PORTLAND — The top-seeded Ashland doubles team of Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien easily advanced into the Class 5A state quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-1 second-round victory over Amy Marks and Cambia Rooney of Sherwood on Thursday at the Portland Tennis Center.
Greenberg and O'Brien, gunning for their third straight state doubles title, will face Morgan Whaley and Alli Schmidt of Silverton in today's quarterfinal round, with the semifinals set for this afternoon.
Ashland also has a pair of singles players — one girl and one boy — still alive in their respective 5A championship brackets. In girls action, No. 3 seed Ashley Knecht beat Sarah Duran of Franklin in the second round, 6-1, 6-3, and will face Lindsey Brodeck of Summit in the quarterfinals today, while on the boys side Ashland's Grant Kahn beat Sebastian Dibblee of Cleveland in the second round, 6-0, 6-0, and will face No. 4 seed Carter Quigley of Summit in the quarters.
Ashland's No. 2 girls doubles team of Katy Barnard and Cassidy Christopher suffered a first-round loss, while No. 2 boys singles player Mischa Kirby won his first-round match but lost in the second round and will try to work his way through the consolation bracket today.
At Medford, Cascade Christian ace Cody Coggins struck out 10 and went the distance as the Challengers beat Ashland 5-4 in the regular-season finale for both teams at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Coggins surrendered four runs on 14 hits but wiggled out of enough jams to keep the Class 3A Challengers (20-5) in front, as Ashland finished with twice as many hits but left 10 baserunners stranded.
A two-run single by Eric Higday followed by James Carpenter's stolen base gave the Challengers a 5-0 lead in the fifth. Ashland rallied to get within 5-4, but left the tying run stranded at second when Coggins struck out Jesse Carroll to end the game.
Bryce Rogan and Nick Sanderson had three hits apiece for Ashland, with Sanderson's two-run double helping the Grizzlies (19-8) slice into the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Kyle Ferguson was 2-for-4 with a run for the Challengers.
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Coggins and Jones; Fredrickson, Glick (4), Hulick (6) and Glick, Cammarota (4), Hamik (7). W — Coggins (9-1). L — Fredrickson (5-5). 2B — A: Sanderson.