Comets switch venues, still prevail
Weather forced the relocation of all four games in the Crater Spring Break Invitational, but the host Comets didn't forget to pack their bats Monday when they traveled to U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Crater broke open its matchup with McKay with six runs in the second inning and cruised from there to score an 11-1 victory in five innings to open the eight-team tourney.
The Comets (3-0) led 2-0 entering the second inning, where Bryce Crawford delivered a bases-clearing double and Corey Wynant later followed with a three-run home run to put the game out of reach.
In other tournament action, Grants Pass beat Hillsboro 15-4 in five innings, Southridge topped Clackamas 10-1 and Barlow was an 11-1 winner over Canby. All games were slated to be played at Anhorn Field in Central Point but poor field conditions didn't allow that to happen.
"We were excited to just get some baseball in today," said Crater head coach Jay Campbell. "It was not ideal conditions but I think all the teams were happy to get some baseball in."
Campbell said he expects today's tournament games to be played at Anhorn given a forecast for the weather to hold off a little, although Wednesday and Thursday games will be subject to how much rain reaches the Rogue Valley.
Wynant and Crawford each finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs to pace Crater, while Derek Cartwright, who also homered, was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Chris Painter picked up the win, allowing only one hit with four strikeouts and one walk in three innings.
In today's action, McKay faces Barlow at 10 a.m., Grants Pass follows with Southridge and 1 p.m., Hillsboro takes on Clackamas at 4 p.m. and Crater wraps up the action at 7 p.m. against Canby.
McKay 000 10 — 1 4 0
Crater 260 21 — 11 9 1
Brown, Burdick (4) and Marino; Painter, Tracy (4), Crawford (5) and Macuk, Cooper (4). W — Painter (1-0). L — Brown. 2B — C: Crawford, Wynant. 3B — C: Tracy, Cartwright. HR — C: Cartwright (1), Wynant (1).
ASHLAND 13-16, MOUNTAIN VIEW 1-3 — At Ashland, Ashland smacked 27 hits, including eight for extra bases, in a nonconference sweep of Mountain View at North Mountain Park.
Billy Hansen went 2-for-3 with two doubles and Ethan Schlecht and Brent Hegdahl each went 2-for-2 to help the Grizzlies (3-0) win the opener in five innings. Senior pitcher Brady Thomas struck out four without a walk in four innings to improve to 2-0.
Ashland closed out the second game in five innings as well, with catcher Jake Scarminach going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. AJ Adams was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Hegdahl was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
On the mound, Max Anderson, Christian Morrison and Schlecht combined to hold Mountain View to three runs on four hits in Game 2.
Mountain View 000 01 — 1 5 4
Ashland 521 5x — 13 11 1
Peters, Hollister (2), Baker (4) and Miller; Thomas, Taylor (5) and Scarminach. W — Thomas (2-0). L —Peters. 2B — MV: Robinett; A: Hansen 2, Schlecht, Hegdahl.
Mountain View 110 01 — 3 4 1
Ashland 450 7x — 16 16 0
Wickham, Hollister (2), Mazziotti (4) and Ayres; Anderson, Morrison (3), Schlecht (5) and Scarminach. W — Anderson (1-0). L — Wickham. 2B — A: Flynn, Hansen, Hegdahl. 3B — A: Scarminach.
ASHLAND GOES 2-0 — At Bend, junior pitcher Savannah Williams had two solid outings and got plenty of run support from Ashland's batting lineup as the Grizzlies won their first two games of the Central Oregon Tournament, 11-3 over Summit and 11-1 over La Pine.
Williams had one strikeout and three walks while holding Summit to one run in five innings, then limited La Pine to one run on three hits in an efficient five-inning effort.
Nicole Lehman was 2-for-5 with a two-run triple in the seventh to help the Grizzlies (2-1) pull away from Summit.
Ashland's Rose Marston was 2-for-5 with an RBI against Summit and 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBIs against La Pine.
Ashland 100 070 3 — 11 9 2
Summit 000 110 1 — 3 6 1
Williams, Cantrell (6) and Scott; Defoe and Berae. W — Williams (1-1). L — Defoe. 3B — A: Lehman.
Ashland 401 222 — 11 9 0
La Pine 010 000 — 1 5 1
Williams, Cantrell (6) and Lehman; Owen and Mayfield. W — Williams (2-1). L — Owen. 2B — A: Marston. 3B — A: Marston.