CENTRAL POINT — After collecting its eighth- and ninth-straight victories on Friday, the Crater baseball team couldn’t be peaking at a better time with the Class 5A playoffs less than two weeks away.
Trae Frodge was a single shy of hitting for the cycle and sophomore ace Jacob Memmott improved to 9-0 at the mound in the opener, in which the Comets earned an 8-0 win before wrapping up Midwestern League play with a 5-3 win over Eagle Point in a doubleheader at Anhorn Field.
With a home run — a two-run blast in the fourth inning — a triple and a double already in the books in Game 1, Frodge was denied the opportunity to hit for the cycle as he stood in the on-deck circle when the final inning ended. He finished 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
“Trae was seeing the ball out of the hand really well,” Crater coach Jay Campbell said.
Memmott threw six innings of shutout ball, striking out four while allowing four hits and three walks for the Comets (21-5, 17-4 MWL), who had already wrapped up second place in the MWL behind league champion Thurston.
“He’s doing a lot of things right,” Campbell said of Memmott. “Working ahead in the count, keeping hitters off balance and doesn’t give up too many free passes. We turned four doubles plays today. We were able to play well defensively and help our pitchers.”
Although their opponent is undetermined, the Comets will host the first round on May 23.
Nick Bastendorff had a two-run triple for Crater and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Larson Kindreich went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI.
In Game 2, the Eagles (10-11. 11-13) tied the score at 2-all in the top of the third but the Comets regained the lead for good, tallying a pair in the bottom of the frame.
Ryan Kulpa went 2-for-3, drove in a run and scored another for Crater on senior night.
“Overall, you never know how the kids are going to respond on senior day,” said Campbell. “It was good to see them respond well. Our goal is to be playing our best baseball on May 23rd, and I think we’re heading in the right direction.”
Schreiner, Barnes (5) and Alves; Memmott and Gilliland. W — Memmott (9-0). L — Schreiner. 2B — CC: Frodge, Bastendorff. 3B — C: Frodge, Bastendorff. HR — C: Frodge.
Gaudern, Fontana (5) and Alves; Scott, Hollingsworth (7) and Gilliland. W — Scott (3-1). L — Gaudern. 2B — EP: Leeper, Da. Marsh; C: Kulpa, Frodge.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 9-13, ST. MARY’S 2-3: Jadon Rullamas’ debut on the mound was a good one for Cascade Christian, as the sophomore struck out nine over seven innings to pick up his first varsity win and the Challengers swept St. Mary’s to capture the Southern Cascade League title at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Rullamas allowed two earned runs on eight hits and did not issue a walk for the Challengers (13-7, 11-1), who will host the first round of the Class 3A playoffs on May 23.
The Challengers’ Davis Federico finished 3-for-3 with two triples and a pair of RBIs while both Gunnar Thompson and Declan Payne went 2-for-3, drove in two runs and scored twice.
Rullamas and Joel McLemore both went 2-for-4.
In Game 2, McLemore, Payne and Sam Martin all had two hits, two runs and a pair of RBIs.
Wailehua and Aldridge; Rullamas and Thompson. W — Rullamas (1-0). L — Wailehua. 2B — CC: Thompson, Payne. 3B — SM: Hadley; CC: Federico 2, Payne.
Aldridge, Covington (3), Eiler (4) and Hadley, Aldridge (4); McLemore and Thompson. W — McLemore (3-2). L — Aldridge. 2B — SM: Foster; CC: Payne.
SUTHERLIN 17, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3: At Sutherlin, Cascade Christian committed 10 errors and surrendered 14 unearned runs in a nonleague tune-up game prior to the Class 3A playoffs.
Ali Modrell had an RBI single and scored a run for the Challengers (15-8), who begin their playoff charge on May 23 against a team to be determined.
The game lasted just five innings by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
Willard, Mayben (4) and Modrell; Westrom, Jakubiec (5) and C. Carrillo. W — Westrom. L — Willard (15-7). 2B — CC: Mayben; S: Westrom, Jakubiec, McFlugill.
Track and Field
SKYLINE DISTRICT MEET: At Ashland, Robby Vos fell less than two seconds short of his personal record but held off Klamath Union’s Ben Blake to win the 3,000-meter run during the first day of the two-day district meet at Raider Stadium.
Vos, a senior, won the event in 9 minutes, 26.18 seconds, outpacing runnerup Ben Blake of Klamath Union down the stretch. Blake finished in 9:29.48, a PR for the junior, and third-place finisher Noah Marshall, a Phoenix freshman, took third in 9:35.89.
Klamath Union led the boys team race after the opening day with 54 points, while Henley was second with 40 and North Valley third with 38.5. Phoenix sits sixth in the six-team field with 17 points.
On the girls side, Hidden Valley leads the way with 43 points, Mazama is second with 32 and Henley third with 26. Phoenix is sixth with 12.
Junior Anna Nash placed fourth in the long jump to pace the Phoenix girls, leaping 16 feet, 4 inches. Jenelle Hurley won the event with a 17-6.5 mark.
Also for the Pirates, freshman Shelby Platt placed fifth in the 3,000, finishing in 13:13.65.
TEAM SCORES: Klamath Union 54, Henley 40, North Valley 38.5, Mazama 25, Hidden Valley 20.5, Phoenix 17.
3,000 — 1, Robby Vos, Phoenix, 9:26.18; 2, Ben Blake, Klamath Union, 9:29.48; 3, Noah Marshall, Phoenix, 9:35.89.
SHOT PUT — 1, Logan Kappas, Henley, 51-0; 2, Riley Ortiz, Hidden Valley, 47-4; 3, Brandon Farris, North Valley, 46-7.
DISCUS — 1, Darius Holmes, Klamath Union, 143-3.5; 2, David Schneider, Henley, 143-3.5; 3, Jagger Hogan, Klamath Union, 132-2.
POLE VAULT — 1, Zebulen Moeller, Henley, 11-6; 2, Declan Ritter, Klamath Union, 11-0; 3, Jaiden Mishima, Klamath Union, 9-6.
LONG JUMP — 1, Darius Holmes, Klamath Union, 20-8; 2, Gavin Loder, Mazama, 20-3.5; 3, Christian Wytcherley, North Valley, 20-3.5.
TEAM SCORES: Hiden Valley 43, Mazama 32, Klamath Union 29, Henley 26, North Valley 14, Phoenix 12.
3,000 — 1, Kira Morrow, Henley, 11:22.09; 2, Nicolette Coffman, Klamath Union, 11:45.28; 3, Sally Berg, Hidden Valley, 11:52.61.
JAVELIN — 1, Kaylee Touey, North Valley, 120-4; 2, Kayden Kappas, Mazama, 115-0; 3, Liz Ries, Henley, 114-0.
HIGH JUMP — 1, Kaylee Krusemark, Hidden Valley, 5-2; 2, Macy Clemens, Mazama, 5-0; 3, Landy Williams, Mazama, 5-0.
LONG JUMP — 1, Jenelle Hurley, Hidden Valley, 17-6.5; 2, Kaylee Krusemark, Hidden Valley, 16-7; 3, Landy Williams, Mazama, 16-6.
SCL DISTRICT MEET: At Cave Junction, Abbey Alexander won the discus and teammate Sarah Johnston placed second, lifting the Cascade Christian girls to second place in the team standings after the first day of the two-day meet at Illinois Valley High School.
The St. Mary’s boys, led by shot put winner Jake Reynolds, trail only Lakeview in the boys team chase. The meet concludes today at the same site.
Alexander won the discus handily with the heave of 113 feet, eight inches, besting Johnston (104-9) by nearly nine feet. Kara Ash also picked up a district title for the Challengers, winning the long jump with a leap of 15-5 3/4.
The St. Mary’s girls were led by freshman Sophia Dobry, who won the 3,000 in 11:47.44, and Sophia Pastrano, who won the long jump with a mark of 14-10 1/2.
Reynolds threw the shot put 42-7 to secure his district title, while Cascade Christian’s Wyatt Lewis also secured a trip to state by winning the long jump (20-3).
TEAM SCORES: Lakeview 32, St. Mary’s 23, Cascade Christian 16, Rogue River 8, Illinois Valley 5.
3,000 — 1, Kyle Deiter, Lakeview, 9:47.25; 2, Cameron Smith, Rogue River, 9:54.83; 3, Dylan Dunn, Lakeview, 10:06.87.
SHOT PUT — 1, Jake Reynolds, St. Mary’s, 42-7; 2, Haiden Schaan, Cascade Christian, 41-11.5; 3, Matt Armburst, Lakeview, 41-5.
POLE VAULT — 1, Jerry Patzke, Lakeview, 12-0; 2, Noah Stillwell, St. Mary’s, 10-0; 3, Kai Montoya, Illinois Valley, 9-0.
LONG JUMP — 1, Wyatt Lewis, Cascade Christian, 20-3; 2, Jace Brazeal, Lakeview, 20-0; 3, Harley Wiphu Cheunjit, 19-3.5.
TEAM SCORES: Lakeview 30, Cascade Christian 28, St. Mary’s 24, Illinois Valley 6, Rogue River 4.
3,000 — 1, Sophia Dobry, St. Mary’s, 11:47.44; 2, Kaley Schneider, Lakeview, 11:54.75; 3, Carson Hall, St. Mary’s, 12:21.41.
DISCUS — 1, Abbey Alexander, Cascade Christian, 113-8; 2, Sarah Johnston, Cascade Christian, 104-9; 3, Dani Dunn, Lakeview, 94-10.5.
JAVELIN — 1, Alex Conley, Lakeview, 136-7; 2, Aarika Brooks, Illinois Valley, 110-0; 3, Jane Cleary, St. Mary’s, 87-4.
HIGH JUMP — 1, Alex Conley, Lakeview, 4-10.
LONG JUMP — 1, Kara Ash, Cascade Christian, 15-5.75; 2, Sophia Pastrano, St. Mary’s, 14-10.5; 3, Sequoia Worthington, Rogue River, 14-3.75.