Ashland set to host summer football event

Ashland High School will host the annual Coach Kitchell Summer Competition on Thursday at Walter A. Phillips Field.

More than 10 high schools football teams from southern Oregon and northern California will gather starting at 5 p.m. for what has become the final event prior to the OSAA moratorium.

Each team will play a round-robin format in 7-on-7 passing games, while the linemen will compete in seven events known as the Lineman Challenge. The Challenge consists of five-man relays in bench press, grip strength, 20-yard truck push, farmers walk, obstacle course, tractor tire flip. There will also be a tug of war tournament.

The event is free and the community is welcome. Concession stand proceeds will go to the Pacific Rim Bowl fund.

"We want to pay tribute to coach Dave Kitchell," Ashland head football coach Charlie Hall said. "Part of his legacy was the time and effort he made in training and pushing student athletes in the summer to be the best they can be."

A longtime Ashland High assistant football coach and teacher at Bellview Elementary, Kitchell died of cancer in 2007.


The Extra Innings Baseball Camp, for players ages 10 to 13, will be held Aug. 7-10 at the North Mountain Park baseball field. The camp will be held from 9:30 a.m. until noon each day and costs $50 (then $30 for each additional sibling).

Ashland High alum and Pacific Lutheran University starting infielder Nick Hall will head up the camp along with his dad, Ashland High assistant baseball coach Charlie Hall.

Current and former AHS baseball players and coaches will make guest appearances at the camp, which will focus on position-by-position defensive fundamentals, hitting techniques, baserunning techniques and situational play.

For more information contact Charlie Hall at 541-778-5347.

Pilots split

The Ashland Pilots used effective pitching performances by Jerry Carroll and Steen Fredrickson in the second game to salvage an American Legion A Area 4 split with the North Medford Mavericks Sunday.

Ashland defeated the Mavericks 7-2 after dropping the opener to North Medford 12-7 at North Mountain Park.

Carroll registered his first win of the season in Game 2 with a five inning, three-hit effort. He allowed both Mavericks' runs in the second inning. Fredrickson blanked North on two hits over the final two innings.

The Pilots (17-15, 17-14 Area 4) scored four runs in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead. During the winning rally Ashland used RBI singles by Ryan Bottimore and Eric Carlson, Bryce Rogan's sacrifice fly and an RBI walk to Fredrickson to score its runs.

Carlson had two hits and two RBIs for the Pilots and Carter Glick collected a pair of hits.

Troy Fowler provided two hits and one RBI for the Mavericks (37-13, 24-4).

In the opener, North used a seven-run second inning to erase a 4-1 deficit. The Mavericks had seven hits in the inning, including four straight singles.

The Pilots capitalized on four walks, a wild pitch and Rogan's two-run single to score four runs in the first.

Jared Evans went 3-for-4 to pace North's 12-hit attack. Taylor Raff contributed two hits, three runs and one RBI and Fowler added two hits. Austin Zavala provided the Mavericks some insurance with a bases-loaded clearing double in the fifth.

Rogan had two hits for Ashland.


North Medford 170 030 1 — 12 12 3

Ashland 403 000 0 — 7 4 4

Berman, W. Westfall (1), Crofton (3), Zavala (6) and Zavala, Wolff (6); Ja. Carroll, Milgram (6) and Glick. W — Crofton. L — Ja. Carroll (4-4). 2B — NM: Zavala, Crofton, Fowler.


North Medford 020 000 0 — 2 5 2

Ashland 141 010 x — 7 8 1

Pearson, Keindreich (3), Fowler (5) and Zavala; Jerry Carroll, Fredrickson (6) and Glick. W — Je. Carroll (1-0). L — Pearson. 2B — A: Carlson, Cammarota. 3B — A: Fredrickson.

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