Ashland High baseball team adds to winning streak

With their third straight conference title already locked up, the Ashland Grizzlies had one goal in mind heading into Thursday's game against Crater.

"We're playing for pride," Ashland head coach Don Senestraro said, "and they're challenging themselves to be the best they can be and to get better every game."

That proved to be plenty of motivation for the third-ranked Grizzlies, who increased their state-best winning streak to 14 games with a 9-1 victory over the Comets at North Mountain Park.

The win improved playoff-bound Ashland to 18-4, 13-0 in the Southern Sky Conference, while Crater, in a battle with Eagle Point for the league's third and final playoff spot, fell to 8-13 and 4-7.

Ashland senior pitcher Ian Kendall did not allow a hit in six dominant innings, striking out 10 with five walks. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBIs, two on his fifth homer of the season.

"I think today was the best all-around performance that he's ever had," Senestraro said of Kendall. "The kid puts a lot of pressure on himself and he put that aside. I've seen him pitch better and I've seen him hit better, but not both at the same time."

Also coming up big at the plate for the Grizzlies were Billy Hansen (2-for-4, one RBI) and Brent Hegdahl (2-for-3, two RBIs). Hansen and Hegdahl belted two doubles apiece for the Grizzlies, who had seven extra-base hits as a team against three Crater pitchers.

Juan Cortez started on the hill for the Comets and was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs, three earned, on one hit and seven walks in 21/3 innings.

Ashland broke the game open with a five-run third highlighted by Hansen's RBI double. The Grizzlies, who haven't lost since April 3, added two insurance runs on Kendall's bomb in the fourth.

"We're very proud of our accomplishments but we want to strive to be better and make a playoff push," Senestraro said.

Crater would like to make a playoff, too, but will have to fend off Eagle Point (6-14, 4-8) to get there. The Comets have a half-game lead over the Eagles as both teams head down the home stretch — Crater has five games left on its SSC schedule and Eagle Point has four.

Crater 000 001 0 — 1 0 0

Ashland 005 202 x — 9 8 1

Cortez, Tracy (3), Lathrop (6) and Ullom; Kendall, Stone (7) and Scarminach, Adams (7). W — Kendall (6-1). L — Cortez. 2B — A: Hansen 2, Hegdahl 2, Kendall. 3B — A: Baldrica. HR — A: Kendall (5).

Boys Golf

SOUTHERN SKY CONFERENCE — At Klamath Falls, Eagle Point got rounds of 79 from Morse and Scott to place second at Running Y Ranch Resort.

Klamath Union won with a 305 score, and the Eagles shot 325.

Mike Wurzell (79) led Ashland to a third-place showing.

KLAMATH UNION (305) — Seth Reynolds 33-39—72, Jackson Kintzinger 36-36—72, Justin Wiles 39-37—76, Everett Spence 41-44—85.

EAGLE POINT (325) — Kyle Morse 38-41—79, Tanner Scott 37-42—79, Travis Hawthorne 40-40—80, Hunter DeLange 43-44—87.

ASHLAND (335) — Mike Wurzell 39-40, Matt Amrhein 42-41—83, Ben Sager, 40-46—86, Dylan Molnar 51-36—87.

CRATER (373) — Jordan Roberts 43-40—83, Geoffrey Buckalew 43-45—88, Corey Marineau 50-51—101, Taylor Houchins 55-46—101.

MAZAMA (inc.) — David Harper 48-46—94, Hayden Leach 41-45—96, Carey Havird 67-68—135.

SEASON STANDINGS — Klamath Union 1,636, Eagle Point 1,667, Ashland 1,679, Crater 1,828.

Girls Golf

SOUTHERN SKY CONFERENCE — At Klamath Falls, Mackenzie Guthrie shot 92 to lead Crater to second place at Running Y Ranch Resort.

Henley's 370 led the way. The Comets shot 420.

HENLEY (370) — Allie Prue 41-43—83, Lindsay Morawiec 43-45—88, Brittany Ronco 46-52—98, Leix Haigh 52-49—101.

CRATER (420) — Mackenzie Guthrie 45-47—92, Kara Vezzani 52-53—103, Taylor Norris 56-55—111, Maile Guthrie 52-60—112.

ASHLAND (470) — Willie Michiels 56-42—98, Sadie Shelton 52-56—108, Jesse Jones 58-58—116, Jenna Schweizer 78-70—148.

MAZAMA (inc.) — Hannah Reynolds 40-41—81.

KLAMATH UNION (inc.) — Taylor Glassow 45-42—87.

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