Comets no-hit Klamath Falls in Area 4 sweep
KLAMATH FALLS — A three-pitcher committee combined for a no-hitter for the Central Point Comets American Legion A baseball team in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Klamath Falls North Hawks on Thursday.
The Comets (40-6, 32-2 Area 4), who will face the North Medford Mavericks for the Area 4 league title today, earned the sweep, needing just six innings to get a 20-2 win in the opener and only five to earn a 14-1 decision in Game 2 by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
Nolan Bastendorff picked up the win, pitching two innings of no-hit baseball to go with three strikeouts for the Comets. John Keyser struck out two and walked a pair in two innings and Taylor Pardee threw just five pitches in the fifth inning to complete the no-hitter.
Taylor Tibbets went 2-for-3, drove in three runs and scored twice for the Comets, who tallied 10 runs in the top of the first.
In the opener, Tibbets had two triples, drove in four runs and scored four times. Both he and Paul Turner had RBI triples during the Comets' 12-run sixth inning.
Anthony Martin went 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI for the Comets, who received a 2-for-5, three-RBI, two-run effort from Evan Erskine.
Central Point's Zach Lathrop threw all six innings to earn the victory.
Central Point 050 03(12) — 20 13 0
Klamath Falls North Hawks 010 001 — 2 5 4
Lathrop and Aplin; Fernland, Jackson (3), Odesha (6) and Noonan. W — Lathrop (6-0). L — Fernland. 2B — CP: Pardee. 3B — CP: Tibbets 2, Turner.
Central Point (10)04 00 — 14 7 3
Klamath Falls North Hawks 001 00 — 1 0 2
Bastendorff, Keyser (3), Pardee (5) and Caballero; Comer, Jackson (1), Kuhlman (3) and Noonan. W — Bastendorff (7-1). L — Comer. 2B — CP: Lathrop. 3B — CP: Pardee.
CALIFORNIA 3, SOUTHERN OREGON 1 — Joe Valdez held Southern Oregon to one run on four hits in five solid innings on the mound to lead the California Seals to a Far West League victory at Harry & David Field.
Kyle Secciani went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the RiverDawgs (25-12, 11-8 Far West), who scored their only run in the fifth inning when Secciani came home on a Ty Gilmore single.
The Seals scored what proved to be the winning run in the fourth when Rashawn Tillman reached on a throwing error — one of four miscues by Southern Oregon's defense — and came home on Isias Alcanter's single to left to give California a 2-0 lead.
The two teams square off again tonight in another nine-inning game slated to start at 7 p.m.
California 010 100 100 — 3 9 0
So. Oregon 000 010 000 — 1 8 4
Valdez, Hidalgo (6) and Chavez; A. Herrera, G. Herrera (7) and Brill. W — Valdez. L — A. Herrera (7-2). 2B — C: Chavez, Valentine; SO: Pedretti.
PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP — At Bandon, Kevin Murphy shot a 1-over-par 71 to climb 17 spots in the leaderboard and move into a tie for 29th through three rounds at the Bandon Trails Course.
The Rogue River teenager had four birdies and nine pars in his best round of the tournament and will take a 15-over 227 into the fourth and final round.
At 1-over par, Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash., has the overall lead by three strokes heading into today's action.
WYNDHAM CUP — At Orlando, Fla., a hard-charging Dylan Wu rallied to take a lead over Doug Ghim, but Ghim birdied the final hole to top the Medford standout 1-up in match-play at the American Junior Golf Association event at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club.
After falling behind by as many as three on the seventh hole, the 16-year-old Wu rallied by staying consistent as Ghim (Arlington Heights, Ill.) bogeyed two straight holes then double bogeyed No. 13 to tie the two back up.
Wu wasted no time by grabbing the lead on the next hole with a par to Ghim's bogey, but on No. 16 Ghim evened it up again and made birdie on the 18th to seal the victory.