Ashland falls to neighbors from north

Ashland's all-star Babe Ruth team suffered a 10-3 loss to Northern Oregon Tuesday in the pool play portion of the 14-year-old Pacific Northwest Regional tournament at Twin Falls, Idaho.

Northern Oregon of Pendleton took advantage of four Ashland errors to score five runs in a key fourth inning, dropping Ashland to 1-1 in pool play heading into today's game against Montana.

"Aside from the fourth inning, we were playing a very tight game," Ashland head coach Doug Hamel said. "We knew Pendleton was going to be a tough game. The kids are looking forward to another game against them."

Ashland needs to win at least two of its four pool play games to advance to the final single-elimination four-team bracket. They'll probably have to do that without one of their best offensive and defensive players, Taylor Humphrey, who injured his knee against Northern Oregon. He's expected to return Saturday, when the semifinals and finals will be played.

Rose Marston started against Northern Oregon and pitched four innings, giving up five hits while striking out two and walking one. Alek Bishop relieved Marston in the fifth and pitched two scoreless innings before Collin Hamel took over in the seventh and allowed a two-run double.

Bishop led Ashland at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three singles and an RBI, while AJ Adams added a double, a single and one RBI. Ikaika Cecil added an RBI single.

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