Bella Pribyl tossed a two-hitter for Ashland in the opener but Crater salvaged a split to remain tied for first place in the Southern Sky with the Grizzlies, Saturday at Central Point.

Ashland won the opener 6-0 before dropping the nightcap 2-1.

In Game 1, Sarah Silbowitz paced the Grizzlies (11-4, 4-2 SSC), going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Hayley Ross, Amanda Good and Jubilee Sharpe added two hits each for Ashland.

Crater junior pitcher Brittany Reeves allowed only three hits to pick up the win in the nightcap.

The Comets (11-4, 4-2) were sparked by Emily Morrill, who pounded two doubles and drove in both runs.

The split means Crater and Ashland enter the last four weeks of the regular season deadlocked atop the SSC. Both have six league games to go, including a rematch on the last day of the regular season, May 10 in Ashland.

Only the top two SSC teams earn spots in the Class 5A state tournament.

Ashland is off until Saturday, when it travels to Klamath Falls for a twin bill against Mazama.

FIRST GAME

Ashland 001 040 — — 6 9 1

Crater 000 000 0 — 0 2 3

Pribyl and Cantrell; Reeves, Reed (6) and Haga; W &

Pribyl (16-2). L &

Reeves. 2B &

A: Williams, Silbowitz.

SECOND GAME

Ashland 000 100 0 — — 3 2

Crater 101 000 0 — 2 5 2

Pribyl and Cantrell; Reeves and Haga; W &

Reeves. L &

Pribyl (16-3). 2B &

C: Morrill 2.

— — — Isabella Pribyl pitches against Crater Saturday afternoon at Crater High School. — — Ashland's Elizabeth Westmoreland lays down a bunt during the four run fifth inning against Crater Saturday afternoon at Crater High School.

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Prep Baseball

Ashland received two strong pitching performances and used the bat of Owen Baldrica to propel the Grizzlies to the doubleheader sweep over Mazama, Saturday at North Mountain Park.

Ashland blew away the Vikings 11-1 in the opener and won 6-1 in Game 2 to reach the halfway point of the SSC season undefeated in league play.

In the five-inning opener, Ashland's Charlie Sebrell struck out seven and walked one to register his sixth victory in seven decisions.

Sam Gaviglio tossed six innings of six-hit ball in the nightcap for the Grizzlies (15-2, 8-0 SSC). Gaviglio struck out 11.

Baldrica, a senior shortstop, went 6-for-6 with six RBIs in the doubleheader. In Game 1, Baldrica smacked a triple and a two-run, first-inning homer.

Garrett Tygerson added a pair of hits in each game, while Gaviglio homered in both games to pick up six RBIs on the day.

FIRST GAME

Mazama 010 00 — — 4 1

Ashland 522 2x — 11 11 1

Reinhart and A. McDaniel; C. Sebrell and L. Sebrell. W &

C. Sebrell (6-1). L &

Reinhart. 2B &

A: Gordon, Gaviglio. 3B &

A: L. Sebrell, Baldrica. HR &

A: Baldrica, Gaviglio.

SECOND GAME

Mazama 000 001 0 — — 6 0

Ashland 501 000 x — 6 10 0

N. McDaniel, Beckman (3) and Reinhart; Gaviglio, Kendall (7) and L. Sebrell. W &

Gaviglio (6-0). L &

N. McDaniel. 2B &

A: Baldrica, Tygerson. HR &

A: Gaviglio.

Girls Tennis

Casey Schein and Maggie Schein each cruised to two straight-set victories in singles as Ashland defeated North Eugene, 8-0, and Springfield, 6-2, Saturday at Hunter Park.

The Schein sisters did not lose a game in the wins.

In the match against Springfield, Ashland's No. 4 singles player, Alison Claypool-Conrad, pulled out a clutch 7-5, 6-4 win over Cassie Ruhnow.

Next up for Ashland is a nonconference match against South Medford, Wednesday at Hunter Park.

Ashland 8, North Eugene 0

SINGLES &

Casey Schein, A, d. Kelli Zehr, 6-0, 6-0; Maggie Schein, A, d. Brandi Hartman, 6-0, 6-0; Emily Minasian, A, d. Erin Holt, 6-2, 6-1; Katie Patton, A, d. Danielle Carey, 6-0, 6-1.

DOUBLES &

Lila-Schreiber-Nicole Jacquat, A, d. Brandi Hartman-Erin Holt, 8-0; Christi Gay-Chloe Deckwar, A, d. Brittaney Johnson-Aiandra Bailey, 6-0, 6-0; Alison Claypool-Conrad-Monica Heiken, A, d. Kinsley Mark-Mindy Moppert, 6-1, 6-1; Zena Shelton-Mackenzie Kitchell, A, d. Liz Denn-Alexis Montoya, 6-3, 6-0.

Ashland 6, Springfield 2

SINGLES &

Casey Schein, A, d. Bree Fletcher, 6-0, 6-0; Maggie Schein, A, d. Diana Silva, 6-0, 6-0; Alison Claypool-Conrad, A, d. Cassie Ruhnow, 7-5, 6-4; Hailey Meekins, S, d. Jane Haas, 6-1, 7-5.

DOUBLES &

Laci Nix-Anne Mansfield, S, d. Lila Schreiber-Nicole Jacquat, 2-6, 7-6 (7,3), (10-8); Christi Gay-Chloe Deckwar, A, d. Jessica Velasco-Kylie Ennis, 6-2, 6-1; Emily Minasian-Monica Heiken, A, d. Ana Pena-Kristen Latham, 6-2, 6-1; Katie Patton-Laurel Sager, A, d. Jessica Crump-Kelsay Gardiepy, 6-0, 6-1.

College Softball

The Southern Oregon University softball team rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Concordia University 8-7 in Game 2 of a doubleheader, but Concordia nipped SOU 6-4, in the first game on Saturday at University Field.

With two outs in the nightcap, the Raiders' Savannah Sanitos scored the winning run on an error by the Cavaliers' first baseman.

SOU's Meghan Laughlin and Sanitos each drove in runs after the Raiders (12-18, 10-8 CCC) loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh.

After a pop out and tag at home plate, SOU's Alicia Caudill's RBI single tied the game at 8. SOU centerfielder Ricci Coultas put the ball in play to set up the winning score.

Caudill was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs and Coultas was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

In the opener, Concordia (16-12, 11-7 CCC) compiled 11 hits and scored three runs in the first and fourth innings to pull away.

Danielle Stratton's three-run home run for the Raiders in the fourth inning cut the deficit to two.

Caudill was 2-for-4 for SOU.

College Track and Field

At Redding, Calif., senior Daniel Cecchini cleared 6 feet, 8 inches in the high jump to earn a national qualifying mark for Southern Oregon University at the Shasta Invitational, Saturday at Shasta Community College.

For the women, Katelyn Alley clocked 2 minutes, 23.73 seconds to nab first place in the 800 meters.

Prep Track and Field

Ashland's Matt Miner had a pair of top-two performances and Jordan Kling placed second in the long jump to lead the Grizzlies at the Crater Classic on Saturday.

Miner placed second in the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 1.6 seconds and third in the 800 in 1:58.6, while Kling leaped 16 feet, 1&

65279;1/4 inches to finish as the runner-up in the long jump.

Also placing high for Ashland were Aria Hemphill (third in 800), Paulina Belsky (fourth, pole vault) and Daniel Cropper (fourth, 110-hurdles).

Sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at 482-3456 x 224 or joe.