Frodge sparks Crater to sweep of Marist

EUGENE — With no room for error if it wants to hold onto the Midwestern League’s second and final automatic bid to the Class 5A state playoffs, the Crater baseball came up big again Friday with a doubleheader sweep of Marist, 14-4 and 11-3.

The Comets (18-5, 14-4 MWL) moved their winning streak to six games and maintained a one-game advantage over Churchill for the No. 2 spot in the MWL, with only a three-game series against Eagle Point remaining.

Senior third baseman Trae Frodge set the tone with a pair of home runs in the opener, allowing Crater to erase a 2-1 deficit in the fourth inning and win going away.

“For him to get that home run in that inning was kind of a wake-up call for us,” said Comets head coach Jay Campbell, “and from there we just kind of took the momentum for most of the day.”

Frodge tacked on a two-run home run in the seventh inning to finish 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs in Game 1, while Blake Hollingsworth and Larson Kindreich each went 2-for-5 with two runs and Trever Davis was 3-for-3 with two runs.

In Game 2, Davis blasted a three-run home run to highlight a seven-run frame that sealed the outcome against Marist (9-14, 8-10). Davis finished 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs while Kindreich was 2-for-5 with one run.

FIRST GAME

Crater 100 422 5 — 14 14 3

Marist 020 002 0 — 4 4 4

Memmott and Gilliland; Bullock, Greene (5), Milovich (6), Anderson (6), Krier (7) and Hiday. W — Memmott (8-0). L — Bullock. 3B — C: Dance. HR — C: Frodge 2 (4); M: Kirk.

SECOND GAME

Crater 011 702 0 — 11 8 0

Marist 101 001 0 — 3 4 2

Scott, Hollingsworth (7) and Gilliland; Bloom, Greene (4), Patterson (6) and Hiday. W — Scott (3-1). L — Bloom. 2B — C: Kindreich; M: Greene. HR — C: Davis (1).

CHURCHILL 12-12, ASHLAND 1-1: At Ashland, Trevor Groves’ three-run triple in the third helped Churchill pull away in the first game, and Kyle Lund and Cole Wilkinson had two doubles apiece in Game 2 as Churchill dominated the Midwestern League twin bill at North Mountain Park.

Groves cleared the bases as the Lancers (16-7, 13-5 MWL) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opener, while CJ Townsend went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. For Ashland, Eli Westrick went 2-for-3.

In Game 2, Lund went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, and Wilkinson 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Ashland (1-22, 1-17) was led by Evan McLennan, who went 2-for-2.

FIRST GAME

Churchill 004 323 — 12 8 0

Ashland 000 001 — 1 5 2

Lund and Jones; Westrick, Amman (4) and Evans. W — Lund. L — Westrick. 2B — C: Townsend, Lutje; A: McLennan. 3B — C: Groves.

SECOND GAME

Churchill 132 15 — 12 12 2

Ashland 100 00 — 1 5 0

Burnett and Jones; Buccino, Reynolds (3), Brown (5) and Evans. W — Burnett. L — Buccino. 2B — C: Lund 2, Townsend, Wilkinson 2.

Softball

SOUTH EUGENE 9-6, SOUTH MEDFORD 8-15: At Eugene, South Eugene stunned South Medford with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal away Game 1 but the Panthers rallied to control Game 2 and earn the Southwest Conference split.

Matlyn Leetch was 2-for-4 with one run and Jaden Alexander smacked an RBI double for South Medford (5-16, 3-12 SWC) in the opener but Jenna Glenzel supplied a walk-off two-run triple to rally South Eugene (6-18, 4-13).

In Game 2, Alexander went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Leetch was 2-for-5 with one RBI and Rikiya Bratcher 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Panthers.

FIRST GAME

South Medford 102 120 2 — 8 8 3

South Eugene 030 020 4 — 9 11 3

Wolfard, Dalke (5) and Clark; Clark and Kochevar. W — Clark. L — Dalke (0-6). 2B — SM: Alexander. 3B — SE: Jost, Glenzel.

SECOND GAME

South Medford 041 500 5 — 15 13 3

South Eugene 101 102 1 — 6 9 8

Dalke and Clark; Clark, Kurtz (4) and Kochevar. W — Dalke (1-6). L — Clark. 2B — SE: Clark 2.

MARIST 13-8, CRATER 4-1: At Central Point, Marist had 11 extra-base hits on the day, including four home runs in the second game, and rode two standout pitching performances by Ariel Carlson to sweep the Midwestern League doubleheader.

Mackenzie Ryerson, Kaci Carder and Janessa Harris each hit doubles for Crater (10-12, 9-6 MWL) in the opener, but the visiting Spartans (18-3, 14-1) scored three runs in the third to open up a 6-0 lead. That proved to be plenty for Carlson, who struck out 11 while allowing only one hit in the first five innings.

In Game 2, Carlson struck out seven in a complete-game victory while also going 3-for-3 at the plate with two homers, a double and four RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Marist 033 201 4 — 13 9 2

Crater 000 011 2 — 4 4 5

Carlson, Jensen (6) and Doerr; Cappello and Harris. W — Carlson. L — Cappello. 2B — M: Dreiling, Williams 2, Carlson, Wolf, Jensen; C: Ryerson, Carder, Harris.

SECOND GAME

Marist 001 021 4 — 8 8 1

Crater 000 010 0 — 1 4 4

Carlson and Doerr; Wagner and Harris. W — Carlson. L — Wagner. 2B — M: Carlson. 3B — C: Hilton. HR — M: Carlson 2, Doerr, Siroshton.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 15-11, ROGUE RIVER 5-0: At Rogue River, Cascade Christian freshman Katelyn Willard earned both pitching victories and Mallory Meilicke combined to go 4-for-6 with five runs and five RBIs as the Challengers wrapped up an undefeated Southern Cascade League campaign with the doubleheader sweep.

Willard fanned 10 in 4 2/3 innings pitched in the five-inning opener with one hit allowed and no walks, with Kara Palmer going 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs and Mia Mayben 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI for the Challengers (15-7, 9-0 SCL).

Ali Modrell was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs and Willard 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs in Game 2 against Rogue River (4-9, 0-6).

FIRST GAME

Cascade Christian 553 20 — 15 11 4

Rogue River 102 02 — 5 2 7

Willard, Mayben (5), Willard (5) and Modrell; Teska, Atteberry (2) and Reeder. W — Willard (14-6). L — Teska. 2B — CC: Modrell. 3B — CC: Meilicke, Palmer.

SECOND GAME

Cascade Christian 440 30 — 11 8 3

Rogue River 00 00 — x 3 4

Willard and Modrell; Atteberry and Reeder. W — Willard (15-6). L — Atteberry. 2B — CC: Meilicke, Willard. 3B — CC: Meilicke.

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