Ashland's Jorgensen to play at next level

, a two-sport athlete who helped the Ashland High softball team snap a long playoff drought last season, has decided to attend Brigham Young University-Hawaii in the fall.

Jorgensen plans to play for BYU's softball team and major in social work. She did not receive an athletic scholarship, but hopes one is awarded to her after she makes the team.

The first baseman said playing softball in college has "been a goal since probably I started playing at age 5. It's always been a goal of mine."

Jorgensen said she was also recruited by Southern Virginia, Utah and Dixie State.


Ashland freshman outfielder Haley Ross and sophomore designated hitter/utility player Amanda Good were honorable mention picks as the 2007 Class 5A all-state softball team was announced earlier this week.

Ross and Good helped Ashland advance to the second round of the state playoffs.

Fellow Southern Sky Conference team Crater, which won the state championship, swept the major awards: Senior Ashleigh Cuddie took home top 5A pitching honors, Haley Hevern earned player of the year and Chris Arnold received coach of the year accolades.

Babe Ruth

At Medford, Ethan Schlecht pitched a five-inning no-hitter, and Taylor Humphrey had five RBIs as Ashland's 13-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team opened the state tournament with a 10-0 win over Klamath Falls at Tom Whittle Field.

Schlecht, who also went 2-for-3 at the plate, struck out nine and walked two to pick up the win. Babe Ruth games are scheduled to go seven innings, but Ashland's win was shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.

Humphrey's line drive to center field in the fifth scored runners from second and third to clinch the win.

Alek Bishop added a double for No. 2-seeded Ashland, which continues its pool play schedule today with a 2 p.m. game against South Coast of Coos Bay.

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