CENTRAL POINT — Crater sophomore baseball pitcher Jacob Memmott refused to lose and the Comets’ bats did the rest on Saturday at Anhorn Field.
Memmott delivered a five-hit shutout for the Comets, who picked up a 10-0 win in the opener before sweeping North Eugene with a 6-1 victory in the nightcap.
“He doesn’t look to overpower but does a good job at locating pitches and throwing them for strikes,” said Crater coach Jay Campbell of Memmott. “He fell behind a couple hitters 3-0 and came back to strike one of them out and the other flew out. He just battled and was mentally pretty tough on the mound.”
Memmott went the distance to improve to 7-0, striking out eight without surrendering a walk. The game was called after six innings because of the mercy rule.
Larson Kindreich boosted the Comets’ lead to 4-0 with a two-run home run in the second inning. He finished 3-for-4 and drove in three runs and scored three times.
The Comets’ Blake Hollingsworth and Nick Bastendorff each went 3-for-4 as well. Hollingsworth scored three times and drove in a run while Bastendorff knocked in a pair of runs.
In Game 2, junior pitcher Ethan Scott bumped his record to 2-0, pitching all seven innings and allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Second to only Thurston in the Midwestern League, the Comets (15-5, 11-4 MWL) took command after Garrett Dance’s two-run single gave the Comets a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
“We’re right where we need to be,” said Campbell. “Our goal now is to be playing our best baseball as we head toward the playoffs.”
North Eugene 000 000 — 0 5 2
Crater 221 005 — 10 13 4
Williams, Kunz (6) and Sterner; Memmott and Gilliland. W — Memmott (7-0). L — Williams. 2B — NE: Froehlich; C: Hollingsworth, Bastendorff. HR — C: Kindreich (2).
North Eugene 000 001 0 — 1 5 2
Crater 213 000 x — 6 3 0
Froehlich, Wicks (4) and Sterner; Scott and Gilliland. W — Scott (2-0). L — Froehlich. 2B — NE: Parks; C: Dance.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 9-21, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3-0: At Cave Junction, Kyle Reece hit a grand slam in Game 2 to highlight his big day for Cascade Christian, which kept its Southern Cascade League record unscathed with the sweep.
Also in the nightcap, Reece doubled, drove in six runs, scored three times and was the winning pitcher. He surrendered only one hit and struck out seven in four innings.
Davis Federico had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Challengers (9-6, 7-0 SCL), who won by the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning.
The Challengers’ Danny Carter added two hits while Declan Payne and Gunnar Thompson plated two runs apiece.
In the opener, Joel McLemore was the winning pitcher and tallied two hits, two RBIs and a couple of runs scored.
Reece added two hits and two runs, and Payne finished with two hits and an RBI.
Cascade Christian 110 302 2 — 9 11 2
Illinois Valley 101 001 0 — 3 3 2
Knight, McLemore (4) and Thompson; Bruner, McLanahan (6), Alvarez (7) and Bell. W — McLemore. L — Bruner. 2B — CC: Reece, Payne; IV: Bell, Diggs.
Cascade Christian 158 16 — 21 12 1
Illinois Valley 000 00 — 0 1 4
Reece, Thompson (5) and Thompson, Knight (5); Jolley, Alvarez (3), Konrad (4) and Bell, Dangerfield (4). W — Reece. L — Jolley. 2B — CC: Reece, Payne, Thompson, Federico. HR — CC: Reece (2).
LAKEVIEW 6-12, ST. MARY’S 1-10: St. Mary’s sophomore John Beattie had a double in the opener and freshman Jonah Hadley went 3-for-5 with a double and his first home run in the nightcap, but Lakeview held off a late charge by the Crusaders in Game 2 to secure the Southern Cascade League sweep at St. Mary’s High.
Lakeview pitcher Alex Smith held St. Mary’s (3-9, 2-6 SCL) to one run on five hits while striking out six to pick up the opening-game win.
In the second game, Hadley, Aliiloa Kaeo-Wailehua (5-for-5, two doubles) and Cobey Aldrich (2-for-5, double) helped St. Mary’s keep pace with Lakeview (8-12, 4-4).
Kaeo-Wailehua hit a one-out single in the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate, but Lakeview reliever Nolan Peterson induced a comebacker to the mound followed by a infield pop up to end the game.
Lakeview 003 010 2 — 6 5 0
St. Mary’s 000 000 1 — 1 5 4
Smith and Alves; Kaeo-Wailehua, Eiler (6) and Hadley. W — Smith. L — Kaeo-Wailehua (0-2). 2B — L: Smith; SM: Beattie.
Lakeview 330 210 2 — 12 11 1
St. Mary’s 310 204 0 — 10 13 0
Summers, Alves (4), Peterson (6) and Philibert; Hadley, Dole (4) and Aldrich. W — Summers. L — Hadley. 2B — L: Gustaveson, Lampman, Brooks; SM: Aldrich, Eiler, Kaeo- Wailehua 2, Hadley, Foster. HR — SM: Hadley (1).
ROGUE RIVER 13-10, COQUILLE 3-0: At Coquille, Rogue River pitchers Henry Black and Derek Nelson combined to throw a no-hitter in Game 2 as the Chieftains pulled off a nonleague sweep of Coquille.
Black struck out eight in four innings and Nelson fanned three over the final two frames of the contest, which was decided in the sixth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.
Nelson helped by driving in two runs and scoring twice while going 2-for-3. Caden Tognoni scored three runs and collected a pair of hits, as did teammates Jose Chavez and Carson Smith.
In Game 1, the Chieftains (10-6) chalked up seven runs in the second inning of the five-inning contest.
Gabriel Tambellini went 2-for-2, drove in three runs and scored twice, Nelson was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and three runs and Chavez was 2-for-3.
Tognoni and Jack Dhabolt combined to allow just one hit on the mound for the Chieftains.
Rogue River 172 30 — 13 13 3
Coquille 003 00 — 3 1 3
Tognoni, Dhabolt (4) and Tambellini. Yates, Haagen (4) and Hunt. W — Tognoni. L — Yates. 2B — RR: Tognoni, Nelson.
Rogue River 222 004 — 10 12 3
Coquille 000 000 — 0 0 2
Black, Nelson (5) and Tambellini; Hurt, Martin (4) and Haagen. W — Black. L — Hurt. 2B — RR: Chavez, D. Geiger.