Crater staves off Eagle Point rally
CENTRAL POINT — Crater used a three-run fourth inning to build a lead on Eagle Point but had to sweat it out down the stretch to secure a third straight Midwestern League baseball win Tuesday.
The Comets (7-5, 3-1 MWL) led 4-1 through four innings before the Eagles rallied, trimming their deficit to 4-3 with runners on first and second base in the top of the seventh inning. Caine Smith then came on in relief of Crater starter Jacob Swartwout and induced a pop up and groundout to secure the 4-3 victory.
Swartwout struck out eight and walked one with seven hits allowed in 7⅓ innings.
Tanner Jostad was 3-for-3 with one run scored to pace Eagle Point (7-5, 4-3).
Neil Bastendorff plated younger brother Nick Bastendorff in the bottom of the first for Crater, only to have Jacoby Jackson’s RBI single in the fourth tie the game for EP.
In the bottom of the fourth, Sean Bartlett singled and later scored after Smith’s bunt was thrown wide of first base. A balk plated the second run of the inning, then Hayden Deuel supplied an RBI double to score Jace Godley for a 4-1 lead.
Eagle Point scored twice in the sixth inning, highlighted by an RBI single from Ryan Lorenz, to close the gap but couldn’t push a tying run across the plate in the seventh.
Shopp, Jackson (5) and Little; Swartwout, Smith (7) and Bartlett. W — Swartwout (1-1). L — Shopp. S — Smith. 2B — C: Deuel.
MARIST 4, ASHLAND 3: At Ashland, Heath Boyles drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh inning to drive in the winning run as Marist overcame a 3-0, sixth-inning deficit during Midwestern League action at North Mountain Park.
Ashland reliever Caleb Bell walked Dylan Myer to open the seventh, and Matt Haney followed with a single up the middle. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Boyles worked the count full before watching Bell’s 3-2 fastball sail high for ball four.
The Grizzlies (10-2, 5-2 MWL) scored three runs on three hits, including an RBI double by Jett Hamik, in the second inning and still led by the same score before the Spartans (12-2, 6-1) rallied in the sixth.
Haney and Jablonski; Sanderson, Bell (6) and Hamik; W — Haney. L — Bell. 2B — A: Hamik.
SOUTH EUGENE 3, NORTH MEDFORD 2: At Eugene, Gavin Bronaugh hit the go-ahead single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning for South Eugene during Southwest Conference play.
Tate Cowden's solo home run to lead off the top of the seventh drew North Medford (8-4, 5-2 SWC) within a run. Honus Kindreich tied the game at 2 after doubling, moving to third on a fielder's choice and then scoring on a passed ball with two outs.
Bronaugh's game-winner was to right field with one out for the Axemen (6-5, 4-3).
Wolff and Geyer; Menegat and Marsh. W — Menegat. L — Wolff (3-1). 2B — NM: H. Kindreich; SE: James. HR — NM: Cowden (2).
NORTH VALLEY 7, PHOENIX 2: At Merlin, Colton Beer had an RBI groundout for Phoenix during Skyline Conference play.
The Pirates (5-5, 0-1 Sky) scored their other run on an error against North Valley (7-4, 1-0).
Knowles, Botermans (5) and Mobley; Hobgood and Segura. W — Hobgood. L — Knowles (2-2). 2B — P: Turnbull.
ST. MARY'S 8, LAKEVIEW 1: At Lakeview, St. Mary's improved to 13-0 and 1-0 in the Southern Cascade League.
Daniel LaFond's two-run single with two outs in the fourth inning put the Crusaders ahead for good. Travis Danielson was 2-for-4, Bryce Bramscher hit a two-run double and Jose Perez threw a three-hitter with nine strikeouts, six walks and one earned run against Lakeview (8-4, 0-1).
Perez and Mulholland; Hamilton, Arcularias (6) and Douglas. W — Perez (5-0). L — Hamilton. 2B — SM: Bramscher.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11, ILLINOIS VALLEY 5: Cascade Christian snapped its nine-game losing streak behind an eight-run sixth inning in the Southern Cascade League opener at U.S. Cellular.
Joel McLemore was 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI, Cade Wager 2-for-4 with one run, Jack West 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs and Declan Payne 2-for-3 with two runs to pace the Challengers (1-9, 1-0 SCL).
Six of Cascade Christian’s 13 hits came in the sixth inning against Illinois Valley (2-11, 0-1), which got two doubles from Patrick Anderson.
Tanner Davis, Thornhill (5), Brummett (6), Lindell (6) and McLanahan; Wheeler, Palmer (5) and Thompson. W — Palmer (1-3). L — Thornhill. 2B — IV: Lindell, Anderson 2, Thornhill. 3B — CC: Ch. Wager.