After last week's gauntlet against three of Oregon's top baseball programs, Ashland had a little fun Tuesday against overmatched Klamath Union.
The net result was the same, however — a Grizzly victory.
Carter Glick struck out 11 batters in only five innings and the top of Ashland's batting order went off as the Grizzlies earned their sixth win in a row, 13-3 in six innings over nonleague foe Klamath Union at North Mountain Park.
Glick limited Klamath Union (2-7-1) to three earned runs on seven hits to pick up the win, improving to 2-1. The Grizzlies upped their record to 6-3, continuing their turnaround from an 0-3 start.
"It's always nice to get on a win streak," Ashland coach John Wallace said. "We're kind of playing a mixed bag of teams right now so it's kind of hard to put the winning streak on a pedestal, but I just tell the guys, 'Don't worry about the opponents; just worry about what you can control.'"
The first four batters in Ashland's order certainly did that, as Bryce Rogan, Max Montgomery, Eric Carlson and Steen Fredrickson tallied two hits apiece to spearhead the Grizzlies' 12-hit attack. Rogan went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, Fredrickson 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Montgomery 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Carlson 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Rogan's double to deep left-center in the bottom of the fourth brought home two runs and increased Ashland's lead to 6-2. Montgomery and Fredrickson followed with RBI singles of their own to help the Grizzlies break the game open.
Ashland tacked on four more in the fifth on three hits and two KU errors and one in the sixth to end the game early by the 10-run mercy rule.
"We were hitting the ball hard and finding some gaps and starting to show a little bit of power, which is nice to see," Wallace said.
Glick showed a little bit of power, too, leaning on his fastball to mow down the Pelicans. Klamath Union did score two runs on three hits in the third to make the game interesting for a while, but things went downhill for the visitors shortly thereafter.
"(Glick) was commanding his fastball and curveball and just really going after their guys, especially the latter part of their lineup," Wallace said. "He was really overpowering today."
Klamath Union 002 010 — 3 7 4
Ashland 400 441 — 13 12 1
McGahan, Weitzel (5) and Budden; Glick, Carroll (6) and Hamik. W — Glick. L — Weitzel. 2B — A: Milgram, Rogan, Montgomery, Carlson.
At Medford, Ashland's Georgia Williams pitched a no-hit shutout for Ashland in a 17-0 nonleague win over Cascade Christian at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Tuesday.
The junior finished with 12 strikeouts and two walks.
Williams went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Teresa Lehman 2-for-3 with four RBIs for the Grizzlies (3-8), who tallied 11 hits.
Cascade Christian (0-7) made four errors.
Ashland 216 80 — 17 11 0
Cascade Christian 000 00 — 0 0 4
Williams and Teixiera; Weaver, Thomson (4) and Ratcliff. W — Williams. L — Weaver (0-4). 2B — A: Lehman 2, Rodriques. 3B — A: Honeycutt.
At Eugene, shaky defense prevented the Southern Oregon University softball team from closing in on a postseason berth Monday as Northwest Christian made the Raiders pay for eight errors with 8-0 and 3-2 wins at James Park.
Six of the Beacons' runs were unearned, including all three in Game 2, helping them improve to 9-22 overall and 8-12 in the Cascade Conference. Jill Suratt tossed a three-hit shutout in an opener that lasted six innings, and Randi Koster's double broke a fifth-inning tie in Game 2 to give Suratt a second win.
Sydney White was a tough-luck loser for the Raiders (12-14, 7-11) despite a dominant outing of her own in the nightcap. She punched out 10, walked one and held NCU to five hits while allowing no earned runs for the third start this season.
NCU got White down in the first when Suratt's two-out grounder was mishandled and allowed two Beacons to come home. Julia Willison tied it with a fourth-inning double that scored Alexa Gonzalez and Sulie Augustine, who had reached with a double and a single.
Bre Johnson got on via error, though, to lead off the Beacon fifth. She eventually scored on Kostner's game-winning double.
SOU committed five errors in Game 1 and Parker Bonife went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Gabby Stover added an RBI double and went 4-for-7 on the day. Augustine paced the Raiders with three hits, while Willison and Gonzalez had two apiece.
NCU, which had never swept SOU, won three of four in the season series.
With 10 regular season contests remaining, the Raiders still have a four-game lead on NCU and Corban for the fourth and final spot in the Cascade Conference Championships. SOU will play its final regular season home games Friday against Concordia (2 p.m., 4 p.m.) and Saturday against Northwest (11 a.m., 1 p.m.) at University Field.