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Ashland whitewashes Yreka in opener

ASHLAND ' Ashland received impressive pitching from a trio of hurlers and Zara Seligson provided some offensive punch during a 7-0, season-opening softball victory over Yreka, Calif., on Tuesday at North Mountain Park.

Grizzly starter Megan Beugli went four strong innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.

Relievers Natalie Braham and Amy Jeska completed the shutout, combining for four strikeouts.

Our pitching was pretty solid all the way around, Ashland coach Rich Beugli said. We made some great strides, particularly between Natalie (Braham) and Amy (Jeska).

Seligson led the attack with three hits and two runs, while Janice Jones added a pair of singles, with one run and one RBI.

The Grizzlies broke through for three runs with a two-out rally in the second inning.

Seligson got things started with a single and Jackie Renteria reached on an error, sending Seligson to third. Liz Clason followed with a run-scoring squeeze bunt.

We couldn't have drawn it up any better, Rich Beugli said of Clason's bunt.

Walks to Alysse Carlson and Hannah Elliott accounted for another run, and Megan Beugli's RBI single completed the outburst.

Our team came to play, said Rich Beugli. We had good hustle. We made some early-season mistakes, but that's why we're in the early season.

Yreka......................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 4

Ashland..................................032 110 x ' 7 8 1

Black, Laetke (4) and Richards; Beugli, Braham (5), Jeska (7) and Carlson. W ' Beugli (1-0). L ' Black.

EAGLE POINT 4, HENLEY 4 ' At Klamath Falls, Henley and Eagle Point played nine innings and still didn't come up with a winner in non-league action.

Eagle Point took a 1-0 lead, but Henley responded with a three-run third inning. The Eagles came back with three runs in the fifth before the Hornets tied it up in the seventh to send it into extra innings.

Eagle Point's Shannon Richardson drove in two runs with a double, and Jamie Williams had two of the Eagles' five hits and also drove in two runs.

Eagle Point.......................... 100 030 000 ' 4 5 3

Henley................................ 003 000 100 ' 4 10 1

Heider and Scott; Birt and Kinsman. 2B ' EP: Richardson; H: Hayes. 3B ' H: Kessler.

Skyline Conference

GLIDE 11, NORTH VALLEY — ' At Glide, through a combination of walks and errors, North Valley let an early one-run game turn into a season-opening loss.

Pitchers Kelleye DePorte, a freshman, and Tamara Howe, a senior, combined for two strikeouts for North Valley.

DePorte also was 2-for-3 hitting and had a stolen base.

Michelle Beck started the game with a first inning single and later crossed home plate for North Valley's only score.

North Valley outhit Glide, 5-4.

Glide carried a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning, where it picked up another five runs to pull away.

North Valley ......................... 100 000 0 ' — 5 2

Glide ..................................... 101 504 0 ' 11 4 1

DePorte , Howe (4) and Beck; Meier, Tinker (5) and Hayes , Fammerton (5). W ' Meier. L ' Deporte. 2B ' G: Croll.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 8, SOUTH UMPQUA — '

At South Umpqua, Kim Hamilton was the leader on and off the mound for Illinois Valley in a season-opening win.

Hamilton, a junior, had 11 strikeouts, went 3-for-3 with the bat and stole two bases.

Complementing Hamilton, Jessica Ragsdale had a double in the sixth inning and Tiphanie Pope went 2-for-3 from the plate.

Illinois Valley ........................ 001 032 2 ' 8 12 2

South Umpqua ....................... 000 010 0 ' — 3 5

Hamilton and Coultas; Watson and Duncan. W ' Hamilton (1-0). L ' Watson. 2B ' IV: Ragsdale.

Southern Cascade League

DAYS CREEK 21, ST. MARY'S 5 ' At Medford, St. Mary's scored five runs on five hits but couldn't match a 10-run second inning by Days Creek.

Kristen Kearns went 3-for-3 ' all singles ' for St. Mary's (0-2), while Brittany Farrer picked up a fourth-inning double.

Days Creek ........................ 3(10)3 14 ' 21 10 2

St. Mary's ................................... 230 00 ' 5 5 —

Kearns and Tomlinson; Burkett, Moore (4) and Hunt, Moore (4). W ' Burkett. L ' Kearns. 2B' SM: Farrer.