Brent Hegdahl went 5-for-8 at the plate and scored five runs and pitcher Max Anderson had another solid outing as the Ashland Pilots swept the North Medford Mavericks in an American Legion A doubleheader Tuesday at North Medford High School.
Anderson allowed two runs on five hits in the first game, which Ashland won 15-2 in five innings, and Hegdahl was 2-for-5 and scored twice in the second game, a slugfest that Ashland pulled out, 14-12.
Hegdahl was also 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the opener for the Pilots, who improved to 9-5. The Mavericks fell to 11-12 overall and 8-8 in Area 4 play.
"We can definitely put some runs on the board," Ashland head coach Jeff Turner said. "Even some of the outs that they made were hard hit balls right at people. We definitely were seeing the ball, hitting the ball really well today."
Anderson (3-0) struck out two and walked two in an efficient Game 1 performance. He pitched with a big lead most of the way — the Pilots scored 10 runs on seven hits and five walks in the second inning to bury the Mavericks early.
Ashland leadoff hitter Taylor Humphrey made the most of his three walks by scoring three times, Anderson helped his own cause with a two-run double in the second and Brady Thomas went 2-for-2 and also scored three times.
North Medford starting pitcher Hayden Evans surrendered 12 runs on six hits in one inning.
The second game started off as a blowout and slowly turned into a competitive slugfest, but the Pilots' 12-4 lead through three innings held up.
Thomas' bases-clearing double in the first inning helped the Pilots grab a quick 5-0 lead. Later, the senior-to-be took the mound and clinched the sweep by holding the Mavericks scoreless over the last two innings.
Ashland's AJ Adams went 2-for-4 with a triple and scored twice, while Jamie Flynn went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and also scored twice.
"The bats came alive," Turner said.
Ashland travels to face the Grants Pass Diggers on Thursday. Game 1 of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
At Eugene, the Ashland Bandits won four straight games over the two-day 14U ASA "C" state tournament, culminating with a come-from-behind 6-3 victory over the Cherry City Crush of The Dalles in the title game this past weekend.
The Bandits trailed 2-0 in the top of the final inning against the Crush but rallied with six runs. Sarah Palacios plated Teresa Lehman and Georgia Williams with a bases-loaded double and Grace Lenthe added a grounder that scored Jordan Tilley and Palacios with the go-ahead runs to highlight the comeback.
Williams secured the pitching victory with a pair of strikeouts against one unearned run in the final inning. Williams struck out 31 batters through 17 innings in the tournament.
Offensively, Henderson-Brazie, Lehman, Tilley, Palacios and Williams paced the Bandits.