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PREP BASEBALL: Grizzlies' season ends in tough fashion

MILWAUKIE — The Ashland High baseball team’s comeback season came to an end Wednesday in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

After the Grizzlies had just taken a 5-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning, La Salle Prep rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the frame, which was capped with a two-out grand slam, and although Ashland put together a rally of its own, the host Falcons survived with an 8-7 victory.

“I’m extremely proud of this group,” said Ashland head coach Nick Hall, whose Grizzlies finished third in the Midwestern League. “This season was a continuation of last year’s rebuilding process where we went from winning one game and then for us to have the season we had winning 16 games and put the program back on the map. It’s a pretty big success.”

After Issac Evans’ sacrifice fly scored Nate Carter to trim the Falcons lead to 8-7 in the seventh inning, the Grizzlies (16-10) had the tying run on first base with two outs but it was not to be.

Nick Buccino finished 2-for-4 with two-run double in the third inning that gave the Grizzlies a 2-0 advantage.

Carter finished 2-for-4 and scored twice while Rowan Amann added a run and an RBI for Ashland.

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Westrick and Drieling; Gately, Collman (6) and MacNeela. W — Collman. L — Westrick. 2B — LS: Gately. HR — LS: Evans.

Larry Stauth Jr. / For the TidingsAshland High head coach Nick Hall (far left) talks to his team during a meeting on the mound during a game against South Medford at North Mountain Park earlier this season.