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Grizzlies wrap up perfect Arizona trip

Jesse Carroll and Caleb Bell combined to hold Saint Viator to four hits and Ashland’s big fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Grizzlies wrapped up an undefeated road trip to Arizona with a 5-2 victory at Greenway High School in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday.

Carroll held Saint Viator of Chicago to one run on two hits through 4 2/3 innings before giving way to Bell, who limited the Lions to one run the rest of the way.

Carroll also went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Grizzlies, who improved to 5-0 overall after its three-win trip to Arizona for the annual Greenway Festival. Also for Ashland, leadoff hitter TarQuin Daley was 2-for-4 with a double and Nick Sanderson 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the pivotal fifth.

Ashland took a 2-1 lead in the third when Bell delivered a one-out single, moved to second on a single by Carroll and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice.

In the fifth, Daley hammered a leadoff double to right-center, moved to third on Carroll’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a passed ball. Later, Bell walked, advanced to second on Carroll’s bunt and came home on Sanderson’s single up the middle. Sanderson scored when Kellar Edwards was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Saint Viator starting pitcher Tony Nagle took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Jack Coney was 2-for-3 to lead the Lions’ offense.

The game was Ashland’s last nonleague tune-up before Tuesday’s Midwestern League opener at Springfield.

Ashland 101 030 0 – 5 10 1

Saint Viator 100 001 0 – 2 4 1

Carroll, Bell (5) and McLennan; Nagle,Landoch (5) and Finnegan. W – Carroll. L – Nagle. 2B – A: Daley.

College Softball

At Happy Valley, No. 23 Corban swept a Cascade Conference doubleheader from No. 16 Southern Oregon on Wednesday, taking the opener 9-4 and the second game 2-1 at Hood View Park.

The Warriors hit three home runs in the first three innings of the first game and rallied in the sixth inning of the nightcap to complete the sweep.

In the opener, Corban’s Iris Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the fourth to help the Warriors (19-10, 5-3 CCC) surge to a 7-1 lead.

SOU pitcher Sydney White took the loss and fell to 4-4 after surrendering nine earned runs on 10 hits in four innings.

The Raiders (15-9, 3-3) were led at the plate by Kayleen Smith, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double.

In the second game, SOU’s Rebecca Velasquez singled up the middle to bring home Kayleen Smith and give the Raiders a 1-0 lead in the fourth.

That looked like it might hold up after Raider pitcher Victoria Mackey shut down the Warriors through five, but Corban led off the sixth with back-to-back singles, tied the game on a fielder’s choice and took the lead when Rodriguez came home on a single by Grace Uttogalarneau.

SOU’s Amelia Hensler reached on a fielding error with one out in the seventh but was left stranded after Allie Mendez retired the next two Raider batters, including a strikeout of Aaliyah Oliver to end the game.

Mackey took her first loss of the year and fell to 8-1 after holding Corban to two runs on seven hits in six innings. She walked two and struck out one.

Mendez, who improved to 7-4, held the Raiders to four hits and had six strikeouts without a walk.