CENTRAL POINT — Crater had to overcome some early jitters and intermittent rain in a Class 5A state playoff opening-round baseball game Friday.
The Comets fell behind early but used a consistent pitching performance from junior Zach Zelecki to post a 4-2 victory against visiting South Albany before a big crowd at Anhorn Field.
"The kids were a bit nervous but had good energy," Crater coach Jay Campbell said. "We did a good job staying focused and had a good plan at the plate."
Crater (13-15), the No. 3 seed from the Southern Sky Conference, plays at PIL champion Cleveland on Tuesday in the Round of 16.
Zelecki (5-4) limited the Rebels to six hits and struck out eight.
"He had a solid outing," said Campbell. "He located his off-speed stuff for strikes and kept them guessing."
South Albany scored the first of two unearned runs in the third inning to take the initial lead. Then the Comets struck for three runs in the fourth.
Christian Massey opened the winning rally with a double and moved to third on a passed ball. With one out, Andrew Tracy hit a dribbler down the first-base line and Massey beat the throw at the plate to tie the game. Derek Cartwright followed with a single and Mike Macuk's two-out single up the middle scored Tracy. Dustin Lathrop reached on an infield single to load the bases and Bryce Crawford delivered an RBI single to complete the outburst.
Crater added a run in the fifth on a Massey double and Corey Wynant's run-scoring single.
Massey went 3-for-3 — all three doubles — and scored twice to lead Crater's 12-hit attack. Tracy, Cartwright and Macuk each added two hits and one RBI.
South Albany 001 001 0 — 2 6 0
Crater 000 310 x — 4 12 5
Kelley, Neuschwander (4) and Chagnon; Zelecki and Ullom. W — Zelecki (5-4). L — Kelley. 2B — SA: Gulaskey; C: Massey 3, Tracy, Cartwright, Macuk.
Class 4A Baseball
HIDDEN VALLEY 16, GLADSTONE 1 — At Grants Pass, pitcher Taylor Bars tossed six shutout innings and Jeff Suthann smacked a double, triple and home run for Hidden Valley in an opening-round state playoff game at Agnew-Lytle Field.
The Skyline second-seeded Mustangs (18-6) play at third-ranked Pleasant Hill (23-3), the Sky Em League champion, on Tuesday.
Suthann had three hits and five RBIs to pace the Mustangs' attack. Micah Schmidt and Bars also added three hits each, while Dylan Armanino, Seth Aamatti, Gregory Hurd and Kyle Garrison chipped in two hits apiece.
Gladstone 000 000 1 — 1 5 1
Hidden Valley 023 740 x — 16 18 1
Baker, Walters (3), Gross (4), Campos (5), Burnett (5) and Wenson; Bars, Hurd (6) and Schmidt. W — Bars (6-3). L — Baker. 2B — HV: Evans, Suthann, Hurd, Garrison, Bars. 3B — HV: Suthann. HR — HV: Armanino, Suthann, Schmidt.
Class 3A Baseball
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8, MYRTLE POINT 5 — Nolan Villanueva's two-run single put Cascade Christian on top for good during a four-run fifth inning and the Challengers earned the No. 2 seed in the Sunset Conference at U.S. Cellular.
The Challengers' state playoff run begins Tuesday at U.S. Cellular against Regis.
After Villanueva's hit put the Challengers (14-10) up 6-5, the squad loaded the bases two more times, with Wes Litton driving in a run on a fielder's choice and Garrett Banks inducing a walk that scored a run to complete the four-run frame.
With Myrtle Point up 3-0 in the top of the second, Colton Cochran relieved starter Justin Cheney. Cochran filled in by throwing five quality innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Villanueva finished 2-for-3 and scored two runs while teammate Jake Miller went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Litton added a two-run single in the second.
Nick Canady and Kyle Davis both hit home runs for Myrtle Point in the first and third innings, respectively.
The game lasted over three hours and had two rain delays.
Myrtle Point 131 000 0 — 5 9 1
Cascade Christian 031 040 x — 8 9 0
N. Canady, Atkins (5), Rains (6) and Love, N. Canady (5); Cheney, Cochran (2) and West. W — Cochran (9-0). L — N. Canady. 2B — MP: Davis. HR — MP: N. Canady, Davis.
Class 2A/1A Baseball
OAKRIDGE 2, ST. MARY'S 1 — St. Mary's ace Brad Herrmann threw a three-hitter, but his counterpart allowed just one hit and Oakridge drove home the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, derailing the Crusaders in the opening round at St. Mary's High.
The Crusaders (11-9), the No. 2 seed from District 5, had a chance in the seventh with a runner on first and no outs but ran into some tough luck. Cooper Sherwin's attempt to move Andrew King to second base on a bunt fell through when the ball touched Sherwin's foot in play while running to first base, resulting in an automatic out. The next two batters were turned away on groundball and flyball outs.
Garrison Zustiak scored the winning run for Oakridge on a single by Tony Delgado.
Herrmann struck out 12 but walked five and hit two batters. He also scored St. Mary's only run on a single in the fourth inning by Connor O'Boyle — the only hit allowed by Oakridge's Brice Chrisman.
Oakridge 000 100 1 — 2 3 1
St. Mary's 000 001 0 — 1 1 0
Chrisman and Ivy; Herrmann and King. W — Chrisman. L — Herrmann (7-4). 2B — O: Delgado.
Class 6A Softball
GRANTS PASS 6, BARLOW 0 — At Grants Pass, Morgan Barnes lost her perfect game in the seventh inning, but still threw a no-hitter and, more importantly, advanced Grants Pass into the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
The third-ranked Cavers (22-4) will face sixth-ranked Jesuit on Tuesday in the second round.
Barnes issued a one-out walk in the seventh, but was perfect until that point. She also struck out 13.
Grace Marsh and Rashaun Sells both went 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Cavers, who aided Barnes early with a four-run first inning.
Barlow 000 000 0 — 0 0 2
Grants Pass 401 100 x — 6 7 0
Hunt and Evan; Barnes and Misfeldt. W — Barnes (15-3). L — Hunt. 3B — GP: Marsh.
Class 3A Softball
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11, GOLD BEACH 7 — Cascade Christian had to rally late at U.S. Cellular Park to nail down the Sunset League's final Class 3A state playoff berth.
The Challengers (17-10) secured the No. 3 seed to advance to the postseason for the third straight year. Cascade Christian will play at the West Valley League top seed — either Valley Catholic or Willamina — on Tuesday.
The Challengers led 6-2 after two innings, but Gold Beach rallied to take a 7-6 lead in the fifth.
Cascade erupted for five runs in the sixth on four hits and two Panther errors. Amanda Kinney delivered a two-run double and Jordan Martinez and Haley Casebier each contributed RBI singles to highlight the rally.
Leadoff hitter Bree Luzny went 3-for-3 and scored three runs to pace the Challengers' 11-hit attack. Casebier had three hits and Kinney and Martinez added two hits each.
Gold Beach 120 130 0 — 7 10 2
Cascade Christian 420 005 x — 11 11 3
Donaca and Walling; Gomez and J. Martinez. W — Gomez (16-8). L — Donaca. 2B — GB: Kat. Zuber, Kay. Zuber, Herrera; CC: Luzny, Jones, A. Kinney, Casebier. 3B — GB: Kat. Zuber.