CENTRAL POINT — The Crater softball team couldn’t have asked for a better start to Friday’s Class 5A state play-in contest against Silverton, and the finish wasn’t too shabby either for the host Comets.
Crater jumped on the Foxes from the get-go en route to an 8-4 triumph at Crater High and resulting berth in the state playoffs that begin Wednesday.
The Comets (13-14), who finished fourth in the Midwestern League, used a two-run double by junior Jordan Peterson to highlight a three-run first inning against Silverton (7-15), the No. 5 seed from the Mid-Willamette Conference.
“Offensively this team can produce and it’s so much of our game plan to produce early to give our pitchers a little cushion and give them confidence,” said Crater head coach Chris Arnold.
Peterson added a two-run home run in the third inning to help the Comets build a 6-0 advantage. She finisehd 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBIs.
Sophomore Presley Robison was 3-for-4 with two runs, senior Grace Hilton 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and senior Mackenzie Ryerson 2-for-3 to help pace Crater’s 11-hit attack.
Sophomore Jamie Cappello allowed two hits and four runs — two earned — over six innings with eight strikeouts and one walk for the Comets.
“She threw a great ballgame tonight,” said Arnold. “She mixed locations really well and set up hitters pretty well.”
Crater will face a road game Wednesday against an opponent still to be determined.
Voltin and Roth; Cappello, Wagner (7) and Harris. W — Cappello. L — Voltin. 2B — S: Voltin; C: Peterson, Hilton, Ryerson. HR — S: Roth; C: Peterson (4).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11, BONANZA 6: Katelyn Willard went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs and pitched a complete game for Cascade Christian in the nonleague victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Willard (16-7), a freshman right-hander, struck out seven and allowed two earned runs.
Willard and Megan Reed had RBI singles in the Challengers’ five-run first inning.
Rebecca Clark added a two-run single in the second that scored Ali Modrell, who singled, and Willard, who walked, to give the Challengers a 7-0 lead.
Modrell had three hits, two runs and one RBI.
Cascade Christian (16-8) hosts a 3A state playoff first-round game Wednesday at U.S. Cellular.
Peterson, McGee (4) and Cunningham; Willard and Modrell. W — Willard (16-7). L — Peterson. 2B — B: Conner 3 .
BUTTE FALLS 20, DAYS CREEK 9, 5 inn.: At Riddle, Butte Falls earned its first win in four tries against Days Creek and it couldn’t have come at a better time as the District 4 playoff victory at Riddle High allowed the Loggers to earn the league’s No. 2 seed to the Class 2A/1A state playoffs next week.
Butte Falls freshman Leanna McNabb went 2-for-2 with four RBIs for Butte Falls (10-10), while senior Sage Ensley was 2-for-3 and Jocelyn Posey earned the pitching victory.
Days Creek (13-9) had won the first three matchups against the Loggers this season.
Posey and Johnston; Kewish, Crume (3) and Crume, Perez (3). W — Posey. L — Kewish. 2B — BF: McNabb, Woods; DC: Dossman. 3B — DC: Crume.
LEBANON 5, EAGLE POINT 2: At Lebanon, Eagle Point scored twice in the first inning but couldn’t keep the pressure on Lebanon in the Class 5A play-in game.
Andrew Schreiner scored on a fielder’s choice by Jacob Leeper and Dylan Marsh scored on the third balk call of the first inning for the Eagles (11-14), the No. 5 team from the Midwestern League.
Kolbi Blevins and Domenic Fontana each had doubles for Eagle Point, which was held to two hits over the first six innings by starter Cody Johnson, who had six strikeouts and three walks.
Johnson also had a go-ahead two-run home run in the third inning for Lebanon (14-12), the No. 4 team from the Mid-Willamette Conference.
Gaudern, Dy. Marsh (4), Schreiner (6) and Alves; Johnson, Crowell (7) and Rood. W — Johnson. L — Gaudern. 2B — EP: Blevins, Fontana. HR — L: Johnson.
CLASS 5A STATE TOURNAMENT: At Portland, Ashland senior Rox Rogers advanced to his second straight championship final in singles with a pair of wins at Portland Tennis Center but teammates Nur Shelton and Braden Rogers came up shy in their finals bid in doubles.
The top-seeded Rox Rogers, whose only singles loss last year came in the 5A final, breezed through his quarterfinals and semifinals matches, topping Hood River Valley freshman Vaughn Reardon 6-2, 6-1 before dispatching Churchill sophomore Alle Banna for 6-4, 6-2 victory. In today’s championship match at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Rogers will face No. 2-seeded senior Logan Hausler of Summit.
In doubles, the Shelton-Rogers tandem rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Summit’s Tomas Todd and Andrew Kropp in the quarterfinals but the No. 3 seeds couldn’t maintain that momentum in falling 6-3, 7-5 to top-seeded Dylan Warren and Joshua Marine of Summit. In today’s third-place finale, the Ashland duo will face the No. 4-seeded Ronny Junkins and Nathan Liu of Crescent Valley.
CLASS 5A STATE TOURNAMENT: At Portland, Ashland freshman Alyssa Retiz shrugged off an opening-round loss in singles Thursday to win both consolation matches at Portland Tennis Center to advance into today’s consolation singles championship.
Retiz scored an 8-2 win over Marist sophomore Ellie Gonyea and an 8-4 win over Summit sophomore Anika Groener to reach the consolation final, where she will meet fourth-seeded Ridgeview senior Sierra Cassaro.
CLASS 4A/3A/2A/1A STATE TOURNAMENT: At Corvallis, St. Mary’s freshman Finley Cox was eliminated in the consolation quarterfinals at the Oregon State University Tennis Complex to end her state debut.
Cox lost her opening-round match to No. 4 seed Mollie Lewandowski of Molalla, 6-0, 6-0, and then was eliminated in her first consolation match by Vale senior Sable Kelso, 8-0.