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    Sophomore Fredrickson pitches Grizzlies to first win of season

    Strikes out 11 in complete-game victory over Phoenix
  • After a frustrating opening week that included a mountain of errors and four straight losses, the Ashland High baseball team needed somebody to step up and lead the Grizzlies out of the gloom.
    Sophomore pitcher Steen Fredrickson was willing and able Thursday.
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  • After a frustrating opening week that included a mountain of errors and four straight losses, the Ashland High baseball team needed somebody to step up and lead the Grizzlies out of the gloom.
    Sophomore pitcher Steen Fredrickson was willing and able Thursday.
    Fredrickson rebounded from a shaky first inning to dominate on the mound and Ashland's defense provided the kind of support that's been missing as the Grizzlies thumped previously unbeaten Phoenix 9-2 at North Mountain Park.
    Fredrickson allowed four hits — only two after the first inning — and struck out 11 without a walk in a complete-game effort to pick up the win. He also hit an RBI triple in the fifth as part of a five-run rally that gave Ashland a comfortable 8-2 lead.
    The Grizzlies also got their bats going. Leadoff hitter Bryce Rogan was 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs, Jamie Flynn 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Eric Carlson 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.
    Flynn and Carlson each provided run-scoring singles in the third, with Carlson's plating Flynn from third to give the Grizzlies the lead for good, 3-2.
    Ashland blew the game open in the fifth with five hits, including Jack Carroll's two-run single to left.
    In the sixth, Carter Glick added a sacrifice fly to score Rogan, who led off with a triple to right.
    Fredrickson made sure the run support wasn't wasted. After surrendering two runs on two hits, including Jordan Pond's RBI triple, in the first, Fredrickson retired five of the next seven batters he faced on strikes. Only one Phoenix baserunner advanced beyond first base after the first inning, and that was Pond, who doubled in the third.
    Pond was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead Phoenix (4-1), which was held to single-digit runs for the first time this season after scoring 59 runs in its first four games.
    Phoenix pitcher Aaron Hutchinson surrendered nine runs, all earned, on 11 hits. He had three strikeouts and a walk.
    Phoenix 200 000 0 — 2 4 4
    Ashland 003 051 x — 9 11 0
    Hutchinson and McCreadie; Fredrickson and Glick. W — Fredrickson (1-1). L — Hutchinson. 2B — P: Pond. 3B — P: Pond; A: Rogan, Fredrickson.
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