The Ashland High baseball team trailed Roseburg by three runs entering the seventh inning. In other words, the Grizzlies had the Indians right where they wanted them.
Ashland scored three runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings then completed the comeback with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth as the Grizzlies pulled out their second improbable rally of the season, 9-8, Thursday at North Mountain Park.
Ashland, which stormed back from a 6-3 seventh-inning deficit to stun Henley three weeks ago, stretched its winning streak to 10 games counting a forfeit by Eagle Point and now has two wins over traditional 6A powers — Crater on April 10, and now Roseburg.
Against the Indians (6-7), Ashland briefly took a 3-2 lead in the third before Roseburg scored four in the fourth and two in the sixth to go up 8-3. The Grizzlies cut into the lead by scoring two in the sixth, but still trailed 8-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
But once again, Ashland was at its best in the clutch.
The Grizzlies' rally began with back-to-back-to-back singles by Eric Carlson, Steen Fredrickson and Max Montgomery, with Montgomery's poke into shallow right scoring both Carlson and Fredrickson to make it a one-run game. That brought up Nick Sanderson, the big-swinging left-handed freshman whose home run capped that wild win over Henley. Sanderson came through again Thursday, cracking a double to left that scored Montgomery to tie the game.
Ashland tried to bring Sanderson home on Jose Perez's squeeze bunt, but Sanderson was thrown out at the plate and Bryce Rogan's ground out moments later ended the threat.
In the eighth, Roseburg relief pitcher Brady Fuller plunked Aaron Scott to leadoff the inning, induced back-to-back fly outs, then walked Montgomery. Sanderson was then hit by pitch to load the bases for Vince Cammarota, who fell behind 0-2 before battling back for a game-clinching walk.
Carlson was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, and Sanderson 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run to lead Ashland at the plate. Fredrickson was 2-for-5 with two runs and also pitched the last three innings for the Grizzlies, surrendering two runs on four hits with three strikeouts to improve to 4-1.
Fuller, Ryan Carhart and Kyler Wolford had two hits apiece for the Indians, who took advantage of four Ashland errors to score two unearned runs.
Ashland starter Carter Glick gave up four earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He struck out four and walked three.
Roseburg 011 402 00 — 8 12 3
Ashland 102 002 31 — 9 13 4
Haskett, Stone (6), Fuller (7) and Irvine; Glick, Fredrickson (6) and Hamik. W — Fredrickson (4-1). L — Fuller. 2B — A: Rogan, Hulick, Sanderson.