Sebrell's bat helps Ashland down Summit
ASHLAND — It took Lewis Sebrell a little while to find his hitting stroke. But since an 0-for-8 start to the season, the Ashland sophomore has been on a hot streak from the plate.
Sebrell provided the spark with his bat Tuesday as the Grizzlies defeated Summit of Bend 7-4 in the four-team Ashland Invitational at North Mountain Park.
Sebrell had three hits, three RBIs and scored twice, including what proved to be the winning run in Ashland's three-run fourth inning.
Sam Gaviglio opened the Grizzlies' fourth with a single and Garrett Tygerson sacrificed the runner to second. Sheldon Cotts singled to put runners on first and third before Sebrell cleared the bases with a triple. Sebrell scored on a wild pitch to give Ashland a 5-2 lead.
The Grizzlies scored two runs in the second inning to take a 2-1 advantage. Sebrell started things off with a double and twin brother Charlie Sebrell followed with a walk. Tysin Senestraro and Justin Meza delivered RBI singles to account for the runs.
"Ever since going 0-8 (Lewis Sebrell) has been tearing it up," Ashland coach Don Senestraro said. "Him and Tysin (Senestraro) have been hitting the ball hard."
Tysin Senestraro added three hits and two RBIs, while Cotts and Charlie Sebrell banged out two hits each.
The Grizzlies received a strong pitching effort from starter Tyler Killeen (1-0) and Tygerson, who blanked Summit over the final 22/3 innings. Killeen allowed one earned run, gave up four hits and struck out four in 41/3 innings.
"It was our fourth good start in a row," said coach Senestraro. "We're pitching real good right now and scoring a few runs."
Ashland (4-3) will face Willamette at about 2 p.m. today in the round-robin event. Summit plays McMinnville at 10 a.m., followed by Williamette-McMinnville, who will finish a suspended game from Tuesday.
Ashland 002 301 1 — 7 12 3
Summit 100 300 0 — 4 7 1
Killeen, Tygerson (5) and L. Sebrell; McDougal, Broadous (5) and Burton. W — Killeen (1-0). L — Broadous. 2B — A: L. Sebrell, Senestraro. 3B — A: L. Sebrell.
u CRATER 14, FOREST GROVE 4, 5 INNINGS — At Central Point, Zack Boskovich went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs to spark Crater's 15-hit attack in pool play of the eight-team Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
Josh Surgeon added two hits and four RBIs for the Comets (2-0), while Cory Staniforth contributed a double and a triple.
Also for Crater, Charlie Reina pounded a two-run homer in the second inning.
Other pool play scores were: St. Helens 12, Cleveland 3; South Salem 7, Century 1; and Mountain View and Sprague played to a 10-10 tie.
Forest Grove 030 01 — 4 6 2
Crater 240 71 — 14 15 2
Swaja, Sullivan (3) and Hummel; Powell, Ogle (3) and Reina. W — Ogle (1-0). L — Swaja. 2B — C: Surgeon, Staniforth, Boskovich, Hill. 3B — C: Davis, Staniforth. HR — C: Reina (1).
U PHOENIX STAYS PERFECT — At John Day, Phoenix plowed over Mollala 12-2 in five innings before topping Les Schwab Classic host Grant Union 11-6 to keep its season record unscathed.
The Pirates (6-0) posted eight runs in the fifth inning against Mollala, where 13 Phoenix players had a chance to bat. In that frame, Dustin Smith had two doubles and Matt Wiegen added a two-run single.
Smith and Jake Murphy each went 2-for-3 and combined for five runs and three RBIs, while Kory Locken was 3-for-4 with two runs and a pair of stolen bases and Nick Workman swung 2-for-4.
Codey Barrett's first home run of the year — a second inning grand slam — gave the Pirates a 6-2 advantage against Grant Union. Barrett collected five RBIs in the game, while Workman, Locken, Andrew George and Mike Shepherd each went 2-for-4.
The Pirates will continue tournament play today against Regis at 11 a.m.
Phoenix 211 08 —12 15 0
Mollala 200 00 —2 6 3
Lewis, Decker (3) and Shepherd; Sprague, Sawaett (5), Daen (5) and Koos. W — Decker (2-0). L — Sprague. 2B — P: Smith 2, Murphy, Workman, Lewis; M: Fowler.
Phoenix 061 040 0 —11 13 2
Grant Union 110 011 2 —6 8 2
Smith and Shepherd; Williams, Oliver (5) and Martin. W — Smith (1-0). L — Williams. 2B — P: George, Locken; GU: Williams, Oliver, Silva. HR — P: Barrett; GU: Lippert, Delosier.