PREP BASEBALL: Comets top Grizz, end skid
CENTRAL POINT — Crater ended a four-game skid to begin the baseball season with a 7-1 Southern Oregon Conference victory over Ashland Tuesday at Anhorn Field.
The Comets (1-4) broke open a tight contest with three runs each in the bottom of the fourth and sixth innings.
Ashland dropped to 1-2.
Crater’s first four games were on the road, and it was missing several key players who had just completed the football season.
“We’ve been a little bit behind,” said Crater coach Jay Campbell. “We had three kids coming from football who were pretty significant pieces on the football team. It was just a matter of getting them going.”
One of them was starting pitcher Dawson Douglas, who pitched 5 2/3 innings of three-hit ball, striking out nine and walking three.
“I thought for his first outing of his senior year, he looked really good,” said Campbell. “He had good stuff.”
Each team scored in the first inning.
Ashland’s Nathan Carter rippled a leadoff double, was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Dillan Amway and scored on a wild pitch.
Crater wasted no time tying it. Jared Weber’s triple to right field got the Comets started and Brandon Tibbils followed with a double to right.
Starting pitchers Michael Nixon of Ashland and Dawson Douglas of Crater put up zeroes in the run column over the next 2 1/2 innings before the Comets broke through.
In the fourth, Caleb Randolph was hit by a pitch, Caden Lasater walked and Erich Lundeen was hit, loading the bases.
Douglas bounced a grounder to first, and Randolph beat the throw home to make it 2-1. A walk to Ryan Hill scored Lasater, and Payton Anhorn’s line-drive single brought in Lundeen for a 4-1 lead.
With the bases still full, Ashland’s Gabe Brabec relieved and needed only eight innings to get out of the jam without further damage. Brabec got a line-drive out, a strikeout and a groundout.
In the sixth, Hunter Chubb’s two-run single scored Anhorn and Weber, and he later came in on a Lasater single to make it 7-1.
“I was happy with how the kids bounced back today,” said Campbell. “We were able to actually execute and do some things to kind of get us in the win column.”
Nixon, Brabec (4) and Kemper; Douglas, Tibbils (6) and Lundeen. W — Douglas. L — Nixon. 2B — C: Tibbils. 3B — C: Weber.
ROSEBURG 1, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: Roseburg scored a run in the top of the first inning and made it stand up at Harry & David Field.
The setback was the first after three wins for the Panthers.
The Indians (4-1) got on the board early against South Medford pitcher Bennett Thompson, who had an otherwise dominant performance.
Roseburg’s Austin Takahasi was hit by a pitch in the first, stole second and scored on Dominic Tatone’s bloop double to left field.
It was the lone blemish for Thompson, who allowed four hits, struck out 12 and didn’t walk anyone.
South Medford’s hits were singles by Cameron Sewell and Carson Joe.
The Panthers’ best chance to break through was in the sixth inning. Walks to Thompson and Kaleb Barney, followed by a double steal, left runners at third and second with one out.
But Thompson was caught at the plate when Ethan Havey’s one-hopper to second base against a drawn-in infield was handled deftly. A strikeout ended the inning.
Tatone, Zeimet (7) and Hubbard; Thompson and Sewell. W — Tatone. L — Thompson (1-1). 2B — R: Tatone, Zeimet.
ST. MARY’S 8, SUTHERLIN 1: Junior right-hander Beau Aldrich struck out 17 batters en route to a dominant four-hitter to lead St. Mary’s.
Aldrich, who took a shutout bid into the seventh inning before Sutherlin scored its only run, struck out the side in three of his seven innings. In every other inning, Aldrich struck out two batters.
Aldrich was also 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Crusaders (1-3).
Two other Crusader hitters had multi-hit games, as Eli Haynes and Travis Johnson each went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double.
Grant Russo knocked in a pair of runs, while Aldrich’s batterymate, Ean Lawrence, also had a double an RBI.
Palm, Rethwill (4) and McKnight; Aldrich and Lawrence. W — Aldrich. L — Palm. 2B — SM: Johnson, Lawrence, Haynes.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 12, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4: At Brookings, Cascade Christian was the first to get on the scoreboard, but the Challengers’ lead didn’t last long against Brookings-Harbor.
The Challengers (3-1) finished the game with just two hits, one each by Owen Thompson and Austin Waits. Thompson’s hit was a dobule.
Brookings-Harbor (4-0), meanwhile, finished with 14 hits against four Cascade Christian pitchers.
Shew, Burger (6) and McCollum; Martin, Moody (3), Reece (5), Stofflet (7) and Thompson. W — Shew. L — Martin. 2B — CC: Thompson; BH: Shew.