Crater Lake bounces back in doubleheader

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A week ahead of the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Regional tournament at Kiger Stadium, the will-be host team, Crater Lake, split a doubleheader with Roseburg on Tuesday night. After losing 15-7 in game 1, Crater Lake scored two runs on Marcus Paschal’s sixth inning double to win 4-2 in the finale.

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The win gave the Klamath Falls-based Crater Lake Babe Ruth team a 3-1 season series win against the American Legion Doc Stewarts from Roseburg. Both teams are heading into postseason play later this week or early next week.

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After blowing a 7-1 lead in his home start on July 12, Roseburg starter Taler Jensen threw a complete game win on Tuesday night, allowing seven runs, none of which were earned. He struck out three and hit six batters while walking one. Jesse Hilyard lost the game, going 3 2/3 innings in which he allowed 12 earned runs and 15 hits. It was Hilyard’s first start since allowing just three hits over five innings during Saturday’s 16-0 Crater Lake win against Eugene.

The Doc Stewarts fell behind 7-4 after three innings before scoring eight runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth. Roseburg totaled over 20 hits in the game, including a 4 for 5 performance by Mike Morin. Cory Finlay had a game-high three RBI. All but one Roseburg batter had multiple hits. Josh Overstreet was the only Crater Lake batter with more than one.

In game 2, Crater Lake left at least one base runner stranded in each of the first four innings, two of which were in scoring position, before finally crossing two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jon Guzman, who pitched to a complete-game victory, hit a single for Crater Lake before moving around on a passed ball, an error during Mike Edwards at-bat and a RBI sacrifice fly by Blake Crain. Kelly Grief came in as a pinch runner for Edwards, stole a base and scored on Cody Dykstra’s single.

Game 2 winner Jon Guzman on the postgame show

Down 2-0, Roseburg’s Kody Matthews led off the sixth inning with a single to right. He advanced to third after a wild pitch and passed ball before scoring on Noah Miller’s single. Miller scored to tie the game two batters later when Beau Grauf hit a single to center field. The inning ended for Roseburg with the bases loaded. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Overstreet followed his two singles earlier with a leadoff walk. Hilyard hit a single to left before Paschal scored both on a double to the center field wall. Those hits were the first in the game for both Hilyard and Paschal. 

Morin took the loss for Roseburg in 1 1/3 innings. He recorded only four outs from the eight batters he faced, giving up two earned runs and three hits. Ryan Comstock started the game, pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs. Guzman struck out six batters for Crater Lake, taking a no-hitter into the sixth, eventually giving up four hits.

Crater Lake will host the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Regional starting Tuesday. There will be five games daily from July 30 – Aug. 2 before the semifinals on Aug. 3 and the championship game on Aug. 4. The host team will play Northern Washington, Southern Oregon invite Yreka, Missoula, Mont., and Alberta during pool play.

960 the Sports Legend and Newstalk 1150 KAGO will broadcast the majority of the games during the tournament, with games streamed on MyBasin.com.