Ashland received two outstanding pitching performances by Kyle Milgram and Caleb Bell but couldn't take advantage as Grants Pass swept the Area 4 doubleheader 4-1 and 3-2 Tuesday at North Mountain Park.
Milgram held the Diggers to one earned run on five hits while striking out four in six solid innings, but took the loss in Game 1 thanks in part to a dropped fly ball in the sixth. The miscue allowed the go-ahead run plus an insurance run to score for Grants Pass, and another came home on a passed ball.
Chris D'Amico picked up the win for the Diggers after limiting Ashland to one run on four hits in 61/3 innings.
Matt Flynn provided the Pilots' only run when hit a single to drive in Bell in the bottom of the first.
Drew Bjorn and Spencer Crume had two hits apiece to lead the Diggers.
In Game 2, Bell held the Diggers to three runs on five hits while striking out four but didn't get much run support as Ashland fell to 7-13 overall, 2-8 in Area 4.
Grants Pass pitcher Brennen Lauffenburger held the Pilots to two runs on six hits in a complete-game effort.
Andrew Sherrier's RBI single scored for Grants Pass what proved to be the winning run in the top of the fourth.
Ashland cut into the lead in the bottom of the inning when Bell delivered a two-run single, but that was as close as the Pilots got.
Jack Garmendia was 2-for-3 to lead the Diggers.
For Ashland, Bell was 2-for-4. Also for the Pilots, Jake Hansen was 2-for-2 on the day with a double in the second game.
The Pilots continue their Area 4 schedule today with a doubleheader at South Medford.
Grants Pass 000 013 0 — 4 5 1
Ashland 100 000 0 — 1 4 1
C. D'Amico, J. D'Amico (7) and Bjorn; Milgram, Buckley (7) and Hamik. W — C. D'Amico. L — Milgram (2-3).
Grants Pass 200 100 0 — 3 5 0
Ashland 000 020 0 — 2 6 2
Lauffenburger and Bjorn; Bell and A. Scott, Hamik (6). W — Lauffenburger. L — Bell (0-2). 2B — GP: Stoffel; A: Hansen.
Track and Field
At Vancouver, British Columbia, Southern Oregon University alum Eric Avila finished second in 800-meter run in the Victoria International Track Classic on Tuesday.
Matt Maldonado won the 800 national developmental race in 1 minute, 48.43 seconds, while Avila crossed the finish line in 1:48.82.
Daniel Block came in third (1:49.22) and Adam Paul-Morris fourth in the Classic, which was held at Centennial Stadium.
Avila graduated from SOU in June, a month after claiming an NAIA outdoor national title in the 1,500.