Ashland gains split against Eagles

ASHLAND — Relief pitcher Carter Glick slammed the door on North Jackson in the second game and Ryan Bottimore had the big hit as the Ashland Pilots came away with an American Legion A Area 4 split at North Mountain Park Friday.

North Jackson rallied to win the opener, 5-3, then the Pilots posted a 3-1 victory in the nightcap.

In Game 2, Ashland broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Glick walked to open the inning, was sacrificed to second and Eric Carlson walked. Bottimore followed with the decisive two-run double.

Bottimore had been hitless in the twin bill until his clutch double.

"(Bottimore) had hit the ball well all day but it just didn't drop," said Ashland coach Josh Hamik. "He got a good pitch to hit and hit it in the gap."

In the sixth, the Eagles got their first two runners on base against Pilots starter James Whelan before Glick was summoned from the bullpen. Glick threw a wild pitch to advance runners to second and third but got two strikeouts and a ground out to get out of the jam with allowing a run.

Glick struck out four and didn't allow a base runner in registering his second save of the season.

"(Glick) wanted the ball, he got it and he took advantage of it," said Hamik. "He's a kid that is very intense. He came through for us big time."

North Jackson tied the score 1-all in the top of the fifth on singles by Cody Pfister, Curt Aguino and a sacrifice fly from Derrick Walls.

In the opener, Ashland led 3-2 after four innings before the Eagles rallied in the fifth for two runs.

North Jackson (9-15, 8-9 Area 4) put together the winning outburst when Walls and Destin Adams singled and Bub Skogseth ripped a two-run double with no outs.

The Pilots (8-5 Area 4) scored a run in the third on Eric Carlson's leadoff triple and a single by Glick to take a 2-1 lead.

Ashland increased the margin to 3-1 in the fourth on Cory Milgram's walk, a stolen base and Ian Alpenia's RBI single.

Walls, Adams and Skogseth had two hits each for North Jackson, while Glick collected a pair of hits for the Pilots.

"In the first game we battled but just had some mistakes and didn't hit the ball as well as we should," said Hamik. "In the second game, we came out with some fire and wanted to get it done."

FIRST GAME

North Jackson 100 120 1 — 5 9 2

Ashland 011 100 0 — 3 6 0

Brammer, Walls (7) and Augino; Hulick, Carlson (7) and Glick. W — Brammer. L — Hulick (1-1). 2B — NJ: Walls 2, Skogseth. 3B — A: Carlson.

SECOND GAME

North Jackson 000 010 0 — 1 7 2

Ashland 000 120 x — 3 6 0

Walls and Augino; Whelan, Glick (6) and Glick, Hamik (6). W — Whelan (2-0). L — Walls. 2B — NJ: Brammer; A: Alpenia, Bottimore.

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