Thirteen is Ashland's lucky number

Ashland called on a big gun from the past to help overcome a stuffed schedule.

Turns out, they didn't need much pitching.

Riding the arm of Ashland High graduate Tyler Killeen, the Pilots scored 33 runs on 22 hits in an American Legion A doubleheader sweep over North Coos on Tuesday at North Mountain Park.

Ashland scored 13 runs in the third inning en route to a 20-3 win in Game 1, then scored 10 runs in a three-inning stretch to win 13-9 in Game 2.

The nonconference victories improved the Pilots to 14-4 overall. They are 12-4 in Area 4 play, good for second place behind North Medford in the league standings.

"Right now, we're just impressed with the kids," Ashland head coach Royce Miller said, adding that the Pilots have played six games in four days. "They were worn out but they stayed with it. The energy level that they bring &

they love playing and they're showing it on the field."

Killeen, who helped the Pilots win a state championship last summer, struck out four and walked four in a complete-game effort to start the day.

He received plenty of run support. Hayden Miller went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored, Garrett Tygerson went 2-for-3 with six RBIs and two runs scored and Luke Baldrica went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and one run scored.

The nightcap was more of the same, with an early comeback thrown in.

North Coos scored five runs in the third inning to seize a 7-2 lead, but Ashland came right back by scoring four in the fourth and five in the fifth.

A transfer from Hawaii was the catalyst for the Pilots. Kealii Cecil blasted a solo home run to kick off the fifth-inning rally and also came through on the mound, holding the visitors to two earned runs in four innings.

"He's had ankle problems, but now he seems to be OK," Miller said of Cecil. "We were pleasantly surprised. He had a good fastball that he kept down and he had some movement with it."

Offensively, Ashland continued to hit the ball well in the nightcap. Nick Hall was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and four runs scored, Ian Kendall went 2-for-5 with his sixth homer of the year and four RBIs and Tygerson was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Baldrica also was a terror at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Zach Thomas started on the mound for Ashland and pitched well, allowing one earned run in three innings on three strikeouts and no walks.

Ashland now has three days off before traveling to face North Coos on Sunday. After that, the Pilots will host South Medford in a key Area 4 doubleheader that's scheduled to start at — p.m. at North Mountain Park.

Ashland and South Medford split a twin bill earlier in the season and are battling for one of two Area 4 playoff spots.

"It's still early," Miller said, "but any time you can put a little room between you and the team next to you it's good."


North Coos — — 120 — 000 &

— — 6 — 4

Ashland — — — 24(13) 1x — &

20 12 0

Campbell, Canaday (2), Stevens (3), Iveaf (3), Jany (4) and Van Pulliam, Iveas (4). Killeen and Scarminach. W &

Killeen. L &

Campbell. 2B &

NC: Flack, Alpendach, Weidmon 2; A: Miller, Tygerson.


North Coos — 115 — 101 0 — &

9 12 5

Ashland — — 201 — 451 x — &

13 — 10 — 4

McClintach, Campbell (5) and Iveas. Thomas, Cecil (4) and Miller, Scarminach (7). W &

Cecil (1-0). L &

McClintach. 2B &

NC: Weedman, Harris; A: Tygerson 2. 3B &

A: Scarminach, Kendall. HR &

A: Cecil, Kendall (6).

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