Ashland was scorching hot on Friday &

the town and the team.




Garrett Tygerson hit three doubles and a home run and Hayden Miller went 7-for-8 with a triple and scored six runs as the Ashland Pilots easily swept Eagle Point 11-1 and 10-2 in an American Legion A Zone 4 doubleheader at North Mountain Park.




The lopsided wins &

Ashland clinched the opener in five innings by the 10-run mercy rule &

improved the red-hot Pilots to 18-6 overall and 16-4 in league play heading into a critical two-week stretch that includes games against Area 4-leading North Medford and upstart Grants Pass.




The temperature in Ashland soared into the mid-90s Friday, but the heat hardly slowed down the top of the Pilots' order. Their first four batters finished a combined 11-for-13 in Game — and 8-for-14 in Game 2, with six extra-base hits and 11 RBIs.




"That's where the offense was coming from today," Ashland head coach Royce Miller said. "Our offense has been pretty much on the last two weeks. We've scored a lot of runs, and we've scored a lot of runs with two outs. When we have two outs and nobody on, these hitters are expecting to get a rally going."




Luke Stone pitched all five innings in Game — for the Pilots, holding Eagle Point to one run on three hits while throwing just 50 pitches in his most efficient performance of the season.




The visitors grabbed the early lead when Garrett Davis led off with a single and eventually scored on Brandon Hauser's 4-3 groundout. Ashland came back by scoring six runs on five hits in the second, highlighted by Tygerson's two-run double to center field.




The Pilots added three runs in the third &

all scored with two outs &

and two in the fifth on Tygerson's walk-off double.




Stone struck out two and walked one and kept the Eagles off balance. It was a performance that Miller said Stone is capable of as long as he stays within himself.




"He needs to keep working on new pitches &

there's no doubt about that &

but he also needs to hang on to what has worked for him in the past, and that's what he kind of got away from (previously)," Miller said. "We need him back and on because we're not going to make it through very well down the stretch without him."




In Game 2, Ashland didn't waste any time taking control, plating two runs in the first and five in the second. Tygerson's three-run homer and Miller's RBI triple spearheaded the quick start, which also included a double by Kendall.




Kendall started and pitched five innings to pick up the win. He struck out seven and walked two before Kealii Cecil took over.




Ashland next hits the road for a doubleheader against Phoenix-Talent on Sunday.




FIRST GAME




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B. Smith, M. Smith (3), Davis (5) and McCready; Stone and Scarminach. W &

Stone. L &

B. Smith. 2B &

A: Tygerson 3, Cecil.




SECOND GAME




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Zumerdyk and Hodgkins; Kendall, Cecil (6) and Hegdahl. W &

Kendall. L &

Zumerdyk. 2B &

EP: Zumerdyk; A: Kendall. 3B &

A: Miller. HR &

A: Tygerson.