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Crater opens season with baseball split

FRESNO, Calif. — Crater rebounded from a 9-0 loss to Bullard in its season-opening baseball game to top San Joaquin Memorial 3-2 in the Easter Baseball Classic.

The Comets, the defending Class 5A Oregon champions, got strong pitching from Bruce Sanford and Craig Kathol to hold off a late surge by San Joaquin of Fresno.

With Crater clinging to a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, San Joaquin pushed across one run. Kathol, on in relief, responded with two strikeouts to earn the save.

Sanford started and got the win, yielding six hits and one run to go with eight strikeouts in six innings.

Crater got back-to-back doubles in the third inning from Zach Boskovich and Steven Ruvalcaba to tie the score at 1-1. Bryce Peila added a solo home run in the fifth inning, and Hayden Bighouse made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Boskovich and Ruvalcaba each had a pair of hits.

In Crater's first game, Bullard received a four-hit shutout from Julio Ponce. Peila had two of the Comets' four hits.

Bullard 120 510 0 — 9 11 0

Crater 0000000 — 0 4 1

Ponce and Nelson; Bighouse and Higbee. W — Ponce. L — Bighouse. 3B — B: Lumary.


Crater 001 011 0 — 3 9 2

San Joaquin Memorial 100 000 1 — 2 6 0

Sanford, Kathol (7) and Higbee; Flynn and Pizzo. W — Sanford (1-0). L — Flynn. 2B — C: Ruvalcaba 2, Boskovich. 3B — SJM: Pinedo. HR — C: Peila.


NORTH MEDFORD INVITATIONAL — Christian Bernard shot a 7-over-par 79 to lead North Medford as it won a five-team tournament it hosted by 25 strokes at Rogue Valley Country Club.

John Clarke and Brad Johnson each posted 80s for the Black Tornado, who had a team score of 327.

Runner-up South Medford had a team score of 352, led by medalist Nathan Budziszewski, who carded a 78.

TEAM SCORES — North Medford 327, South Medford 352, Roseburg 358, Grants Pass 363, Ashland 365.

NORTH MEDFORD (327) — John Clarke 39-41—80, Christian Bernard 39-40—79, Brad Johnson 44-36—80, Cody Stover 42-46—88.

SOUTH MEDFORD (352) — Nathan Budziszewski 37-41—78, Brandon Bol 40-46—86, James Sherbourne 46-47—93, Matt Spivey 47-48—95.

ROSEBURG (358) — Spencer Huff 40-40—80, Kevin Nordlund 39-50—89, Brett Epperly 49-47—96, Matt Feldkamp 45-48—93, Evan Wimberly 48-49—97.

GRANTS PASS (363) — Jake Amble 42-45—87, David Connelly 45-48—93, John Brooks 44-44—88, Collin Fuller 47-48—95.

ASHLAND (365) — Matt Naylor 48-45—93, Clint Murphy 46-44—90, Cameron Clement 47-44—91, Michael Wurzell 46-45—91.