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PREP BASEBALL: Miscues cost Crater in pair of losses

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Comets lose final two games to Barlow, Corvallis at the Crater Spring Break Tournament

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater baseball team had visions of finishing its home tournament on a high note Thursday, but the Comets’ two opponents had other ideas.

The Comets closed out play at the 15th annual Crater Spring Break Tournament with a pair of losses, 12-2 to Class 6A Barlow 12-2 in six innings and then 6-2 to No. 7-ranked Corvallis at Anhorn Field.

“We just didn’t take care of the baseball today,” said Crater coach Jay Campbell. “We had seven errors on the day, so we didn’t take care of the ball, Offensively, we were overmatched in some spots and just didn’t do a good job of limiting our strikeouts. We didn’t put enough pressure on the other teams to be able to compete and win.”

Crater entered the tournament’s final day having split its first two games, losing 5-2 to South Medford on Tuesday before bouncing back to beat Grants Pass 7-3 Wednesday afternoon.

But the Comets (3-3) couldn’t keep the momentum going from their win over the Cavemen.

In Thursday’s tournament finale, Crater — which was playing as the visiting team — took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single from senior Damon Kindreich. He then doubled the Comets’ lead two innings later with an RBI groundout.

An RBI single by the Spartans’ Karsten Sullivan cut the Comets’ lead in half to 2-1, then Corvallis tied the game on a Crater infield error, the second miscue in the field of the inning.

Corvallis (4-2) took the lead in the fourth, getting three straight singles — including an RBI single from Owen Sahnow — after Crater recorded two quick outs to begin the inning.

The same kind of scenario played out an inning later with the Comets getting two quick outs in the fifth, but Kael Compton drew a walk, stole second and then scored on an RBI double by Garrett Holpuch to double the Spartans’ lead.

“To do it in two different innings, that was just kind of how the day went,” said Campbell. “We got two outs but couldn’t get the third out and Corvallis was able to extend it and find a way to get on base, work their way around and score.”

Kellen Rapp recorded two of the Comets’ three hits against the Spartans and scored a run.

Crater sophomore Hayden Kindreich threw all six innings against Corvallis, allowing nine hits and six runs (three earned) while striking out three and walking one.

Crater also led after the top of the first against Barlow, getting a pair of runs on RBI singles by Ryan Hill — who was 3-for-3 in the opener — and Damon Kindreich.

But Barlow was able to take the lead with four runs in the second and then extended its lead to 7-2 with three runs in the fourth.

Five different Bruins had two-hit games against the Comets — including starting pitcher Tyson Roupp, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and allowed five hits and two runs with six strikeouts on the mound.

“We got beat in all aspects of the game today,” said Campbell. “We didn’t take care of the baseball, our pitchers were OK but probably not good enough to win and then offensively we didn’t do a very good job of being able to score runs.”

After opening its season on the coast against North Bend last week, Crater will return to Midwestern League play Wednesday when its hosts Willamette in a 3 p.m. doubleheader.

“(This tournament) was good because we got a lot of kids some playing time and some younger kids a lot of at-bats,” said Campbell. “Overall, it was a good learning experience. At this time of the year, you want to find things that expose you and it gives you things to work on. We definitely have some things to work on and improve on and get better at.”

Crater 200 000 — 2 6 3

Barlow 040 35x — 12 14 1

Hill, Scapero (5) and Lundeen; Roupp, Lopez (6) and Lorenzen. W — Roupp. L — Hill (0-1). 2B — C: Tibbils; B: Ackerman.

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Crater 101 000 0 — 2 3 4

Corvallis 002 112 x — 6 9 1

H. Kindreich and Lundeen; McGowen and Compton. W — McGowen. L — H. Kindreich (1-1). 2B — Cr.: Rapp, D. Kindreich; Co.: Holpuch, Gregg.

GRANTS PASS 9, BARLOW 4: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass used a five-run third inning to flip the score in its favor and pulled away late for a win over Barlow in the Cavemen’s finale at the 15th annual Crater Spring Break Tournament.

Grants Pass starting pitcher Tyler Ireland allowed nine hits and one earned run in five innings to pick up the win.

GP’s Kain Robinson and Luke Morgan both went 2-for-4 at the plate. Morgan had a pair of RBIs while Robinson had an RBI and his team’s lone extra-base hit with a double.

Cavemen shortstop Jackson Tunick scored a pair of runs out of the No. 9 spot in the order, as all but one starter for Grants Pass (3-2-1) scored at least one run.

Dakota Pillster (3-for-4), Sam Weber (2-for-4) and Ransom Lorenzen (2-for-4) all had multi-hit games for Barlow (1-4).

Barlow 102 010 0 — 4 9 5

Grants Pass 005 013 x — 9 9 3

Maynard, Penselin (3), Andrews (3), Groza (6) and Lorenzen; Ireland, Osborne (6) and Osborne, Carnes (6). W — Ireland. L — Maynard. 2B — GP: Robinson.

Andy ATkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Damon Kindreich connects for an RBI single in the first inning of Thursday’s game against Corvallis.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Hayden Kindreich delivers a strike during Thursday’s game against Corvallis.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Brandon Tibbils reaches under the tag attempt from Corvallis' Kael Compton to score a run during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against Corvallis.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Brandon Tibbils slides safely into home plate after beating a missed tag from Corvallis' Kael Compton to score during the first inning of Wednesday’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Ryan Hill makes it safely to first base just ahead of the throw during Wednesday’s game against Corvallis.