Athletic directors at the Class 5A level have proven to be the most invested in controlling their own playoff destiny since a switch to the...
ASHLAND — Sherwood took advantage of seven Ashland errors, racked up 18 hits and received a complete-game pitching performance from Zakary Taylor to thump the Grizzlies, 13-3, in the Class 5A baseball state quarterfinals at North Mountain Park.
Sherwood will next host Sandy in Tuesday's semifinals, while Ashland's ride came to an end in the elite eight for the second time in the last three years.
"It's tough, especially when you're playing a good team, to not come out and play catch," Ashland coach John Wallace said. "Sherwood's a really good ballclub and they've got a chance to do some things in the playoffs, and when we give them free bases like that they really just took it to us."
The Grizzlies (20-9) were coming off an impressive first round win over Dallas but self-destructed against the Bowmen (23-6), committing six errors in the first two innings. Sherwood did its part, too, spraying eight hits to jump out to a 9-2 lead through two before riding Taylor's steady arm the rest of the way.
Taylor surrendered nine hits and three runs in seven innings with eight strikeouts and a walk.
Ashland starter Carter Glick gave up five runs, four earned, on four hits in the first then put on his catcher's gear for the second. Senior Tommy Hulick took over on the mound and endured his share of defensive miscues as well while giving up six runs on 10 hits in four innings.
Keegan Lawrence and Travis Kotowski led Sherwood's offensive blitz with four hits apiece, while Scott Skurdahl was 3-for-4.
For Ashland, Eric Carlson put the finishing touches on one of the best offensive seasons in Ashland history by going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He finished with a .500 batting average, 11 doubles — including one Friday — and 30 RBIs. Kyle Milgram added two hits, but everybody else in an Ashland uniform had four combined.
Things got ugly in a hurry against the Northwest Oregon Conference champion Bowmen, who were also responsible for the Grizzlies' previous quarterfinal setback in 2012. Sherwood scored five first-inning runs on four hits and three errors.
Ashland tried to battle back in the bottom of the inning with consecutive hits by Aaron Scott, Steen Fredrickson and Carlson, the latter driving in a run. Milgram added an RBI single to make it 5-2, but Sherwood came right back with four runs on four hits and two errors in the second to regain control.
Sherwood 540 022 0 — 13 18 1
Ashland 201 000 0 — 3 9 7
Taylor and Rutschman; Glick, Hulick (2), Milgram (6) and Cammarota, Glick (2). W — Taylor. L — Glick (4-3). 2B — S: Taylor, Rutschman; A: Glick, Fredrickson, Sanderson.
UNION-COVE 5, PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 0 — At Union, third-seeded Union-Cove shut out No. 11 Prospect-Butte Falls in the Class 2A/1A state quarterfinals at Union High.
Prospect-Butte Falls finished 22-3.
Union-Cove (25-3) will face North Douglas-Elkton in the semifinals on Tuesday.