PREP ROUNDUP: Comets roll in battle of MWL leaders
CENTRAL POINT — In a meeting of the two remaining teams without a loss in Midwestern League play this season, there was little doubt who left the field with sole possession of first place Friday evening.
The Crater softball team rolled to a pair of mercy rule victories over visiting Churchill, as the No. 4-ranked Comets beat the Lancers 11-1 in six innings and 20-1 in three innings to sweep the MWL doubleheader.
Crater (10-4, 6-0 MWL) totaled 25 hits over the span of just nine innings in the twin bill while the Comets’ two starting pitchers — Alexis Perez and Suzy Foster — limited the Lancers (5-6, 5-2) to just five hits overall.
“We didn’t have as disciplined of an approach in the first game, but the second game we did a lot better,” said Crater coach Chris Arnold. “We focused in on being a lot more aggressive (in Game 2). We made a lot of good contact in the second game and it puts a lot of pressure on the defense if the ball is in play and runners are in motion.”
In Game 1 for Crater, McKenna Sease went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, leadoff batter Kailee Davis was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Taylor Kenworthy was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Kaylynn Wolchok had three RBIs and Payton Schwab also had a pair of hits in the opener.
Perez, coming off a strong start Wednesday against South Medford, improved her record to 5-2 with the win in the opener. She allowed one run on three hits and struck out six.
Maddie Sheadel went 2-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored in Game 2.
Foster was also 2-for-2 with a run scored and was one of four Comets to drive in a pair of runs in Game 2. Schwab, Alyssa Kilbane — who had a double in each game — and Kaylee Lundeen were the others to have two RBIs.
Crater finished with eight doubles in the doubleheader, split evenly with four in each game.
Jankowski, Peterson (6) and Peterson, Deedon (6); Perez and Reid. W — Perez (5-2). L — Jankowski. 2B — CH: Holland; C: Kilbane, Sease, Kenworthy, Perez.
Holland and Deedon; S. Foster and Reid, Aldrich (2). W — S. Foster (2-1). L — Holland. 2B — CH: Holland; C: Kilbane, Allen, Sheadel, Van Wey.
GLIDE 17-17, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0-1: Glide pitchers Aryanna Belloir and Amelia Murphy limited Cascade Christian to a combined six hits in a pair of three-inning nonleague games shortened by the mercy rule at Lithia & Driveway Fields.
McKenzie Bonner and Callie Sweem had the lone hits for the Challengers (0-12) in Game 1, with Peyton Geiger supplying a three-run triple in the first inning to finish with four RBIs for Glide (9-1).
Maile Scaglione produced an RBI double in the third inning of Game 2 and finished with two of her team’s four hits. Bonner, who scored on the double, and Chloe Ehrlich also had hits for Cascade.
Belloir and Geiger; Sweem and Williams. W — Belloir. L — Sweem. 2B — G: Thingvall. 3B — G: Geiger.
Murphy and Ranger; Reed, Bonner (2) and Williams. W — Murphy. L — Reed. 2B — CC: M. Scaglione.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8, GLIDE 7: Cascade Christian rallied with a pair of sixth-inning runs to overtake Glide in a nonleague contest at Lithia & Driveway Fields.
Cascade Christian (10-1) built a 5-0 lead before Glide (7-7) used a six-run fourth inning to change momentum. The Challengers eventually were able to push across the tying and winning runs in the sixth inning after a triple by Triston Wallace, who scored on a wild pitch, and two-out RBI single by Cole Shields.
Wallace finished 3-for-4 with three runs and Shields was 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs, while Austin Waits drove in a pair of runs for Cascade.
Dunnavant, Ackerman (6), Damewood (6) and Dill; A. Moody, Knips (4), Thompson (4) and Thompson, Wallace (4). W — Thompson. L — Ackerman. 2B — G: Dill, Ackerman; CC: Shields, Wallace. 3B — CC: Wallace.
ST. MARY’S 3, HIDDEN VALLEY 2: Landis Ho and Nate Lemley scored victories in the top two singles spots and Alex Wilk teamed with Simon DeVries to win at No. 1 doubles as St. Mary’s won Thursday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
SINGLES: Landis Ho, SM, d. Joaquin Martinez, 8-1; Nate Lemley, SM, d. Keegan Lane, 8-2; Caahle Somadhi, HV, d. Caleb Bingham, 8-6.
DOUBLES: Alex Wilk-Simon DeVries, SM, d. Joaquin Martinez-Keegan Lane, 8-0; Keegan Lane-Joaquin Martinez, HV, d. Steven Huang-Jeffrey Zhou, 8-2.