Kindreich, Comets breeze by Spartans
EUGENE — Once Larson Kindreich settled in at the mound, the Crater baseball team was going to be a tough task for Marist with the way the Comet bats were rolling on Tuesday.
The junior left-hander went the distance, allowing one earned run to go with 10 strikeouts as the Comets claimed a 7-1 Midwestern League victory at Marist High School.
Kindreich, who allowed five hits and two walks, was able to escape early trouble after allowing the Spartans to load the bases in the first inning with just one out.
“He kinda beared down a little,” said Crater coach Jay Campbell. “He battled through a rough first inning but made some really good pitches when he needed to.”
Fortunately for Kindreich, the Comets (18-3, 14-2 MWL) put together a three-run first inning where Sebasten Boivin finished off the frame with a two-run single after Nick Bastendorff’s run-scoring hit.
Boivin finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Bastendorff was 3-for-3, drove in a run and scored once.
The Comets also picked up two runs and an RBI from Sean Bartlett, who finished 2-for-4, and Shay Hall went 2-for-3.
Kindreich and Bartlett; Parsons, Myers (6), Lydon (7) and Hiday. W — Kindreich (7-1). L — Parsons. 2B — C: Bastendorff, Godley, Boivin. M: Lydon 2, Hill.
NORTH MEDFORD 8, WILLAMETTE 6: At Eugene, Kasey Buchanan broke up a no-hitter in the top of the sixth inning, sparking North Medford’s rally from a six-run deficit to stun host Willamette.
Jon-o Gassman, who reached base after a dropped third strike, scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for the Black Tornado (10-10, 6-7 Southwest Conference) on a passed ball after Brandon King knotted the score 6-all with a pinch-hit single that scored Justin Geyer.
In the sixth, after Buchanan’s leadoff single and two North Medford walks, Gassman came up with a two-run single, and later, Zack Collins singled home a pair for the Black Tornado.
Buchanan went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Wyatt Baptiste picked up the save, working himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.
Sandoval, Baptiste (7) and Geyer; Rosebrook, Bracy (3), Chesla (6), Bushnell (7) and Thorn. W — Sandoval (4-1). L — Chesla. S — Baptiste. 2B — NM: Geyer.
EAGLE POINT 5, SPRINGFIELD 1: At Eagle Point, Tanner Jostad made a huge defensive play from center field to spark Eagle Point in the Midwestern League win.
Trailing 5-1, Springfield loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning. After a failed squeeze bunt resulted in the first out and kept the bases loaded, Jostad caught a fly ball for the second out and gunned down a runner tagging from third to end the inning.
Jacoby Jackson was 2-for-2 with an RBI double in the fifth for the Eagles (11-9, 9-7 MWL). Trae Perkins was 2-for-3 with a run.
Winning pitcher Coldin Shopp allowed four hits and struck out five, but he walked six and hit a batter.
Shart, Wheatley (6) and Durbin; Shopp, Perkins (7) and Little. W — Shopp. L — Shart. 2B — EP: Jackson.
CHURCHILL 2, ASHLAND 0, 8 inn.: At Ashland, Ashland’s bid to knock off the Midwestern League co-leader was derailed when Churchill scored twice in the eighth inning and held on.
Grizzlies pitcher Peyton Fuller held the Lancers (19-2, 14-2 MWL) to four hits through seven innings, but Kolbe Logan’s one-out, pinch-hit double and a run-scoring single by Jose Chavez led to the first run and chased Fuller. Another single and a sacrifice fly made it 2-0.
Nick Sanderson led off the eighth with a double for Ashland but he was stranded.
Fuller had two of the five hits for Ashland (12-7, 9-7). He struck out 10 and didn’t issue any walks.
Townsend, Wilkinson (8) and Trivett; Fuller, Sanderson (8) and N. McLennan. W — Townsend. L — Fuller. 2B — C: Logan; A: Sanderson.
HIDDEN VALLEY 6, PHOENIX 2: At Talent, Phoenix starter Mason Stella was cruising along with a 1-0 lead before the Pirates came unraveled during a sixth-run fifth inning against the Skyline Conference leader at Hagler-James Park.
Hidden Valley (16-2, 9-1 Sky) scored six unearned runs off Stella in the big inning. The Mustangs’ first four runs scored without a hit.
The Pirates (11-8, 5-5) took the lead in the fourth when Brennen Watts opened with a single, was sacrificed to second by Dylan Knudson and scored on Chase Courtney’s two-out single.
Phoenix got two hits apiece from Thomas Skaff, James Turnbull, Sam Datz and Watts.
Periera, Kissel (6) and Kissel, Periera (6); Stella, Knudson (6) and Courtney. W — Periera. L — Stella (2-2). 2B — HV: Dimatteo.
ST. MARY’S 13, ROGUE RIVER 1, 5 inn.: At Rogue River, St. Mary’s junior Brandon Letendre struck out six and allowed one hit and one walk to keep the Crusaders unbeaten in Southern Cascade League play.
Letendre also was 2-for-2 with one RBI for St. Mary’s (16-3, 9-0 SCL), while Travis Danielson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Calder Pruhliere was 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Jose Chavez singled home Derek Nelson in the fourth inning for Rogue River (2-12, 0-7).
Letendre and Arevalos; Black, Holmes (5) and Tambolini. W — Letendre (8-0). L — Black. 2B — SM: Danielson.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11, LAKEVIEW 1, 6 inn.: Jeff Letendre tossed a gem and finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs for host Cascade Christian at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Letendre pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits and struck out six without issuing a walk.
Declan Payne went 3-for-3 and Gunnar Thompson 2-for-2 and both had three RBIs for the Challengers (12-8, 7-1 Southern Cascade League), while Cade Wager reached base four times, scored four runs and stole four bases.
D. Arcularius, B. Arcularius (3) and Douglas; Letendre, McLemore (5) and Thompson. W — Letendre (4-3). L — D. Arcularius. 2B — CC: Thompson, Payne.