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PREP ROUNDUP: Comets go 1-2 on first day of Reno tourney

RENO, Nev. — Quality pitching was the name of the game for the Crater softball team in all three of its games Friday, but it wasn’t until the day’s finale until the Comets’ bats broke out.

Crater dropped a pair of 2-0 losses in five innings to schools from Nevada, Spanish Springs and Carson before breaking out for a 9-0 win in four innings over Livingston (Calif.) to go 1-2 on the opening day of the Reed Softball Tournament at Shadow Mountain Park.

“Pitching today was the key,” said Crater head coach Chris Arnold. “All three of our girls in the circle did a great job, even on limited and time-shortened innings. Defensively, as a team, we made some nice plays and did a sound job. We just had a hard time solving a couple of the pitchers we saw. There’s some really strong teams here, and we appreciated the competition. It was really good to see the pitching we saw.”

Crater’s three starting pitchers — Alexis Perez, Suzy Foster and Megan Allen — allowed a combined two earned runs in 14 innings of work in the three games, which were played with time limits.

Against Spanish Springs, Perez allowed just five hits and two runs with three strikeouts and one walk. Foster gave up just two hits and two unearned runs with a strikeout, but three walks in the opening inning came back to haunt her, including her third coming with the bases loaded to allow Carson to take a 2-0 lead.

As the lone Crater pitcher to get a win on the day, Allen limited Livingston to just two hits and struck out five in four shutout innings.

The Comets (3-2) recorded just four hits in their two losses, as Spanish Springs’ Hailey McClean and Carson’s Caydee Farnworth each threw five-inning shutouts.

But come the finale, the bats came alive.

Allen got plenty of early run support, as the Comets scored three runs in the top of the first and broke the game open with six in the third.

Kaylynn Wolchok went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Maddie Sheadel was also 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs with a triple. Allen’s batterymate Lilli Reid went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run.

“The girls did a good job being even keel,” said Arnold. “Their plate approach didn’t really change from Game 1 to Game 3. The focus was good because it could have been easy to just focus on the fact that we lost those first two games. Mentally, I was really proud of the way the girls carried themselves at the plate and carried that into Game 3. They did a nice job staying focused and doing what we’re doing with our plate approach. It paid off at the end.”

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Perez amd Reid; McClean and Jackson. W — McClean. L — Perez (1-1). 2B — SS: Jackson.

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S. Foster and Reid; Farnsworth and Duran. W — Farnsworth. L — S. Foster (1-1). 2B — Cr.: Davis.

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Allen and Reid; Castro and Gutierrez. W — Allen (1-0). L — Gutierrez. 2B — C: Sease, Lundeen, Aldrich. 3B — C: Sheadel.

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CASCADE CHRISTIAN 13, LA PINE 0, 5 inn.: Owen Thompson threw a five-inning shutout and Austin Waits and Liam Benade both drove in three runs as Cascade Christian won its second straight mercy rule game to begin the Challenger Baseball Spring Break Classic at Lithia & Driveway Fields.

Cascade Christian (4-1) finished with 13 hits, including five for extra bases. Thompson went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles at the plate and allowed just three hits and struck out seven on the mound.

Waits was 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored, while Benade also finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Keith Reed had a pair of hits and two RBIs and Triston Wallace was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Late Thursday, the Challengers opened tournament play with an 11-0 win in five innings over Class 2A East Linn Christian Academy.

Ashton Moody threw a five-inning complete-game one-hitter, striking out eight without walking a batter.

Cascade Christian — which led 5-0 after 2 1/2 innings — finished with 11 hits, with leadoff man Cody Reece (2-for-3), Moody (2-for-2), Waits (2-for-3) and Benade (2-for-3) all having multi-hit games. Waits finished with three RBIs while Benade had drove in a pair of runs.

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Thompson and Wallace; Price, Flack (3) , Campbell (5) and Briggs. W — Thompson. L — Price. 2B — CC: Thompson 2, Reed, Waits. 3B — CC: Benade, Wallace.

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A. Moody and Thompson; Goins, D. King (4), B. King (5) and Peters. W — A. Moody. L — Goins. 2B — CC: Waits. 3B — CC: Lentendre.

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