Gaviglio gives his shoulder a rest

Former Ashland High all-state pitcher Sam Gaviglio will take the rest of the summer off to rest a sore throwing shoulder.

The decision came after the right-handed Gaviglio put together solid starts as a member of the Corvallis Knights, a summer wood bat baseball team that competes in the West Coast League.

Gaviglio, who is coming off a solid freshman campaign at Oregon State during which he emerged as the Beavers' surprise ace, is confident he'll be ready to pitch again when the Beavers reconvene in early September.

"My shoulder is kind of hurting a little bit, but I'm just going to relax now," said Gaviglio, who was 10-1 with a 2.73 ERA as a true freshman at OSU. "I was just feeling a little discomfort, nothing too bad. I've talked to my Oregon State trainer and I've been working with another trainer and he said to shut it down."

The time off from the mound will not limit Gaviglio in the weight room, however. The 2008 Class 5A pitcher of the year plans to continue his strength and conditioning program throughout the summer in Corvallis, where he'll also be taking two classes.

"I'm sure I'll be fine by fall ball and that's what I want to be healthy for," he said.

Gaviglio picked up right where he left off as a member of the Knights. In 13 innings, including one start, he struck out 12, walked one and did not allow a run.

In his last appearance, June 19 against the Bellingham Belles, Gaviglio struck out seven and walked one in six innings of shutout ball.

Gaviglio led the Ashland Grizzlies to their first and only state championship in 2008, earning a complete-game victory over Thurston in the final.

Prep Football

Ashland High running back Issa Shahin contracted strep throat five days before the Grizzlies were scheduled to fly to Japan for the Pacific Rim Bowl but a round of antibiotics will keep the team on schedule, head coach Charlie Hall said prior to leaving the country Monday.

"Everything's fine," Hall said. "With so many parents involved, they thought it would be best if we gave (the players) antibiotics. Nobody's sick. Even (Shahin) is feeling a lot better. It was just a precautionary thing so we could minimize any outbreak."

Hall said another setback actually turned into a bigger hassle than Shahin's sore throat. The bus company that was originally scheduled to drive the Grizzlies to San Francisco on Sunday backed out of the deal on Thursday, forcing Hall to quickly rearrange travel plans. He ended up going with a bus company based in Eugene.

The team flew out of San Francisco Monday afternoon and arrived in Osaka, Japan early this morning (Pacific time).

The game will be played July 26 at Expo Flash Field in Osaka.

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