CENTRAL POINT — In a game riddled with miscues, the ones committed by Grants Pass proved most costly.
The Cavemen committed a key defensive error in the first inning and an equally crucial base-running error in the seventh in a 3-1 loss to Jesuit on Thursday in the pool play portion of the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
"We gave one away today," Grants Pass head coach Brian Diatte said.
Jesuit (5-1) scored all the runs it would need in the third inning when Peter Dempsey stroked a two-run double down the left field line, making Grants Pass pitcher Tyler Bennett pay for two previous walks.
The Cavemen (1-5) were in great position to at least tie the game after loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh, but Josh Robinson's soft line drive led to an easy double play when a Grants Pass base runner failed to hold up at second. Moments later, Aaron Perez, who doubled and scored the only run of the game for the Cavemen in the third, flew out to deep right to end the game.
"They did what they had to do to win and we didn't do what we had to do," Diatte said. "We had every chance to win the ball game and Bennett throws a one-hitter. We gave up one hit and lost a game — those are always tough to swallow."
Bennett struck out seven and walked seven in six innings of work before being replaced by Matt Cole.
Jesuit scored in the first when its leadoff hitter reached on a GP throwing error, was sacrificed to second, took third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.
Jesuit pitcher Beau Ueland struck out five and walked two in a complete-game effort.
In other games, Barlow beat West Linn 4-1, Sprague topped Lakeridge 6-3 and Crater beat Westview 5-3.
Jesuit 102 000 0 — 3 1 3
Grants Pass 001 000 0 — 1 4 2
Ueland and Decker; Bennett, Cole (7) and Leenknecht. W — Ueland. L — Bennett (0-2). 2B — J: Dempsey; GP: Perez.
BRIGHTON, COLO., 5, ASHLAND 0 — At Phoenix, Ariz., Ashland High junior pitcher Jamie Flynn pitched six solid innings but the Grizzlies couldn't offer any run support in a loss to Brighton, Colo.
Flynn struck out eight, walked two and allowed one run (unearned) before being pulled in favor of sophomore Eric Carlson, who gave up four runs on two hits and two walks. Flynn was saddled with the loss to fall to 0-2.
Senior Evan Westhelle led the Grizzlies (2-3) at the plate, going 2-for-2.
Brighton 100 000 4 — 5 7 3
Ashland 000 000 0 — 0 5 2
Kelley and Golderman; Flynn, Carlson (7) and Glick. W — Kelley. L —Flynn (0-2). 2B — B: Smith.
BUTTE FALLS 2, OAKLAND 2 — At Butte Falls, Mariah Moore pitched no-hit ball for six innings before inclement weather forced the nonconference game to be called as a tie. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was canceled.
Moore struck out 11, but five walks, a hit batter and two Logger errors enabled Oakland to push across a couple runs.
Scarlet Weaver had the big hit for Butte Falls, a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth after Oakland scored both its runs in the top of the frame. Weaver and Joli Hobbs were each 2-for-3.
Oakland 000 002 — 2 0 2
Butte Falls 000 002 — 2 5 2
Lytle and Patt; Moore and Hobbs. 2B — BF: Hobbs.