Comets humble Grizzlies
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.
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.
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
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.
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0 — 1
Crater 104 104 &
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G. Gaviglio, Killeen (4), C. Sebrell (5) and Bruce. Davidson and Reina. W &
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G. Gaviglio. 2B &
A: San Nicholas. C: Grabowski, Schmidt. 3B &
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