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Cook's return gives Ashland boost

ASHLAND ' Chase Cook announced his return to Ashland's baseball team in a big way.

Cook, who missed the previous month with a broken bone in his foot, went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs as the Grizzlies defeated Grants Pass 15-12 in Game 2 of a Southern Oregon Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday.

The Cavemen took the opener, 4-2.

The split gave Ashland third place in the SOC. It visits North Eugene May 26 in the state playoffs.

— In Game 2, Cook ripped a two-run double as Ashland scored three runs in the sixth inning to pull away.

That was a real big hit for us, said Grizzly coach Jason Robustelli. He's the senior catcher we need, and he's back now.

Bryan Clevenger was 3-for-5, scored three runs and belted a three-run homer in the fourth inning.

It was kind of a cat-and-mouse deal, said Robustelli. When we thought we were pulling ahead, they'd come right back on us. They're strong hitters.

Chad Hegdahl, meanwhile, was 5-for-5 in the twin bill for Ashland, giving him 30 hits for the SOC season and raising his batting average to .576.

In the first game, Grants Pass' Dan Mecum had three hits and two RBIs.

Hegdahl and Clevenger had two hits for the Grizzlies.

FIRST GAME

Grants Pass..............................120 000 — ' 4 8 2

Ashland....................................001 010 0 ' 2 6 1

Morgan and Mecum; Hegdahl and Ross. W ' Morgan. L ' Hegdahl (4-3). 2B ' GP: Cowell, Mecum; A: Hegdahl.

SECOND GAME

Grants Pass..........................005 061 0 ' 12 13 4

Ashland................................331 323 x ' 15 15 3

Davidson, Mecum (2), Schaff (3), Fode (5), Davidson (6) and Mecum, Doman (2), Mecum (3); Ross, Stone (3), Page (6) and Cook. W ' Ross (3-2). L ' Davidson. 2B ' GP: McGowan, Schaff; A: Clevenger, Hegdahl, Presicci, Stone, Cook. HR ' A: Clevenger.

NORTH MEDFORD 4-13, KLAMATH UNION 0-5 ' Jimmy Ulrey belted a two-run home run as SOC-leading North Medford finished off its championship run in the SOC with a doubleheader sweep of Klamath Union at Miles Field.

Ulrey's blast, his fourth of the season, catapulted North to a 5-1 lead in the third inning of the nightcap as the Black Tornado scored at least one run in every inning.

Rob Folsom had two hits, three runs and two RBI for North (22-2, 13-1 SOC), while Travis Glass and Dustin Butler each added a pair of hits and runs.

In the opener, Beau Hovland and Folsom each had two hits and Brett Timmerman secured his shutout by squeezing out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Union.........................000 000 0 ' 0 7 0

North Medford.........................211 000 x ' 4 7 1

James and Rogers; Timmerman and Folsom. W ' Timmerman (8-0). L ' James. 2B ' KU: Croxford; NM: Hovland. 3B ' NM: Engle.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Union......................010 040 0 ' 5 8 1

North Medford.....................212 332 x ' 13 12 3

Tidwell, Bennett (4) and Rogers; Butler, Glass (5) and Folsom. W ' Butler (9-0). L ' Tidwell. S ' Glass. 2B ' KU: Croxford, Rogers; NM: Folsom 2, Butler, Hovland, Glass. HR ' NM: Ulrey (4).

ROSEBURG 18-13, EAGLE POINT 0-3 ' At Roseburg, Roseburg pounded 31 hits in the two games, getting a 4-for-4 effort from Tanner Clagett in the opener and 3-for-4 outings from Ty McCool and Josh Stults in Game 2.

Nick Waechter had a no-hitter going for the Indians (11-12, 6-8 SOC) in the first game until Eagle Point's Ryan Augino led off the fourth with a single.

Clagett had two doubles, three RBIs and three runs. Jake Dorsey had two hits, three RBIs and two runs and Waechter two hits, two RBIs and two runs.

In the second game, McCool scored three runs and Stults had two RBIs and two runs.

The Eagles ended the season 11-14, 4-10 SOC.

FIRST GAME

Eagle Point....................................000 00 ' 0 — 5

Roseburg...................................294 3x ' 18 16 1

Skiscim, Boyd (2), Christian (4) and O'Callahan; Waechter and Mitchell. W ' Waechter. L ' Skiscim. 2B ' R: Hall, Clagett 2.

SECOND GAME

Eagle Point..................................011 001 ' — 4 3

Roseburg.................................322 015 ' 13 15 1

Cruz, Hedrick (3) and O'Callahan; Hall and Mitchell, Hanussak (2). W ' Hall. L ' Cruz. 2B ' EP: O'Callahan; R: Buxton, Stults, McCool 2. 3B ' R: Buxton, Dorsey.

Softball

NORTH MEDFORD 10-5, KLAMATH UNION 0-1 ' At Klamath Falls, third-ranked North Medford (23-2, 12-2 SOC) scored four times in the seventh inning of Game 2 to secure the doubleheader sweep and win a share of the conference title.

The Black Tornado faces co-champ South Medford in a playoff game Tuesday.

In the second game, Klamath Union, which finished the season 13-10 overall and 5-9 in conference play, committed four errors in the seventh to help North extend a 1-0 lead.

Corey Whitaker had three hits in the opener and Stephanie Haskett and Beth Morrill each drove in three runs during the rout.

FIRST GAME

North Medford.....................114 020 2 ' 10 14 1

Klamath Union......................000 000 0 ' 0 — 1

Sevano and Haskett; Fagan and Daibes. W ' Sevano. L ' Fagan. 2B ' NM: Whitaker, Paxton. 3B ' NM: Haskett.

SECOND GAME

North Medford.........................000 100 4 ' 5 6 3

Klamath Union.........................000 000 — ' — 3 5

Strahm, Sevano (4) and Haskett; Ayers and Croxford. W ' Sevano. L ' Ayers.

GRANTS PASS 4-5, ASHLAND 0-0 ' At Grants Pass, strong hitting provided by senior Ashley Bellum supplemented shutout pitching by Grants Pass (9-5 SOC) as it nailed down fourth place in the SOC

Bellum went 4-for-5 on the day, including two doubles in the nightcap.

Teammate Brin Pamblin was 4-for-7 on the day, and Jenny Austin was 4-for-6.

FIRST GAME

Ashland....................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 1

Grants Pass..............................103 000 0 ' 4 8 1

Beugli and Carlson; Morton, Franko (7) and Sander. W ' Morton. L ' Beugli.

SECOND GAME

Ashland....................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 3

Grants Pass.................................210 002 ' 5 9 3

Jeska and Carlson; Morton Gallego (5) and Sander. W ' Morton. L ' Jeska. 2B ' GP: Bellum (2).

ROSEBURG 1-7, EAGLE POINT 0-0 ' At Eagle Point, Roseburg pitchers earned two shutouts, including a complete game by Brooke Charles in the opener.

Charles outdueled Kelsey Heider as Roseburg (10-11, 4-8 SOC) scored the lone run in the second inning of Game — when Allison Rader doubled in Megan Ruhn.

For the Eagles (4-16-1, 1-13 SOC), Heider struck out two and walked one. Shannon Richardson had both Eagle Point hits.

In Game 2, the Indians' Ali Paz was 3-for-4 and scored twice.

FIRST GAME

Roseburg..................................010 000 0 ' — 4 0

Eagle Point................................000 000 0 '0 2 1

Charles and Schruth; Heider and Sychla. W ' Charles. L ' Heider. 2B ' R: Rader.

SECOND GAME

Roseburg..................................001 202 2 ' 7 9 0

Eagle Point................................000 000 0 '0 4 3

Smith, Ruhn (7) and Schruth; Heider and Sychla. W ' Smith. L ' Heider. 2B ' R: Pas.