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PREP ROUNDUP: Crater doubles up foe to open tourney

FRESNO, Calif. — Crater junior Josiah Hearne drove in three runs and the Comets turned a pair of key double plays to secure an 8-4 baseball victory over Hoover High of California to open the 52nd annual Easter Baseball Classic on Monday.

Crater (6-6) started the game with a double play and ended it with another to squash a comeback attempt by Hoover, which scored all of its runs in the final two innings.

Kayden Scapero, Kellen Rapp and Hearne teamed up for the initial double play, with Rapp, Ryan Hill and Hearne combining for the game-clincher.

Hill also earned the pitching victory, striking out two against a Hoover squad that was steady in putting the ball in play.

Crater built a 2-0 lead in the first inning, with Brandon Tibbils getting a single to set everything in motion and scoring on a two-out passed ball. Hearne followed with an RBI single to plate Damon Kindreich.

It was 3-0 when the Comets seemingly broke the game open with three runs on the fifth. Caleb Randolph walked and scored on a single by Hill, and Damon Kindreich, who had singled, scored on an error on a grounder to shortstop by Hayden Kindreich. Quay Lundeen added a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.

After Hoover scored two in the top of the sixth, Hearne came through with a two-run single to restore Crater’s cushion.

“We definitely had some timely hitting today, which was nice to see,” said Crater coach Jay Campbell, whose team finished with seven hits. “Obviously that big two-run single in the sixth by Hearne was a big hit to put some distance between them and us.

“They struggled on the mound a little bit throwing strikes and we did a pretty good job running the bases and putting pressure on them.”

Hearne finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs, while Tibbils was 3-for-4 with two runs.

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As. Medina, DeLeon (2), Ai. Medina (3), Carey (5), Jenkins (6) and Zuwira, Recendez (2); Hill, Tibbils (7) and D. Kindreich. W — HIll (2-0). L — As. Medina. 2B — C: Tibbils

Boys Golf

ALL-SWC: At Eugene, Oliver Ausland of Grants Pass earned medalist honors with a 72 and helped lead the Cavemen to victory in the third SWC counting match of the season at Eugene Country Club.

South Medford finished third as a team after Carter McDougall carded an 86 and Blake Boutwell finished with an 88 to lead the way.

Trey Neff scored an 88 to lead North Medford, which placed fifth.

TEAM SCORES: Grants Pass 318, Sheldon 328, South Medford 355, South Eugene 368, North Medford 379, Roseburg 422.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (TOP 5): 1, Oliver Ausland, GP, 72; 2, Owen Davis-Piger, SE, 73; 3, Cole Benson, She, 76; 4, Messiah Gilbert, GP, 80; 5T, Ribgy Lathen, GP, 82, and Callan Potter, She, 82.

Local Scores

GRANTS PASS (318): Oliver Ausland 72, Messiah Gilbert 80, Rigby Lathen 82, Clayton Pilcher 84.

SOUTH MEDFORD (355): Carter McDougall 86, Blake Boutwell 88, Kyle Reed 90, Henry Williams 91, Braedon Grunwald 91.

NORTH MEDFORD (379): Trey Neff 88, Ty Neff 92, Andrew Plankenhorn 99, Zach Payton 100.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Josiah Hearne drove in three runs during Monday’s Easter Baseball Classic win in Fresno, Calif.