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PORTLAND — The top-seeded Ashland doubles team of Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien easily advanced into the 5A state quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-1 second-round victory over Amy Marks and Cambia Rooney of Sherwood on Thursday at the Portland Tennis Center.
Greenberg and O'Brien, gunning for their third straight state doubles title, will face Morgan Whaley and Alli Schmidt of Silverton in today's quarterfinal round, with the semifinals set for this afternoon.
Ashland also has a pair of singles players — one girl and one boy — still alive in their respective 5A championship brackets. In girls action, No. 3 seed Ashley Knecht beat Sarah Duran of Franklin in the second round, 6-1, 6-3, and will face Lindsey Brodeck of Summit in the quarterfinals today, while on the boys side Ashland's Grant Kahn beat Sebastian Dibblee of Cleveland in the second round, 6-0, 6-0, and will face No. 4 seed Carter Quigley of Summit in the quarters. The boys tournament is being played at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.
Ashland's No. 2 girls doubles team of Katy Barnard and Cassidy Christopher suffered a first-round loss, while No. 2 boys singles player Mischa Kirby won his first-round match but lost in the second round and will try to work his way through the consolation bracket today.
In 6A tennis action, South Medford's Kyler Tosh, a sophomore, won a first-round match over Daley McKay of Barlow, 6-0, 6-0, before losing to top-seeded Goutham Sundaram of Lincoln, 6-2, 6-0, in the second round.
South Medford sophomore Kelsey Bartlett won her first round match before falling in the second round to the No. 3 seed, Elizabeth Johnson of Central Catholic, 6-1, 6-2. Bartlett beat Jillian Studer of South Salem in the opening round, 6-1, 6-0.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5, ASHLAND 4 — Cody Coggins struck out 10 and went the distance in the regular-season finale for both teams at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Coggins surrendered four runs on 14 hits but wiggled out of enough jams to keep the Class 3A Challengers (20-5) in front, as Ashland finished with twice as many hits but left 10 baserunners stranded.
A two-run single by Eric Higday followed by James Carpenter's stolen base gave the Challengers a 5-0 lead in the fifth. Ashland rallied to get within 5-4, but left the tying run stranded at second when Coggins struck out Jesse Carroll to end the game.
Bryce Rogan and Nick Sanderson had three hits apiece for Ashland, with Sanderson's two-run double helping the Grizzlies (19-8) slice into the lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Kyle Ferguson was 2-for-4 with a run for the Challengers.
Cascade Christian's win came a day after the Challengers beat Gold Beach 7-0 on the strength of Will Weaver's three-hit shutout. Weaver struck out six without a walk, while Cooper Clark was 4-for-4 at the plate.
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Coggins and Jones; Fredrickson, Glick (4), Hulick (6) and Glick, Cammarota (4), Hamik (7). W — Coggins (9-1). L — Fredrickson (5-5). 2B — A: Sanderson.
SOUTH SALEM 4, NORTH MEDFORD 3 — At Salem, in a tune-up for the Class 6A playoffs, North Medford's 22-game winning streak came to an abrupt end when South Salem pushed across the winning run on a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The top-ranked Black Tornado (24-2) host Beaverton in the opening round of the playoffs Monday.
The Saxons' Katie Hammitt laid down one-out bunt between the pitcher's circle and home plate to score Kelly Burdick from third. Burdick led off the seventh with a single and was moved to third base on Keenan Feiring's sacrifice bunt and a single by Julia Clark.
Clark went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and also pitched for the win.
Keisha Williams had the lone RBI for the Black Tornado, which picked up its other two runs on Saxon errors. North Medford finished with just four hits.
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Barkwell and Ramsay; Clark and Feiring. W — Clark. L — Barkwell (21-2). 2B — SS: Feiring.
SOUTH MEDFORD 5, HENLEY 2 — At Klamath Falls, Pat Moore struck out nine in a complete-game victory as South Medford gained some momentum heading into its first-round Class 6A state playoff game Monday.
Moore surrendered two runs on five hits in seven solid innings of work to lead the Panthers (10-13), who travel to face third-seeded Tualatin on Monday. Brittany Miller was 2-for-3 and Tia Garrett 2-for-4 with two RBIs for South, with Miller and Bailey Tatum each slapping two-run singles in the sixth.
For Henley (22-5), McKenzie Brown was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and McKenna Armantrout 2-for-4.
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P. Moore and Garrett; Scott and Armantrout. W — P. Moore. L — Scott. 2B — SM: Garrett; H: Brown.
RIDGEVIEW 7, NORTH VALLEY 4 — At Redmond, despite a Jennifer Staten's big night, North Valley couldn't withstand Ridgeview's late charge in their Class 4A play-in game at Ridgeview High School.
Staten finished 3-for-3 with a solo home run for the Knights (11-14) who finished third in the Skyline Conference. Mikala Mohr drove in two runs and Abi Kite also had an RBI for North Valley.
The Knights had a 4-0 lead until Ridgeview tallied three runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth.
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Allen and Kite; Collins, McKinney (1) and Davis. W — McKinney. L — Allen. 2B — R: Ware. HR — NV: Staten.