No. 1 Roseburg rallies to beat Crater
Roseburg secured its place atop the Class 6A baseball ranks Tuesday with a big comeback at No. 3 Crater, scoring five runs in the seventh inning for an 8-6 win in Southern Oregon Conference play.
The Indians, helped by three Crater errors, batted around in the seventh and won their fourth-straight SOC title.
Roseburg improved to 18-2 overall and 9-1 in SOC play. The Indians won Tuesday's game despite being credited with just six hits.
Crater dropped to 15-5, 7-4, despite getting home runs from Corey Wynant and Blake Fahndrich. The loss dropped the Comets to fifth in the OSAA rankings, one spot behind North Medford, their next opponent. The teams play Tuesday.
INDIANS, COMETS HEAD FOR SOC DUEL
Roseburg, which reached the semifinals of the Class 6A baseball playoffs last year, is the top-ranked team in Class 6A with two weeks left in the regular season.
The Indians are atop the Southern Oregon Conference standings, ahead of Crater, which is ranked third, and North Medford, which is ranked fifth. Grants Pass is 11th and South Medford 14th in the 6A rankings, which include 43 teams.
Roseburg and Crater play Tuesday at Crater.
Thurston is ranked No. 2.
At Class 5A, defending champion Sherwood is atop the state rankings with Pendleton and Summit close behind.
Philomath and Scappoose are atop the Class 4A rankings with defending champion Astoria 6th.
At 3A, Santiam Christian is No. 1, and Vale, a semifinalist last season, is No. 2.
Knappa, Kennedy and Regis are 1-2-3 in Class 2A.
The state playoffs begin May 21 with Class 6A games and conclude June 1 and 2 at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.