1974 Baseball Team

The 1974 Crater Baseball Team was the first team in the eighteen-year history of the school competing at the 4A level to win a Southern Oregon Conference championship. They finished the season with a 16-4 conference record and 25-4 season record. They then defeated Willamette High of Eugene 8-2 in the state quarter final game and followed that with a 3-1 win over South Salem in the state semi final game. This set up a state championship game in Portland’s Civic Stadium against Lakeridge. Unfortunately the Lakeridge Pacers defeated Crater 4-0 in the State Championship game. The Comets ended the season with a second place state finish and a 27-5 season record.

The Comets were led by All Conference players, infielder Harry Uhles, catcher Don Matejka, outfielder Pete Van Middlesworth, infielder Ron Reames, and pitcher Jerry Christie. Other members of this outstanding team were: Norm Weiss, John Webb, Rick Wooten, Chris Tooley, Ernie Rozell, Dean Irvin, Jim Karlas, Lloyd Duman, Jim Shinkle, and managers Brian Vicklund and Reggie McShane.

The Crater team was coached by head coach, Don Jaquette, with assistants Bill Atwood and Dave Saks.