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PREP ROUNDUP: Grizz swept by Comets

Crater was in control from both the pitcher’s circle and the plate as the Comets swept Ashland. 16-2 and 14-0, in their Midwestern League doubleheader season-opener at North Mountain Park on Thursday afternoon.

In Game 1, which lasted just six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule, pitcher Megan Wagner picked up the win for the Comets (5-1, 2-0 MWL), striking out nine across six innings where she allowed just two runs on five hits.

The Comets’ Hannah Joseph hit a home run and came up with three hits, as did teammate Kaila Lee.

Grizzlies freshman Gabby Heiken launched her first career home run — a solo shot in the first inning.

In the nightcap, Joseph tossed a two-hit shutout while Presley Robison and Haley Hillyer went for three hits apiece and Lee added a homer.

FIRST GAME

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Wagner and Sanderson; Adams, Heiken (6) and Hakes, Farrow (5). W — Wagner. L — Adams (1-3). 2B — C: Carter; A: Gorringe. HR — C: Joseph; A: Heiken.

SECOND GAME

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Joseph, Peterson (5) and Sanderson; Adams, Heiken (3) and Farrow, Hakes (4). W — Joseph. L — Adams (1-4). 2B — C: Peterson, Hillyer. HR — C: Lee.

Girls Tennis

ASHLAND 7, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: At Medford, With top singles seed Sascha Wells leading the way, Ashland took care of business against host South Medford with three singles wins and a sweep in doubles.

Wells topped the Panthers’ Ariana Watson, 6-1, 6-0, while in doubles, the Grizzlies duet of Grace Smith and Zoey Zapf got the best of South’s Ella Kesterson and Maggie Von Strahl, 6-2, 6-3.

SINGLES: Sascha Wells, A, d. Ariana Watson, 6-1, 6-0; Lauren Croyle, A, d. Claire Brasseur, 6-0, 6-1; Bela HozDeVila, A, d. Sarah McCallister, 6-2, 6-3; Emerle Doell, SM, d. Bridget Burr, 6-3, 6-3.

DOUBLES: Grace Smith-Zoey Zapf, A, d. Ella Kesterson-Maggie Von Strahl, 6-2, 6-3; Alyssa Retiz-Sofia Shelton, A, d. Jill Rosie Holt-Megan Batting, 6-0, 6-1; Jessica Hitchcock-Harper Wells, A, d. Lily McPherson-Sophie Clark, 6-1, 6-1; Lyndsey Annen-Jackie Moran, A, d. Fatima Jacobs-Kaelin Reed, 6-3, 6-1.

Ashland High freshman Gabby Heiken, at shortstop, fields the ball during the first game of a doubleheader against Eagle Point at Eagle Point High School on Saturday. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)