Crater comes up short in tourney opener
CENTRAL POINT — Clackamas got a four-hitter from pitcher Luke Burns to slip by Crater, 4-1, in the opening round of the Crater Spring Break Baseball Tournament at Anhorn Field Tuesday.
Burns struck out three, walked one and was supported by a solid defensive effort in the nonleague contest. Tournament action resumes today and wraps up Thursday.
The Comets (0-2) appeared in good position with a leadoff double by Dylan Morgan in the bottom of the first inning but Burns and company kept them at bay from that point.
“We got that leadoff double but then (Burns) got three ground balls to stop us there,” said Crater head coach Jay Campbell. “The ball couldn’t leave the infield and that was just kind of how the day went from there.”
The Cavaliers (3-0) broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Nick Krska.
Crater battled back in the sixth inning when Morgan drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second with two outs and scored on a single by Cavin Gillispie.
In other tournament action, Liberty beat North Salem 11-1 in five innings and Grants Pass won 10-2 over South Salem.
Today’s games are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Anhorn Field.
Burns and Peterson; McCormick, Roland (5) and Morgan, Gillispie (5). W — Burns. L — McCormick (0-1). 2B — CR: Morgan.
BASIC 2, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Henderson, Nev., North Medford pitcher Colton Westfall struck out 10 and allowed one earned run in the loss.
North Medford (1-2) had runners on second and third with one out in the seventh but couldn't push across the tying or go-ahead run.
The Black Tornado scored in the sixth inning when Westfall walked with one out and was replaced by pinch runner Preston Johnson, who stole second and scored on an error on Mason Barone's infield single.
Jordan Ragan had two hits for North.
Westfall and Wolff; Berg, Green (7), Nelson (7) and Ferguson. W — Berg. L — Westfall (1-1). 2B — B:Huddleston.
GRANTS PASS 10, SOUTH SALEM 2: At Central Point, Easton Bents went 4-for-4 with four runs and two RBIs and Chris D’Amico tossed a four-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks to lead Grants Pass in the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
All four of Bents’ hits went for extra bases, including his first home run of the season and three doubles. Cody Ekwall also added his first homer.
Drew Bjorn was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Brennen Lauffenburger 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI for the Cavemen (2-1).
C. D’Amico and Bjorn; Doten, Gentry (6) and Gries. W — C. D’Amico (1-0). L — Doten. 2B — GP: Bents 3, Bjorn, Zozaya, Kroplin; SS: Kelly. HR — GP: Bents (1), Ekwall (1).
DISCOVERY CANYON 7, ASHLAND 3: At Phoenix, Ariz., Ashland collected nine hits but committed six errors in suffering its first loss of the season to the Colorado team at the Greenway Festival.
Nick Sanderson homered for the Grizzlies.
Ashland (3-1) plays Brighton, Colo., at 10 a.m. today.
EAGLE POINT 9, LASALLE 2: Eagle Point sophomore Megan Ayres pitched a five-hitter, struck out nine and belted a two-run homer in the Medford Spring Break Classic at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Ayres (4-0) surrendered both runs in the first inning. Her third homer of the year broke a 2-2 tie in the third.
Paige Leeper hit a pair of doubles and drove in four runs and Shae Grady collected two hits for the Eagles (5-0).
Cates and McKeen; Ayres and Grady. W — Ayres (4-0). L — Cates. 2B — EP: Leeper 2, Meerten, Grady, Nielsen. HR — EP: Ayres (3).
ASHLAND SPLITS: At Bend, Ashland dropped a 12-4 decision to Marshfield then defeated North Salem 13-3 in six innings at the Central Oregon Tournament.
Against Marshfield, Ashland’s Georgia Williams and McKenna Read each had two hits and one RBI.
Against North Salem, home runs by Teresa Lehman and Grace Lenthe sparked the Grizzlies’ 11-hit attack.
Lehman went 3-4 with three RBIs and Lenthe provided two hits and four RBIs. Lenthe allowed two earned runs and struck out eight in pitching a four-hitter.
The Grizzlies (4-2) also received two hits each from Williams and Anay Philpott.
Sharp and Hoyer; Williams and Lehman. W — Sharp. L — Williams. 2B — M: Allison, Clarkson. HR — M: Hoyer, Rossback.
Burger, Hastings (5) and Lund; Lenthe and Lehman. W — Lenthe. L — Burger. 2B — A: Philpott, Williams. HR — A: Lehman, Lenthe.