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Ashland raises softball record to 4-0

YREKA, Calif. ' The season is young, but there's little doubt that the Ashland High softball team has made big strides from a year ago.

Sophomore Jasmine Smith won her third and fourth games of the spring and Alysse Carlson and Kayla Cardoza each banged five hits as the Grizzlies (4-0) won both ends of a nonconference doubleheader against Yreka on Saturday.

The scores were 8-3 and 7-5.

We've been swinging the bats pretty well, and Jasmine has been very steady on the mound, said first-year Ashland head coach Robin McCormick.

McCormick coached the Grizzly JV team to winning seasons each of the past three years. Her transition to the head coaching position was a smooth one.

— I had a lot of these girls on the JV team last year, she said. They're all very familiar with me. They know what the expectations are.

Carlson, the Grizzlies' leadoff hitter, has wielded a hot bat in all four games.

She's been very aggressive at the plate, and our assistant coach (Laurie Kemper) has worked with her on her swing and made her a better hitter, McCormick said.

In Game 1, the Grizzlies were clinging to a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth inning when Carlson stroked a three-run single.

In Game 2, Ashland trailed 4-2 entering the sixth when it put four runs on the board. Carlson and Janice Jones singled with two outs to launch the rally before Bailey Hasty cracked a two-run double that tied the game at 4-all.

Cardoza then reached on an error, allowing Hasty to score the go-ahead run. Cardoza later scored on another Yreka miscue that made it 6-4.

Hasty was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs in the nightcap.

FIRST GAME

Ashland...................................100 203 2 ' 8 12 3

Yreka.........................................010 100 — ' — 8 3

Smith and Gibbs; Kayla and Cierra. W ' Smith (3-0). L ' Kayla. 2B ' A: Carlson.

SECOND GAME

Ashland.................................. 101 004 — ' 7 12 5

Yreka.........................................120 101 0 ' 5 8 4

Smith and Gibbs; Kayla and Jessica. W ' Smith (4-0). 2B ' A: Carlson, Hasty.

CRATER 8, HENLEY 0 'At Central Point, Crater's Janelle Cristafaro led the shutout as she pitched a no-hitter with seven strikeouts.

The Comets' (1-0) forced five Henley errors and kept the ball in play on the offensive end.

Senior Stacey Bauer went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Comets.

Henley.........................................000 000 ' 0 0 5

Crater..........................................024 020 ' 8 7 0

Hargrave and Brunelle; Cristafaro and Lokeno, Winningham (5). W ' Cristafaro (1-0). L ' Hargrave. 2B ' C: Sutherland.

EAGLE POINT 5, MAZAMA 2 ' At Klamath Falls, Kelsey Heider struck out 10 as Eagle Point (3-0) won a rain-shortened, nonconference game.

The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was called off because of rain.

Heider and Carissa Schauffler paced the offensive attack with two hits.

Quenby Cox had a pair of hits for Mazama (2-1), which committed all four of its errors in the first two innings, leading to four unearned runs.

Eagle Point..................................320 000 ' 5 9 0

Mazama.......................................001 100 ' 2 6 4

Heider and Hamner; Hampson and Whiteley. W ' Heider. L ' Hampson (1-1). 2B ' EP: Hamner; M: Northrop. 3B ' M: Cox.

SOUTH UMPQUA 15-2, NORTH VALLEY 8-8 ' At Merlin, North Valley had 11 of its 25 hits on the day in winning the nightcap of the nonconference twin bill.

The Knights (1-2) started fast with three first-inning runs in Game 2. They led by six and had the bases loaded when the game was called in the sixth inning because of rain.

Shea Miller went 5-for-8 with a home run, five RBIs and two stolen bases to lead North Valley.

FIRST GAME

South Umpqua.................... 118 014 0 ' 15 12 3

North Valley...........................013 202 0 ' 8 14 7

Johnson and Morgan; DePorte, Hinkle (4) and Te. Morton. W ' Johnson. L ' DePorte. 2B ' SU: Hunt. 3B ' NV: Tr. Morton 2, Te. Morton 2. HR ' NV: Miller.

SECOND GAME

South Umpqua............................020 000 ' 2 — 2

North Valley.............................300 320 ' 8 11 3

Hunt, Bumgarner (4) and Morgan; Tr. Morton and Te. Morton. W ' Tr. Morton. L ' Hunt. 2B ' SU: Alspaush. 3B ' NV: Miller 2, Bumgarner, Hinkle, Ruatta.

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CRATER 16, MAZAMA 4 ' At Klamath Falls, Charlie Reina and Tyler Schmidt had three hits and four RBIs apiece as Crater (1-1) routed Mazama in a nonconference game.

Jeff Weiss added three hits and three RBIs for the Comets, who led 13-4 after three innings.

The game was called after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Crater.......................................337 201 ' 16 16 2

Mazama......................................400 000 ' 4 4 7

Fogel (1), Thomas and Lovemark; Reed, (3) Starley and Blake, Mettler. W' Thomas (1-0). L 'Reed. 2B ' C: Weiss, Schmidt.

ASHLAND 15, YREKA 5 ' At Ashland, Andrew Del Carlo socked a three-run double in the second inning that boosted Ashland to a 7-0 lead and the Grizzlies coasted to the nonconference victory.

Aaron San Nicholas had three hits, including a double, and knocked in a pair of runs to pace Ashland's 11-hit attack.

Justin Mesa and Steve Jorgenson added two hits each and Ben Morris drew four walks and scored four runs.

Sophomore right-hander Gus Gaviglio yielded four hits in 42/3 innings to get the win for the Grizzlies, who evened their record at 1-1.

Yreka.............................................003 02 ' 5 4 4

Ashland.....................................342 24 ' 15 11 5

A. Jorgenson, Girdner (2) and Walters; Gaviglio, Riversong (5), Gaviglio (5) and Littleton, Bruce (3). W ' Gaviglio (1-0). L ' Jorgenson. 2B ' Y: Salvestro; A: Del Carlo, S. Jorgenson, Meza, San Nicholas.

SOUTH UMPQUA 20-17, NORTH VALLEY 0-4 ' At Merlin, South Umpqua senior Eric Savage went 6-for-6 with a grand slam, 13RBIs and six runs in the nonconference sweep.

Savage also pitched three shutout innings in the first game with two strikeouts to pick up the victory.

The Lancers had 37 hits in the two games. Tyler Hill had six hits and six RBIs, and Kyle Doud five hits with a grand slam and five RBIs.

FIRST GAME

South Umpqua.....................314 (11)1 ' 20 20 0

North Valley..................................000 00 ' 0 2 2

Savage, Hill (4) and Clack; Morales, Turner (3), Olmstead (5) and Ogden. W ' Savage (1-0). L ' Morales. 2B ' SU: Hill 2, Savage. 3B ' SU: Rhodes. HR ' SU: Savage.

SECOND GAME

South Umpqua.....................6(11)0 00 ' 17 17 3

North Valley.................................022 00 ' 4 6 4

Rhodes, Smith (4), Justice (5) and Clack; Makepeace, Olmstead (3) and Castro. W ' Rhodes (1-0). L ' Makepeace. 2B ' SU: Hill 2, Justice, Savage, Clack. 3B ' SU: Doud. HR ' SU: Doud.

HIDDEN VALLEY 14-14, BUTTE FALLS 1-3 ' At Murphy, Hidden Valley took advantage of Butte Falls' inexperience to rack up 28 runs in the nonconference twin bill.

The Mustang pitchers only allowed a combined four runs off seven hits.

Dillon Ross had two doubles to pace the Loggers.

FIRST GAME

Butte Falls.....................................100 00 ' — 3 5

Hidden Valley.............................314 60 ' 14 7 2

L. Strickland, Ross (3) and Owen; Wardle, Scott and Reese. W ' Wardle. L ' Ross. 2B ' BF: Ross; HV: Stewart. 3B ' HV: Shahan.

SECOND GAME

Butte Falls.....................................201 00 ' — 4 3

Hidden Valley..............................411 53 ' 14 5 1

T. Stevenson, Ross (5) and C. Stevenson; Bennett, Scott (3) and Reese. W ' Bennett. L ' T. Stevenson. 2B ' BF: Ross. 3B ' HV: Reese.