Putnam rallies to deny Crater in quarters
MILWAUKIE — Crater gave another solid accounting of itself before the Comets’ softball season came to end in a 5-3 loss to Putnam in the Class 5A state quarterfinals at Putnam High Friday.
The 14th-seeded Comets (14-15) scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning for a 3-1 lead, only to have the sixth-seeded Kingsman (20-5) respond with four in the bottom half.
Crater knocked off No. 3-ranked Dallas in its previous game.
For the Comets in the sixth, Mackenzie Ryerson led off with a single, then moved to second on a bobbled ball by the catcher. After consecutive pop-ups, Presely Robison singled to put runners at third and first.
Grace Hilton then squeeze bunted — and all three runs scored. A throw to the plate wasn’t in time to get Ryerson, then a throw to second to get Hilton sailed into the outfield. Hilton continued to third and sped home as the ball was mishandled behind her.
In Putnam’s half, Crater pitcher Megan Wagner walked and hit the first two batters. After two groundouts, Taylor Stotts tied it with a two-run single. Ashley Conley then doubled her in and scored when an errant throw was made on the play.
Putnam advances to meet Lebanon.
Capello, Wagner (4) and Harris; Mayer and Vadelund. W — Mayer. L — Wagner (4-4). 2B — P: Conley, Robinson.
CLACKAMAS 6, GRANTS PASS 2: At Clackamas, Brooklyn Hurd and Devin Ireland each hit solo runs for Grants Pass but Clackamas pitcher Shaylee Monise allowed only three hits overall to win the Class 6A state quarterfinal game.
Monise finished with no strikeouts and four walks and added a solo home run of her own to help power Clackamas (25-5) into a semifinal date with North Medford on Tuesday. Haley Dougherty had the other hit against Monise.
Joey Miller’s two-run home run in the fifth inning helped put the game away against the Cavers (23-6), who saw Alyssa Etheridge strike out three with one walk and eight hits allowed.
Etheridge and Kuykendall; Monise and Hegar. W — Monise. L — Etheridge. HR — GP: Hurd, Ireland; C: Monise, Miller.
SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 1, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: At Adair Village, Grant Carley pitched six perfect innings before settling for a no-hitter in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.
Carley, who struck out 10 and walked one, didn’t allow any runners until the seventh inning, when Cascade Christian coaxed a walk and got another on because of catcher’s interference.
Carley got the final two outs on an infield fly and a groundout.
Caleb Knight went the first five innings for the Challengers (15-9), allowing three hits, fanning two and walking two — the first two batters of the game. Carley followed with a single for a run for the Eagles (20-8), who next face Horizon Christian.
Knight, McLemore (6) and Thompson; Carley and Riley. W — Carley. L — Knight (3-4).