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ASHLAND — Ashland's top four batters combined for 10 hits, including a double and a triple by leadoff hitter Taylor Humphrey, as the Grizzlies used a 13-hit explosion to stun South Medford 13-3 in six innings Tuesday in a nonconference game at North Mountain Park.
Evan Westhelle-Grant was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Billy Hansen was 3-for-4 with one RBI and Humphrey was 2-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs for the Grizzlies (11-9), who were also issued nine walks.
Ashland led 2-1 before tacking on three insurance runs in the fourth — the first on Humphrey's RBI double and the other two on a wild pitch that caromed away from South Medford catcher Jack Walker, allowing Humphrey to motor home all the way from second.
South Medford (8-14) came back with two runs of its own in the top of the fifth, cutting the lead to 5-3, but the Grizzlies blew the game open in the bottom of the inning, batting through the order with three hits, four walks and a sacrifice fly by Cory Milgram. Westhelle-Grant's two-out, two-run single gave Ashland an 8-3 lead. Ethan Schlecht, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, followed with an RBI single to left.
The Grizzlies tacked on four more in the sixth to end the game early by the 10-run mercy rule. Humphrey's triple — an opposite field drive down the right-field line — scored two, and Schlecht and Hansen added run-scoring singles.
South Medford 010 020 — 3 6 0
Ashland 101 344 — 13 13 1
Eastman, Cooney (4), Alexander (5) and Walker; Carroll, Fredrickson (3), Schlecht (5), Flynn (6) and Westhelle-Grant, Glick (5). W — Fredrickson. L — Eastman (1-2). 2B — A: Humphrey, Carlson. 3B — A: Humphrey.
GRANTS PASS 10, EAGLE POINT 0, 5 inn. — At Grants Pass, Tyler Bennett went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Andrew Polder threw a two-hitter for Grants Pass in nonconference play.
Chace VanEss finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs, Ryan Lackey 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run and Justin Spinner 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run for the Cavemen (10-13).
Polder struck out six and walked two against Eagle Point (6-18).
Eagle Point 000 00 — 0 2 3
Grants Pass 100 18 — 10 12 0
Brammer, Mickey (5) and Augino; Polder and Leenknecht. W — Polder (2-1). L — Brammer. 2B — GP: Bennett. 3B — GP: Cole.