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Grizzlies take down Panthers

MEDFORD — Ashland used a second-inning explosion to take control and made just enough defensive plays late hang on for a 9-8 victory over South Medford in a ragged, nonleague prep baseball game Thursday at Harry & David Field.

The Grizzlies scored six runs on six hits in the second, including Jesse Carroll’s two-run triple, which followed back-to-back singles by TarQuin Daley and Caleb Bell.

Ashland increased its lead to 8-2 after tacking on two more runs on Carroll’s two-run single in the third.

The Panthers, aided in part by seven Ashland errors, clawed their way back into the game, but a clutch throw down by Ashland catcher Jett Hamik wiped away the potential tying run in the sixth and Carroll pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to pick up the save.

“We shouldn’t expect to win with seven errors,” Ashland coach Nick Hall said. “But that says a lot about our pitchers for staying in there and continuing to throw strikes and dealing with four- and five-out innings. So hats off to those guys for not letting our defensive miscues affect them.”

Carroll went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, Aaron Scott turned four base on balls into three runs scored and Shea Scott went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, an RBI and two runs.

South Medford leadoff hitter Cole Carder was 2-for-3 and scored twice, Jaalen Owens was 2-for-2 and scored twice and Clint Campbell was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The Panthers were playing their season-opener.

Ashland (2-0) scored what turned out to be the winning run in the fifth, when Aaron Scott led off with a walk, moved to second on a single by Kellar Edwards, to third on a sacrifice bunt by Shea Scott and scored easily on Daley’s sacrifice fly to center.

Ashland has now scored 19 runs in its first two games, including Wednesday’s 10-0, five-inning win over North Valley.

“We’ve been off to a good start offensively and a lot of that is attributed to coach (Don) Senestraro’s effort that he’s put in with the guys,” Hall said. “And for us, we just need to stay within ourselves as hitters. We can’t get too antsy, because we have guys with power and guys with speed. So we need to just let the game come to us. First two games, we’ve had a fairly solid approach at the plate.”

Owens and Campbell had back-to-back singles to start the sixth and Owens ended up scoring to cut Ashland’s lead to one run, but Campbell was thrown out by Hamik at second moments later to snuff the potential rally.

Carroll breezed through the seventh, getting two quick groundouts before striking out Jaylin Parnell looking to end the game.

Ashland 062 010 0 – 9 10 7

South Medford 115 001 x – 8 8 2

Fuller, Buckley (3), Bell (4), Carroll (7) and Hamik; Devries, Loogman (3), Whitney (7) and Mahoney. W – Fuller (1-0). L – Devries (0-1). 2B – A: Carroll; SM: Mahoney. 3B – A: Carroll.

Boys Tennis

Ashland won three of four singles matches and swept the doubles matches to beat Klamath Union 7-1 on Thursday at Hunter Park.

In the closes match of the day, Ashland's No. 2 doubles team of Eryl Kenner and Jackson McRae beat Tristan Phelps and Gabe Johnson 7-5, 7-6.

Girls Tennis

Ashland won three doubles matches and two singles matches to upend Klamath Union 5-3 on Thursday at Hunter Park.

Ashland's No. 2 singles player Lilli Patton beat Grace Cox, 6-3, 6-3.

SINGLES: Courtlyn Lam, KU, d. Emily Haptonstall 6-0, 6-1; Lilli Patton, A, d. Grace Cox 6-3, 6-3; Hannah Barchet, A, d. Bethany VanMeter 6-0,6-4; Emily Pardon, KU, d. Lauren Croyle 7-5,6-7,10-8.

DOUBLES: Rianna Delgado-Alysia Larson, KU, d. Soleil Heller-Sofia Baldridge 4-6,6-4,10-7; Alexandra Crane-Ivy Amann, A, d. Vanessa Sanchez-Gaby Gabriella 6-2, 6-0; Marina Tacconi-Stella Bungay, A, d. Mya Phelps/Grace Anderson 6-0, 6-2; Anmol Gagneja-Rosabelle Heine, A, d. Tess Tofell-Destiny Hendrick 6-2, 6-0.