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Crater base runner Cory Wynant is tagged out by Jordan Schwers of Eagle, Idaho, during Thursday’s nonconference game. - Jerry Clarkson

Comets roughed up in own Invitational

These are the types of preseason tests every good team relishes.

The Crater baseball team met Idaho power Eagle High School in the title game of the Crater Spring Break Invitational on Thursday with Eagle rolling to a 14-3 victory at Anhorn Field.

The outcome aside, Crater coach Jay Campbell appreciated the opportunity to face such a capable opponent.

"That's a pretty successful program," Campbell said. "It was a good experience for us. It's going to make us better. We don't shy away from teams like that. We took it as an opportunity to learn things about ourselves. That's why we bring a team of that caliber in."

Eagle amassed 17 hits against three Crater pitchers. Jordan Kiler and Brian Kraft were both 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Five other Mustang batters had two hits, including Spencer Dodd and Jordan Schwers, who both were 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Every Mustang in the lineup had an RBI except the No. 9 hitter.

It was an ominous start to the game for Crater (4-1).

Eagle scored three runs in the first inning with Kiler reaching on an infield single. Crater caught Kiler on a pitch out but was unable to record the out due to an errant throw to second.

Andrew Ely then hit a bloop single just inside the left-field foul line to score Kiler.

"It just kind of snowballed," Campbell said. "We made some good pitches, some good calls. But we got an unlucky break.

"It's one of those things, you go back through the inning ... if we do some things right, they might score a run, but definitely not three."

Eagle added five runs in the third behind five hits. Kraft and Dylan Hortin had doubles in the inning. Hortin had two doubles in the game.

"They were tough outs," Campbell said. "We would get them with two strikes, but they would foul off until they got a good pitch to hit."

Crater mustered little offense of its own against a stout Eagle pitching staff.

The left-handed Brendon Brown, a 6-foot-2 freshman, worked three scoreless innings and allowed just one hit. He had eight strikeouts to just one walk.

Eagle ace Taylor Wade made two appearances in the game. He totaled three strikeouts and one walk.

"They were probably throwing high 80s," Campbell said. "Then they throw in a curveball. It wasn't just that they had velocity, but they had the location to go with the velocity. Everything was at the knees, and they hit the spots. At times we looked overmatched at the plate."

Crater's Dustin Lathrop was 2-for-3 and scored a run. He ignited Crater's only offensive output, which came in the fifth inning.

Lathrop reached on a catcher's interference and Corey Wynant reached on Eagle's lone error of the game on a ball hit to the shortstop.

Craig Kathol had an RBI ground out to first and Christian Massey followed with a single. Bruce Sanford then scored Massey from first on a single to right field.

Sanford's hit bounced just in front of the fence, but he tweaked his knee and was unable to advance past first. He did not return to the game.

Crater was held scoreless against Wade in the sixth.

"We did some good things," Campbell said. "We definitely showed some toughness as the game went on."

In earlier tournament action, Barlow defeated Forest Grove 8-2, Cleveland beat Franklin 13-7 and Lakeridge handed Silverton a 5-4 loss.

Eagle 305 213 — 14 17 1

Crater 000 030 — 3 6 1

Brown, Wade (4), Strong (5), Wade (6) and Hortin. Kathol, Morgan (5), Herndon (6) and Ullom, Kathol (5). W — Brown. L — Kathol (0-1). 2B — E: Dodd, Ely, Kraft, Hortin, 2.

Reach reporter Luke Andrews at 776-4469, or e-mail landrews@mailtribune.com

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