Reina drives in seven runs in Crater sweep
KLAMATH FALLS — Forgive Charlie Reina if it seemed like a day at the beach for him.
The four-year starting catcher for Crater had a monster day as the Comets swept a Southern Sky Conference baseball doubleheader against Mazama, 7-1 and 10-7, Saturday.
In the two games, Reina was 6-for-7 with seven RBIs and six runs. He belted three doubles in the first game and a home run and a double in the second game.
"At one point we were in a situation," said Crater coach Jay Campbell, "and I asked him what we wanted to do here. He said, 'All three pitches, no matter what pitch he throws, it looks like a beach ball.' When you hear that, you just let him swing. Obviously, he's seeing the ball real well."
Crater (13-4-1, 8-1 SSC) cruised in the first game behind the six-hit pitching of Chris Thomas. But it had to score five runs in the top of the seventh inning to survive the nightcap.
Mazama (6-3 SSC) tallied twice in the sixth to go ahead 7-5, but Crater wasted little time responding.
Matt Hunt and Tyler Davis opened the seventh with singles, and Josh Surgeon bunted them over. Reina was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Cory Staniforth belted a triple off the center-field wall to clear the bases.
On the play, the throw to third hit Staniforth in the back, and he scooted home to make it 9-7. Zack Boskovich ripped a solo home run moments later for the final score.
"You could feel the air go out of the stadium," said Campbell. "They were pretty excited (after taking the lead in the sixth). For us to answer back, that was real big. When you have 12 seniors, that's what you expect. We just refused to make an out there."
Bruce Sanford, a sophomore up from the junior varsity who was making his first varsity league appearance, was impressive in a short stint. He entered with one out in the sixth and struck out five of the six batters he faced, including the side in the seventh.
Staniforth was 2-for-4 with five RBIs, and Boskovich had three hits and two RBIs.
In the opener, Thomas allowed six hits, struck out five and didn't walk anyone.
"He didn't have that real good pop on his fastball," said Campbell, "but he was able to locate his pitches and get a lot of flyball and groundball outs."
Staniforth and Cooper Schmelzer each had two hits in Game 1.
Crater 003 020 2 — 7 12 2
Mazama 010 000 0 — 1 6 1
Thomas and Reina; Stratton and Rienhard. W — Thomas (7-0). L — Stratton. 2B — C: Reina 3.
Crater 202 001 5 — 10 13 1
Mazama 012 022 0 — 7 12 2
Powell, Ogle (3), Ellis (6), Sanford (6) and Reina; Wagner and Stratton. W — Sanford (1-0). L — Wagner. 2B — C: Reina; M: Mauch, Stratton, Nelson. 3B — C: Staniforth. HR — C: Boskovich (3), Reina (3).
EAGLE POINT 6-13, KLAMATH UNION 3-3 — At Eagle Point, Aaron Willis had a big day at the plate to lead Eagle Point to its first Southern Sky wins of the season.
Willis went 4-for-7 with five RBIs, four runs and two home runs to help the Eagles (7-7, 2-6 SSC) sweep the doubleheader. He hit a walk-off, three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth inning of Game 2.
Austin Owens was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while Daniel Warner went 2-for-3 in the opener for the Eagles.
Brent McCarty went 3-for-4 to lead Klamath Union in Game 1.
In Game 2, Darren Adams was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and Ben Charlton was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Josh Kendrick earned the pitching win in Game 1, while Logan Fosenburg scattered five hits in the nightcap to post a win. Both improved to 1-1 on the season.
Klamath Union 012 000 0 — 3 8 1
Eagle Point 303 000 x — 6 8 1
Waardenburg and McCarty; Kendrick and Adams. W — Kendrick (1-1). L — Waardenburg. 2B — KU: Cruz; EP: Willis, Owens, Warner. HR — EP: Willis (2).
Klamath Union 001 02 — 3 5 5
Eagle Point 710 23 — 13 10 1
Cruz and McCarty; Fosenburg and Adams. W — Fosenburg (1-1). L — Cruz. 2B — KU: Bray 2, McCarty; EP: Fosenburg, Willis, Owens. HR — EP: Willis (3).
ROSEBURG 16-1, SOUTH EUGENE 3-0 — At Eugene, senior John Tommasini had a big offensive day for Roseburg (12-4, 7-2 SWC) and the Indians received a shutout performance from Justin Counts and Brett Poitner in the nightcap.
Tommasini was 6-for-7, scored three runs and had three RBIs in the twin bill. In Game 2, Tommasini opened the game with a single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored the game's only run on Boone Farrington's ground out.
Counts improved to 3-1 with the win in the second game and Poitner got the last three outs for his fifth save of the year.
Roseburg 072 07 — 16 17 2
South Eugene 100 20 — 3 5 2
Cavens and Hansen; Rooke-Ley, Klingman (3), Carpenter (5) and Carpenter, McCarty (3). W — Cavens (3-1). L — Rooke-Ley. 2B — R: Counts, Allred; SE: Carpenter, Holman.
Roseburg 100 000 0 — 1 7 1
South Eugene 000 000 0 — 0 7 0
Counts, Poitner (7) and Hansen; O'Brien and McCarty. W — Counts (3-1). L — O'Brien. 2B — R: Counts, Guthrie.