Ashland scoots by Eagle Point in five innings
EAGLE POINT — Errors and walks have been a big bugaboo for the Eagle Point baseball team in Southern Sky Conference play.
That trend continued Wednesday as Ashland took advantage of eight walks and three errors by the Eagles to pull away for a 14-3 win in five innings.
The Grizzlies scored eight runs in the second inning to take command.
Eagle Point fell to 0-6 in SSC action.
"Since league started it's been a struggle throwing strikes," said Eagles' coach Rob Cowden. "We've had way too many walks and we haven't been playing very solid defense.
"I told the kids the last couple times that it's a vicious cycle. If a pitcher feels like he's not getting solid defense then he starts pressing and that usually leads to walks, which then leads to more pressure on the defense."
Owen Baldrica went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Lewis Sebrell was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in support of Ashland's 11-hit attack. The Grizzlies improved to 2-4 in the SSC.
"To Ashland's credit, they hit the ball well," said Cowden. "You've got to tip your cap to them a little because they did have 11 hits."
Ben Charlton paced Eagle Point with two hits in as many at-bats.
Ashland 180 23 — 14 11 1
Eagle Point 000 30 — 3 7 3
Killeen, S. Gaviglio (4) and L. Sebrell; Keesee, F. Charlton (3) and Adams. W — Killeen. L — Keesee. 2B — EP: Adams.
ALL-SKYLINE MEET — At Cave Junction, Phoenix wrapped up the regular-season title with a team victory in the final event of the Skyline Conference season.
The Pirates shot a 319 to nudge past North Valley (337).
Daniel Engle fired a 4-over-par 76 to earn medalist honors, while teammates J.T. Compher and Jesse Taylor each shot a 79. Illinois Valley's Parrish Evans was second with a 77.
Phoenix finished the season with a 1,279 team total. It leads Henley (1,366) heading into the two-day district tournament held May 7-8 at Grants Pass Golf Club and Shield Crest in Klamath Falls.
PHOENIX (319) — J.T. Compher 43-36—79, Daniel Engle 38-38—76, Jesse Taylor 39-40—79, Sam Howell 45-40—85.
NORTH VALLEY (337) — Derekk Vandehey 44-39—83, Travis Clark 45-38—83, Will Moffett 39-44—83, Garrett Schwietert 44-44—88.
HENLEY (346) — Tommy Bacchi 44-41—85, Russel Moates 41-44—85, Josh Golden 46-42—88, Curtis Zeilstra 52-36—88, Justin Grant 45-43—88.
HIDDEN VALLEY (353) — Kyle Bleser 44-41—85, Reece Poulton 47-40—87, Zac Everman 51-42—93, Mike DuBose 42-46—88.
ILLINOIS VALLEY (406) — Parrish Evans 38-39—77, Todd Heiller 51-44—95, Charles Stafford 56-63—119, Joseph McCleary 61-54—115.
ROGUE RIVER (412) — Scott Murphy 44-50—94, Joey Eckert 53-49—102, Blake Reagles 51-53—104, Levi Watkins 57-55—112.
NORTH MEDFORD 4, SOUTH MEDFORD 4 — North Medford's Sarah Louie and Erica Schultz teamed to pin the first regular-season loss on South Medford's Sam and Natalie Ruffe this season in a thrilling nonconference matchup at Varsity Courts.
The Black Tornado tandem edged the Ruffes, who went undefeated through last year's regular season, in a back-and-forth match that went to two tiebreakers. Louie and Schultz won the first tiebreaker 9-7 and the second 7-3 for the win.
South Medford won all four singles matches, led by Marina Todd and Elora Grant, while North Medford won all four doubles matches.
SINGLES — Marina Todd, SM, d. Sierra Severson, 6-1, 6-2; Elora Grant, SM, d. Tessa Forsyth, 6-1, 6-0; Karli Sash, SM, d. Raissa Saidler, 6-4, 6-2; Amanda Gerlick, SM, d. Susan Swendsen, 6-4, 6-2.
DOUBLES — Sarah Louie-Erica Schultz, NM, d. Sam Ruffe-Natalie Ruffe, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3); Jennifer Dumas-Samella Reed, NM, d. Sarah Ashpole-Aly Wilson, 6-3, 0-6, 6-1; Carissa Arnesen-Jacqueline Folger, NM, d. Megan Ellis-Jordan Hess, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Jacyln Abeloe-Whitney Hodnett, NM, d. Danielle Ashpole-Rebecca Christie, 6-2, 6-4.