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Crater edges North Salem in tourney

CENTRAL POINT — North Salem didn’t make things easy on the Crater baseball team but the Comets remained confident and pulled out a 4-3 win in eight innings Tuesday in their opening game of the Crater Spring Break Classic at Anhorn Field.

Crater (1-2) built a 3-0 lead through four innings but North Salem (0-2) scored twice in the sixth inning and once in the seventh to send the nonleague contest into extra innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jake Ireland got things going with a leadoff single and after Neil Bastendorff walked, both runners advanced on a passed ball. Sean Bartlett then supplied a sacrifice fly to plate the winning run.

“It was nice to see our kids battle,” said Crater head coach Jay Campbell, who saw Monday’s tournament openers postponed due to rain. “Obviously it’s the start of the tournament and they’re putting in a lot of work to get the fields ready so for the kids to still be able to stay focused and pull out a win today was nice. They had to battle. North Salem did a good job of competing, especially in those last two innings to tie things up.”

Nick Bastendorff was 2-for-3 with one run and Ireland 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI for Crater.

North Salem;000;002;10;—;3;6;1

Crater;100;200;01;—;4;9;0

Lyday, Hamilton (6), Raska (8) and Hamilton, Luna (6); Croft, Ireland (6) and Bartlett. W — Ireland (1-0). L — Raska. 3B — NS: Hamilton; C: Ni. Bastendorff.

SOUTH MEDFORD 12, MILWAUKIE 0, 5 inn.: At Central Point, South Medford scored 10 runs in the first inning en route to victory at the Crater Spring Break Classic at Anhorn Field.

Christian Mahoney went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Brandon Letendre 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Panthers (1-2). Cole Carder, Jack Thompson and Jaylin Parnell all had two hits.

Winning pitcher Ethan Whitney allowed one hit and two walks with five strikeouts in four innings against Milwaukie (2-1-1).

Milwaukie;000;00;—;0;2;3

South Medford;(10)01;1x;—;12;12;0

Howard, Kahoot (2) and Miller; Whitney, Loogman (5) and Mahoney. W — Whitney (1-0). L — Howard. 2B — SM: Carder, Mahoney 2, Parnell.

GRANTS PASS 6, WESTVIEW 5, 11 inn.: At Central Point, Easton Bents drove in the winning run for his fourth RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning in the Crater Spring Break Classic at Anhorn Field.

Vince Zavolta scored the winning run after hitting a one-out double and moving to third on a Tyler Rund bloop single.

Zavolta paced the Cavemen (2-0-1) with three hits and three runs scored and Rund added two hits.

Grants Pass;104;000;000;01;—;6;9;3

Westview;301;001;000;00;—;5;6;3

Lauffenburger, Ekwall (6), D’Amico (8) and Bjorn; Yovan, Weiss (7) and Fabrega. W — D’Amico (1-0). L — Weiss. 2B — GP: Zavolta 2, Bents. HR — W: Yovan.

ASHLAND 12, MERIDIAN (IDAHO) 7: At Phoenix, Ariz., Jesse Carroll hit a three-run home run and finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored for Ashland in the Greenway Festival at Thunderbird High.

Kellar Edwards was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Nick Sanderson 3-for-4 and Aaron Scott 2-for-2 with three runs for the Grizzlies (4-0).

Meridian;200;311;0;—;7;12;2

Ashland;313;041;x;—;12;15;3

Langlamp, Sargent (4), Simons (5) and Kraft; Fuller, Buckley (5). Edwards (7) and Hamik. W — Fuller. L — Langlamp. 2B — M: Dibben, Borton; A: Scott. HR — M: Borton; A: Carroll.

SOUTH UMPQUA 13-7, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2-1: Cade Wager went 2-for-2 in the opener for Cascade Christian during nonleague action at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Challengers dropped to 0-6 with the sweep.

FIRST GAME

South Umpqua;320;53;—;13;12;1

Cascade Christian;002;00;—;2;5;3

Johnson and Gross, Taylor (5); Palmer, Payne (5) and Weeks. W — Johnson. L — Palmer (0-3). 2B — CC: Ca. Wager. 3B — SU: Rigsby, Westbrook.

SECOND GAME

South Umpqua;000;050;2;—;7;10;0

Cascade Christian;000;001;0;—;1;5;5

Buchanan and Gross; West, McLemore (5) and Palmer. W — Buchanan. L — West. 2B — SU: Gross; CC: Ch. Wager. 3B — SU: Rigsby.

Softball

EAGLE POINT SPLITS: Eagle Point defeated LaSalle 11-1 in five innings then dropped a 6-4 decision to Del Norte from Crescent City, Calif., in the Medford Spring Break Classic at U.S. Cellular.

Against LaSalle out of Milwaukie, junior pitcher Megan Ayers struck out six and allowed one hit. Ayers went 3-for-3, including a two-run homer in the four-run fourth inning, and drove in six runs.

The Eagles (2-3) received two hits each from Kayli Meerten, Paige Leeper and Bailey Westrom and Miyah Smith belted a three-run homer in the third.

Kylene Briggs and Ayers each went 3-for-4 with one RBI against Del Norte. Leeper and Westrom both collected a pair of hits.

LaSalle;000;10;—;1;1;1

Eagle Point;105;41;—;11;12;2

Gladen, Terry (4) and Elle; Ayers and Grady. W — Ayers (2-2). L — Grady. 2B — EP: Meerten, Ayers. HR — EP: Ayers, Smith.

Del Norte;000;014;1;—;6;9;1

Eagle Point;000;120;1;—;4;10;0

Calleja and Burchell; Ayers and Grady. W — Calleja. L — Ayers (2-3). 2B — DN: Heazy, Alixala, Coopman; EP: Briggs, Leeper.

DEL NORTE 17, PHOENIX 0, 5 inn.: Phoenix fell to 0-3 with the shutout loss in the Medford Spring Break Classic at U.S. Cellular.

The Pirates got singles from Amber Taylor, McKenna Page and Taylor Wallack.

Phoenix;000;00;—;0;3;6

Del Norte;303;92;—;17;10;0

Hurd and Hall; Melton and Burchell. W — Melton. L — Hurd (0-2).