Crater eliminated from postseason by West Albany
ALBANY — For the second straight year West Albany knocked Crater out of the Class 5A state playoffs in the second round.
The second-ranked Bulldogs jumped on Comet starting pitcher Craig Kathol for five runs on six hits in the first two innings en route to an 11-2 home victory on Tuesday.
West Albany eliminated Crater 9-3 in 2008.
Crater scored one run in the first inning, but couldn't cash in on any more. Bryce Crawford opened with a double and Kathol reached on an infield single. Crawford scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian Massey for the Comets' only run of the inning.
"We had an opportunity to apply some pressure but didn't get it done," Crater coach Jay Campbell said. "It looked like they were a little bit surprised."
Corey Wynant's first home run of the season accounted for the Comets' other run in the fourth.
"The score doesn't indicate how close it was for awhile," said Campbell. "We were hanging with them."
Then the Bulldogs sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth and scored six runs to take command. Jackson Ruckert provided the big blast with a three-run homer.
Massey went 2-for-2 and Wynant also had two hits for the Comets.
"They're well-coached and they have some good athletes that can play the game," said Campbell. "We were a little bit overmatched."
The 10th-ranked Comets completed the season with a 17-11 record.
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Kathol, Sanford (5) and Fahndrich; Boone, Burright (7) and Rei. Miller. W — Boone. L — Kathol. 2B — C: Crawford; WA: Ruckert 2, Ree. Miller, Lear-Konold, Burner. 3B — WA: Burright HR — C: Wynant (1); WA: Rei. Miller, Ruckert.
ROSEBURG 9, SANDY 4 — At Roseburg, top-ranked Roseburg fell behind early but Vince Ampi's two-run homer highlighted a four-run outburst in the sixth as the Indians pulled away in the state playoff second-round game.
Tom D'Aboy staked Sandy to the initial lead with a three-run homer in the first.
Dakota Cavens picked up his first save of the season by retiring all five batters he faced in relief of Brandon Jackson.
Derek Priestley led Roseburg with two hits and two RBIs and Cameron Newell added two hits.
Roseburg (20-5) will host Barlow in the quarterfinals on Friday.
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Exum, Harris (4), Stencil (5), D'Aboy (5) and Blackman; Jackson, Cavens (6) and Ampi. W — Jackson (7-2). L — Exum. 2B — S: Raains, Trosko; R: Priestley. 3B — S: Blackman; R: Priestley. HR — S: D'Aboy; R: Ampi.
SHELDON 2, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1 — At Eugene, Zach Manley's two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning propelled the Southwest Conference No. 3 team to the second-round victory.
The Irish (14-7) will play No. 5 Lake Oswego, an 8-3 winner over North Salem, in Friday's quarterfinals.
After Central Catholic (22-7) loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, Zach Kayser struck out the next two batters to end the game.
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Weiss and Matheny; Higgins, Kayser (7) and Davis. W — Higgins. L — Weiss. 2B — S: Manley 2.
HIDDEN VALLEY 10, PHILOMATH 2 — At Grants Pass, Hidden Valley scored seven runs in the first inning to jump out to a big lead in the second-round playoff game at Agnew-Lytle Field.
The Mustangs (22-4) sent 11 batters to the plate in the first. Dylan Albertson and Mike Suthann both had two-run doubles to spark the outburst.
Hidden Valley starter Ryan Hayden (8-1) allowed four hits and surrendered two runs in five innings.
Taylor Bars had two hits and two RBIs and Nick Bellenbaum added two hits and scored twice for Hidden Valley.
The second-ranked Mustangs will face Marist in Friday's quarterfinals in Eugene.
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Spencer, Keller (1), Haynes (4) and Finn; Hayden, Suthann (6) and Sager. W — Hayden (8-1). L — Spencer. 2B — HV: Albertson, Suthann, Hayden, Bars, Bellenbaum.
HENLEY 7, PLEASANT HILL 6 — At Klamath Falls, Ethan Pace was 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored and Doug North threw 52/3 solid innings to lead Henley in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
North allowed two runs and four hits before Pleasant Hill really made things interesting with four runs in the top of the seventh. Henley will face Gladstone in Friday's quarterfinals.
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William, Holloway (5) and Carr; North, Bigby (6), Cullen (7) and Hankins. W — North. L — William. S — Cullen. 2B — PH: Ball; H: Montgomery. HR — PH: Daletas; H: Pace.
ROGUE RIVER 8, CRESWELL 3 — At Rogue River, Brendan Schoner and Craig Lee each collected two hits and scored twice and pitcher Darren Taylor struck out five and allowed three runs in 61/3 innings for Rogue River.
The Chieftains (19-6) erupted for five runs in the sixth inning to take an 8-2 lead. Michael Freitas belted a two-run double and Christian Reyes had an RBI single during the rally.
Kelly White contributed RBIs on a sacrifice fly in the first and a bases-loaded walk in the sixth for the Chieftains.
Rogue River will host Vale, a 7-1 winner over Clatskanie, in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
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Williamson, Main (6) and Kuhnhausen; Taylor, Reyes (7) and Garwood. W — Taylor (8-2). L — Williamson. 2B — C: Kuhnhausen.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6, DAYTON 5, 11 inn. — Ryder West knocked in Wes Litton with a line drive to left-center field in the bottom of the 11th inning and advanced Cascade Christian to the second round of the 3A state playoffs at Harry & David Field.
West went 3-for-6 and his lone RBI brought Litton around from first base for the game-winning run.
Ryan Pech shut out Dayton after entering in the fourth inning, allowing just four hits with five strikeouts.
The Challengers (18-8) will travel to John Day to face first-ranked Grant Union on Friday.
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Davis, Manley (4), Coleman (6) and Case; Cochran, Pech (4) and West. W — Pech (9-1). L — Manley. 2B — CC: Litton, West.