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Freshman Rowe hits grand slam as Grizz upsets Comets, 7-3

CENTRAL POINT -- Underclassmen are typically brought up to the varsity baseball squad every year around this time, but few make as big of an impact as freshman Bill Rowe did Wednesday for Ashland.

Rowe drove a Brent Foster offering over the fence for a grand slam in the seventh inning to help the Grizzlies break a 1-all tie and top third-ranked Crater, 7-3, in non-league action.

The back-breaker helped mark only the second time this season Crater has lost, while sending Ashland to its fourth win in 18 games.

If you're going to beat someone, it's nice to beat someone at the top, Ashland coach Doug Stover said.

It was kind of surprising. I was proud of our kids. They hung in the game all the way this time.

Crater (19-2) committed two errors in the seventh to help Ashland fill the bases, then were forced to sit back and watch the young Grizzlies take command.

Nate Monosoff and Taylor Cook each had two hits for Ashland, while Casey Campbell had two hits for Crater.

Rowe's heroics mirrored an outing earlier this season, when he hit a home run in his first game on the junior varsity squad.

I've been watching him play since last year and he's hit the ball well, Stover says of the 15-year-old. He's a gamer. He's got a real fine swing.

Ashland ...............100 000 6 -- 7 8 0 Crater ..................000 100 2 -- — 5 4

Cook, Ehlers (6) and George; Foster, Chubb (5), Foster (7) and Hinojosa, Steele (5). W -- Ehlers (1-3). L -- Foster (6-2). 2B -- A: Monosoff. HR -- A: Rowe.

NORTH MEDFORD 20, HIDDEN VALLEY 6, 6 innings -- At Grants Pass Sports Park, North Medford banged out a season-high 20 hits and scored 20 runs for the second time in a week in chalking up a non-conference victory.

The Black Tornado scored nine runs in the first inning, sending 13 hitters to the plate as it improved to 19-2 overall.

Steve DeClerck, the second batter of the game, launched a two-run home run, scoring Nate Mayben ahead of him. When Mayben stepped to the plate with two runners aboard later in the inning, he belted a three-run home run.

Hidden Valley scored five runs on six hits and a North Medford error to trim North's lead to 12-6 in the fourth inning. But the Tornado scored eight runs in its next two turns at-bat to end the game in six innings.

Senior right-hander Mike Beers struck out eight and walked three to pick up his sixth win in as many decisions. He left after three innings and re-entered in relief of Jason Crandall to nail down the save.

Jason Brownell paced the Tornado attack with three hits, while Mayben, Jarred Pagnini, Charlie Jensen and Phil Ouelette all had two hits.

North Medford ..........921 035 -- 20 20 2 Hidden Valley ............100 500 -- 6 11 6

Beers, Crandall (4), Beers (4) and Brownell; Howell, Stiegal (1), Hyde (2), T. Mason (4), Hoagland (6) and Hoaglund, W. Mason (4). W -- Beers (6-0). L -- Howell.

2B -- NM: DeClerck, Pagnini, Silva, Jensen 2. HV: W. Mason, Beard. HR -- NM: Mayben (2), DeClerck (3), Pagnini (1).

Softball

NORTH MEDFORD 12, SOUTH MEDFORD — -- North Medford erupted for its biggest inning of the season as the top-ranked Black Tornado scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to break away from the Panthers at Fagone Field.

The non-conference victory improved North's record 18-1.

North sent 16 batters to the plate in the fourth, piled up 11 hits, while taking advantage of two errors and a walk.

Jenny Close ignited the onslaught with a leadoff double. She rode home on Haley Varley's triple. North's first eight batters reached safely before South recorded its first out. Megumi Hackett had two hits in the uprising, while Steph Coe had a two-run single.

Hackett finished the night 3-for-4, while Coe had two hits.

South Medford .............000 00 -- 0 — 3 North Medford ......001 (11)x -- 12 13 2

Calvert and Herring; Walker, Coe (5) and Close. W -- Walker (9-0). L -- Calvert. 2B -- NM: Close. 3B -- NM: Varley.

CRATER 10, ASHLAND 5 -- At Ashland, the Comets rattled the bats for five extra-base hits and 14 hits overall in claiming the non-conference victory.

Emily Wiley and Becky Arreola each went 3-for-3 for Crater (15-4), with Wiley knocking two doubles and Arreola adding a triple. Wiley also posted three RBIs and a run, while Arreola scored twice. Kara Ray chipped in three RBIs on a 2-for-2 effort.

Gracie Rowland-Dunn paced Ashland with two doubles in a 4-for-4 outing. Emily Clason went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs for the Grizzlies (7-12).

Crater .............225 001 0 -- 10 14 0 Ashland ............200 030 0 -- 5 11 3

Perry, Perdue (6) and Hillyer; Calvo, Williams (3) and Clason. W -- Perry (3-1). L -- Calvo (0-2). 2B -- C: Ray, Wiley 2; A: Rowland-Dunn 2, Stranberg. 3B -- C: Ray, Arreola; A: Williams, Clason.

Boys Tennis

NORTH MEDFORD 6, SOUTH MEDFORD — -- North Medford dominated doubles play en route to a Southern Oregon Conference victory at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

However, the Panthers' tandem of Josh Neville and Eli Matthews won the No. — doubles to enhance their chances for the No. 4 seed at the May 14 SOC district tournament at Hunter Park in Ashland.

SINGLES -- Deryk Inn, NM, d. Zach Matthews, 6-2, 6-2; Scott Schnugg, NM, d. Eli Matthews, 8-2; Jon Endrikat, NM, d. Nate Bennett, 6-1, 6-0; Chris Paige, NM, d. Gabe Bennett, 8-5; Richard Templeton, SM, d. Andrew Theen, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

DOUBLES -- Josh Neville-Eli Matthews, SM, d. Dru Philips-Josh Rapp, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2; Jeremy Leever-Brock Jonasson, SM, d. Gabe Bennett-Ben Buchta, 7-5, 6-1; Chris Endrikat-Richard Louie, NM d. Cory Parks-Peter White-Hoppe, 6-1, 6-2; Ian Foster-Riley Ferrell, SM d. Colin Olsen-Robbie Cortelyou, 6-1, 6-1.