The Ashland Pilots finished their season on a high note, using two solid starts from Caleb Bell and Nick Sanderson and some clutch hitting in the first game to sweep the Comets at the Crater High junior varsity field.
CENTRAL POINT — The Ashland Pilots finished their season on a high note, using two solid starts from Caleb Bell and Nick Sanderson and some clutch hitting in the first game to sweep Area 4 power Central Point at the Crater High junior varsity field.
In the opener, Bell held Central Point to one earned run in seven innings and Ashland scored four runs in the top of the seventh en route to a 5-3 comeback win. Then in Game 2, Sanderson limited the Comets to one earned run in 5 2/3 innings and the Pilots jumped out to an 8-0 lead on their way to an 8-6 victory.
The wins sent the Pilots out on a five-game win streak with a final record of 14-17. They did not qualify for the state tournament.
Sanderson, Aaron Scott and Jerry Carroll keyed Ashland's comeback in the first game. Scott doubled, Carroll singled him home to cut the deficit to one and Sanderson's two-run single gave Ashland a 4-3 lead.
Carroll was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run, Shea Scott 3-for-3 with an RBI and Scott 2-for-4 with a run.
Ashland 100 000 4 — 5 10 1
Central Point 200 001 0 — 3 3 1
Bell and A. Scott, Hamik (4); Bastendorff and Morgan. W — Bell. L — Bastendorff. 2B — A: Jer. Carroll 2, A. Scott; CP: Smith.
Ashland 220 004 0 — 8 3 1
Central Point 000 002 4 — 6 3 4
Sanderson, Clary (6), Buckley (7), A. Scott (7) and Hamik; Smith, McCormick (2) and Godley. W — Sanderson (2-3). L — Smith. 2B — A: A. Scott.
At Boise, Idaho, Ashland native Jason Allred shot a 3-under 68 Thursday and is tied for 58th heading into the second round of the Albertson Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club.
Zach Sucher will take a two-stroke lead into today's action after shooting an 11-under par 60.
Allred had an eventful front nine, starting off with a double bogey then getting back to par two holes later thanks to an eagle three on the par 5 third hole. He then birdied holes 16 and 17.