Charlie Sebrell and Garrett Tygerson combined to throw a three-hitter and got plenty of run support as Ashland had no trouble winning its home-opener over South Medford, 11-1, in six innings Friday at North Mountain Park.
Tygerson was 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and three RBIs and also pitched three solid innings of relief to lead the Grizzlies (2-0), who have outscored their first two opponents 25-3.
"We've been in the cages all winter and everybody's just been hitting it," Tygerson said. "Our motto is, 'Trust the guy behind you,' and we all know that if you don't get it done the guy behind you will. I feel like one through nine can all get base hits, hit the ball hard and get those runs home when we need it."
That was certainly the case Friday. Tygerson and leadoff hitter Nick Hall (2-for-3) were the only Grizzlies with multiple hits. The rest of the offense was spread out — a hit here, a walk there, and another blowout.
Ashland jumped on top early, grabbing a 3-0 lead in the first on Lewis Sebrell's two-run double and Hayden Miller's sacrifice fly.
In the second, Luke Stone and Luke Baldrica led off with back-to-back doubles, kicking off another three-run outburst highlighted by Tygerson's two-run double down the third-base line.
Ashland buried the visitors in the fifth, benefiting from Sam McLaughlin's struggles on the mound and a key error, not to mention Tygerson's leadoff homer. McLaughlin, who replaced South Medford starter Isaac Rolie, plunked two Ashland batters and walked another before a hit to third with the bases loaded led to a bad throw home. The ball skipped past South catcher Bret Reordan, allowing two runs to score. Moments later Stone scored Ashland's fourth run of the inning on a wild pitch and Ashland led 10-1.
Charlie Sebrell held South hitless through the first three innings before Tygerson took over in the fourth and gave up South's only run of the game on Jordan Lundrgen's RBI double in the fifth.
"We're just trying to get everybody to throw all their pitches for strikes right now," Ashland coach Don Senestraro said. "Whenever you only give up one run you've got to be pretty happy."
Ian Kendall was set to make his season debut on the mound for the Grizzlies in the seventh, but Brent Hegdahl's RBI single with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the sixth finished off the Panthers via the 10-run mercy rule.
The Grizzlies belted 10 hits as a team three days after notching 11 in a 14-2 season-opening win at Henley.
Ashland on Sunday heads to Arizona, where it will play three games in five days before flying back Friday.
"We're going to try to go 3-0 down there," Tygerson said. "I feel like that (tournament) is going to be our biggest challenge this year. That's really going to get us set for the regular season because they play really good baseball down there."
South Medford 000 010 — 1 3 1
Ashland 330 041 — 11 10 1
Rolie, McLaughlin (5) and Reordan; C. Sebrell, Tygerson (4) and L. Sebrell and Hegdahl (4). 2B — S: Lundgren; A: L. Sebrell, Tygerson, Stone, Baldrica. HR — A: Tygerson (1).
At Yreka, Bella Pribyl had a combined 19 strikeouts between two games to lead the Grizzlies to a pair of wins in the first day of the Yreka Open Tournament on Friday.
Ashland beat Etna 3-1 and Del Norte 5-2.
Sophomore Rose Marston went 1-for-3 with three RBIs in the win over Etna.
Senior Amanda Good went 3-for-4 with a single, double and a home run for Ashland (2-1) against Del Norte.
Etna 000 001 0 — 1 1 2
Ashland 210 000 0 — 3 6 1
Finley and Burrone; Pribyl, Roth (6) and Santee,Lehman. W — Pribyl (1-1). L — Finley.
Ashland 101 300 x — 5 9 1
Del Norte 001 000 1 — 2 2 2
Pribyl, Ross (7) and Santee, Leeman; Berquist, Lopez (5) and Lesina. W — Pribyl (2-1). L — Berquist. 2B — Good. HR — Good.