For the second year in row, Ashland's 11-12 All-Star Little League baseball team has secured a spot in the District 6 championship round.
For the second year in row, Ashland's 11-12 Little League all-star baseball team has secured a spot in the District 6 championship round.
Ashland did it with ease this time, dispatching Medford American Blue 16-6 in five innings Tuesday in a game that was shortened by the 10-run mercy rule at North Mountain Park. Medford jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first before Ashland stormed back with a six-run outburst of its own in the bottom of the frame and extended its lead from there.
Wyatt Thompson-Siporen "threw a gem," according to Ashland head coach Josh Hamik, holding Medford at arm's length from the second inning on to help push the host team into the D6 final. Ashland will play Medford Red at 5:30 p.m. today. The game will be a do-or-die affair for Ashland, which must beat Medford Red today and again Thursday to claim the first district title for Ashland since 2006.
Thompson-Siporen, Collin Malcolm and Tarquin Daley each had multiple hits for Ashland on Tuesday, while Jett Hamik added a ground-rule double.
"Our bats have just come alive," Josh Hamik said.
9-10 Little League
Ashland's 9-10 Little League baseball team is headed to the state tournament after winning the District 6 championship last week.
Ashland trounced Klamath Falls National 14-2 in five innings in the D6 final, played June 30 in Klamath Falls. The title-clinching rout advanced Ashland to the state tournament, to be held Saturday through July 17 in Portland.
In an effort to offset the cost of its upcoming road trip, Ashland will be holding a car wash fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Holday Inn Express (565 Clover Lane). The team is also receiving help from Yogurt Hut, which is donating 10 percent of today's sales to Ashland Little League.
Ashland pitcher Mathew O'Donnell pitched the first three innings and smacked a home run to lead the way in the championship game. Ashland also received outstanding performances throughout the tournament from pitcher/first baseman Evan McLennan, pitcher/catcher/shortstop Kellar Edwards and pitcher John Ropp, who also pitched in the final.
Ashland is led by head coach Daryn McLennan and assistants Mark Scarpaci and Zachary Edwards.