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Comets humble Grizzlies

CENTRAL POINT

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The Grizzlies could not escape the wrath of a relentless and occasionally unmerciful foe Tuesday: Themselves.

Ashland High botched several key plays and Crater gladly took advantage in a 10-0, six-inning Southern Oregon Conference baseball blowout at Anhorn Field.

The Comets, who completed a three-game season sweep of Ashland with the win, pounded a season-high 19 hits against three Ashland pitchers, including 10 off Grizz starter Gus Gaviglio.

The Grizzlies couldn&

t come close to matching that against Crater ace Tony Davidson, who held Ashland to three hits in a complete-game shutout.

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We came out flat,&

Ashland head coach Don Senestraro said. &

I think maybe we thought we were better than what (we are). Crater has a great team. You&

ve gotta come out and you&

ve got to play baseball against the top three teams in the SOC, and we didn&

t play well.&

The loss snapped the Grizzlies&

longest winning streak of the season at five and dropped Ashland into fifth place in the SOC at 6-7. Crater improved to 9-4 in league play, two games behind second-place South Medford.

Ashland (9-9 overall) bobbled a chance to stay close in the third inning when catcher Robby Bruce fumbled a perfect relay throw, allowing Chuck Grabowski to score with two outs. The wild play &

Senestraro contested it, arguing that Grabowski should have slid &

kept the inning going long enough for the next batter, Daniel Lovemark, to hit a three-run homer over the 390-foot sign in center field.

Ashland also crippled its chances with a base-running error in the second and a fielding miscue that led to a Tony Murphy triple.

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If we play ball the way we&

ve been playing ball we can beat any team out here, but we beat ourselves,&

Ashland designated hitter Lewis Sebrell said. &

We need to play our game in order to win ball games. We can&

t just expect to take the field and play good every

time.&

Crater put the Grizzlies away early by scoring four runs on seven hits in the sixth off Ashland reliever Charlie Sebrell. Lovemark was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including the game-clincher, and Zach Boskovich was 4-for-4. Ashland had a runner in scoring position in four of the first five innings, but failed to bring him home each time.

The Grizzlies travel to play a doubleheader against top-ranked and undefeated Roseburg (16-0, 13-0 SOC) on Saturday.

Ashland 000 000 &

0 — 1

Crater 104 104 &

10 19 1

G. Gaviglio, Killeen (4), C. Sebrell (5) and Bruce. Davidson and Reina. W &

Davidson (1-1). L &

G. Gaviglio. 2B &

A: San Nicholas. C: Grabowski, Schmidt. 3B &

C: Murphy. HR &

C: Lovemark.