PREP BASEBALL: Crater settles for MWL split
CENTRAL POINT — A strong outing by Blake Hollingsworth and key two-run single by Andy Lacey earned Crater the win in Game 1, but visiting Springfield rallied for a 7-5 win in the nightcap as the Comets settled for a Midwestern League split Saturday at Anhorn Field.
In the opener, Hollingsworth, a senior right-handed pitcher, held Springfield to two runs on eight hits to earn the complete-game victory on the mound. He struck out four without a walk in a game that was close throughout.
The Comets extended a 2-1 lead to 4-1 in the fifth when Lacey came through with a clutch single to drive in two runs. The big hit came two innings after the Comets (7-11, 3-5 MWL) scored two runs on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Chubb and an error to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Springfield (3-15, 2-8) rebounded to pick up its first MWL road win in Game 2, scoring twice in the top of the seventh to take a 7-4 lead before holding off the Comets in the bottom of the inning.
Tanner Klym had an RBI single and Corey Sharr a sacrifice fly to give Springfield its two insurance runs in the seventh, and that proved to be key after the Comets scored a run but left another baserunner stranded in the bottom half of the inning.
Chubb delivered a two-run single to give the Comets a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third, but the Millers fought back by scoring one in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Crater starter Ethan Scott surrendered five runs in 51/3 innings to take the loss. He struck out six and walked five.
Irvin, Sharr (6) and Smith; Hollingsworth and Gilliland. W — Hollingsworth. L — Irvin. 2B — S: Phillips.
Endicott and King; Scott, Carter (6) and Gilliland. W — Endicott. L — Scott. 2B — S: McCallister; C: Douglas.
WILLAMETTE 4-2, EAGLE POINT 3-1: At Eugene, Eagle Point suffered a pair of walk-off losses, both coming with Willamette’s Tyler Moffatt at the plate in the Midwestern League contests.
An error on Moffatt’s grounder capped a three-run rally in the seventh inning in Game 1 for the Wolverines (4-11, 3-5 MWL), and his seventh-inning single again allowed Willamette to prevail.
Eagle Point (7-8, 5-5) had tied the nightcap at 1-all in the top of the seventh when Jake Leeper singled home Nate Page.
In the opener, Kolbi Blevins hit a solo home run in the second inning for the Eagles that was answered by Peyton Bracy’s home run in the bottom half of the frame. Eagle Point went back up in the second when Dominic Fontana followed a triple by Page with a sacrifice fly. Blevins had two of his team’s five hits.
The Eagles got solid starting pitching from Skyler Gaudern and Fontana in the twin bill.
Gaudern and Kendrick; Bracy, Murphy (7) and Bushnell. W — Murphy. L — Gaudern (4-2). 2B — EP: Blevins; W: Moffatt, Allen, Sandow. 3B — EP: Page. HR — EP: Blevins (1); W: Bracy.
Fontana, Foulon (7) and Kendrick; Pierson and Woodcook. W — Pierson. L — Foulon (0-2). 2B — W: Bushnell, Starrs.
ASHLAND 5, CHURCHILL 4: Ashland rallied with five runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a Midwestern League win in the opener but Churchill answered with two runs in the top of the seventh to win Game 2 at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Evan McLennan supplied a two-run single to spark Ashland (9-8, 5-5 MWL) and was followed by an RBI single from Rowan Amann, RBI double by Nate Carter and walk-off single by Traber Burns to cap its unlikely rally.
Eli Westrick struck out six and allowed six hits to win Game 1.
Amann was 2-for-3 and drove in Westrick for the lone run against Churchill (14-3, 7-3) in Game 2.
Lydon, Tofte (7) and Jones; Westrick and Drieling. W — Westrick. L — Tofte. 2B — C: Estrella 2, White, Lydon; A: Carter, McLennan. HR — C: Lydon.
Burnett and Crowson; Amann, McLennan (7) and Drieling. W — Burnett. L — Amann.
NORTH LAKE 4-0, ROGUE RIVER 3-3: At Silver Lake, senior ace Nic Macuk avenged Rogue River’s District 6 doubleheader opening loss by throwing his first career no-hitter in Game 2, striking out 14 in the process as the Chieftains split with host North Lake.
Macuk faced the minimum 21 batters over seven innings. His lone miscue was a third inning walk but he later picked off the runner at second base.
Jose Chavez finished 3-for-3 with an RBI double for the Chieftains (3-6, 3-2 District 6).
In the opener, Rogue River’s Mark Bandy came up with a two-out RBI single that cut North Lake’s lead to 4-3, but the Chieftains stranded the tying run at third base.
Rogue River’s pitching staff allowed just two hits in the contest but walked nine, with three of the free passes and a two-run triple coming in the second inning when the Cowboys (2-8, 1-4) scored all four of their runs.