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Crater softball team tops Ashland in six innings

CENTRAL POINT — Malorie Mitchell had two hits for Crater, including a two-run triple in a four-run sixth inning as the Comets beat Ashland 12-2 in six innings in a nonleague prep softball game Tuesday at Crater High School.

The game ended in the sixth when No. 3 hitter Katie Britton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to complete the rally.

Crater (5-8) received two hits and two RBIs from Bri Doggett and Alex Craft added two hits and scored twice.

The Grizzlies (3-11) next take on Southern Oregon Hybrid 5A rival Eagle Point on Saturday. Game 1 of the doubleheader is slated to begin at 10 a.m. at North Mountain Park.

Ashland 100 001 — 2 5 4

Crater 114 204 — 12 8 4

Howson and Lehman; Sheperd, Ryerson (3), Berryhill (5) and Doggett, Britton (4). W Ryerson (1-2). L Howson. 3B C: Mitchell.

Boys Tennis

At Grants Pass, Ashland No. 4 singles player Kai Weston won a marathon match against Ben Widdison of Grants Pass, 7-5, 5-7, 13-11, to help Ashland secure a 4-4 nonleague tie with Grants Pass on Tuesday.

SINGLES — Robby Hobbs, GP, d. Grant Kahn, 6-3, 3-0 (injury default); Blaze Hamann, GP, d. Mischa Kirby, 6-4, 0-6, 11-9; Drew Van Delden, GP, d. Gabriel LaMont, 6-3, 6-4; Kai Weston, A, d. Ben Widdison, 7-5, 5-7, 13-11

DOUBLES — Michael Montes-Max Burt, A, d. Zach Williams-Jonathan Williams, 6-7, 6-1, 10-2; Cannon Dukes-Nathaniel Baize, A, d. Nick O'Hara-Nathan Trujillo, 7-5, 6-1; Logan Kiseler-Nick Benson, A. d. Eliot Bald-Tyler Broyles, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6; Tucker Daniel-Adam Swan, GP, d. Ray Impara-Jordon O'Donnell, 6-2, 6-2.

Girls Tennis

At Grants Pass, Ashland's No. 2 doubles team of Katy Barnard and Elana Cooper rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to beat Brittany Blacksmith and Maria Palamino, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, and clinch for the Grizzlies a 5-3 team win over Grants Pass on Tuesday.

Ashland's Cass Christopher overcame an early deficit to beat Natasha Matola, 7-5, 6-4, in the No. 3 singles match.

SINGLES — Ashley Knecht, A, d. Megan Ward, 6-0, 6-0; Anne Kim, A, d. Larissa Silva, 6-3, 6-2; Cass Christopher, A, d. Natasha Matola, 7-5, 6-4; Amanda Solar, GP, d. Emily Haptonstall, 6-0, 6-1.

DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, d. Abi Johnson-McKenna Stephenson, 6-1, 6-0; Katy Barnard-Elana Cooper, A, d. Brittany Blacksmith-Maria Palamino, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5; Natalie Justema-Hannah Knickenburg, GP, d. Hannah Barchet-Lilli Patton, 6-3, 6-1; Rachael Berkey-Sara Rezendes, GP, d. Olivia Butler-Ellie Case, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.