Early surge carries Crater past EP
EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point's struggles filled the bases for Crater's baseball team, and the Comets' capable bats emptied them time and again Saturday at The Yard.
The Eagles committed four errors and walked seven batters through three innings, and Crater capitalized to take a 10-0 lead en route to a 13-8 Southern Sky Conference victory.
"They put the ball in play and we didn't make some plays in some situations that we should've," said Eagle Point coach Rob Cowden. "You don't anticipate giving up four hits through three innings and being down 10 runs."
Charlie Reina provided the big blast in a four-run second inning with a two-run single for Crater.
The Comets (11-4-1, 6-1 SSC) tacked on five more runs for a 10-0 lead in the third inning, with Josh Surgeon belting a bases-clearing triple.
The Eagles (5-5, 0-3) scratched back with four runs in the fifth inning to trim their deficit to 10-4, but Reina helped cement the win with a three-run double in the seventh. The senior catcher finished 2-for-5 with five RBIs, while Surgeon was 4-for-5 with two triples and three RBIs.
Even with that, the Eagles were able to claw back with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to trim the final margin.
"It was a little sloppy out there," said Cowden, "but at the same time it was good to see our guys battle back like they did."
Aaron Willis was 2-for-4 with two runs and Scott Erickson 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run to pace EP.
The second game of Saturday's scheduled doubleheader was washed out by rain, and won't be made up for at least a week since the Eagles have five scheduled games this coming week.
Crater 145 000 3 — 13 8 3
Eagle Point 000 040 4 — 8 4 6
Thomas and Reina; F. Charlton, Keesee (3) and Adams. W — Thomas. L — Charlton (1-1). 2B — C: Reina, Staniforth; EP: Erickson. 3B — C: Surgeon 2.
MAZAMA 7, ASHLAND 5 — At Klamath Falls, Mazama (8-6, 4-1 SSC) used one big inning to propel itself to the come-from-behind victory. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to rain.
The Vikings erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to erase a 2-1 Ashland lead. Kyle Mauch completed the outburst with a two-run home run.
Mauch finished with three hits and two RBIs and Paul Reinhard added two hits and three RBIs.
For Ashland (7-8, 1-4 SSC), Gus Gaviglio, Tysin Senestraro and Tyler Killeen had two hits each.
Ashland 200 002 1 — 5 9 2
Mazama 000 160 x — 7 9 3
S. Gaviglio, C. Sebrell (5) and L. Sebrell; Stratton, Wagner (7) and Reinhard. W — Stratton (1-3). L — S. Gaviglio. 2B — A: G. Gaviglio 2; M: Mauch, Stratton, Reinhard. HR — M: Mauch.
PHOENIX 10-10, ROGUE RIVER 0-0 — At Talent, Phoenix banged out 23 hits and got a pair of one-hit, five-inning pitching performances at Hagler-James Park.
Senior outfielder Mike Christie had Rogue River's lone hit in each game.
In the opener, Pirate pitcher Jordan Lewis struck out 11 and walked none during a 63-pitch effort.
Christie beat out a dribbler up the first-base line to end Lewis' no-hit bid with two outs in the fifth.
Kory Locken went 3-for-4 to highlight the Pirates' (12-5, 4-2 Skyline) 12-hit attack. Locken opened the bottom of the fifth with a triple and scored the game-ending run on Ryan Robinson's bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Jordan Decker added two hits, two RBIs and scored three times.
In Game 2, Robinson and Neil Emerson combined for the one-hitter with four strikeouts. Emerson accounted for three of the strikeouts in a two-inning relief stint. Robinson gave up the single to Christie in the second.
Jake Murphy went 3-for-3 in the second game and was 5-for-5 in the twin bill. Murphy provided a two-run double in the first and an RBI single in the second.
Andrew George collected two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice, while Locken added two hits and two runs.
Rogue River fell to 0-5 in the Skyline and 7-9 overall.
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Phoenix 125 11 — 10 12 1
Watson, Frantz (4) and Castro; Lewis and Shepherd. W — Lewis (4-2). L — Watson. 2B — P: Giron, Decker, George. 3B — P: Locken.
Rogue River 000 00 — 0 1 1
Phoenix 360 01 — 10 11 1
Haberman, Berman (3) and Castro; Robinson, Emerson (4) and Shepherd. W — Robinson (2-1). L — Haberman. 2B — P: Locken, Giron, Murphy.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 19-21, CHILOQUIN 3-11 — At White City, Cascade Christian's offensive explosion produced 37 hits in a pair of five-inning victories.
In the opener, Challenger pitcher Jeremy Cheney struck out seven and helped his cause with three hits, three RBIs and four runs.
Ryan Pech paced the offense with a 4-for-4, five RBI effort. The eighth-ranked Challengers (12-2, 9-0 Dist. 4) received four hits from Jordan Banks and Travis Wolf and three hits and three RBIs by Josh Davis.
In Game 2, Colton Cochran had the big game for Cascade with three hits and five RBIs. Pech added three more hits, as did Josh Artale and Jimmy Lyon.
Chiloquin 003 00 — 3 5 4
Cascade Christian 554 5x — 19 20 0
McAda and Lerna; Cheney and Banks. W — Cheney (3-0). L — McAda. 2B — C: Bragg; CC: Wolf, Cheney 2. 3B — C: Bragg; CC: Litton, Wolf, Cheney.
Chiloquin 411 41 — 11 5 3
Cascade Christian 923 61 — 21 17 6
Bragg, Petey (2), McAda (5) and Lerna; Pech, Cochran (4), Cheney (5) and Banks. W — Pech (2-2). L — Bragg. 2B — C: McAda, Bragg 2, Montayo; CC: Banks, Pech, Davis, Artale, Cochran. 3B — CC: Cheney.
ST. MARY'S 14-9, BUTTE FALLS-PROSPECT 4-8 — At Butte Falls, Juan Ramirez went 5-for-8 over both games with four runs, two steals and three RBIs to lead St. Mary's (6-7, 6-3 District 4) to a doubleheader sweep.
Mike Brimble was 3-for-4 with three runs, two steals and three RBIs in Game 1, while Crusader teammate Cooper Sherwin went 2-for-4 with two runs.
Joey Knighton led Butte Falls-Prospect with two hits, two runs and two steals and Josh Sutfin added two hits.
In the nightcap, Knighton went 2-for-4 with four runs, while Dakota Gordon was 3-for-5 with two runs and Josh McGonagle had two hits.
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Butte Falls-Prospect 002 001 1 — 4 7 5
O'Boyle, Brimble (4) and Hoffman, O'Boyle (4); Meyers and Knighton. W — Brimble. L — Meyers. 2B — S: Ramirez, Hoffman.
St. Mary's 122 022 0 — 9 9 6
Butte Falls-Prospect 220 102 1 — 8 9 2
Schrader and O'Boyle; Mercer, Gordon (5) and Meyers. W — Schroeder (3-2). L — Gordon. 2B — S: O'Boyle; BF: Gordon. 3B — BF: Knighton.