Grizzlies perfect against Eagles

ASHLAND — Three Ashland pitchers combined for perfection in a 12-0 win over Eagle Point in five innings on Thursday at North Mountain Park.

Backed by an errorless defense, Ian Kendall, Brady Thomas and Ethan Schlecht did not allow a baserunner in the rout.

"We played great defense and our pitchers threw well," Ashland head coach Don Senestraro said. "And we had some timely hitting. That is the recipe for success."

The second-ranked Grizzlies, still undefeated in Southern Sky Conference play, have won 15 straight.

Lucas Stone crushed a walk-off home run to right-center field in the fifth inning to trigger the 10-run mercy rule for Ashland (19-4, 14-0 SSC). He finished 2-for-2 with five RBIs.

Shortstop Nick Hall, who made difficult defensive plays in the third and fourth innings, went 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs batting leadoff.

Jake Scarminach was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Billy Hansen added three runs against the Eagles (6-18, 4-12).

Kendall, who was recovering from the flu, recorded four strikeouts in three innings. He improved to 7-1 on the mound.

The Grizzlies wrap up their conference schedule with a doubleheader at Mazama on Saturday.

"We are looking forward to the Mazama games and we are hoping to make a playoff push," Senestraro said.

Eagle Point 000 00 — 0 0 1

Ashland 414 03 — 12 11 0

Zomerdyk, Downing (3) and McCready; Kendall, Thomas (4), Schlecht (5) and Scarminach, Adams (5). W — Kendall (7-1). L — Zomerdyk. 2B — A: Hall, Hansen, Kendall, Stone, Scarminach. 3B — A: Hall. HR — A: Stone.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 21, GOLD BEACH 4, 5 inn. — At Gold Beach, Justin Cheney blasted a two-run home run and Cascade Christian tallied 19 hits in their Sunset League victory.

Wes Litton went 4-for-4 with five runs and an RBI and earned the win on the mound. He threw a three-hitter with nine strikeouts and three walks to improve to 2-1 for the Challengers (11-8, 8-4 Sunset).

Jake Miller finished 3-for-3 with five RBIs and Ryder West was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, including a two-run double. Cheney, who had two hits, crushed his first homer of the year to left-center field in the first inning against the Panthers (0-14, 0-12).

Cascade Christian (11)04 24 — 21 19 5

Gold Beach 211 00 — 4 3 4

Litton and West; Hoffman, Swan (3) and Smith. W — Litton (2-1). L — Hoffman. 2B — CC: West. HR — CC: Cheney.

Sunset League Softball

GOLD BEACH 9, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8 — At Gold Beach, Katherine Zuber opened the seventh with a walk-off home run for Gold Beach.

Cascade Christian (14-8, 8-4 Sunset) fought back from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game 8-all in the sixth inning.

Brandi Johnson paced the Challenger attack with two hits, two runs and one RBI. Cathy Zimmerer and Haley Casebier added two hits each for Cascade.

Cascade Christian 000 413 0 — 8 10 4

Gold Beach 006 110 1 — 9 10 1

Gomez, Casebier (4) and J. Martinez; Donaca and Walling. W — Donaca. L — Casebier (0-2). 2B — CC: Johnson, R. Martinez. HR — GB: Kat. Zuber.

Boys Tennis

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT — Top-seeded Matt Pronesti of South Medford and North Medford's David Tribble advanced into the singles semifinals at North Medford High courts.

Pronesti and Tribble will square off in one semifinal match Saturday, while German foreign exchange student Chris Krause, the No. 2-seed from Grants Pass, will play Omeed Balou of South Eugene.

In doubles, Robbie Hobbs and Trevor Van Delden of Grants Pass moved into the semifinals against No. 1-seed Ian Strgar and Alex Motsch of South Eugene. The Axemen second-seeded team of Ryan Kingsett and Eli Dauner go against Roseburg's Patrick Foley and Matt Bruns in the other semifinals.

In the consolation singles finals, Jonathan Gerlick of South Medford plays Thaddeus Davis of Roseburg.

Alex Kagele and Sam Stadter of Grants Pass advanced into the consolation doubles finals against Nevin Taylor and Zach Glauber of South Eugene.

The tournament final day continues at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Medford High courts.

Girls Tennis

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT — At Eugene, No. 2-seed Marina Todd of South Medford advanced to the singles semifinals at the Eugene Swim & Tennis Club.

Todd will play No. 4-seed Radhe Allen of Roseburg in the semifinals on Saturday.

In the other singles semifinals, Kelsey Frey of Grants Pass will face top-seed Ellie Grossman of South Eugene.

The South Medford doubles team of Madi Sash and Esther Wender were trailing in their quarterfinal-round match that was suspended because of darkness. Kelsi Vanheise and Amber Carviotto of Sheldon were ahead of the Panther duo, 6-3, 5-2 before the match was called.

All players that reach the semifinals qualify for the Class 6A state tournament May 20-22 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

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