Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
EAGLE POINT — Steen Fredrickson was solid at the mound as he guided the Ashland baseball to a sweep of Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid foe Eagle Point at Eagle Point High School.
The Grizzlies claimed a 6-2 victory Thursday, completing a 3-0 record against the Eagles (4-15, 0-3 SOH).
Fredrickson went five innings, allowing two runs — one earned — on five hits and four walks. He also struck out four.
Billy Hansen and Eric Carlson both had two hits and drove in a run for the Grizzlies (8-8, 3-0 SOH), who broke a 2-all tie and took control in the fourth where they chalked up three runs.
Johnny Wilkerson provided Eagle Point with a 3-for-4 effort. He singled home the Eagles' two runs in the third inning.
Ashland 200 301 0 — 6 6 1
Eagle Point 002 000 0 — 2 5 3
Fredrickson, Carroll (6), Flynn (7) and Westhelle; Dixon, Wilson (4) and Augino. W — Fredrickson. L — Dixon.
YREKA, Calif. 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, 8 inn. — Snake-bitten by errors and stranded runners, Cascade Christian couldn't convert on its comeback against a high-powered Yreka squad which stole a victory in the eighth inning at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
After Yreka struck in the top of the eighth inning with two runs, Cody Coggins' one-out single in the bottom of the frame brought the Challengers within one run of tying the game.
The Challengers proceeded by loading the bases with just one out, but the final two batters of the inning struck out.
The Challengers' rally from a 3-0 deficit began in the bottom of the third on Luke Dusenbury's two-out, two-run single. Isaiah Luzny knotted the score at 3-all with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the fifth.
Dusenbury, Coggins and Luzny all had three hits — they combined for nine of the Challengers' 12 hits and drove in all of their runs. Coggins and Dusenbury both drove in two and Luzny provided one RBI.
The Challengers committed five errors and left 11 runners on base.
Yreka 021 000 02 — 5 11 1
Cascade Christian 002 010 01 — 4 12 5
Sweet, Hoff (7) and Lee; Scottow, Coggins (3), Ragan (6), Dusenbury (8) and Brite. W — Hoff. L — Ragan (0-1). 2B — Y: Charles; CC: Miller. 3B — Y: Schuler.