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Ex-Crater star Kindreich inks with Texas Rangers

Former Crater High standout Larson Kindreich, who was an eighth-round selection in the recent MLB draft, agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers Saturday and will forgo his final seasons at Biola University.

Kindreich, whose slot value at pick No. 224 overall was $191,500, received a $150,000 bonus from the Rangers ahead of the Sunday deadline to sign draft picks.

In his three seasons at Biola, the 22-year-old Kindreich posted an 11-5 record and 4.02 ERA, with 199 strikeouts and 60 walks in 136 2/3 innings. The left-handed pitcher started the 2020 season with 25 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and didn’t allow an earned run in all 30 of his innings pitched, setting NCAA-era program records at Biola with each result.

Kindreich helped guide Crater to the Class 5A state championship in 2018 and a runner-up showing in 2017, authoring a streak of 37 consecutive innings without allowing a hit as a senior in what is believed to be the longest accomplishment in Oregon history.

Kindreich did not allow a run in his final 43 2/3 innings pitched in 2018, including seven scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts to clinch the 5A crown with a 2-0 win over Crescent Valley.

Hammericksen opens at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Recent St. Mary’s High graduate Baylee Hammericksen struggled out of the gate Monday in the opening round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament being played at Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York.

Hammericksen, who will play next season for the University of Oregon, posted a 14-over 86 in her opening round on a course playing 6,423 yards.

She had five of her eight bogeys on the front nine, then fell into some immediate issues on the par-4 10th hole with a quadruple bogey. Hammericksen later posted her second eight of the round on the par-5 12th hole. Hammericksen’s lone birdie of the round came on the par-3 16th hole.

Suthavee Chanachai carded a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over five others through the first round.

SOU football season ticket sales start Friday

ASHLAND — Season tickets will go on sale this week to watch the Southern Oregon University football team’s five-game Frontier Conference home slate this fall at Raider Stadium.

At 9 a.m. Friday, previous season ticket-holders can reclaim their seats by visiting souraiders.com/tickets. At 9 a.m. on Aug. 9, season and individual tickets will go on sale to the general public, along with tailgating passes.

Due to staffing and COVID-19 precautions, fans are encouraged to make all purchases online. Those with questions can contact Bobby Heiken at heikenb@sou.edu.

In-person sales will begin the week of Aug. 29. SOU’s first home game in 22 months is scheduled for Sept. 4 against Montana State-Northern.

Former Crater High pitcher Larson Kindreich was selected Monday in the eighth round of the MLB draft by the Texas Rangers as the No. 224 pick overall. Photo courtesy Biola University