidson (3-1). L ' Sabo. 2B ' GP: O'Brien, Dolmage, Sabo, Saxon; C: Reina, Lovemark, Murphy. HR ' GP: Murray.

SOUTH MEDFORD 11-9, ASHLAND 8-5 ' At Ashland, Trent Smith's safety squeeze brought home the tying run in the top of the seventh and South Medford tallied three runs in the eighth to win Game — in its sweep over Ashland.

Jared Adamson's double sent home Ryan Odell to make it 9-8 in the top of the eighth. Adamson later scored on a passed ball to give the Panthers a three-run cushion.

Adamson, Ben Koziol and Dane Happeny all went 2-for-4 for the Panthers (21-5, 16-5 SOC).

Wes Dodds went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Robby Bruce had two doubles for Ashland (11-15, 8-13 SOC).

Odell's two-run double gave the Panthers a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning of Game 2. He ended the day with five hits, including three doubles.

FIRST GAME

South Medford.................140 002 13 ' 11 13 4

Ashland..................................002 231 00 ' 8 8 2

Wilson, George (4), Odell (6), Austad and Koziol; G. Gaviglio, Killeen (2), C. Sebrell (6), S. Gaviglio (7) and Bruce. W ' Odell. L ' S. Gaviglio (4-1). 2B ' SM: Odell, Adamson; A: Bruce 2, Killeen, Senestraro. 3B ' SM: Happeny.

SECOND GAME

South Medford......................000 432 0 ' 9 13 0

Ashland....................................001 031 0 ' 5 9 2

Boyd, Robinson (5) and Koziol; San Nicholas, Killeen (5), Dodds (6), C. Sebrell (7) and Bruce. W ' Boyd. L ' San Nicholas (2-4). 2B ' SM: Odell 2, Comford, Adamson, T. Smith; A: Meza, Senestraro.