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PREP ROUNDUP: Comets roar back to salvage split

CENTRAL POINT — The day didn’t start so well for the Crater baseball team but the Comets finished strong to salvage a split in a Midwestern League doubleheader Wednesday against Willamette.

The visiting Wolverines romped 23-1 in five innings in the opener at Anhorn Field, but Crater was able to rally in Game 2 with a sixth-inning surge to post an 8-6 victory.

“It was a crazy, crazy day,” said Crater head coach Jay Campbell. “I’ve never seen 23 runs scored on us, ever, but it was good to see us come back and get that second game.”

Kellen Rapp came through with the big hit of Game 2 with a two-run single after Crater (4-4, 3-1 MWL) had loaded the bases to break a 5-all tie.

Josiah Hearne led off the sixth with a single and was sacrificed to second base by Emmett Stouder. Kayden Scapero was then hit by a pitch before Brandon Tibbils saw his fly ball to center field drop in safely to load the bases.

Rapp followed with a hard shot that ricocheted off the first baseman’s glove and dribbled into right field for Crater’s first lead of the day at 7-5.

“It just kind of shows how resilient these guys are,” said Campbell. “We might not be the most talented team around but these guys never quit. I was proud of the way they played the game to the end. It started off rough but it was a good end to a long day.”

Caleb Randolph then drew a walk to load the bases again, and Damon Kindreich gave his team an insurance run to finish off the sixth on a run-scoring walk against Willamette (4-3-1, 2-2).

The Comets trailed 5-1 before tying the nightcap with four runs in the fifth inning on two-run singles by Kindreich and Ryan Hill.

“We hadn’t done a whole lot the whole day and had scored two runs in nine innings to that point,” said Campbell, “but we got to that fifth inning and those kids with back-to-back singles was a big deal.”

FIRST GAME

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B. Stavros and Bushnell; Randolph, Stouder (4) and Rapp. W — B. Stavros. L — Randolph (2-1). 2B — W: Bushnell, Prescott; C: Tibbils. 3B — W: Grantom. HR — W: Cox.

SECOND GAME

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Prescott, Bushnell (4), Cox (6), Grantom (6) and Koffler; H. Kindreich, Hill (7) and D. Kindreich. W — H. Kindreich (2-1). L — Cox. 2B — W: Koffler, Grantom. 3B — W: Cox; C: D. Kindreich.

EAGLE POINT 12, PHOENIX 0, 5 inn.: At Talent, Eagle Point junior Kurtis Jackson went 4-for-4 with three runs and one RBI and Phoenix suffered inning-ending plays at the plate in the first two innings of the nonleague tilt at Hagler-James Field.

Cruz Jimenez, Dawson Foulon, Michael Elder and Brandon Hammer each drove in runs for the Eagles (2-6), while Luca Fazio allowed four hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

Phoenix (1-5) got singles from Andrew Hull, Ryan Watts, Julius Bolstad and Tanner Norris but stranded seven baserunners, including leaving the bases loaded in the fifth inning.

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Fazio and Hammer; Wolowicz, Hull (5), Crenshaw (5) and Hull, Sousa (5). W — Fazio. L — Wolowicz (0-2). 2B — EP: K. Jackson, Foulon.

Softball

ASHLAND 8, PHOENIX 4: At Ashland, senior Gabby Heiken clubbed a two-run home run in the third inning and combined with sophomore Glory Pistole on a two-hitter for Ashland at North Mountain Park.

Ivy Clason scored to give the Grizzlies (4-3) a 2-1 lead in the third before Heiken’s homer to left-center.

Phoenix rallied to tie the game again with three runs in the top of the fourth, spurred by a double from Raelyssa Goff and RBI single by Morgan James — the lone hits of the game for the Pirates (1-5).

Ashland answered with two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away.

Shelby Brown, Lindsey Jenkins and Kate Theobald also drove in runs for the Grizzlies.

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Goff and Brite; Pistole, Heiken (6) and Theobald. W — Pistole (2-3). L — Goff. 2B — P: Goff. HR — A: Heiken (2).

NORTH VALLEY 19, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6, 5 inn.: Cascade Christian sophomore McKenzie Bonner connected for a two-run home run in the fourth inning but a seven-run first inning set the tone for North Valley at Lithia & Driveway Fields.

Cassidy Savage went 3-for-4 with one RBI and Chloe Ehrlich was 2-for-2 with a two-run single in the second inning for the Challengers (0-7), who also got a triple from Bonner.

North Valley (1-7) secured its first win behind triples from Paige Hansen, Shaylyn Godfrey, Jaylin Hardin and Hailey Allison.

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Allison and Smith-Rowe; Sweem and Williams. W — Allison. L — Sweem (0-6). 3B — NV: Hansen, S. Godfrey, Hardin, Allison; CC: Bonner. HR — CC: Bonner (1).

Track & Field

CRATER SWEEPS: At Eagle Point, Crater’s boys team dominated the field events and the Comet girls showed solid balance to sweep a three-team Midwestern League meet Tuesday night with Ashland and host Eagle Point.

Seniors Carson Le Bel and Dain Silva each posted a pair of victories for the Crater boys, with Le Bel reaching 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump and 13-0 in the pole vault and Silva going 124-0 in the discus and 37-4 in the triple jump.

Patrick Latham also scored two individual wins in the 110 hurdles (17.69 seconds) an 300 hurdles (44.10) for Ashland.

In the girls meet, freshman Sage Winslow won the 200 (27.88) and 400 (1:04.78) and senior Erin Bechtold placed first in the javelin (84-6) and pole vault (10-0) to pace the Comets.

Ashland’s Flannery Lundren won the long jump (15-8) and tied for first with Crater’s Clara Bennett in the high jump after each cleared 5-2.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: Crater 74, Ashland 57, Eagle Point 10.

100 — 1, Caden Negra, A, 11.82; 200 — 1, Vincent Senn, A, 22.95; 400 — 1, David Brown, EP, 53.84; 800 — 1, Josiah Tostenson, C, 1:58.74; 1,500 — 1, Finley Taylor, A, 4:31.50; 3,000 — 1, Nathan Stein, A, 9:01.65; 110 HURDLES — 1, Patrick Latham, A, 17.69; 300 HURDLES — 1, Patrick Latham, A, 44.10; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Ashland (Cole Beneventi, Caden Negra, Vincent Senn, Gavin White), 44.73; 4X400 RELAY — 1, Ashland (Davidson Graham, Vincent Senn, Nathan Stein, Luke Seeley), 3:32.53.

SHOT PUT — 1, Gabriel Williams, C, 43-2; DISCUS — 1, Dain Silva, C, 124-0; JAVELIN — 1, Raymond Hart, A, 142-2; HIGH JUMP — 1, Carson Le Bel, C, 5-10; POLE VAULT — 1, Carson Le Bel, C, 13-0; LONG JUMP — 1, Gabriel Grant, C, 19-1; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Dain Silva, C, 37-4.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: Crater 86, Eagle Point 35, Ashland 18.

100 — 1, Emma Stanek, EP, 13.77; 200 — 1, Sage Winslow, C, 27.88; 400 — 1, Sage Winslow, C, 1:04.78; 800 — 1, Grace Yaconelli, A, 2:29.28; 1,500 — 1, Emma West, C, 5:17.78; 3,000 — 1, Danielle Slayton, EP, 14:38.36; 100 HURDLES — 1, Olivia Slaughter, C, 19.95; 300 HURDLES — 1, Kate Harnois, C, 54.54; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Eagle Point (Emma Stanek, Abby Trautman, Reanica Belknap, Morgan Dole), 56.28; 4X400 RELAY — 1, Crater (Emma Heppner, Lindsay Siebert, Emma West, Haylee Baldwin), 4:34.70.

SHOT PUT — 1, Katy Gallon, EP, 30-5; DISCUS — 1, Ana Avila, EP, 92-6; JAVELIN — 1, Erin Bechtold, C, 84-6; HIGH JUMP — T1, Flannery Lundgren, A, 5-2, and Clara Bennett, C, 5-2; POLE VAULT — 1, Erin Bechtold, C, 10-0; LONG JUMP — 1, Flannery Lundgren, A, 15-8; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Cambrea Goodwin, C, 32-5.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Ryan Hill, shown reaching safely earlier this season, had a two-run single in the fifth inning to help spark the Comets’ rally in Game 2 against Willamette on Wednesday.