Ashland Pilots win big, keep state title hopes alive

Ashland kept its repeat hopes alive at the American Legion A state tournament with a 13-0, five-inning win over Jake's Crawfish on Sunday at Clyde Allen Field at North Bend.

Ian Kendall was 3-for-3 with a double, Nick Hall was 3-for-4 with a double and Garrett Tygerson crushed a three-run homer in the first inning as the Pilots (31-9) ripped 17 hits in the loser-out contest.

The win earned Ashland a game today (4 p.m.) against the North Medford Mavericks (39-14), who beat North Coos 5-4 to remain undefeated in the eight-team tournament. Ashland must win today and twice on Tuesday in order to defend its state title.

"We're at a point right now where we just have to get through each game and not really plan for the future all that much because there is no future if we don't win today," Ashland head coach Royce Miller said.

Brady Thomas pitched three solid innings for the Pilots to pick up the win and improve to 5-2. He allowed three hits, struck out two and walked one. He also came through in the clutch, striking out the Crawfish's leadoff hitter with the bases loaded.

"After that threat was gone, the game pretty much flowed and you could tell that things we're going to go our way," Miller said.

Thomas also was 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Hall scored three runs and added an RBI and Kendall had two RBIs and also scored three times.

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At Twin Falls, Idaho, Kelso (Wash.) ended Ashland's bid for a 14-year-old Pacific Northwest Regional championship with a 21-6 win in the semifinals on Saturday.

For Ashland, Taylor Humphrey was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Rose Marston delivered a two-run single, but Kelso's powerful batting lineup took the game over early.

"They were a very good batting team," Ashland coach Doug Hamel said. "We did not play at our best but we have to give them credit."

Ashland starting pitcher Ethan Schlecht surrendered six earned runs on eight hits, two walks and three hit batters. He also had two strikeouts in three innings of work. Rose Marston relieved Schlecht in the fourth and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk. Alek Bishop and Sam Taylor also pitched for Ashland.

"We made it harder on our pitchers today by committing a few errors," Hamel said. "We gave Kelso some extra outs and they took advantage of them."

Ashland will hold a car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ashland Texaco to help offset the cost of the trip. Ashland finished the tournament with three wins and two losses.

"I am very proud of how well these kids did this year," Hamel said. "They had a goal of winning state and we accomplished that. At the regional tournament we got to within two wins of going to the World Series. It was a very good year for the kids."

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