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LOCAL ROUNDUP: Heiken leads Grizzlies past IV

CAVE JUNCTION — Ashland’s Gabby Heiken tossed a one-hitter in the circle and was backed with 17 hits as the Grizzlies won by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule after five innings in their 14-1 nonconference victory over Illinois Valley on Tuesday afternoon.

Heiken yielded just one unearned run in the first inning, struck out four and walked one.

After racking up five runs in the top of the second inning, the Grizzlies (5-12) picked up a two-run single from Shelby Brown to cap a four-run third as Ashland bumped its lead up to 9-1.

Brown finished with two hits and three RBIs while teammate Faith Farrow added a pair of hits with two RBIs and a run scored.

Ashland05432—14172

Illinois Valley10000—116

Heiken and Hakes, Farrow (3); Menning and Wylie. W — Heiken (3-5). L — Menning. 2B — A: Gorringe. 3B — A: Hart.

College Sports

DANIEL, SOU SOFTBALL TEAM EARN CCC WEEKLY AWARDS: All-American sprinter Arianna Daniel was selected the Cascade Conference Red Lion Track Athlete of the Week and the Southern Oregon softball team received the CCC’s Under Armour Team of the Week label, the league office announced Monday.

On Saturday at Lane Community College’s Titan Twilight, Daniel won the 200-meter race in 25.31 seconds and the 400 in 57.28 while also helping SOU’s 4x100 relay team improve its NAIA ‘A’ standard time to 47.73 in another victory.

Daniel tops the CCC’s 200 performance list with an NAIA ‘B’ standard time of 24.91 and its 400 list with an ‘A’ time of 56.65, and she currently ranks second in the 100 (12.21). The junior is the defending Cascade Conference champion in all three events.

The fourth-ranked Raider softball was recognized after clinching the CCC regular-season title for the second year in a row and the third time in four years with a weekend sweep of Providence (Mont.). At 40-5 overall, they’ve reached 40 wins faster than any team in program history, and at 23-1 in the CCC, they’re working on a conference-record 22-game CCC winning streak.

SOU will conclude the regular season this Friday and Saturday before hosting the CCC Championships presented by U.S. Bank May 3-5.

Girls Tennis

ASHLAND 8, ST. MARY’S 0: At Ashland, Ashland won every set in the nonleague victory.

At No. 1 singles, the Grizzlies’ Sascha Wells downed Finley Cox, 6-1, 6-0. In the top doubles match, Ashland’s Jessica Hitchcock and Joey Zapf defeated Samantha Miller and Leah Sternenberg, 7-5, 6-1.

SINGLES: Sascha Wells, A, d. Finley Cox, 6-1, 6-0; Lauren Croyle, A, d. Suzanna Schatz, 6-1, 6-1; Bela Hoz de Vila, A, d. Anais Fong, 6-1, 6-2; Bridget Burr, A, d. Jenny Nguyen, 6-0, 6-1.

DOUBLES: Jessica Hitchcock-Zoe Zapf, A, d. Samantha Miller-Leah Sternenberg, 7-5, 6-1; Grace Smith-Sienna Scoggin, A, d. Mia Castille-Lauren Meyer, 6-1, 6-2; Molly Bloom-Grace Angermeier, A, d. Hannah Poisson-Jessica Traynor, 6-1, 7-5; Lyndsey Annen-Jackie Moran, A, d. Alicia Lu-Meg Wright, 6-4, 7-5.

Boys Tennis

ST. MARY’S 6, ASHLAND 3: Milan Bobek and Parker Lam, the Crusaders’ No. 2 and 3 seeds, each earned wins in singles to help St. Mary’s top Ashland.

Bobek won his match, 6-4 and 6-1, while Lam scored a 6-0, 6-4 victory.

The Crusaders won three of five singles matches and three of their four doubles matches were wins by default.

Ashland High freshman Gabby Heiken pitched the second game of a Double Header against Eagle Point at Eagle Point High School on Saturday. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)