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KLAMATH FALLS — Bryce Rogan and Jamie Flynn both hit two-run doubles to key Ashland's five-run fifth inning as the Grizzlies rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Klamath Union 7-4 Thursday at Kiger Stadium.
Rogan continued his torrid pace by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base, and Ashland pitcher Jack Carroll picked up the win after striking out eight in a complete-game effort.
The Pelicans (9-7) scored two in the first and one in the third, but couldn't hold on after the Grizzlies (10-8) rallied behind five hits and a KU error in the fifth.
Aaron Scott and Ian Alpenia drew back-to-back walks to start the rally, and Rogan gave the Grizzlies the lead for good, 4-3, when he laced a pitch by reliever Brandon Tron to deep right-center field. A dropped fly ball put two on for Flynn, who plated two more with his double to left. Carroll singled home Flynn to give the Grizzlies another insurance run.
Carroll surrendered three earned runs on five hits.
Klamath Union starter Jack Bell held Ashland scoreless on two hits before Marcus Pascal took over to start the fourth.
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Carroll and Glick; Bell, Pascal (4), Tron (5) and Budden. W — Carroll. L — Tron. 2B — A: Rogan, Flynn; KU: Bell, Whisler.
GRANTS PASS 3, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Grants Pass senior Josh Sabota shut down Eagle Point in his first varsity start.
Sabota allowed five hits and did not surrender a walk to go with four strikeouts.
Chace Van Ess tripled in the first inning and later scored on a Justin Spinner's sacrifice fly. He went 2-for-4 and scored twice.
The Cavemen (13-5) tallied a pair of runs with the bases full in the top of the fourth when Easton Bents was hit by a pitch and Chris Leenknecht induced a walk, stretching the lead to 3-0.
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Sabota and Leenknecht; Mickey, Sattler (4) and Hangaard. W — Sabota (1-0). L — Mickey. 3B — GP: Van Ess.
ASHLAND 4, CHURCHILL 4 — At Ashland, Ashland's No. 2 doubles team of Grant Kahn and Nathaniel Baize won a long battle to help forge a tie in the Midwestern League match.
Kahn and Baize defeated Aaron Kerry and Andrew Bennion, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
SINGLES — Nathan Hempton, C, d. Mischa Kirby, 6-0, 6-2; Chuck Tayler, C, d. Cannon Dukes, 6-0, 6-2; Conner Kaegi, A, d. Chris Taylor, 6-4, 6-1; Dylan Hookes, C, d. Logan Kistler, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Max Burt-Michael Montes, A, d. Shabir Crum-Sebastian Ely, 6-3, 6-3; Grant Kahn-Nathaniel Baize, A, d. Aaron Kerry-Andrew Bennion, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3; Nic Freeman-Aaron Jensen, C, d. Nick Benson-Gabe LaMont, 6-2, 6-2; Kai Weston-Ray Impara, A, d. Jacob Evans-Brady Krueger, 6-0, 6-0.