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  • PREP BASEBALL

    Grizzlies aim for return to big show

    Ashland High loaded on the mound, top of batting order as new coach John Wallace takes over
  • During a four-year period starting in 2007, Ashland High claimed to the top of the Class 5A baseball mountain, advancing to the semifinals four years in a row, pushing through to the final twice and claiming the 2008 state title.
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      2012: 17-10, lost in 5A quarterfinals.
      Top returners: Jamie Flynn (sr., P/IF); Jack Carroll (jr., P/OF); Bryce Rogan (jr., OF); Ryan Bottimore (sr., OF); Carter Glick (jr., C/P).
      Of note: Fly...
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      AHS Baseball
      2012: 17-10, lost in 5A quarterfinals.

      Top returners: Jamie Flynn (sr., P/IF); Jack Carroll (jr., P/OF); Bryce Rogan (jr., OF); Ryan Bottimore (sr., OF); Carter Glick (jr., C/P).

      Of note: Flynn was 8-2 in 2012 after finishing the season with five consecutive complete-game efforts.

      Up next: Dallas at Ashland, Saturday. First game of doubleheader scheduled to start at noon at North Mountain Park.
  • During a four-year period starting in 2007 Ashland High climbed to the top of the Class 5A baseball mountain, advancing to the semifinals four years in a row, pushing through to the final twice and claiming the 2008 state title.
    But the run ended with a quarterfinal setback in 2011, and the Grizzlies fell in the quarterfinals again last season, begging the question: Is the Ashland baseball factory finally slowing down production?
    Enter new head coach and former College World Series champion John Wallace, whose emphatic answer leaves no room for doubt.
    "A lot of these guys were on the team last year and saw how close we were to advancing to the state semifinals," said Wallace, whose team plays its home opener Saturday against Dallas. "And with the pitching that we have coming back — Jamie (Flynn) and Jack (Carroll) were the guys that carried us last year in the playoffs — we're setting our goals high. We think we can make a run at a state championship. That's our ultimate goal."
    Indeed, Flynn, a senior right-hander, and Carroll, a senior lefty, should give the Grizzlies one of the most potent one-two pitching combinations in the state and a leg up over most of the competition come playoff time. And with sophomore sensation Steen Fredrickson waiting in the wings, slotted as the No. 3 starter, Ashland is once again loaded at the most important position in the field.
    Flynn is the clear ace. His fastball consistently hits 85 mph, and he's developed nasty curve which he's comfortable throwing whether ahead in the count or behind.
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