Let the games begin

Ethan Schlecht struck out six batters and did not allow a hit in five innings, and Ashland scored the winning run when John Guzman plunked Bryce Rogan with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, as Ashland won its season opener over Henley, 4-3, Wednesday at North Mountain Park.

Evan Westhelle was plunked to leadoff the eighth, and after Guzman induced back-to-back flyouts Ryan Bottimore singled and Jamie Flynn walked to bring the lefty Rogan to the plate.

Flynn was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Schlecht 2-for-4 with one RBI and Rogan 1-for-4 with one RBI.

Schlecht was solid in his first outing but couldn't pick up the win after Henley scored three unearned runs on three errors in the third inning.

Flynn took the mound in the sixth and held the Hornets scoreless on three hits and one strikeout over the final three innings.

"I was just absolutely thrilled with the performances of (Flynn and Schlecht)," said Paul Westhelle after his first game as Ashland's head coach.

The Grizzlies began their comeback in the bottom of the inning when Billy Hansen reached on an error, Schlecht singled and Flynn delivered an RBI double to make it 3-1.

Ashland tied it in the fifth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Schlecht and Flynn.

"Overall, I was pretty pleased," Westhelle said. "Outside of the one really sloppy inning I definitely think we did pretty well and took a big step forward in learning how to play together as a team."

Henley 003 000 00 — 3 3 3

Ashland 001 020 01 — 4 11 4

Overstreet, Thomas (5), Guzman (8) and Hilyard; Schlecht, Flynn (6) and Glick. W — Flynn (1-0). L — Guzman. 2B — A: Schlecht, Flynn.

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Henley pitchers Kelly Scott and Taylor Hamilton combined on a no-hit shutout in a 20-0 season-opening win over Ashland at North Mountain Park.

Adrienne Pace had three hits and three RBIs for the Hornets, who had 16 hits total.

Henley 541 73 — 20 16 2

Ashland 000 00 — 0 0 5

Scott, Hamilton (5) and Herr; Williams, Williams (1), Cantrell (2) and Lehman.W Scott. L Williams. 2B H: Peters, Goodell, Moates, Willhite, Conrad. 3B H: Hamilton.

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