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Defending champ Hood River ousts Ashland

HOOD RIVER — Conner Coerper threw a two-hit shutout and Patrick Harvey hit two solo home runs as Hood River Valley beat Ashland 2-0 in the Class 5A baseball state quarterfinals Friday.

The win sends the second-seeded and defending state champion Eagles (22-6) to the state semifinals for the third year in a row. They’ll be home on Tuesday against Churchill, which advanced with a 7-5 win over Crater.

Ashland (19-9) received a strong pitching performance by junior right-hander Peyton Fuller but struggled against Coerper and was eliminated in the quarters for the second time in three years.

Fuller, who committed to the University of Oregon on Tuesday, limited the Eagles to six hits while striking out seven with one walk.

“That’s all you can really ask for from Peyton, to hold a team like that to two runs,” Ashland coach Nick Hall said. “He definitely gave us a chance to win today, so I was very pleased. He pitched to a very, very good lineup.”

Coerper, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, was a little better though, giving up two singles to Evan McLennan and little else. He struck out four, walked two and hit two batters. Twice an Ashland base runner got as far as second base but no further, and Coerper needed only 86 pitches to complete the shutout.

“He had good command of all three pitches,” Hall said. “He wasn’t overpowering, but he really located his pitches, had a really good tempo and we just couldn’t do anything to kind of break that rhythm all game. That was tough.”

Harvey, a senior, gave the Eagles a huge lift with two outs in the bottom of the first, jumping all over Fuller’s first pitch and sending it over the wall in left.

Fuller shut down Hood River over the next four innings, but Harvey struck again to lead off the sixth.

Ashland;000;000;0;—;0;2;0

Hood River;100;001;x;—;2;6;0

Fuller and Hamik; Coerper and Cameron. W — Coerper. L — Fuller. 3B — HR: Hunter.

Softball

GRANTS PASS 6, FRANKLIN 0: At Portland, 17th-seeded Grants Pass continued its postseason run with a Class 6A state quarterfinal win over No. 9 Franklin at Erv Lind Stadium.

Grants Pass (18-­11) will face Glencoe (22­-8) in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Skylar Padgett tossed a four-hit shutout against Franklin (24-5). Marissa Eilenberger’s RBI double and Dalenna Bellum’s run-scoring single in the third inning put the Cavers ahead, 3-0.

Grants Pass;102;003;0;—;6;13;2

Franklin;000;000;0;—;0;4;2

Padgett and Doman; S. Brauckmiller and M. Brauckmiller. W — Padgett. L — Brauckmiller. 2B — GP: Doman, Etheridge, Bellum. 3B — GP: Noga, Padgett.

DAYTON 18, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn.: At Dayton, Kelsey Bogue broke up Haley Couch’s no-hitter with a single to lead off the fifth inning, but that’s all the offense Cascade Christian mustered against the state’s top-ranked 3A team.

Couch had seven strikeouts to help Dayon (26-3) advance into Tuesday’s semifinals against Pleasant Hill, a 5-4 winner over Weston-McEwen.

The Southern Cascade League champion Challengers finished the season 17-5.

Cascade Christian;000;00;—;0;1;4

Dayton;171;9x;—;18;16;0

Ledesma and Bogue; Couch and Hill. W — Couch. L — Ledesma (17-5). 2B — D: Couch, Ray. HR — D: Fluke, Rojas.