Crater clinches berth in state playoffs
KLAMATH FALLS — It took quite some time, but Crater was able to clinch the Southern Sky Conference's second and final berth in the Class 5A baseball state playoffs on Saturday.
Needing to win one game in a road doubleheader against Klamath Union, the Comets made things interesting but came away with a pair of victories, 15-12 and 5-3.
Crater trailed 8-3 in the opener but rallied with seven runs in the top of the sixth inning and five more in the top of the seventh to secure the SSC's No. 2 seed. The opening game included 22 walks — 11 offered up by each team — and lasted an incredible 2 hours and 55 minutes.
Corey Wynant, Craig Kathol and Derek Cartwright each drove in one run in the sixth inning, while Haden Bighouse added a two-run single. Crater capitalized on four walks and three hits in the frame to score seven runs.
In the seventh, Kos Ray had a two-run single and Cartwright a two-run double for the Comets (16-10, 11-5 SSC).
Klamath Union scored four times in the bottom of the seventh and had the bases loaded with two outs but got caught being a little too aggressive on a pickoff throw by relief pitcher Bruce Sanford. Two Pelicans eventually got caught up in a rundown that concluded with a tag out at home plate to end the game.
Kathol was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, Ray 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Cartwright 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Bighouse 4-for-4 with two RBIs in the opener. Peter Bell had five RBIs and was 3-for-3 for KU.
In Game 2, Sanford was 3-for-4 with a two-run single in the third inning. He also struck out five in five innings before giving way to Justen Morgan, who allowed one hit over the final two innings.
Crater 001 207 5 — 15 12 4
Klamath Union 001 430 4 — 12 9 3
Kathol, Morgan (6), Zelecki (7), Sanford (7) and Ullom, Fahndrich (5); Chavarria, Coleman (5) and White. W — Kathol (7-3). L — Coleman. 2B — C: Wynant, Kathol, Cartwright 2; KU: Aspera. 3B — KU: Bell 2.
Crater 102 110 0 — 5 10 2
Klamath Union 101 100 0 — 3 7 1
Sanford, Morgan (6) and Fahndrich; Brown, White (7) and Coleman, Clair (5). W — Sanford (4-2). L — Brown. 2B — C: Sanford. HR — KU: Whisler.
ASHLAND 12-12, MAZAMA 2-0 — At Ashland, Ian Kendall and Kealii Cecil each hit a home run in the first game for Ashland and Garrett Tygerson stymied Mazama in the nightcap to earn the 17th straight win for the Grizzlies.
Kendall went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for Ashland and Nate McDaniel went 2-for-3 for Mazama in the first game, which ended after six innings by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Grizzlies (22-3, 15-1 SSC) scored eight runs in the second inning of Game 2 and followed with a pair of runs in the third and the fourth innings to again help invoke the mercy rule.
Charlie Sebrell hit a two-run homer for the Grizzlies and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Mazama 100 100 — 2 5 2
Ashland 323 301 — 12 12 0
C. Sebrell and L. Sebrell; Reinhard, Smith (3) and McDaniel. W — C. Sebrell (6-1). L — Smith. 2B — A: L. Sebrell. 3B — A: Tygerson. HR — A: Kendall (5), Cecil (2).
Mazama 000 00 — 0 2 1
Ashland 082 2x — 12 15 0
Tygerson, Miller (5) and L. Sebrell; Howard, Beckman (2) and Reinhard. W — Garrett (8-2). L — Howard. 2B — A: L. Sebrell, Tygerson, Cecil 2, Edmands. HR — A: C. Sebrell (1).
GRANTS PASS 10-6, SOUTH MEDFORD 6-5 — At Grants Pass, Brock Dean hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of Game 1 to regain the lead for Grants Pass and in Game 2 South Medford left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to ensure a sweep by the Cavemen.
Dean went 2-for-4 with four RBIs for the Cavemen (5-22, 4-11 SWC) and Max Britton hit a leadoff home run for the Panthers in the second inning.
Bo Walker pulled the Panthers within one run at 6-5 on a two-run triple in the top of the seventh but he was later tagged out at home after a missed squeeze bunt attempt.
The Panthers then loaded the bases with two outs but were unable to bring a runner home.
Walker went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in Game 2 for the Panthers (13-14, 6-9), who will be the SWC's No. 4 seed in the state playoffs.
South Medford 010 004 1 — 6 6 4
Grants Pass 130 006 x— 10 7 1
Rolie, Britton (6) and Reordan; Barrett, Dean (6), Spencer (7) and Brown. W — Barrett. L — Rolie (3-6). HR — SM: Britton (1); GP: Drury, Dean, Spencer.
South Medford 010 200 2 — 5 8 0
Grants Pass 201 030 x — 6 6 2
Pearson, Namanny (5) and Fitzsimmons; Spencer, Drury (5) and Brown. W — Spencer. L — Namanny (0-1). 2B — SM: Walker; GP: Miller. 3B — SM: Walker, McLaughlin. HR — GP: Dean (2).
ROSEBURG 8-4, SHELDON 4-1 — At Roseburg, Matt Thomson and Dakota Cavens kept Sheldon at bay with their work on the mound to help Roseburg sweep its way to a share of the Southwest Conference title.
Thomson allowed two earned runs in a complete-game effort in Game 1, while Cavens allowed five hits and one run in the nightcap for the Indians (19-5, 12-3 SWC).
Jordan Guthrie had a two-run double in the opener for Roseburg, while John Farrington, Cameron Newell and Derek Priestley each had two hits, one run and one RBI.
Mitch Huff, who homered in Game 1, was 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI in the nightcap for Roseburg, which shared the SWC title with North Medford.
Sheldon 000 103 0 — 4 7 2
Roseburg 140 201 x — 8 10 3
Kayser, Cunningham (6) and Davis; Thomson and Guthrie. W — Thomson (7-1). L — Kayser. 2B — S: Fauria; R: Farrington, Guthrie. 3B — S: Horning. HR — R: Huff (4).
Sheldon 000 000 1 — 1 5 2
Roseburg 102 010 x — 4 8 0
Higgins, Cunningham (5) and Davis, Corey (5); Cavens and Ampi. W — Cavens (6-2). L — Higgins. 2B — S: Corey, Hill; R: Huff, Ampi, Jackson, Priestley, Davis.