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Split with Ashland puts Grants Pass third

GRANTS PASS ' Grants Pass needed one win in a doubleheader Saturday against Ashland to assure itself of a berth in the baseball state playoffs.

For much of the day, there was doubt it would happen.

Chad Hegdahl pitched a four-hit gem as Ashland won the opener, 3-0, then Grants Pass got a clutch hit from Patrick Allen in a 10-0, five-inning victory.

With a Roseburg loss to Eagle Point, GP (13-12, 11-10 SOC) placed third after all and Ashland (14-11, 10-11) finished fourth for the final playoff berth thanks to a tiebreaking, 2-1 series advantage over the Indians.

Hegdahl prevented us from winning the first one, said Caveman coach Stacy Morgan. We got a little upset with ourselves, and I didn't know if it would happen after three innings (of Game 2).

— But Allen broke up a scoreless game with a full-count, two-out, three-run double in the third inning.

You could see everyone's eyes just kind of light up, said Morgan. It was time to get the job done and they did.

Earlier in the third, GP's Jimmy Blake was hit by a pitch, Matt Cowell singled and Paul Fode reached on an error to load the bases for Allen.

Mike Mills homered twice, a solo blast in the fourth and a three-run shot in the fifth. Cowell and Ryan Tuttle each had two hits in support of sophomore pitcher Ben Murray, who earned his first varsity win.

Murray had five strikeouts and gave up two walks.

In Game 1, Hegdahl fanned 11 and didn't walk anyone.

His change-up and curveball were very good today, said Morgan. They always are. We knew that going in, we just couldn't hit him. He's good. He's really good. I think he proved it today.

Hegdahl was also 2-for-3 with a double and scored twice.

FIRST GAME

Ashland.....................................100 001 — ' — 6 2

Grants Pass...............................000 000 0 '0 4 3

Hegdahl and Ross; Morgan, Schaff (7) and Donnelly. W 'Hegdahl. L ' Morgan (8-4). 2B ' A: Hegdahl, Rowe.

SECOND GAME

Ashland.....................................000 000 0 ' 0 2 2

Grants Pass............................003 160 x ' 10 9 1

Weston, San Nicholas (4) and Ross; Murray and Donnelly. W ' Murray (1-1). L ' Weston. 2B ' GP: Allen, Tuttle. HR ' GP: Mills 2 (6).

EAGLE POINT 5-2, ROSEBURG 0-3 ' At Eagle Point, the Eagles spoiled Roseburg's playoff hopes with a split, dropping the Indians into a fourth-place tie with Ashland in the SOC.

Nick Staller went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Game — for Eagle Point (6-20, 4-17 SOC), which pounded out 11 hits and scored in all but one inning. Ryan Augino and Casey Reedy added two hits apiece.

Roseburg (12-14, 10-11 SOC) bounced back in Game 2 behind a two-run double by catcher Brian Benson in the second inning and an unearned run in the sixth.

The Eagles had the tying run at third in the bottom of the seventh, but struck out for their seventh loss by two runs or less this season.

FIRST GAME

Roseburg..................................000 000 0 ' 0 5 4

Eagle Point.............................110 111 x ' 5 11 1

Robinson and Benson; O'Callahan and Grieve. W ' O'Callahan. L ' Robinson. 2B ' EP: Staller.

SECOND GAME

Roseburg..................................020 001 0 ' — 6 1

Eagle Point...............................010 000 — ' 2 6 1

Cook, Keitzman (7) and Benson; DePuy, Grieve (6) and Grieve, O'Callahan (6). W ' Cook. L ' DePuy. 2B ' EP: Grieve. 3B ' R: Clark.

Skyline Conference

PHOENIX 7-18, LAKEVIEW 2-0 ' At Lakeview, Phoenix's Chad Walker went 7-for-7 with five doubles and seven RBIs in the doubleheader sweep.

The Pirates (14-11, 13-7 Skyline) got two hits from Zak Supan and Brenton Ferguson and two RBIs from Dustin Smith in the opener.

In Game 2, Ferguson had two hits and three RBIs, while Supan had two hits and an RBI, Stephen Eager two hits and two RBIs and Ryan Harvey had two hits.

Lakeview's Zack Hollars was 3-for-3 with two RBIs in the opener for Lakeview (5-19, 4-16) and had one of the Honkers' only two hits in the nightcap.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix..................................101 020 — ' 7 11 0

Lakeview..................................001 010 0 ' 2 7 0

Ellis and Lockett; Barber and Baker. W ' Ellis. L ' Matt Barber (1-5). 2B ' P: Ferguson, Walker 3; L: Hollars.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix....................................434 16 ' 18 15 0

Lakeview......................................000 00 ' 0 2 5

Ferguson, Walker (4) and Harvey; Baker, Hollars (3) and Ferry. W ' Ferguson. L ' Baker (0-1). 2B ' P: Supan, Walker 2, Harvey. 3B ' L: Hollars.

ROGUE RIVER 15-13, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3-2 ' At Cave Junction, Matt Frederick belted a grand slam in his final at-bat and hit for the cycle to power Rogue River to the Game 2 victory.

Frederick finished with six RBIs in Game 2 and went 5-for-8 at the plate on the day as the Chieftains (14-11, 13-7 Skyline) moved into a three-way tie with Phoenix and Mazama in league play with one game remaining.

Joey Parrillo went 3-for-4 with four stolen bases and Justin Castro allowed one hit over the final four innings and struck out seven to fuel the Chieftains to the Game — win.

FIRST GAME

Rogue River.............................122 154 ' 15 13 0

Illinois Valley..............................201 000 ' — 6 3

Miller, J. Castro (3) and R. Castro; Hocker, Elbert (6) and Steinhoff. W ' J. Castro (6-1). L ' Hocker. 3B ' RR: Girodat, Frantz, Kinman; IV: Bertsch. HR ' RR: G. Richardson (3).

SECOND GAME

Rogue River......................... 100 114 6 ' 13 15 1

Illinois Valley........................... 002 000 0 ' 2 6 6

Frantz, Girodat (4) and Reagles; Steinhoff and Eldred. W ' Girodat (4-3). L ' Steinhoff. 2B ' RR: Frederick; IV ' Bertsch, Hoskins. 3B ' RR: Frederick, Schram. HR ' RR: Frederick (3).

MAZAMA 12-5, NORTH VALLEY 2-11 ' At Klamath Falls, second-place North Valley (18-6, 14-6 Skyline) remained one game ahead of third-place Mazama, Rogue River and Phoenix with one game to play.

Sean Ash solidified the split with a two-run double in the seventh of Game 2. The Knights scored seven second-inning runs, but Mazama pulled within 8-5 through five.

North Valley got two hits each from Ben Silva, Tim Stickler, D.J. Willingham and Josh Makepeace.

In Game 1, Josh Shippy was 2-for-3 for North Valley.

FIRST GAME

North Valley................................101 000 ' 2 8 3

Mazama................................005 304 x ' 12 14 2

Makepeace, Shippy (4), Morales (6) and Saeman; Butcher and Lee. W ' Butcher. L ' Makepeace (4-2). 2B ' NV: Shippy; M: Hummell. HR ' M: McGraw.

SECOND GAME

North Valley.........................070 100 — ' 11 14 2

Mazama....................................101 120 0 ' 5 6 2

DeChenne and Saeman; Reed and Lee. W ' DeChenne (9-3). L ' Reed. 2B ' NV: Ash, Saeman, Shippy; M: Hummell, Nelson. HR ' M: Larson 2, McGraw.

HENLEY 18-11, HIDDEN VALLEY 2-2 ' At Murphy, B.J. Holloway drove in three runs in the opener and Jake Mastroianni had two RBIs in the nightcap in leading Henley to the Skyline Conference sweep.

FIRST GAME

Henley...................................324 200 7 ' 18 18 1

Hidden Valley...........................000 110 0 ' 2 6 3

Fritz and Hoppe; Tate, Dillon (2), Seyboldt (4), Ogden (5) and Hermansen. W ' Fritz. L ' Tate. 2B ' H: J. Knapp, Card, Fritz, North. 3B ' H: Holloway, Mastroianni.

SECOND GAME

Henley.....................................002 270 0 ' 11 4 2

Hidden Valley...........................000 110 0 ' 2 6 2

Wright, Nygren (6) and Hoppe; Pyle, Lucas (6) and Hermanson. W ' Wright. L ' Pyle. 2B ' H: Mastroianni; HV: Sword.

District 6

RIDDLE 11-11, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2-3 ' At Riddle, Cascade Christian ended the season 6-17 overall and 3-11 in District 6 play.

Kyle Campbell had two hits and two RBIs for the Challengers in Game 2. Aaron Grissom added a hit and an RBI.

FIRST GAME

Cascade Christian....................000 200 0 ' 2 5 3

Riddle....................................034 301 x ' 11 13 0

Evans and Hall; D. Lewis and B. Lewis. W ' D. Lewis. L 'Evans (1-4). 2B ' R: Wells, Swett, Warren.

SECOND GAME

Cascade Christian....................000 101 — ' — 6 6

Riddle....................................610 103 x ' 11 10 1

Campbell and Grissom; Swett, Warren (5) and Stuffelbear. W ' Swett. L ' Campbell (1-5). 2B ' CC: Campbell 2, Hall; R: Wells, Ramos.