Errors cost Crater in loss to Clackamas
CENTRAL POINT — Two costly errors in the second inning spoiled a solid pitching performance by Zach Zelecki as Clackamas beat Crater 7-3 on the final day of the Crater Spring Break Invitational Thursday at Anhorn Field.
The Comets' senior hurler struck out seven, walked two and allowed one earned run in six innings but was tagged with the loss after a passed ball and a throwing error cost the Comets four runs early on.
Crater rallied in the bottom of the seventh to score two runs on four hits, including run-scoring singles by Derek Cartwright and Cole Berriochoa, but fizzled out with the tying run on deck.
"(Zelecki) threw good enough to win today," Crater coach Jay Campbell said, "we just didn't help him, and we had some timely errors. And (Clackamas) did a good job of making us pay when we made those errors."
Crater seniors Bryce Crawford and Cartwright each went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Comets (4-2), who dropped their second straight.
Clackamas starting pitcher Jarrod Switzer struck out five and walked one in five innings. He surrendered one earned run on three hits to help the Cavaliers pick up their third win in a row since losing their season opener.
After its second-inning letdown, the Comets cut the deficit to three runs on a Crawford single that scored Dustin Lathrop from third.
Clackamas got that back and more in the seventh, however, taking advantage of a hit-by-pitch free pass, a bunt single and a passed ball to score three insurance runs.
"It's early in the season and they definitely showed us some things that we need to improve upon, so it was a good game in that sense," Campbell said. "I think as a team we've got a lot of weapons, but at the same time we're seeing some chinks in our armor and it's better to find those things out now than later on in the season. So we're happy we've been able to get some games in and have some weaknesses revealed."
In other games, Southridge won the championship with a 10-9 victory over Barlow, and the Hillsboro-McKay contest was canceled due to poor weather.
Clackamas 040 000 3 — 7 7 1
Crater 001 000 2 — 3 8 2
Switzer, Stinson (6) and Burns; Zelecki, Crawford (7) and Macuk. W — Switzer. L — Zelecki (1-1). 2B — CR: Tracy.
GRANTS PASS 12, CANBY 2, 5 inn. — At Central Point, Matt Cole's first-inning grand slam fueled Grants Pass.
Cole's home run gave the Cavemen (2-4) a 6-0 advantage during a seven-run inning.
Evan Custer went 4-for-4 for GP, while Spencer Nordbeck was 2-for-2 and scored two runs.
Cameron Mathews allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks to pick up his first victory of the season.
Grants Pass 750 00 — 12 9 0
Canby 010 10 — 2 3 5
Mathews and Custer; Koskela, Higgins (2) and Caruso. W — Mathews (1-0). L — Koskela. 2B — C: Grant. HR — GP: Cole.
PHOENIX SPLITS — Justin Bohn struck out six and allowed one earned run in six innings on the mound and went 2-for-4 at the plate to help Phoenix (1-2) beat Taft and shake off an earlier loss to St. Helens at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Bohn overcame five walks in the Pirates' 5-2 win over Taft, which followed their 9-3 loss to St. Helens.
Against St. Helens, Phoenix starting pitcher Tim Keith surrendered three earned runs in two innings but tried to make up for it by belting a two-run double in the fifth.
St. Helens 031 50 — 9 4 2
Phoenix 000 12 — 3 6 2
Ivy and Stewart; T. Keith, Treadway (3) and Al. Reynoso. W — Ivy. L — T. Keith (0-1). 2B — S: Porter; P: T. Keith.
Phoenix 200 030 0 — 5 8 2
Taft 000 101 0 — 2 4 3
Bohn, Treadway (7) and Scott; Cameron and Zach. W — Bohn (1-0). L — Cameron. 2B — P: T. Keith, Scott, An. Reynoso; T: Cameron. 3B — P: T. Keith.
PROSPECT 16, BUTTE FALLS 6, 5 inn. — At Prospect, freshman Taylor Bernhardt drew a bases-loaded walk to score Riley Linson, ending the game on the 10-run rule.
Hunter Gallagher and Lane May hit two-run singles with the bases full in the second and third innings, respectively. The Cougars (2-0) notched five runs in the second and seven in the third.
David Bernhardt went 2-for-2 and scored four runs for Prospect, and Gallagher was 2-for-4.
Cougar pitchers Cody Archa and Riley Linson each struck out five and walked three.
Butte Falls 210 21 — 6 3 2
Prospect 057 13 — 16 6 3
Adams, Gower (3), Cool (5) and Goodman; Archa, Linson (3), Gallagher (5) and Kennedy. W — Linson (1-0). L — Adams. 2B — P: Gallagher. 3B — BF: Goodman.
PHOENIX JV 18-16, ST. MARY'S 7-10 — Phoenix pulled away from a 10-all tie in the fourth inning of the second game two earn the sweep U.S. Cellular Community Park.
In Game 2, St. Mary's Liz Pentland went 3-for-4 with a triple and scored three times for the Crusaders (0-3).
The Crusaders' Cassie Shammel three hits, a run and an RBI, and Brandi Bigelow was 2-for-4.
Phoenix JV 120 156 3 — 18 (na) 9
St. Mary's 015 000 1 — 7 4 0
Toney and Giron; Tyus and Shammel. W — Toney. L — Tyus (0-2). 2B — P: Hamilton, Brown.
Phoenix JV 360 132 1 — 16 12 9
St. Mary's 214 300 0 — 10 13 2
Spencer, Toney (4) and Hamilton; Shammel and Whipple, Bigelow (3). W — Toney. L — Shammel (0-1). 3B — P: Gordon; SM: Pentland.