CENTRAL POINT — Looking toward the American Legion A state tournament, the Central Point Comets closed its regular season on a strong note Sunday by keeping another winning streak alive with a victory over Ashland at Anhorn Field.
The Comets topped the Pilots 8-3 for their 15th straight triumph. They have won 40 of their last 42.
Central Point (43-6, 34-2 Area 4) will try to keep it going on Wednesday when it faces Madison at Clyde Allen Field in Coos Bay in the opening round of the state tournament.
In the fourth inning of Sunday's contest, Tanner Ryerson uncorked a three-run triple to give the Comets a 5-2 advantage. He would later score during the six-run frame.
Anthony Martin went 2-for-3, drove in three runs and scored twice for Central Point.
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Central Point 000 620 x — 8 7 1
Carroll, Whalen (5) and Glick; Bastendorff, Keyser (7) and Aplin, Caballero (6). W — Bastendorff (8-1). L — Carroll. 2B — A: Rogan, Commorata, Whalen; CP: Fox. 3B — CP: Martin, Ryerson.
SALEM POST 20 4-1, MEDFORD MUSTANGS 3-6 — At Salem, Medford needed just one win to advance to Portland for the American Legion AAA state tournament and got it in the nightcap of a super regional doubleheader with Salem Post 20.
In the fifth inning of a scoreless stalemate, the Mustangs (27-7) finally broke through by taking advantage of Post 20 miscues.
After the Mustangs loaded the bases, Jessie Hornbrook scored on a passed ball and Nate Namanny made it 2-0 by crossing home plate on a wild pitch. Evan Westhelle-Grant later drove in Ryan Wellock with a sacrifice fly to put the Mustangs up 3-0.
Taren Bradd came in as a defensive sub in the seventh inning and made two tough plays in the infield to account for all three outs for the Mustangs, including a scoop and throw that led to a game-ending double-play.
Hornbrook went 3-for-4 while Namanny and Charlie Walker both had a pair of hits. All three scored a run.
In the opener, Salem's Brendan Shaffer drove in Brandon Groat for the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Walker went 4-for-5 and scored twice with Billy Hansen was 2-for-4 for the Mustangs, who stranded 12 men on base in the contest.
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Morrison, Doolittle (7) and Westhelle-Grant; Fast and Cutsforth. W — Fast. L — Morrison (3-6). 2B — M: Walker, Humphrey; S: Shaffer, Cutsforth.
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Westfall, Doolittle (6), Walker (9) and Westhelle-Grant; Rice, Shaffer (6), Powell (8), Snow (9) and Cutsforth. W — Westfall (5-1). L — Rice. 2B — M: Walker; S: Groat. 3B — M: Walker.
SOUTHERN OREGON 8, REDDING, CALIF., 1 — Zach Smith pitched a gem for the RiverDawgs, who capped their regular season with a nonleague victory over the Redding Knicks in amateur baseball at Harry & David Field.
The RiverDawgs (28-13) will begin Far West League tournament play on Friday in the four-team event in Humboldt, Calif.
Smith allowed one hit, no runs and two walks and he struck out four in six innings for his first win.
Southern Oregon scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Ty Gilmore had an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch. Tynan Pedretti pushed the RiverDawgs' lead to 4-0 with an RBI groundout.
Gilmore went 3-for-5, drove in two runs and scored twice while Chris Lewis finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
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Medfor, Spencer (6), Correa (8) and Correa, Spencer (8); Smith, G. Herrera (7), Gaskins (8), Nottingham (9) and Hertzmann, Brill (7). W — Smith (1-0). L — Medfor.