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ASHLAND — Bryce Rogan and Jack Carroll were at their best when the pressure was on as Ashland survived a shaky performance by its infield to win the first of four head-to-head matchups with Southern Oregon Hybrid 5A rival Eagle Point, 14-9, Thursday at North Mountain Park.
Rogan's two-run double in the fifth gave the Grizzlies some much-needed breathing room, and Carroll took the mound with the bases loaded in the sixth and steered Ashland out of trouble with back-to-back strikeouts as the Grizzlies earned their sixth win in a row to improve to 7-5.
"Today was more of a slugfest," Ashland head coach John Wallace said. "We just couldn't locate the fastball today and got a lot of balls up and they hit us hard. And the defense was very sloppy, so we had to make up for that with our bats, which we were able to do."
Eagle Point's seven errors didn't hurt, either.
Rogan, who entered the game batting .395, was 2-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs. Jamie Flynn and Ryan Bottimore also had two hits each, with Flynn's RBI triple in the fifth giving Ashland a 12-6 lead.
The Eagles chipped away in the sixth. Back-to-back hits by Brandon Wilson and Nate Brammer, who was 4-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs, followed by an intentional walk set the table for pinch hitter Nick Smith. Facing a 2-2 count against Ashland reliever Crater Glick, Smith hit a chopper down the third-base line that Eric Carlson couldn't handle and two runs scored to cut the lead to 12-8.
Glick walked the next batter to load the bases again, prompting Wallace to bring in Carroll. The 6-foot-5 lefty struck out Justin Hughes with a 2-2 fastball, then dispatched Eagle Point's leadoff hitter, Destin Adams, with a change-up at the knees on a 1-2 count.
Ashland starter Steen Fredrickson struck out eight in four innings and picked up his fourth straight win to improve to 4-2. He allowed six runs on seven hits, but only four of those runs were earned as Ashland overcame two costly errors.
Wilson started on the mound for Eagle Point (6-9) and gave up 12 runs, nine earned, in five innings before James Dixon took over in the sixth.
The Eagles took a brief 1-0 lead in the first but missed a chance to deliver a major blow when Fredrickson struck out both Dixon and Jon Korn to escape a bases-loaded jam.
Ashland took command in the second, scoring seven runs on four hits, including back-to-back RBI singles by Rogan and Bottimore. Eagle Point also committed two errors in the inning, including a misplayed grounder to third that could have been turned into an inning-ending double play but instead led to the first two Ashland runs.
Rogan's rope down the right-field line in the fifth gave Ashland an 11-6 lead and helped the Grizzlies regain the momentum after Eagle Point rallied in the top of the inning. It was Rogan's second clutch hit in as many games after his bases-loaded single helped Ashland down North Medford on Saturday.
Eagle Point 103 022 1 — 9 10 7
Ashland 070 232 x — 14 10 2
Wilson, Dixon (6) and Hangaard; Fredrickson, Glick (5), Carroll (6) and Glick, N. Scott (5). W — Fredrickson (4-2). L — Wilson. 2B — EP: Brammer 3, Wilson, Dixon; A: Rogan. 3B — A: Flynn.
HENLEY 11, GRANTS PASS 5 — At Grants Pass, Henley's Tara Moates hit a grand slam in the fifth inning and Jessica Conrad belted a two-run homer in the fourth of the nonconference game.
Nicole Godwin had a two-run double in the fifth inning for the Cavers (4-10). The Hornets (5-5) racked up nine runs over the fourth and fifth innings.
In the second inning, Dalenna Bellum and Jaydn Lenard hit back-to-back RBI singles to put Grants Pass up 3-0.
Henley 002 540 0 — 11 16 1
Grants Pass 030 020 0 — 5 9 4
Scott and Herr; Robinson, Norrick (4), Thomas (6) and Lenard, Stevens (5). W — Scott. L — Norrick (2-7). 2B — H: Hamilton 2, Gregg; GP: Rose, Godwin, Zozaya. HR — H: Moates, Conrad.
NORTH MEDFORD 5, ST. MARY'S 2 — Host North Medford won its first match of the season, keyed by the No. 4 doubles tandem.
Benton Coulman and Zach Homen of the Black Tornado defeated Ryan Loos and Chris Kneckster, 6-3, 6-3, in a match that featured long points, tough points, said coach Aaron Todd.
SINGLES — Avery Kerwin, SM, d. Logan West, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2; Tyler West, NM, d. Tristin Carmeci, 6-0, 6-2; Spencer Ebert, NM, d. Colton Dumont, 6-3, 6-0.
DOUBLES — Kyle Campbell-Ryan Hogan, NM, d. Andrew Young-William Pattersen, 6-0, 6-1; Riley O'Sullivan-Rohit Mehta, SM, d. Ryan Trapp-Alex Forehand, 6-1, 6-1; Isaiah Williams-Sebastian Thomsen, NM, d. Ian Schoen-Chama Levine, 6-4, 6-3; Benton Coulman-Zach Homen, NM, d. Ryan Loos-Chris Kneckster, 6-3, 6-3.
GRANTS PASS 5, SOUTH MEDFORD 3 — South Medford won at No. 1 singles with Kylar Tosh and No. 1 doubles with Blake Bartlett and Adam Day, but host Grants Pass captured the Southern Oregon Hybrid match.
SINGLES — Kylar Tosh, SM, d. Robby Hobbs, 6-3, 6-3; Mitch Steadman, SM, d. Blaze Hamann, 6-4, 6-3; Drew Van Delden, GP, d. John Phelps, 6-2, 6-1; Ben Widdison, GP, d. Winnie Wang, 6-0, 6-2
DOUBLES — Blake Bartlett-Adam Day, SM, d. Zach Williams-Jonathan Williams, 7-5, 4-6, 10-8; Nick O'Hara-Nathan Trujillo, GP, d. Tanner Johnson-Nick Viscounty, 7-6, 6-4; Eliot"ˆBald-Tyler Broyles, GP, d. Kai Elam-JJ Quirarte, 7-6, 5-7, 10-4; Tucker Daniel-Adam Swan, GP, d. Brandon Wolf-Alex Dent, 6-1, 6-0
NORTH MEDFORD 6, ST. MARY'S 2 — St. Mary's captured No. 1 singles and doubles matches at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park, but North Medford took the remaining matches for its first victory of the season in four contests.
SINGLES — Emerald DeBoer, SM, d. Jacqueline Bradford, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Bailey Cowen, NM, d. Teddie Savage, 6-1, 6-4; Tayler Cavanagh, NM, d. Becky Fuller-Phillips, 6-3, 6-3; Anne Miller, NM, d. Haley Palmer, 6-0, 6-0.
DOUBLES — Chloe Phillips-Sabrina Miller, SM, d. Savannah Chambers-Nikki Cummings, 6-3, 5-7, 6-6 (8-6); Madelyn Duer-Rachel Forrest, NM, d. Jade DeBoer-Amber Moore, 8-6, 6-4; Morgan Messer-Alexa Inman, NM, d. Haley Ordal-Emily Riehlman, 6-1, 6-1; Rayna Carson-Halli Rousell, NM, d. Erika Fernandes-Melissa Seus, 6-3, 6-0.
ASHLAND 5, ROSEBURG 3 — At Ashland, Ashland's top two singles players and its two leading doubles teams all won in the nonconference match.
SINGLES — Ashley Knecht, A, def. Fiona Johnson, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1; Anne Kim, A, def. Claire Hittle, 6-2, 6-1; Varneet Brar, R, def. Lilli Patton, 6-1, 6-0; Andrea Chiou, R, def. Hannah Barchet, 6-2, 6-1.
DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, def. Lauren Baque-Hannah Cooperrider, 6-0 6-1; Katy BarnardCass Christopher, A, def. Jordan Merrifield-Carrisa Roman, 6-3, 7-5; Olivia Butler-Ellie Case, A, def. Sarah Royce-Morgan Novak, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8); Monica Hall-Minnie Sakulsakpinit, R, def. Crys Ahstrom-Emily Haptonstall 7-6 (2), 6-1.
HEDGES MEDALIST — At Eagle Point, Ashland's Matt Hedges was medalist in the Intermountain Conference Preview Tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club.
Hedges shot 39 on the front and 37 on the back. His lone hiccup was a triple-bogey seven on the sixth hole, the No. 1 handicap hole.
Summit Green won the team title with a score of 327. Eagle Point (353) was led by Glen Linder's 85 and placed fourth, while Ashland (365) was fifth.
TEAM SCORES — Summit Green 327, Bend 329, Summit Black 338, Eagle Point 353, Ashland 365, Mt. View 394.
ASHLAND (365) — Matt Hedges 39-37—76, Ben Sager 43-45—88, Chris Peterson 48-52—100, Pablo Vanrenterghen 55-46—101.
EAGLE POINT (353) — Glen Linder 42-43—85, Zach Henley 45-44—89, Ethan Devore 43-47—90, Michael Macedo 44-45—89.