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Grizzlies pick up clutch win

Staff and wire reports

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ASHLAND HIGH SENIOR INFIELDER Wes Dodds goes for — a bunt during Tuesday&

s win over Grants Pass. The Grizzlies won the — game when catcher Robby Bruce delivered a two-out double in the bottom — of the seventh to score two runs.

Orville Hector |

On his dad&

s birthday, Robby Bruce gave Robert Bruce and the Ashland High baseball team a valuable gift.

The younger Bruce blasted a double over the center fielder&

s head with two outs in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday to drive in two runs and give the Grizzlies a 4-3 Southern Oregon Conference victory over Grants Pass.

The comeback win at North Mountain Park was Ashland&

s second straight following a six-game losing streak, improving the Grizzlies to 6-8 overall and 3-6 in the SOC. Grants Pass fell to 3-5 in league play.


Whenever you win the game in the bottom of the seventh, it&

s always fun,&

Ashland coach Don Senestraro said.

Bruce, who&

s batting cleanup since Ashland lost slugger John Goldberg to a season-ending knee injury, came up to bat with the game on the line after the Cavers intentionally walked Justin Meza to load the bases. Bruce connected on the second pitch to easily score the game-tying and game-winning runs without a play at home.


Happy birthday dad,&

he told Robert Bruce afterward.



s batting fourth for a reason,&

Senestraro said of his cleanup hitter. &


s hitting the ball harder than anybody right now and he found the center of it, let me tell you.&

San Gaviglio picked up the win for Ashland to improve to 3-0. Aaron San Nicholas got the start and held the Cavers to three unearned runs in three innings &

Grants Pass scored three on a critical Ashland error in the third.

Tyler Killeen pitched three strong innings of relief for Ashland (he didn&

t allow a hit) before Gaviglio took over in the seventh. San Nicholas, Killeen and Gaviglio held the Cavers to a combined four hits.

Ashland tries to make it three in a row today against Klamath Union. The 4:30 p.m. game will be played at North Mountain Park.

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Murray and Garcia; San Nicholas, Killeen (4), S. Gaviglio (7) and Bruce. W &

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A: Senestraro, Bruce.

Girls tennis

Grants Pass won three of four singles matches to hand Ashland hits second SOC loss in as many days Tuesday at Hunter Park.

Ashland No. — singles player Kayla Moyse easily won her No. — singles match over Rebecca Weicher, 6-0, 6-0, but the Cavers won the other three in straight sets.

In doubles action, Ashland&

s No. — team of Sami Laskos and Maddy Stokes outlasted Lexi Smith and Piper Dobner, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Ashland also got a win at No. 4 doubles out of Kelsey Mills and Alicia Walcher, who toppled Emily Nolan and Tiffany Boonyaprayoon, 6-1, 6-4.

Ashland also lost 5-3 to Klamath Union on Monday.

Boys golf

At Klamath Falls, Ashland got solid play through the ranks and took second place in an eight-team boys golf tournament at the Running Y Resort Tuesday.

Ben Wright&

s even-par-72 led the Grizzlies and was good for second individually.

Redmond won with a score of 303, two better than Ashland. North Medford was third at 319.

The victorious Panthers also had the medalist in Joe Heisler, who shot 34 on the back side for a 69.

Three Ashland players were in the 70s. The others were Austin Harfst (76) and Will Murphy (77).


They are very consistent,&

said North Medford coach Kevin Klabunde. &

They keep all their players in the 80s or better, and that&

s the hallmark of a good, solid team.&

North Medford was without two of its top players, who stayed behind to attend class.

Otherwise, said Klabunde, &

I think we would have been right there.&

North was led by John Clarke&

s 73, good for a tie for third place. Miles Dale, who hadn&

t broken 80 before, did so emphatically, shooting a 77 for the Black Tornado.

St. Mary&

s Nelson Keating shared third with a 73.

South Medford placed sixth and was led by Mike Nieto&

s 79.


1, Joe Heisler, Redmond, 69; 2, Ben Wright, Ashland, 72; 3, (tie) John Clarke, North Medford, and Nelson Keating, St. Mary&

s, 73; 5, (tie) Austin Harfst, Ashland, Andy Maphet, Grants Pass, Mike Chappell, Crook County, 76.

REDMOND (303) &

Joe Heisler 35-34&

69, Pat Papen 38-39&

77, Mychal Denney 42-36&

78, Michael Reeve 39-40&


ASHLAND (305) &

Ben Wright 36-36&

72, Austin Harfst 39-37&

76, Will Murphy 39-38&

77, Galen Camp 41-39&



John Clarke 38-35&

73, Miles Dale 39-38&

77, Hamilton Baehr 43-38&

81, (tie) Steven Perkins 43-45&

88 and Jon Lawson 43-45&



Andy Maphet 37-39&

76, Calen Nicholson 41-38&

79, D.J. Ingledue 42-43&

85, Jeff Waddington 44-40&



Mike Chappell 37-39&

76, Taylor Danforth 43-38&

81, Brad Bemis 44-43&

87, Jordan Danforth 42-46&



Mike Nieto 42-37&

79, Nathan Budzszewski 40-40&

80, Neil Smith 42-46&

88, (tie) Dan Erickson 42-48&

90 and Jason Artner 45-45&



S (346) &

Nelson Keating 35-38&

73, Alex Street 40-40&

80, Nick Terry 45-46&

91, Kris Slavenski 50-52&



Allen Monti 48-44&

92, Ron Cornelison 51-46&

97, Wes Alaniz 55-48&

103, Josh Rose 68-57&


College track field

The Oregon Institute of Technology jumped into the lead for the Cascade Conference track and field championships by sweeping the league&

s multi-event titles at Raider Stadium Tuesday.

Junior Michelle Klaja repeated as heptathlon champion by amassing 4,340 points and holding off a strong challenge by Eastern Oregon University&

s Whitney Haltiner (4,251), while Owl freshman Nick Best cruised to the decathlon title with 6,163 points.

Klaja, who scored 4,371 points last year, entered Tuesday&

s action with a 38-point lead over Haltiner but padded the margin by 60 points with a meet-best 119-7 javelin throw.


An elbow problem held Michelle back a little bit, especially in the shot put and javelin, but I figure she&

ll be ranked in the (NAIA) top 10 with this score,&

OIT coach Ken Coffman said. &

Even still, she had really sound marks in all seven events.&

Warner Pacific&

s Breanna Hargrave (3,967), EOU&

s Shauna Dahlin (3,559) and OIT&

s Krystal Lonien (3,495) rounded out the women&

s field.

Best posted only one of his four meet-best marks Tuesday, but his swift 15.6 hand-timed mark in the 110-meter high hurdles, coupled with avoidance of disaster in the pole vault, sealed a 503-point victory over second-place Roy Adams of Warner Pacific College.


This was only Nick&

s second decathlon, but I think he&

ll be somewhere in the NAIA top 15,&

Coffman said. &

He has excellent speed, and once he learns more about the other events, he&

ll have a chance to be a really special decathlete.&