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Crater thumps St. Helens to stay unbeaten

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater baseball team had little trouble staying unbeaten Thursday night.

The Comets pounded St. Helens 17-2 in five innings to improve to 4-0 and win the inaugural eight-team Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.

Crater collected 48 hits through the four tournament games.

"These were our first four games, so we'd been waiting a long time just to play a game," said Crater coach Jay Campbell. "We're obviously swinging the bats pretty good right now."

The Comets also added three more home runs to give them five on the season.

Tyler Davis was the main contributor at the plate with four hits in as many appearances. He also belted a solo home run to lead off the game, scored four runs and drove in three.

Charlie Reina hit his second long ball of the season — a three-run shot in the second inning — and Tim Hill lifted a three-run blast in the third inning.

Not to be overshadowed, starting pitcher Chris Thomas struck out 12 and gave up just two hits in five innings to move his record to 2-0.

"Thomas was phenomenal," said Campbell. "He had really good stuff tonight. What he had was good pop on his fastball and his curveball. That's the best curveball I've seen him throw in a couple years."

Josh Surgeon added to Crater's offensive burst with two hits, four runs and two RBIs, while Cooper Schmelzer and Matt Hunt each went 2-for-3. Reina had just the one hit but drove in four runs.

In other scores from the tournament: South Salem defeated Mountain View 12-10 to claim third place; Forest Grove slipped by Sprague, 14-13, to place fourth; and Century beat Cleveland 4-1 in the fifth-place game.

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Crater 347 3x —17 13 2

Webster, Beeler (3), Halligan (3), Booth (4) and Anderson; Thomas and Reina. W — Thomas (2-0). L — Webster. 2B — C: Davis. 3B — C: Hunt, Surgeon. HR — C: Tyler Davis, Reina (2), Hill.

u PHOENIX 10, LA SALLE 0, 5 innings — At John Day, sophomore pitcher Jordan Lewis fired a one-hit shutout to help Phoenix improve to 8-0 with a five-inning win over La Salle of Portland at the Les Schwab Classic.

Lewis struck out seven, walked one and threw just 53 pitches to up his mark to 2-0.

The Pirates finished the tournament with a 4-0 record.

Kory Locken went 2-for-3 with four runs and two stolen bases, while Mike Shepherd was 2-for-2 and Jordan Lewis 2-for-3 with two runs. Dustin Smith led the way with three RBIs and Nick Workman provided a two-run single to spark a five-run second inning for the Pirates.

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Lewis and Shepherd; Oborn, Ragasa (3) and Wingright. W — Lewis (2-0). L — Oborn. 2B — P: Shepherd. 3B — P: Locken.

U NORTH MEDFORD FRESHMEN 15-12, BUTTE FALLS-PROSPECT 0-1 — At Butte Falls, the North Medford freshmen team combined for 17 hits in the nonconference sweep.

Butte Falls-Prospect (0-7) committed eight errors during the twin bill and managed 10 hits.

Harley Casillas and Joey Knighton each had two hits for the Loggers in the nightcap. Both contests went five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

FIRST GAME

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Whitehead and Paxton; Dyck, Mercer (3) and Mercer, McGonagle (3). W — Whitehead. L — Dyck. 2B — NM: Frost, Whitehead.

SECOND GAME

North Medford Frosh 103 44 —12 6 1

Butte Falls-Prospect 000 01 — 1 7 3

Anderson and Whitehead; Gordon, Knighton (3), Mercer (5) and McGonagle, Mercer (3), Knighton (5). W — Anderson. L — Gordon. 2B — BF: Knight, Casillas; NM: Paxton.

u ROSEBURG 4, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1 — At Roseburg, Dakota Cavens went six strong innings and Brett Poitner pitched a perfect seventh as Roseburg won the nonconference game, upping its record to 4-1.

Cavens allowed four hits and struck out six. He walked one and allowed one earned run. Poitner had one strikeout in his perfect frame.

The Indians scored all their runs in the second inning. Brad Lint and John Tommasini rapped RBI singles in the frame, and the Indians benefited when the Rams twice failed to get outs on sacrifice bunts. Justin Counts also had a hit in the inning.

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Roseburg 040 000 x — 4 6 0

Bull and Wheaton; Cavens, Poitner (7) and Hansen. W — Cavens (1-0). L — Bull. 2B — CC: Wheaton.