Grizzlies nearly perfect in sweep

Thom Larkin | Daily TidingsThe Ashland High baseball team celebrates after a third inning that only lasted a minute and nine seconds against Marshfield Saturday at North Mountain Park.

Ashland coach Don Senestraro couldn't find much wrong with his team's doubleheader sweep of Springfield on Saturday.

Truthfully, the Grizzlies were nearly flawless.

Ashland (5-0) did not allow a hit in the two games in winning 7-0 and 4-0.

"It's pretty hard to complain," Senestraro said. "We might have given up five hits all year long. Our pitching is really, really good. They worked hard all winter long and keep getting better."

Junior Charlie Sebrell went the distance to earn the no-hitter win in the first game, striking out eight and walking only one. He faced one more than the minimum number of batters in earning his second victory of the season.

Senior Sam Gaviglio kept the Springfield batters hitless through six innings in the second game. He struck out seven, and Tyler Killeen closed the game in the seventh.

Springfield advanced only one runner to third base in the two games.

"Sam and Charlie were both in control today," Senestraro said. "They both have great command of three pitches right now. It's tough when a pitcher has got that type of control. I can call anything and they throw it for a strike. I can't say enough about these guys."

Ashland's offense had 17 total hits in the two games &

11 coming in the first game. Lewis Sebrell was 2-for-2 with two walks and Gaviglio was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, including a double and a three-run home run in the sixth.

In the second game, the Grizzlies scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning. Billy Russo led off with a walk, Matt Dierks doubled and sophomore Nick Hall, the No. 9 batter, hit a two-run triple. Lewis Sebrell drove Hall home with a sacrifice fly, and Owen Baldrica hit a solo home run to cap the scoring.

Baldrica, who also played error-free at shortstop, was 2-for-3 in the game.

"We've got some really good hitters," Senestraro said. "I really like our team. We are going to be tough, and we have no easy outs in our lineup."


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College softball

Southern Oregon University's Joelle Riekeman pitched a gem in the second game of a Cascade Collegiate Conference doubleheader as the Raiders swept Northwest Christian College, 7-3, 2-1, in their conference opener.

Riekeman only allowed one run in the contest when the Raiders couldn't provide much offense.

SOU (4-10, 2-0 CCC) had just one hit in the contest, but capitalized on five Beacon errors.

With runners at second and third in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Raiders' Ricci Coultas hit the ball back to NCC pitcher Darci Byrne, who made a poor throw to first base and two runs scored, giving SOU a 2-0 lead.

Later, Cassie Bishop's home run brought the Beacons within one, but SOU was able to hang on for the win.

In the first game, the Raiders overcame an early deficit and pulled away with Bailey Price's two-run single in the third inning..

College track field

At Eugene, Danny Cecchini led the way for Southern Oregon by winning the high jump with a mark of 6-7&

65279;1/2 during the Oregon Preview meet at Hayward Field.

Cecchini's effort was a season best for the returning senior All-American.

In the 400, Antwun Baker took fourth in a time of 50.03, while teammate Kevin Jeffers placed sixth in the 3,000 with a time of 8:32.57. Jeffers was also 13th in the 1,500.

Breanne Cochran took fifth in the discus for the SOU women at 135-2, while Jamie Wells was seventh in the pole vault (10-2).

Tidings sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at or 482-3456 x224.

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