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Carter Glick rediscovered his command of the strike zone and Eric Carlson and Bryce Rogan powered Ashland to its first win of the season, 15-6 over Cascade Christian, in nonleague baseball action Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Grizzlies were coming off an 0-3 trip to Arizona but Glick helped steady the ship after struggling in his team's season-opening loss last week. The right-handed senior struck out two and walked one in three scoreless innings against the Challengers.
Carlson and Rogan had four hits apiece to power Ashland's offense. Carlson was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and six RBIs, while Rogan was 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and four runs scored.
Carlson, a senior third baseman, roped an RBI triple in the third to increase Ashland's lead to 4-0, then launched an RBI double off the wall in left in the fourth — missing a home run and the cycle by a few feet — to make it 6-0.
Cascade Christian (4-2) tried to rally, scoring two in the fourth and three in the fifth to get within 11-5, but Rogan, in a relief pitching role, got Dalton Palmer to pop out with the bases loaded to quiet the threat. The Grizzlies (1-3) then tacked on two more in the sixth, one on Carlson's bases-loaded walk.
Kyle Ferguson went 3-for-5 with a double and a triple to lead the Challengers. He also got the start on the mound but surrendered seven earned runs on five hits in 31/3 innings.
Ashland 302 242 2 — 15 11 4
Cascade Christian 000 230 1 — 6 5 1
Glick, Hulick (4), Rogan (5), Milgram (6), Fredrickson (7) and Hamik, Glick (4); Ferguson, Clark (4), Coggins (6), Higday (7) and Jones. W — Glick (1-1). L — Ferguson. 2B — A: Carlson 2, Rogan, Sanderson; CC: Clark, Ferguson. 3B — A: Rogan, Carlson; CC: Ferguson.
SOUTH MEDFORD 12, EAGLE POINT 1, 5 inn. — At Eagle Point, Nate Walker finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Nate Brammer 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for South Medford in nonleague action.
Brandon Lupton earned the win after allowing no hits, no runs and no walks with three strikeouts and one hit batter in three innings. Relief pitcher Hudson Thomas loaded the bases in the fifth before fanning the final batter to seal the five-inning victory.
Caleb Bell added a two-run single in the second inning for the Panthers (4-3).
Jacoby Jackson led off the bottom of the fifth for the Eagles (0-4) with an infield single and eventually scored after a single by Devyn Grady and RBI groundout by Tanner Jostad.
South Medford 145 20 — 12 7 0
Eagle Point 000 01 — 1 2 1
Lupton, Thomas (4) and Brammer; Bowers, Jackson (3), Wilson (5) and Wilson, O'Brien (5). W — Lupton (2-0). L — Bowers. 2B — SM: Brammer.
CRATER 11-5, FOOTHILL (Calif.) 1-1 — At Palo Cedro, Calif., Crater senior Taylor Tibbets went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs in the six-inning opener and Dylan Pearce allowed one hit with seven strikeouts in five innings to pick up the Game 2 victory for the Comets.
Tibbets belted a solo homer in the first inning, added a three-run shot in the fourth and scored three runs with four RBIs to pace Crater (7-1) in the opener, with Gunnar Asher earning the pitching victory to go with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
Blake Fahndrich was 3-for-4 with three runs, Tyler Plankenhorn 3-for-3 with one run and three RBIs and Tanner Ryerson 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs in Game 1.
In the nightcap, Ty Fox went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the charge.
Crater 100 613 — 11 16 1
Foothill (Calif.) 100 000 — 1 5 0
Asher, Caballero (6) and Aplin; Pollard, Torsey (4) and Padlock. W — Asher (1-1). L — Pollard. 2B — C: Fahndrich; F: Taylor. HR — Tibbets 2 (4).
Crater 100 400 0 — 5 6 0
Foothill (Calif.) 000 001 0 — 1 5 0
Pearce, Bastendorff (6), Fox (7) and Aplin; Taylor, Wallen (4), Pating (6) and Padlock. W — Pearce (2-0). L — Taylor. 2B — F: Larsen.
SOUTH MEDFORD 1, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, South Medford freshman Pat Moore pitched a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and Krystal Williams scored the go-ahead run on an Eagle Point error during nonleague action.
The lefty Moore gave up three walks for the Panthers (3-3).
With the game scoreless in the top of the seventh inning, Williams drew a walk and was sacrificed to second. A throwing error with two outs brought her home.
Teanna Gonsalves allowed four hits and five walks and fanned four for the Eagles (1-4).
South Medford 000 000 1 — 1 4 1
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Moore and Garrett; Gonsalves and Shopp. W — Moore. L — Gonsalves (1-3).