CENTRAL POINT — Crater’s offense collected seven extra-base hits and underclassmen pitchers Jamie Cappello and Megan Wagner limited North Eugene to just two singles in registering a 20-1, five-inning Midwestern League softball victory Tuesday.
Crater (11-12, 10-6 MWL) rebounded from a doubleheader loss to Marist on Friday with an offensive explosion that included junior Kaila Lee’s grand slam in a 10-run second inning. The MWL third-place Comets also rapped six doubles.
“We drove the ball pretty well,” said Crater coach Chris Arnold. “We did a good job of being patient and not chasing pitches. We wanted to make hard contact.”
Lee sparked the Comet attack with two hits, six RBIs and three runs scored. Mackenzie Ryerson was 3-for-3 with two runs, and teammate Hannah Joseph contributed one hit, two walks and three runs.
Pitchers Cappello and Wagner combined for six strikeouts and three walks. Each allowed one hit. The Highlanders (4-16, 2-14) pushed across an unearned run in the first inning on a fielding error.
“We’ve got some youth, but our kids are learning quick,” said Arnold. “Our kids are eager and heading in the right direction.”
North Eugene 100 00x — 1 2 4
Home 7(10)3 0x — 20 14 2
Rogers and Lake; Cappello, Wagner (3) and Harris. W — Cappello. L — Rogers. 2B — C: Robison, Joseph, Lee, Peterson, Wagner, Harris. HR — C: Lee
GRANTS PASS 27, SOUTH EUGENE 0, 5 inn.: At Grants Pass, Devin Ireland went 3-for-5 with three runs and six RBIs and Grace Gaither was 2-for-2 with two runs and four RBIs to lead Grants Pass to the SWC rout.
Jordan Kuykendall went 3-for-3 with four runs and two RBIs and 12 different players from Grants Pass (19-3, 14-2 SWC) registered at least one RBI.
Ella O’Quinn had the lone hit for South Eugene (6-19, 4-14).
South Eugene 000 00 — 0 1 8
Grants Pass 6(17)0 4x — 27 22 0
Clark, Kurtz (4) and Kochevar; Etheridge, Ireland (3) and Kuykendall. W — Ireland. L — Clark. 2B — GP: Kuykendall 2, Ireland 2.
LAKEVIEW 10, ROGUE RIVER 3: At Rogue River, Lakeview broke a 2-all tie with eight runs in the seventh inning of the Southern Cascade League game.
Rogue River (4-10, 0-7 SCL) scored two runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. Amanda Earnest opened with a single, Jesse Langfield reached on an error and both runs scored on Zoe Reeder’s single.
Earnest had two hits against the Honkers (11-11, 6-3).
Lakeview 000 110 8 — 10 15 5
Rogue River 002 000 1 — 3 4 3
Yates and Albertson; Atteberry and Reeder. W — Yates. L — Atteberry. 2B — L: Suba, Arredondo.