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Ashland cruises past South in nonconference play

ASHLAND — The Ashland Grizzlies have already shown off their power-hitting potential. On Wednesday, they proved that they could do the little things, too.

The Grizzlies scored three runs on sacrifice flies and helped themselves with a sacrifice bunt as well in an 11-2 nonconference win over South Medford at North Mountain Park.

In their first game since going 1-2 in Arizona, the Grizzlies (4-3) didn't need an extra-base hit to wallop the Panthers (3-2), who fell behind 8-0 through three innings.

"We work on it constantly," Ashland head coach Don Senestraro said of the sac flies, two of which came off the bat of pitcher Lucas Stone. "I had somebody swing at 3-0 today. We talk and teach fundamentals."

Stone went 52/3 innings to pick up the win, scattering three hits while striking out three and walking two without giving up a run.

Luke Baldrica and Billy Hansen led the Grizzlies at the plate. Baldrica went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two stolen bases and Hansen went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

South Medford starting pitcher Brandon Dollarhide was tagged with the loss. His rough outing included five walks and two hit batters in 11/3 innings.

Ashland broke the game open in the third, when Ian Kendall and Baldrica, who missed Ashland's 3-2 loss to the Panthers on March 19, delivered back-to-back RBI singles to open up a 5-0 lead.

"It doesn't hurt to have Baldrica in the middle of your order and roaming center field," Senestraro said. "He's a big part of the offense."

Baldrica added an RBI single in the sixth, which saw the Grizzlies score two more runs on back-to-back sac flies by Stone and Brent Hegdahl.

Cody Albertson provided the Panthers' only offense with a two-run single in the fourth.

South Medford 000 200 0 — 2 3 2

Ashland 152 003 x — 11 8 1

Dollarhide, C. Albertson (2) and Fitzsimmons; Stone, Thomas (6) and Hegdahl, Adams (4). W — Stone (2-1). L — Dollarhide. 2B — SM: Dollarhide.

SAN JOAQUIN MEMORIAL 10, CRATER 0, 5 inn. — At Fresno, Calif., Bryce Crawford, Andrew Tracy, Zach Zelecki and Dustin Lathrop supplied the only hits for Crater (3-6) to close out its run in the 41st annual Easter Baseball Classic.

San Joaquin Memorial, a private school in Fresno, belted out five doubles and one triple among its 10 hits.

San Joaquin Memorial 520 21 — 10 10 1

Crater 000 00 — 0 4 2

Astone and Ellison; Wynant, Cortez (4) and Macuk. W — Astone. L — Wynant (1-1). 2B — SJ: Huelsaamp, Navello, Villa 2, Hackett. 3B — SJ: Ellison.

ROGUE RIVER 7, ST. MARY'S 5 — Brendan Schoner had two hits and pitcher Darren Taylor notched nine strikeouts for Rogue River in the nonconference win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Taylor allowed four hits and four walks in six innings of work for the Chieftains (5-2).

Andrew King had three hits for St. Mary's (1-3).

Rogue River 005 001 1 — 7 5 3

St. Mary's 030 011 0 — 5 5 2

Reyes, Taylor (2) and Dupont; Herrmann, Britton (4) and King. W — Taylor (1-1). L — Herrmann.

Softball

NORTH MEDFORD 4, CRATER 0 — North Medford tallied all of its runs in the fifth inning, with the benefit of two Crater errors, to help the 6A champion Black Tornado earn its second win over the defending 5A state champions.

Renee Murphy supplied all three hits for Crater against North Medford pitcher Kelsie Bartley, who finished with six strikeouts and one walk. Murphy allowed only four hits herself, striking out two with one walk.

The Tornado (8-1) used a leadoff double by Logan Hagey to spark its fifth-inning surge. Hagey scored after an errant throw on an Amanda Freitas grounder, and Kimmy Glazier and Freitas scored moments later on an errant throw following a grounder by Jenna Stevens. Amanda Wolfe followed with a run-scoring groundout to plate McKenna Storey.

Crater 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

North Medford 000 040 x — 4 4 0

Murphy and Haga; Bartley and Wolfe. W — Bartley (3-0). L — Murphy. 2B — C: Murphy; NM: Hagey.

SOUTH MEDFORD 9, ASHLAND 2 — Samantha Owirka and Ashleigh Hawkins hit back-to-back RBI singles in the first inning and Jordan Jones added a two-run single in the fourth in the Panthers' nonconference rout.

South Medford pitcher Kylee Nunez allowed four hits and struck out five in six innings to pick up her fifth win of the season for the Panthers (5-1).

Ashland's Rose Marston delivered a two-run single in the third to cut the lead to 5-2, but Jones answered one inning later as the Grizzlies fell to 2-7.

Ashland 002 000 0 — 2 4 1

South Medford 500 211 x — 9 8 1

Lehman, Cantrell (6) and Scott; Nunez, M. Tacdol (7) and Equitz. W — Nunez (5-1). L — Lehman.

ROGUE RIVER 5, ST. MARY'S 1 — KK Honea had two singles and scored a run, Joanne Jesse recorded an RBI and Rogue River used a three-run second inning to pull away from St. Mary's at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Allison Hass' RBI single in the bottom of the first inning tied the game for St. Mary's (1-3), which made seven errors and gave up three runs on passed balls.

Rogue River 130 010 0 — 5 7 1

St. Mary's 100 000 0 — 1 2 7

Cates and Jesse; Hass and Shammel. W — Cates. L — Hass (0-2).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN JV 4, BUTTE FALLS 0 — Haley Casebier's three-run home run in the second inning gave the Cascade Christian junior varsity team a lead that it would not relinquish against Butte Falls (2-3) at U.S. Cellular Community Park. The pitcher also struck out six.

Mariah Moore fanned seven before being relieved by Jessica Driskell in the fifth inning. Both girls hit doubles for the Loggers.

Butte Falls 000 000 0 — 0 2 1

Cascade Christian JV 031 000 x — 4 1 0

Moore, Driskell (5) and Ferguson; Casebier and Zimmerer. W — Casebier. L — Moore. 2B — BF: Moore, Driskell. HR — CC: Casebier.