PHOENIX, Ariz. — Seniors Eric Carlson and Bryce Rogan both had a big day at the plate in Ashland's season opener, but the Grizzlies squandered a few key opportunities at the plate and could not recover in an 11-7 loss to Chatfield (Colo.) on Wednesday at Thunderbird High School.
Carlson was 4-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored while Rogan went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Both came through with clutch hits as the Grizzlies tried to rally in the seventh, but Carlson was picked off after his RBI single cut what had been a seven-run deficit to four.
Ashland starter Carter Glick surrendered eight runs, seven earned, in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked three.
Carlson's RBI single in the fifth made it 8-3, but it was sandwiched around a pair of strikeouts as the Grizzlies left the bases loaded. The Grizzlies loaded the bases again in the fifth but were held scoreless after an inning-ending ground out.
In the sixth, Rogan and Carlson led off with back-to-back hits, but the threat was neutralized by three straight strikeouts.
Chatfield 025 101 2 — 11 10 5
Ashland 012 100 3 — 7 13 4
Watson, Wood (3), Garber (5), Schnoor (7) and Lawhead; Glick, Milgrim (4), Rogan (6) and Hamik. W — Watson. L — Glick (0-1). 2B — C: Jarecki, Barber; A: Carlson, Rogan.
The Southern Oregon University softball team's first Cascade Conference road swing is temporarily on hold. Friday's scheduled doubleheader at Northwest and Saturday's at Concordia have been postponed until April 25 and 26, the league office announced Wednesday.
A forecast predicting inclement weather has also forced the postponement of Oregon Tech's games at the same schools. Corban and Northwest Christian's contests at Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho were pushed from Friday and Saturday to Sunday and Monday.
The Raiders (8-10 overall, 7-3 CCC) are still scheduled to host a nonleague doubleheader Monday against Menlo. Then they'll play four straight CCC twins bills on the road, starting at Corban and NCU on April 4 and 5. SOU's regular season was originally scheduled to conclude on April 22 at Oregon Tech. Fourteen of the Raiders' last 18 games will be played away from University Field.