Grizzlies handed nonleague loss at GP

Grants Pass pitchers Grace Marsh and Anna Coveney combined to hold Ashland to two runs on eight hits as the Cavers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory in nonconference prep softball action Thursday at Grants Pass High.

Marsh held Ashland (3-7) scoreless the first three innings before giving way to Coveney, who struck out six with a walk in the final four frames.

Ashland junior ace Savannah Williams struck out two and walked two in a losing effort. She allowed four runs, but only two were earned.

Ashland was led at the plate by Lizzy Scott and Cassie Hall. Scott was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and Hall was 2-for-3.

"They played hard, and they never gave up hitting," Ashland coach Cheri Kuykendall said of the Grizzlies. "We put the ball in play quite a bit."

Ashland travels to face Illinois Valley on Saturday.

Ashland 000 200 0 — 2 8 2

Grants Pass 111 001 x — 4 7 1

Williams and Scott; Marsh, Coveney (4) and Merritt. W — Marsh. L — Williams (3-6). 2B — A: Cantrell, Scott; GP: Sells, Coveney, Pittman.

Boys golf

Eagle Point and Ashland shared team honors with scores of 338 in the Rogue River Invitational Thursday at Stone Ridge Golf Club at Eagle Point.

Eagle Point's Hunter DeLange fired a 75 to take medalist honors by one stroke over Rogue River's David Murphy.

Ian Smeenk shot 83 to lead the Grizzlies, whose four players were within two shots of each other.

ASHLAND (338) — Matt Hedges 45-39—84, Ben Sager 42-42—84, Dylan Molnar 48-39—85, Ian Smeenk 40-43—83.

EAGLE POINT (338) — Hunter DeLange 38-37—75, Tanner Scott 41-46—87, Glen Linder 45-41—86, Boston Ehlers 43-47—90.

ROGUE RIVER (350) — David Murphy 35-41—76, Zach Hudson 49-44—92, Sean Donahue 49-48—97, Tyler Donahue 41-43—84.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (359) — Ben Purtzer 41-40—81, Jacob Mecham 52-45—97, Micah Ratcliff 46-45—91, Kenny Laws 45-45—90.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (367) — Roger Hults 41-40—83, Fred Hults 42-41—83, Tyler Robbins 52-46—98, Matt Coultas 50-55—105.

GOLD BEACH (402) — Matt Anderson 40-43—83, Robbie Duffy 50-46—96, Cody Hawkins 56-54—110, Garett Williams 56-57—113.

ST. MARY'S (inc.) —Tom Thorndike 44-42—86, Ian Wayman 50-44—94, Mark Lynn 48-51—99.

TRIAD (inc.) — Carson Dentlinger 66-62—128, Seth Minix 82-90—172.

LAKEVIEW (inc.) — Collin Samples 48-52—100, Davis Collins 58-66—124.

College Track and Field

The Southern Oregon track and field team begins a busy seven-day stretch today and Saturday at the Chico State Invitational.

Following the Chico State meet, the Raiders will travel to the Mt. Hood Multi-Event meet Monday and Tuesday and then the Beach Invitational at Cerritos, Calif.

"We hope this could be a big weekend for our sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers," SOU head coach Brent Ericksen said. "Our top-level distance runners will be off this week after a huge weekend last week and so they can get ready for Cerritos."

Sprinter Kwame Agyemang is one of the sprinters that Ericksen is looking at to have a big weekend. Agyemang is the defending conference champ in the 100 and a member of the defending conference champion 4x100 relay team will compete in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay squad this weekend.

Agyemang ranks first in the conference in the 100 with a time of 11.01, first in the 200 with a time of 22.30 and the relay team ranks second in 42.99. This week's relay team will consist of Agyemang, Wendell sells, Sullivan Stevens and Jonz Olander. Olander will also run the 200 for the first time this year.

On the women's side, Mikayla Garrard will run the 200, looking to improve on her No. 4 ranking the conference.

Seth Lindquist, a national qualifier last year, aims for a national mark this week in the triple jump and high jump.

Ericksen is also expecting big things out of the throwers this weekend.

Max Perry and Michael Ruppert rank third and fourth in the conference in the hammer, while Perry ranks fourth in the shot put.

On the women's side, Holly Haga is just off the national list in the discus and ranks fourth in the conference, while Courtenay Williams ranks fifth in the shot put.

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