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Comets win, tie at Easter Baseball Classic

FRESNO, Calif. — The Crater High baseball team entered the 38th annual Easter Baseball Classic Monday hoping to find good weather and good competition.

They found both.

The Comets also met up with victory and a rare tie.

Tyler Davis and Zack Boskovich each had three hits, Shawn Ogle threw a five-hitter and the Comets stole 11 bases in a 12-4 win over Hoover High of Fresno.

Later Monday, Crater fought to a 1-1 tie with Fresno High. The game ended after nine innings following a 21/2 hour time limit.

"The kids are soaking it up down here," Crater coach Jay Campbell said. "The weather's beautiful, the fields are great and it's just good baseball. It would have been nice to win two, but Frenso is a really good team and we couldn't get a run when we needed it."

Senior Chris Thomas was spectacular against the hometown Warriors. He yielded just six hits over the nine innings, struck out 10 and walked two.

"He was lights out," Campbell said. "I watched (Fresno) play earlier in the day and they were jumping all over the fastball. Chris used his curve and changeup to good advantage. He had their hitters out of sync."

Crater took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Matt Hunt walked, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Charlie Reina.

Fresno got its run in the top of the seventh when Ryan White walked, moved to third on a double by Eric Sanchez and scored on a slow roller to first base by Johnny Fields. The Warriors threatened to take the lead, but with Sanchez on third base, Thomas struck out Antonio Huez to end the inning.

Carlos Rodriguez and Jacob Miranda combined on a seven-hitter for Fresno, but they also combined to walk seven.

"We had some chances to score more runs but couldn't get the key hit," said Campbell, whose team saw its record move to 5-0-1. "But it was a great game. It had a playoff atmosphere."

In the win over Hoover, Crater broke the game open with a five-run second inning. Cory Staniforth kick-started the uprising with a single. Cooper Schmelzer then struck out, but the Hoover catcher dropped the ball and Schmelzer got aboard. Tim Hill followed with a sacrifice fly and then, following a walk to Hunt, Tyler Davis ripped a two-run triple.

Davis went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Boskovich went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two stolen bases.

Staniforth, Hunt and Jesse Warren all added two hits for the Comets.

Crater, the first out-of-state team in the history of the tournament, meets McLane High of Fresno at 1 p.m. today.

Crater 052 001 4 — 12 13 1

Hoover 002 020 0 — 4 5 1

Ogle and Reina; Coorthy and Bannon. W — Ogle (2-0). L — Coorthy. 2B — C: Staniforth, Boskovich, Hunt. 3B — C: Davis.

Fresno 000 000 100 — 1 6 0

Crater 000 010 000 — 1 6 3

Rodriguez, Miranda (7) and Moreno; Thomas and Reina. 2B — F: Sanchez.

Boys Golf

u GRIZZLIES WIN — Ashland's Austin Harfst and Ben Wright shot two of the three lowest scores on the day as the Grizzlies ran away with a Southern Sky Conference victory at Centennial Golf Club on Monday.

Wright tied for medalist honors with Klamath Union's Carter Mast, carding a 4-over par 76. Harfst solidified Ashland's top spot with a 77.

Galen Camp and Corey Chandler also contributed for Ashland with a pair of 85s.

Mazama's Manny Torres and Mike Haggert of runner-up Eagle Point each scored 79s.

Haggert flirted with a hole-in-one on the par 4, No. 14 hole when his tee shot from 289 yards rolled within 4 feet of the cup. He tapped in for eagle.

TEAM SCORES — Ashland 323, Eagle Point 337, Mazama 348, Klamath Union 391, Crater 403.

ASHLAND (323) — Austin Harfst 77, Ben Wright 76, Galen Camp 85, Corey Chandler 85.

EAGLE POINT (337) — Mike Hagert 79, Steve Lindstrom 91, Trevor Lopez 81, Shane Tomich 86.

MAZAMA (348) — Chandler Mulkey 82, Manny Torres 79, Derrick Fuller 95, Stuart Nelson 92.

KLAMATH UNION (391) — Carter Mast 76, John Hagerman 99, Josh Rose 106, Nick Trenchard 110.

CRATER (403) — Jordan Moser 94, Zach Uhles 96, Brandon Beall 108, Cole Dewitt 105.

U ST. MARY'S BOYS TAKE SECOND — At Cornelius, Alex Street's 6-over par 78 helped guide St. Mary's to a second-place finish out of eight teams in a Class 2A tournament at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

The club's tradition is to reward the top nine finishers in the tournament with the pin flags of the first nine holes.

Along with Street, Nick Terry earned a flag after carding an 83, the sixth-best score on the day.

Medalist Trevor Harding led Westside Christian to first place with his 2-over par 74.

TEAM SCORES — Westside Christian 324, St Mary's 347, Catlin Gable 354, Oakridge 358, City Christian 358, Enterprise 364, Mohawk 372, Bandon 396,

ST. MARY'S (347) — Alex Street 78, Nick Terry 83, Matt Gervais 91, Mat Schulenburg 95.

Girls Golf

U ST. MARY'S GIRLS EARN FIRST PLACE — At Grants Pass, no St. Mary's player broke 100, but the Crusaders were consistent as a team as they edged North Valley by two strokes in a District 6 tournament at Grants Pass Country Club.

St. Mary's Aubrey Street logged a team-best score of 100 and Laura Thompson backed her up with a 101 on a day when only four players shot below 100.

Hidden Valley's Dani Hart earned medalist honors with a 92 while North Valley's Ariel Huff penciled a 93, the second-lowest round of the afternoon.

TEAM SCORES — St. Mary's 409, North Valley 411, Hidden Valley 435, Henley 456, Rogue River 461, Phoenix 483, Illinois Valley 579, Hosanna INC, Cascade Christian INC.

ST. MARY'S (409) — Whitney Adderson 49-56—105, Jenessa Hren 49-54—103, Aubrey Street 49-51—100, Laura Thompson 52-49—101.

NORTH VALLEY (411) — Ariel Huff 47-46—93, Kylea Monnot 50-54—104, Megan MacDonald 49-50—99, Jackie McCormick 61-54—115.

HIDDEN VALLEY (435) — Dani Hart 48-44—92, Megan Swanson 47-49—96, Ashley Doig 57-55—112, Morgan Bars 64-71—135.

HENLEY (456) — Jessica Butler 50-55—105, Sara Love 53-53—106, Mary Murphy 70-66—136, Joanne Murphy 56-60—116.

PHOENIX (483) — Nadia Thorpe 62-59—121, Kadi Carlson 55-53—108, Kayla George 59-63—122, Cas Passante 64-68—132.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (579) — Kathryn Baker 77-74—151, Eliz Bullock 67-69—136, Nadia Kirk 75-72—147, Lisa Papa 73-72—145.

HOSANNA (INC) — Kim Shaw 53-65—118, J. Howard 81-72—153.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (INC) — Madison Lee 56-62—118, Justine Lyon 66-60—126.