Ashland continues hot start with two blowout wins

Bella Pribyl is pitching better than ever, the Grizzlies are hitting everything in sight and that combination produced two blowouts at the Yreka softball tournament Friday at Yreka, Calif.

The Grizzlies trounced Mount Shasta 14-0 and Central Valley 16-0 to advance to Saturday's semifinals. Pribyl, a junior, started both games and finished the day with 19 strikeouts and one walk in eight innings. She did not allow a hit for the 3-0 Grizzlies, who will play either Yreka or Corning on Saturday.

"(Pribyl's) developed a really good change-up and that's just made her better," Ashland head coach Misty Potochnik said. "It changes her whole game when she can throw her change-up well."

Against Mount Shasta, the Grizzlies led 4-0 heading into the fourth inning, where they exploded for four more runs to put the game away. They added six more runs in the sixth inning to end the game early by the 10-run mercy rule.

Amanda Good led Ashland at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, Kylie Cantrell was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Sara Silbowitz went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored three runs.

"The pitching wasn't as strong as we're probably going to see, but we're a team that's been together for three years," Potochnik said. "The scores are a little inflated, but we definitely are in midseason form compared to years past."

Pribyl (3-0) struck out 14 and walked one in the no-hit victory. The defense helped, too, finishing the game without an error.

The late game was more of the same. Ashland jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two before blowing the game open with a nine-run third inning.

Ashland's Samantha Gilbert, one of just two seniors on the team, went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, Silbowitz was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Carley Santee went 2-for-3. Silbowitz provided the key hit of the game against Central Valley (Calif.), a bases-clearing double that came with two outs in the second inning.

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Pribyl and Cantrell; McCurry, Woods (5) and Taylor. W""Pribyl. L""McCurry. 2B""Ashland — (Cantrell, Santee, Van Vleck). 3B""Ashland — (Silbowitz). HR""Ashland — (Good).

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Pribyl, Ross (3) and Cantrell. W""Pribyl (3-0). 2B""Ashland 2 (Silbowitz 1, Ross 1). 3B""Ashland — (Van Vleck).

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