EUGENE — Crater has earned its fair share of wins in pitcher’s duels over the years but the Comets came up shy in a big one Wednesday as Churchill eked out a 1-0 victory in Midwestern League baseball.
Crater senior pitcher Larson Kindreich struck out 11, walked two, hit two batters and allowed only two hits but Churchill senior Cole Wilkinson was every bit his equal on this day with 12 strikeouts, one walk and three hits allowed in a rematch of the team’s who played for last year’s Class 5A state championship.
“It was a good pitcher’s duel,” said Crater head coach Jay Campbell. “Actually those are probably the two best lefties in the state. It was a good high school game, it just happened to end with us on the wrong end of the scoreboard.”
Kindreich singled in the fourth inning, Tyler Williams singled in the sixth and Nick Bastendorff hit a double in the seventh for the Comets (11-4, 7-3 MWL), who just couldn’t string together any consistent offense against Wilkinson and the Lancers (9-6, 6-4).
“Their kid was really tough tonight,” said Campbell. “He did a good job of locating and staying off the plate and we just didn’t make very good adjustments hitting the ball.”
The teams will return to the field for a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday at Anhorn Field.
Churchill broke free in the seventh when Richie Estrella drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second base on a groundout to first base by C.J. Townsend. After Ethan Scott came in to replace Kindreich due to reaching his maximum pitch count, Josh Hatten followed with an infield single that just eluded Scott over the mound.
After Hatten was allowed to move to second base by the Comets, Carson Lydon hit a ball to first base but the relay home was short and allowed the winning run to score without a play at the plate.
Crater 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Churchill 000 000 1 — 1 3 0
Kindreich, Scott (7) and Lawrence; Wilkinson and Jones. W — Wilkinson. L — Kindreich (3-2). 2B — C: Bastendorff; CH: Estrella.
ROSEBURG 4, NORTH MEDFORD 2: At Roseburg, Jon-o Gassman and Brady Buchanan each drove in a run during the first inning for North Medford but Roseburg countered with four unanswered runs to earn the Southwest Conference victory.
Quinton Rumrey led off the first with a single and stole second base and third base before Gassman’s run-scoring single. After Gassman stole second base, Buchanan doubled to give the Black Tornado (8-7, 4-5 SWC) the early lead.
Brandon King allowed five hits in going the distance for North, striking out two and walking two against the Indians (11-3, 7-2).
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Roseburg 110 200 x — 4 5 1
King and Robbins; Stoffal, Mandera (7) and Jacks. W — Stoffal. L — King (2-3). 2B — NM: Buchanan, Kloek; R: Johnson.
MAZAMA 9, PHOENIX 5: At Klamath Falls, Dylan Knudson and Freedom Martinez had two hits apiece but Phoenix suffered its first Skyline Conference loss of the season at Mazama High School.
Martinez went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Knudson 2-for-4 to lead the Pirates (10-4, 3-1 Skyline), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Junior pitcher Bayley Whitlock struck out nine and walked one while picking up the complete-game victory for Mazama (4-5, 1-3), and Aidan Schram went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
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Mazama 050 130 x — 9 11 1
Humble, Beer (5) and Meriman; Whitlock and M. Hamilton. W — Whitlock. L — Humble (3-1). 2B — P: Martinez, Serean; M: Schram, C. Hamilton. 3B — M: Reynolds, M. Hamilton.
UVC 20, BUTTE FALLS 0, 5 inn.: At Roseburg, one night after suffering a tough 21-20 loss to Prospect, Butte Falls couldn’t muster any offense against Umpqua Valley Christian in the District 4 road clash.
Butte Falls dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-5 in league play.
MAZAMA 5, PHOENIX 3: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix junior Halie Bowman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs but the Pirates were unable to pull off a road victory in Skyline Conference play.
Kate Hanson added an RBI and Brooke Kentner was 1-for-1 with three walks, two runs scored and two stolen bases for Phoenix (5-6, 1-3 Skyline).
Mazama moved to 5-7 overall and 3-1 in league.
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Mazama 001 022 x — 5 9 0
Mathewson, Truex (6) and Bowman; Lotspeich and Delong. W — Lotspeich. L — Mathewson (2-3). 2B — P: Bowman; M: Melville 2, Hubble.
BUTTE FALLS 15-21, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 5-11: Jocelyn Olsen had three hits in the opener and Lucia Damiana went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs in the nightcap, leading the Loggers to the sweep.
Damiana was steady in the first game, too, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Butte Falls (5-5, 2-2 District 4), which has won five straight. Leanna McNabb added a double in the opener for the Loggers.
In Game 2, Damiana and Theresa Ferguson (2-for-4, RBI) led Butte Falls’ 11-hit attack, while Stephani Woods had a double.
Hosanna Christian (1-9, 0-4) has lost five straight.
Butte Falls 003 39 — 15 12 3
Hosanna Christian 103 10 — 5 6 3
Olsen and Watanabe, Johnston (2); Lange and Mick. W — Olsen. L — Lange. 2B — BF: Damiana; HC: Mick. 3B — BF: McNabb.
Hosanna Christian 713 00 — 11 7 0
Butte Falls 365 43 — 21 11 3
Lange, Bangle (2), Mick, Smith and Brancacio, Mick; Ensley and Watanabe. W — Ensley. L — Lange. 2B — HC: Bangle; BF: Damiana, Woods. 3B — HC: Smith; BF: Damiana.