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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.
HENLEY 15, PHOENIX 2, 5 inn. — At Talent, sophomore Jordan Pond's two-run double in the second inning provided a highlight for Phoenix (0-17, 0-13 Skyline), which managed three hits overall in the Skyline Conference loss at Hagler-James Field.
Henley 414 60 — 15 16 1
Phoenix 020 00 — 2 3 3
Overstreet, Alves (5) and Hilyard; Kentner, Knutsen (4), Jameson (4) and McCreadie. W — Overstreet. L — Kentner. 2B — H: Overstreet, Greif, Gordon; P: Reynoso, Pond.
NORTH VALLEY 13, HIDDEN VALLEY 5 — At Murphy, Josh Cowell went 3-for-5 with a single, double, triple, four RBIs and three runs scored to lead top-ranked North Valley in Skyline Conference play.
Jake Herklotz went 3-for-3 with five runs, John Parker 2-for-4 with three runs and Austin Beard 2-for-4 for the Knights (17-4, 10-3 Skyline).
Gregory Hurd was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run and Kody Garrison finished 2-for-4 with an RBI for Hidden Valley (12-5, 8-5).
North Valley 102 025 3 — 13 12 2
Hidden Valley 001 000 4 — 5 8 4
Garmendia, Herklotz (7) and Schmoll; Gulbransen, Hurd (4), B.J. Hults (6), Ky. Garrison (7) and Ko. Garrison. W — Garmendia. L — Gulbransen (3-3). 2B — NV: Parker, Herklotz, Cowell, Beard, Schmoll; HV: Gulbransen, Hurd, Ky. Garrison, Ko. Garrison. 3B — NV: Cowell.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5, ROGUE RIVER 3 — At Rogue River, Justin Cheney scored the winning run on Andrew Sha's two-out single in the fourth inning.
Luke Dusenbury collected two hits and one RBI and Isaiah Luzny added a pair of hits for Cascade Christian (15-7, 7-1 SCH).
For Rogue River (5-9, 3-4), four players — Michael Freitas, Kollen Roohr, Dylan Devish and Daniel Perston — had two hits each.
Cascade Christian 003 110 0 — 5 7 2
Rogue River 003 000 0 — 3 9 2
Huntley and Jones; Devish and Roohr. W — Huntley. L — Devish (2-1). 2B — CC: Dusenbury.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 6, ST. MARY'S 2 — Fred Hults hit a three-run home run in Illinois Valley's five-run fifth inning as the Cougars won the Southern Cascade Hybrid game.
Tyler Robbins went 2-for-3 for Illinois Valley (12-6, 7-2 SCH).
Sam Hough and Daniel Seus both were 2-for-3 for St. Mary's (5-10, 2-7).
Joe Hammonds recorded 10 strikeouts and five walks and allowed five hits for the Crusaders.
Illinois Valley 000 051 0 — 6 5 1
St. Mary's 000 200 0 — 2 7 2
McLaughlin, LaFlamme (5) and Robbins; Hammonds and Seus. W — LaFlamme. L — Hammonds (2-4). 2B — SM: Hough, Seus. 3B — IV: Nordal. HR — IV: Hults.