KLAMATH FALLS — A strike away from losing, the Ashland Grizzlies rallied to beat defending Class 4A state champion Henley 11-7 Tuesday in a wild nonconfernece baseball game at Henley High School.
Eric Carlson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including a bases-loaded walk that forced home the tying run with two outs in the seventh, and freshman Nick Sanderson added a three-run home run to complete the rally as Ashland scored two in the sixth and eight in the seventh to overcome a 6-1 deficit.
The win was Ashland's third in a row and allowed the Grizzlies to climb to .500 (3-3) for the first time this season.
Down 6-3 to start the seventh, Ashland's hopes faded even further when Henley relief pitcher Jon Guzman quickly retired the Grizzlies' first two batters of the final inning. But three straight walks followed by Bryce Rogan's RBI single gave the Grizzlies new life. Guzman then plunked Max Montgomery to make it 6-5 and set the table for the red-hot Carlson. Ashland's No. 3 hitter fell behind 1-2, but battled back to draw a walk that forced home the tying run.
Steen Fredrickson kept the rally going by slapping a two-run single into right-center against Jesse Hilyard, who had just replaced Guzman, giving the Grizzlies the lead for good, 8-6. Sanderson, pinch-hitting for Jerry Carroll, then took a called strike before crushing the second pitch he saw off the top of the scoreboard in right for an 11-6 lead.
Fredrickson pitched the bottom of the seventh to pick up the win after starter Carter Glick gave up three earned runs on five hits in three innings. Kyle Milgram, whose clutch walk after facing a 2-2 count kept the game going in the seventh, was solid in three innings of relief, surrendering one earned run on four hits.
For Henley, which suffered its first loss to fall to 8-1, Cody Dykstra, Drew Seater and Josh Overstreet had two hits apiece. Overstreet also started on the mound, holding Ashland to one run on four hits in four innings.
Ashland 010 002 8 — 11 10 2
Henley 230 010 1 — 7 11 3
Glick, Milgram (4), Fredrickson (7) and Cammarota; Overstreet, Howard (5), Guzman (7), Hilyard (7) and Hilyard, Howard (7). W — Fredrickson. L — Guzman. HR — A: Sanderson (1).
At Klamath Falls, Kelly Scott pitched a perfect five-inning game, leading Henley (10-3) to a 10-0 win over Ashland on Tuesday.
Scott struck out seven without a walk in a game that was called after the fifth due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Grizzlies fell to 2-8.
Ashland 000 00 — 0 0 1
Henley 000 46 — 10 9 0
Glick, Milgram (4), Fredrickson (7) and Cammarota; Overstreet, Howard (5), Guzman (7), Hilyard (7) and Hilyard, Howard (7). W — Fredrickson. L — Guzman. 2B — H: Fernlund, Crain. HR — A: Sanderson (1).
Ashland's No. 1 single Grant Kahn blanked Nico Blanco, 6-0, 6-0, and the Grizzlies' top pairing of Cannon Dukes and Nate Baize beat Tucker Daniel and Tyler Broyles, 6-1, 6-2, as Ashland beat Grants Pass 6-2 Tuesday at Hunter Park.
Ashland, which won all its doubles matches, improved to 3-0-1.
SINGLES — Grant Kahn, A, d. Nico Blanco, 6-0, 6-0; Mischa Kirby, A, d. Drew VanDelden, 6-2, 7-6; Jonathon Williams, GP, d. Nick Benson, 6-4, 6-3; Nik O'Hara, GP, d. Kai Weston, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Cannon Dukes-Nate Baize, A, d. Tucker Daniel-Tyler Broyles, 6-1, 6-2; JP Madina-Gabe LaMont, A, d. Barrett Titus-Nathan Trujillo, 6-2, 6-2; David Lee-Will Duncan, A, d. Aaron Leenknecht-Ben Widdison, 6-3, 6-2; Owen DiRenzo-Jordan O'Donnell, A, d. Jacob Guerra-Pedro Tome-Veira, 6-0, 6-3.
At Grants Pass, Ashland's No. 1 single River Davis blanked Grants Pass' Natasha Matola, 6-0, 6-0, and the Grizzlies' top pairing of Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien downed McKenna Stephenson and Abi Johnson, 6-2, 6-2, leading Ashland to a 5-3 win over Grants Pass on Tuesday, at Grants Pass High School.
Ashland improved to 3-0.
SINGLES — River Davis, A, d. Natasha Matola, 6-0, 6-0; Ashley Knecht, A, def. Amanda Solar, 6-0, 6-0; Rachael Berkey, GP, d. Emily Haptonstall, 8-6, 2-6, 10-6; PJ Blakeley, GP, d. Mimi Sharp, 6-2, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, d. McKenna Stephenson-Abi Johnson, 6-2, 6-2; Katy Bernard-Cass Christopher, A, d. Kelsey Lucido-Gretchen Berkey, 7-6, 6-2; Grace Connelly-Kayna Nicholas, GP, d. Hannah Barchet-Lilli Patton, 6-2, 4-6, 10-2; Soleil Heller-Sarah Kaufman, A, d. Shelbie LaPan-Natalie LeMoss, 6-4, 6-1.