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No luck, and no win against Tornado

A team as talented as North Medford doesn't need many lucky breaks, but the Black Tornado got a big one Tuesday and used it to keep the Ashland High baseball team out of the win column.

An would-be routine ground ball struck an umpire to keep North's first-inning rally alive and Zach Earle followed with a bases-clearning triple, as the Tornado handed the Grizzlies their third straight loss to start the season, 9-4, at North Mountain Park.

"They're a good team and if that ball doesn't hit the umpire &

I'm not saying we're going to win, but things would have been different," Ashland coach Don Senestraro said.

North starter Andrew Jones struck out three and walked three to register his first victory of the season. Freshman Matt Maurer and junior Dylan Bedortha blanked the Grizzlies over the final three innings.

"We were real happy with (Jones') arm angle," North Medford coach Brett Wolfe said. "He was getting movement on his fastball and his breaking pitch was much sharper."

Jones also knocked in what proved to be the winning runs with a two-out, two-run homer in the second inning. The blast was his second round-tripper of the season.

Ashland capitalized on back-to-back errors to score three runs in the second, slicing North's lead in half. The Grizzlies got RBIs from Charles Sebrell on a bases-loaded walk and a single by Sam Gaviglio. Jones got out of the jam when Tysin Senestraro hit into an inning-ending, bases-loaded double play.

Lewis Sebrell went 2-for-2 with two walks to lead Ashland and Senestraro added two hits.

North leadoff hitter Aaron Marlia collected two hits and one RBI.

Darren Bruhns contributed two hits and an RBI for the Black Tornado.

Ashland again struggled in the field, committing four errors to up its season total to 13.

"I have no explanation why we've committed so many errors early on," Senestraro said. "Obvously, I don't have them prepared enough to play, but we'll get there."

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Boys Tennis

At Medford, the North Medford boys tennis team continued its torrid streak to start the season with an easy victory over former Southern Oregon Conference foe Ashland on Tuesday at Varsity Courts.

The Black Tornado picked up impressive wins from both its Nos. — and 2 singles and doubles competitors to improve to 3-0 on the season with a 6-2 victory over the Grizzlies.

Ashland picked up wins at No. 4 singles and No. 4 doubles: Ashland's Kyle Curran beat Evan Peterson, 6-1, 6-4, and the Grizzlies' duo of Min Oh Suh and Elias Shaw outlasted Cody Watkins and Erik Loeffler, 6-2, 7-6 (1).

Michael Tribble, North's top singles player, cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Sean Cleveland. Teammate Colt Hoeptner downed Avi Silberstein, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.

In doubles, the Tornado's top tandem of Tanner Borg and David Longmire blanked Jon Weighter and Kyle Lachmund, 6-0, 6-0, while Austin Schoenlein and David Tribble also rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Tyler Suh and Tom Miner.

North Medford now moves on to Southwest Conference action.

Its first opponent, South Eugene, should provide a stiff test when the teams face off April — in Eugene.

SINGLES &

Michael Tribble, NM, def. Sean Cleveland, 6-1, 6-2; Colt Hoeptner, NM, def. Avi Silberstein, 6-1, 6-1; Nathan Dines, NM, def. Nick Cross, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Kyle Curran, A, def. Evan Peterson, 6-1, 6-4.

DOUBLES &

Tanner Borg-David Longmire, NM, def. Jon Weighter-Kyle Lachmund, 6-0, 6-0; Austin Schoenlein-David Tribble, NM, def. Tyler Suh-Tom Miner, 6-0, 6-0; Nick Hogan-Corey Hisey, NM, def. Andrew Cataldo-Jeff Laskos, 6-2, 7-5; Min Oh Suh-Elias Shaw, A, def. Cody Watkins-Erik Loeffler, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1).

Girls Tennis

The Ashland and North Medford girls tennis teams fought cold and windy conditions to finish in a 4-4 split in a nonconference match Tuesday at Hunter Park.

Kenna Goodson led off by winning the No. — singles for the Black Tornado.

On the doubles side, Bridget Palmesano and Jamie Marvin won a close match in the No. — slot.

SINGLES &

Kenna goodson, NM, d. Jordan Rooklyn, 6-1, 6-0; Nicole Jacquat, A, d. Sierra Severson, 6-2, 0-6, 7-4; Olivia Floria, A, d. Katie Murphy, 6-1, 7-5; Kelsey Mills, A, d. Kelli Strong, 6-4, 7-5.

DOUBLES &

Bridget Palmesano-Jamie Marvin, A, d. Carissa Arnesen-Jacqueline Folger, 7-5, 6-7, 1-7 (9-7); Sam Reed-Jennifer Dumas, NM, d. Christi Gay-Monika Heiken, 7-5, 6-2; Jade Severson-Tessa Forsyth, NM, d. Ashley Dlazinski-Rachel Pitman, 6-3, 6-2; Jaclyn Abeloe-Whitney Hodnett, NM, d. Zena Shelton-Katie Patton, 6-1, 6-4.

College Wrestling

Southern Oregon University wrestling coach Mike Ritchey was honored with the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award for the NAIA Division recently at the National Wrestling Coaches Association awards social.

Ritchey, a 12-year coach at SOU, received the award after guiding the Raiders to their 37th consecutive winning season.

Sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at 482-3456 x 224 or joe.