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T'jacks batten down, top Everett

The Southern Oregon Timberjacks gave their bats a rest Monday evening at Miles Field and let starting pitcher Scott Chiasson pave the way to a 4-1 win over Everett in a windswept Northwest League baseballgame.

The start of the game was delayed 45 minutes due to high, gusty winds that whipped through the Rogue Valley.

Chiasson put in six innings of work, striking out five and surrendering only three hits. Bryan Mazur pitched the ninth, picking up his eighth save of the season.

Kirk Asche got things rolling early for the Southern Oregon offense, leading off the second inning with a hit. Following consecutive walks to Matt Forbes and Jeremy Schied to load the bases, designated hitter Josh Hochgesang was hit by a pitch, forcing home the game's first run.

Third baseman Matt Howe provided the big blow in the third inning with his 12th home run of the season, a two-run blast to up the lead to 3-0.

The Timberjacks added an insurance run in the fourth, needing only one hit.

With one out, Hochgesang started things off by drawing a walk. Shortstop, Miguel Declet followed with a base hit and both runners advanced after another walk to Carlos Rosario. Gerald Laird drew the seventh walk off Everett pitching, forcing home the fourth.

The teams play the fifth and final game of their series today at 7:05 p.m. at Miles Field.