Rogan, Flynn help Grizzlies slip past Pelicans
KLAMATH FALLS — Bryce Rogan and Jamie Flynn both hit two-run doubles to key Ashland's five-run fifth inning as the Grizzlies rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Klamath Union 7-4 Thursday at Kiger Stadium.
Rogan continued his torrid pace by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base, and Ashland pitcher Jack Carroll picked up the win after striking out eight in a complete-game effort.
The Pelicans (9-7) scored two in the first and one in the third, but couldn't hold on after the Grizzlies (10-8) rallied behind five hits and a KU error in the fifth.
Aaron Scott and Ian Alpenia drew back-to-back walks to start the rally, and Rogan gave the Grizzlies the lead for good, 4-3, when he laced a pitch by reliever Brandon Tron to deep right-center field. A dropped fly ball put two on for Flynn, who plated two more with his double to left. Carroll singled home Flynn to give the Grizzlies another insurance run.
Carroll surrendered three earned runs on five hits.
Klamath Union starter Jack Bell held Ashland scoreless on two hits before Marcus Pascal took over to start the fourth.
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Carroll and Glick; Bell, Pascal (4), Tron (5) and Budden. W — Carroll. L — Tron. 2B — A: Rogan, Flynn; KU: Bell, Whisler.
Ashland's No. 2 doubles team of Grant Kahn and Nathaniel Baize won a long battle to help forge a 4-4 tie with Churchill in the Midwestern League match.
Kahn and Baize defeated Aaron Kerry and Andrew Bennion, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
SINGLES — Nathan Hempton, C, d. Mischa Kirby, 6-0, 6-2; Chuck Tayler, C, d. Cannon Dukes, 6-0, 6-2; Conner Kaegi, A, d. Chris Taylor, 6-4, 6-1; Dylan Hookes, C, d. Logan Kistler, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Max Burt-Michael Montes, A, d. Shabir Crum-Sebastian Ely, 6-3, 6-3; Grant Kahn-Nathaniel Baize, A, d. Aaron Kerry-Andrew Bennion, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3; Nic Freeman-Aaron Jensen, C, d. Nick Benson-Gabe LaMont, 6-2, 6-2; Kai Weston-Ray Impara, A, d. Jacob Evans-Brady Krueger, 6-0, 6-0.
College Track and Field
At Klamath Falls, midway through the Cascade Collegiate Conference Multi-Event Championships, a trio of Southern Oregon athletes remain in contention for top finishes.
Brandon Ritchie ranks second in the men's decathlon after Thursday's action, with 3,295 total points after five events. Ritchie placed first in the 100 with a time of 11.36 and second in both the 400 (50.66) and the long jump (6.24 meters). He also finished third in the shot put (11.01 meters) and seventh in the high jump (1.7 meters).
College of Idaho's Austin Basterrechea leads the overall rankings with 3,750 points, while Ryan Rosenau of Eastern Oregon ranks third (3,142).
The Raiders have a pair of athletes competing in the women's heptathlon, with Amelia Maguin ranking third and Nicole Leaf ranking fifth after the first four events. Maguin placed second in both the 200 (26.04) and the 100-meter hurdles (16.01), while finishing fourth in the high jump (1.43 meters) and seventh in the shot put (6.72). Her 2,368 total points rank behind C of I's Jasmine Sibert (2,588) and Oregon Tech's Katey Choukalos (2,488).
Leaf placed third in the 200 (27.26) and the shot put (9.18), while ranking fifth in the high jump (1.37) and 100-meter hurdles (17.54). She finished the day with 2,184 total points.
All three Raiders will conclude their competition with the final events of the meet today.
At Valdosta, Ga., Jason Allred, in the field on a sponsor's exemption, shot a 1-under-par 71 in the first round of the Web.com Tour's South Georgia Classic Thursday.
The Ashland native birdied his final two holes and is tied for 41st place entering today's second round at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
On his round, Allred had five birdies and four bogeys.
He tees off on No. 10 at 9:05 a.m. EDT today with playing partners Wes Roach and Franklin Corpening.
Rookie Ryan Spears fired a bogey-free, 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead.
Spears was nearly flawless through his first 13 holes, chalking up six birdies and needing only 14 putts to reach the top of the leaderboard. The former Wichita State star finished with five straight two-putt pars and a one-stroke lead.
Tennessee's Philip Pettitt Jr. was the first player off the first tee in the morning and wound up at 5-under 67, along with Troy Merritt and California rookie Bhavik Patel.