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Cotts' big hit propels Ashland past KUASHLAND ' Ashland baseball coach Don Senestraro had been waiting for a breakout moment by his Grizzlies, and junior outfielder Sheldon Cotts provided it Saturday at North Mountain Park.

With Ashland trailing 2-1 and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, Cotts belted a two-run double to spark a four-run inning that propelled the Grizzlies to a 6-2 win over Klamath Union in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader.

Game 2 of the Southern Oregon Conference twin bill was rained out, and has been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

He got a game ball after that, Senestraro said of Cotts. He had two strikes and the bases loaded and that was just huge for us. We've been struggling lately with our confidence and after that things just got rolling.

Cotts' big blow came after Gus Gaviglio earned a leadoff walk and was sacrificed over to second by Tysin Senestraro. Aaron San Nicholas then drew a walk and Wes Dodds singled to load the bases and set the stage for Cotts. Dodds also scored on the play when the ball was misplayed in right field to give Ashland a 4-2 lead. Louis Sebrell followed with an RBI double to cap the inning.

Ashland (5-8, 2-6 SOC) added another run in the sixth after Cotts smacked a one-out double, stole third and scored on a two-out triple by Max Gordon. Dodds also had a two-out, RBI triple in the second.

— The offensive surge was more than enough for San Nicholas, who allowed only one hit after the first inning and struck out five with two walks.

He pitched a great game, said Don Senestraro, and we played great defense behind him, too. We were error-free and played the type of game I thought we were capable of all year.

The Pelicans (1-11, 0-8 SOC) loaded the bases in the first on two singles and a walk, then got an RBI single from Mark Cruz and a sacrifice fly by Jake Waardenburg for their 2-0 lead.

Klamath Union.........................200 000 0 ' 2 4 1

Ashland....................................010 401 x ' 6 8 0

Waardenburg and M. Cruz; San Nicholas and L. Sebrell. W ' San Nicholas (2-1). L ' Waardenburg. 2B ' KU: Montgomery; A: Gordon, L. Sebrell, Cotts. 3B ' A: Dodds, Gordon.

Skyline Baseball

PHOENIX 15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 5 ' At Talent, Dan Ritchie provided a big bat as Phoenix exploded for 15 runs in the first two innings of the five-inning contest.

The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed. A make-up date has not been set.

Ritchie went 2-for-2 and drove in five runs for the Pirates, who remained undefeated in the Skyline Conference.

Phoenix (9-3, 5-0 Skyline) had a seven-run outburst in the opening frame. Dustin Smith and Nick Abney both provided two-run singles to spark the rally.

Ritchie clouted a two-run triple in the Pirates' eight-run second inning.

Adam Decker and Smith combined for four hits, four RBIs and five runs scored.

Sophomores Cody Barrett and Ryan Robinson pitched effectively and the Pirates backed them up with errorless defense.

For Illinois Valley (0-8, 0-4 Skyline), senior Joel Dierkes collected two hits and three RBIs.

Illinois Valley............................030 20 ' 5 8 2

Phoenix.....................................780 0x ' 15 10 0

Murphy, Anderson (4) and Thomas; Barrett, Robinson (5) and Abney. W ' Barrett (1-0). L ' Murphy. 2B ' IV: Dierkes, Hoskins; P: Robinson. 3B ' P: Ritchie.

District 6 Baseball

ST. MARY'S 12-6, CHILOQUIN 2-10 ' St. Mary's won its first game of the season ' and the first since the program was dropped following the 2001 season ' in the opener of the District 6 doubleheader.

The Crusaders are 1-6 overall and 1-2 in league.

Austin Schrader pitched a four-hitter and drove in three runs, including two with a triple, to fuel the victory. On the mound, he struck out seven and walked one.

Dash Hillgartner was 2-for-4 and scored three runs for the Crusaders, and Juan Ramirez ended the contest with a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring Michael Brimble and Schrader.

In Game 2, Hillgartner was 3-for-5 and Jason Young 2-for-2. Pitcher Paul Ortlit-Hune allowed six hits and struck out 11, but St. Mary's committed five errors.

FIRST GAME

Chiloquin.....................................001 01 ' 2 4 8

St. Mary's....................................431 13 ' 12 7 2

McAda and Ortis; Schrader and Brimble. W ' Schrader (1-2). L ' McAda. 2B ' C: Braggs; SM: Ramirez. 3B ' SM: Schrader.

SECOND GAME

Chiloquin................................300 106 0 ' 10 6 3

St. Mary's...............................011 030 — ' 6 9 5

McAda and Ortis; Ortlit-Hune and Brimble. W ' McAda. L ' Ortlit-Hune (0-4). 2B ' C: Sheppard, Montoya.

Softball

PHOENIX JV 11, BUTTE FALLS 1, 5 innings

' At Talent, Tessa Lockett drilled a two-run double in the first inning to get the Phoenix JV team off to a quick start and had four strikeouts on the mound in the nonconference affair.

Crystal Ano also had a double for the Pirates, while Nicole Ross tripled for Butte Falls (0-8 overall) and Felicia Ferguson scored the Loggers' lone run on a passed ball.

Game 2 of the scheduled doubleheader was rained out with no makeup date planned.

Butte Falls.....................................000 01 ' — 4 6

Phoenix JV.................................424 1x ' 11 10 1

B. Ross and Myers; Lockett, Knutson (4) and Dunn. W ' Lockett. L ' Ross (0-4). 2B ' P: Lockett, Ano. 3B ' BF: N. Ross.

Girls Tennis

BEND INVITATIONAL ' At Bend, North Medford's No. — singles player, Lauren Wilson, and the No. — doubles team of Sarah Louie and Erica Schultz each won matches against Tualatin foes before rain washed out the remainder of the Bend Invitational.

Wilson picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marty Pellicano of Tualatin. Pellicano advanced to the state quarterfinals last season.

SINGLES ' Lauren Wilson, NM, d. Marty Pellicano, 6-3, 6-2; Leah Hoffee, T, d. Sarah Pendergast, 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES ' Sarah Louie-Erica Schultz, NM, d. Holly Mengis-Abby Messenger, 6-2, 6-1; 2, Danielle Bocchi-Natalie Campbell, T, d. Carissa Arnesen-Jacqueline Folger, 6-2, 6-3.

SOC Boys Tennis

SOUTH MEDFORD 6, GRANTS PASS 2 ' South Medford swept all four singles matches en route to the SOC victory at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

Nic Millan played his best match of the season, said South coach Jackie Barker, at No. — singles. Millan dispatched Andrew Morris, 6-1, 6-1.

The Panthers are 4-2-1 overall and 2-2 in the SOC.

SINGLES ' Nic Millan, SM, d. Andrew Morris, 6-1, 6-1; Brett Swanson, SM, d. Mickey Allapach, 6-3, 7-6; Antoine Guy, SM, d. Andy Sinclair, 6-4, 6-3; Xavier Brasseur, SM, d. Jaren Nelson, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.

DOUBLES ' Kent Eastman-Alex Pfenning, SM, d. Marty Christensen-Forrest Carpenter, 6-4, 7-5; Jeff Newman-Andy Atkinson, SM, d. Noah Jenkins-Aaron Lieberman, 6-2, 6-0; Robert Williams-Robert Van Delden, GP, d. Sam Barr-Matt Gardner, 7-5, 6-2; Jamey Keefe-David Wheatcraft, GP, d. Kadin Wiley-Forrest Faulconer, 6-1, 7-5.

SOC Boys Golf

SOUTHERN OREGON INVITATIONAL ' At Grants Pass, the final round of the two-day event was canceled due to rain and standing water on the Grants Pass Golf Club course.

North Eugene, which led after the first round Friday, was declared the winner of the 10-team tournament.