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Cavers nudge Ashland out of playoff picture

ASHLAND -- A state playoff berth was on the line Saturday when fifth-place Ashland squared off against fourth-place Grants Pass in a Southern Oregon Conference softball doubleheader.

With a sweep, the Grizzlies could have forged a tie for fourth and held the tiebreaker against Grants Pass for the final playoff spot. Instead, Ashland is now on the outside looking in after being swept by the Cavemen, 5-3 and 6-4.

Ashland racked up 10 hits in the first four innings of the nightcap but was set down in order for the remainder of the eight-inning game.

It was just the opposite for Grants Pass, with the Cavemen picking up the majority of their hits in the last three innings.

We just didn't hit the ball solid after the fourth inning, said Ashland coach Kristeen Weiss. Despite that, it was a very fun game to be a part of.

Stephanie Franklin brought home the tying run with a clutch two-out double for Grants Pass in the top of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

The Cavemen added two more in the eighth and then set down the Grizzlies in order for the win.

Gracie Rowland-Dunn, Amy Williams and Christina Cooley each had two hits to lead the attack for Ashland.

Grants Pass jumped on the Grizzlies early in the nightcap with a four-run second.

The second inning kind of set the tone for the game, said Weiss. We just could never fully recover from that.

Williams and Kristen Strait led Ashland with two hits apiece in the second-game.

With the sweep, Grants Pass moved into a tie for third place in the SOC with Crater and assured itself of a state playoff berth. A league playoff game will be held on Tuesday at Crater to determine third and fourth place.

FIRST GAME

Grants Pass .........000 000 32 -- 5 11 0 Ashland ........002 100 000 00 -- — 10 0

Heater and Rathborn; Strait and Clason. W -- Heater. L -- Strait (7-6). 2B -- GP: Peterson 2, Heater, Franklin.

SECOND GAME

Grants Pass ...........040 011 0 -- 6 11 — Ashland ................100 120 0 -- 4 10 2

Heater and Rathborn; Calvo, Williams (6) and Clason. W -- Heater. L -- Calvo (0-3). 2B -- GP: Peterson, Lee, Cook. 3B -- GP: Franklin; A: Cooley.

SOUTH MEDFORD 6-3, EAGLE POINT 1-9 -- At Eagle Point, South Medford took advantage of four errors in the first inning to win the opener, with the Eagles combining for seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings of the nightcap to salvage a split in the SOC doubleheader.

Christie Calvert held Eagle Point to three hits in the first game, while South added two hits and two walks to the first-inning surge. Lindsay Hale went 3-for-3 in the opener to pace South, while Alaina Corliss went 2-for-2 for Eagle Point (7-18, 3-11 SOC).

In the second game, Corliss had a two-run triple in the fifth and Cindy Josephson had a two-run triple in the sixth to lead Eagle Point. Corliss and Josephson finished with three RBIs apiece.

Amie Mapes and Stacy Horn each had three hits for the Eagles in the second game, while Liz Hamblin went 2-for-3 with two runs for South (3-11 SOC).

FIRST GAME

South Medford ..........400 110 0 -- 6 6 2 Eagle Point ..............000 010 0 -- — 3 5

Calvert and Herring; Horn and Josephson. W -- Calvert. L -- Horn (2-10). 2B -- SM: Hale. 3B -- SM: Herring.

SECOND GAME

South Medford .........000 201 0 -- — 5 — Eagle Point ............101 034 x -- 9 11 2

Calvert and Herring; Horn and Josephson. W -- Horn (3-10). L -- Calvert. 2B -- SM: Hale; EP: Mapes, Horn, McGonagle. 3B -- EP: Josephson, Corliss 2.

ROSEBURG 3-9, KLAMATH UNION 2-4 -- At Klamath Falls, Roseburg maintained its hold on second place at 12-2 in the Southern Oregon Conference with a doubleheader sweep.

Shelly Miller drilled a two-run homer to tie the first game at 2-all in the fourth, only to have Brynnen Guthrie pull Roseburg ahead with an RBI double in the seventh.

In the second game, Kelly Fullerton and Keri Nelson each had two hits and two RBIs to pace the Indians.

Sarah Stacy went 3-for-4 in the second game with two RBIs to pace KU (7-18, 1-13 SOC).

FIRST GAME

Roseburg ..................100 100 — -- — 8 2 Klamath Union .........000 200 0 -- 2 5 0

Nelson and Fullerton; Parker and Ball. W -- Nelson. L -- Tammy Parker. 2B -- R: Guthrie; KU: Fagan, Stacy. HR -- KU: Miller.

SECOND GAME

Roseburg ................014 011 2 -- 9 10 4 Klamath Union ........200 001 — -- 4 13 5

Liston and Fullerton; Parker, Skeen (4) and Ball. W -- Liston. L -- Parker. 2B -- R: Fullerton 2; KU: Parker, Miller, Stacy 2, Fisher. 3B -- R: Liston; KU: Stacy.