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Ashland stays perfect after sweeping Roosevelt

ASHLAND ' Ashland got a little help from its friends across the diamond and ran its non-conference baseball record to a 3-0 with a sweep Thursday of Roosevelt.

The Grizzlies benefited from four Roosevelt errors in taking the first game, 12-3. The Roughriders doubled their fielding miscues in the nightcap, a 12-1 Ashland win.

The Grizzlies amassed 13 hits in the nightcap, with Arron Nelson going 3-for-3 and Chad Hegdahl and Jackson Rowe each rapping two. Rowe scored three runs.

Offensively, we did pretty much what we should have done, said Grizzly coach Jason Robustelli. Their pitching came out kind of flat and they weren't too deep. They were having trouble finding the strike zone, and we just waited.

On the other side of the ball, said Robustelli, we played really well. We're kind of proving we have a defense. I'm liking that part of it.

In the nightcap, Ashland built a 10-0 lead through three innings.

That was more than enough for starter Chad Hegdahl to work with. He allowed one hit in five innings, striking out seven and not walking anyone.

Hegdahl had trouble getting his curveball to work but did a nice job of spotting his fastball.

He's just trying to get some innings in and get ready for the season, said Robustelli. It was not the sharpest I've seen him throw, but he's improving all the time.

In the first game, Ashland erupted for nine runs in the fifth inning, combining five of its seven hits with two errors, a couple of walks and a hit batsman.

Bryan Clevenger had two hits and three runs and Rowe two hits and two runs.

Starter Micah Weston got the pitching win, allowing two hits in five innings, striking out four and walking four.

Ashland is host to Crescent Valley for a — p.m. game today.

FIRST GAME

Roosevelt..................................020 010 0 ' — 3 4

Ashland..................................012 090 x ' 12 7 2

Johnson, Holzer (5), Letcher (6) and Linville; Weston, Stone (6) and Ross. W ' Weston (1-0). L ' Johnson. 2B ' R: Strachan; A: Hegdahl, Clevenger.

SECOND GAME

Roosevelt..................................000 100 0 ' — 2 8

Ashland................................361 002 x ' 12 13 3

Letcher, Linville (5) and Rodgers; Hegdahl, Ross (5) and Cook. W ' Hegdahl (1-0). L ' Letcher. 2B ' A: Clevenger 2, Cook, Page.

NORTH MEDFORD 9, FOREST GROVE 6 ' Charlie Behnke's three-run double capped a five-run first inning for North Medford and the second-ranked Black Tornado held on for the non-conference victory at Miles Field.

After Brett Timmerman and Jimmy Ulrey each drew bases-loaded walks, Behnke blasted a Matt Kyle offering to the center-field wall to give North a 5-1 lead.

The Black Tornado (3-0) added three more runs in the second as Rob Folsom scored on a single by Tyler Engle. After Reese Lamson walked and pulled off a double steal with Engle, Timmerman supplied an infield single that scored Engle. Lamson also came home on the play on a wild throw to first.

Travis Glass kept the Vikings at bay for the most part in his varsity debut, allowing only one earned run in six innings.

Forest Grove trimmed its deficit with a three-run homer in the seventh by Tyler Meeuwsen before Ulrey closed the door in his relief debut.

Forest Grove............................100 002 — ' 6 4 2

North Medford.........................531 000 x ' 9 6 2

Kyle, White (4) and Gould; Glass, Ulrey (7) and Folsom. W ' Glass (1-0). L ' Kyle. 2B ' NM: Behnke. HR ' FG: Meeuwsen.

CRESCENT VALLEY 6, SOUTH MEDFORD 5 ' Dan Chancler and Allen Smith each had two hits for South Medford, but the Panthers' late rally came up short in the non-conference clash at Miles Field.

South (2-2) rallied from a 6-1 deficit with two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings but left the tying run at third in its final at-bat.

Crescent Valley, which received votes in the first Class 4A baseball coaches poll, scored six times in the first five innings.

The Panthers host Mazama on Saturday at — p.m. at Miles Field.

Crescent Valley........................121 020 0 ' 6 8 1

South Medford.........................001 002 2 ' 5 9 1

Kaye and DeAngelis; T. Heil, Holtz (4) and Meyer. W ' Kaye. L ' T. Heil (0-1). 2B ' CV: Lakow 2; SM: Smith, Holtz.

OREGON CITY 10, GRANTS PASS — ' At Grants Pass, Nate Rylaarsdam and Mike Veselik each homered and doubled to lead Oregon City in the non-conference game.

Patrick Allen smacked a two-run double in Grants Pass' three-run fifth inning.

Allen, Mike Mills and Dan Mecum each had two hits for the Cavemen (0-2), who host South Albany in a noon doubleheader today.

Oregon City..........................202 024 0 ' 10 10 0

Grants Pass..............................000 030 0 ' — 9 2

Williams, Graham (5), Pierce (7) and Bishop; Davidson, Schaff (6) and Mecum. W ' Williams. L ' Davidson (0-1). 2B ' OC: McBride, Rylaarsdam, Veselik; GP: Mecum, Mills. HR ' OC: Rylaarsdam, Veselik.

KLAMATH UNION 9, HENLEY 5 ' At Klamath Falls, Sean Anderson, John James and Aaron Croxford each had two hits to lead Klamath Union to the non-conference win.

The Pelicans broke open a close game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure their second win in three games.

B.J. Holloway and Bryn Card had two hits apiece for Henley.

Henley......................................302 000 0 ' 5 8 3

Klamath Union.......................201 240 x ' 9 10 3

Card, Wright (6) and Wilson; Tidwell, Bennett (3), James (6) and Rogers. W ' Bennett. L ' Card. 2B ' H: Wright; KU: Anderson, Croxsford 2, Bennett, Rogers. 3B ' KU: Anderson.