Ashland’s No. 2 doubles team of Henry Cook and Rob Stallman pulled out a second-set tiebreaker to finish off a straight-set victory and help the Grizzlies secure a 5-3 nonconference victory over South Medford at Hunter Park on Tuesday.
Cook and Stallman edged Elliot Hikade and Blake Bennett in the opening set before taking the second set tiebreaker 7-5 to clinch the 6-4, 7-6 win, Ashland’s third of the day in doubles.
In other action, Ashland No. 1 singles player Rox Rogers beat Enoch Cunningham, 6-0, 6-1, and the Grizzlies’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Owen DiRienzo and Nur Shelton rolled to an equally dominant 6-1, 6-0 victory over South Medford’s Seth Parks and Gray Bastian.
SINGLES — Rox Rogers, A, d. Enoch Cunningham, 6-0, 6-1; Nolan Bartlett, SM, d. Matthew Montes, 6-3, 6-1; Joseph Vonstrahl, SM, d. Gabe Dreyer, 6-1, 6-1; Yize Yuan, A, d. Kennon Pulsipher, 6-3, 6-1.
DOUBLES — Owen DiRienzo-Nur Shelton, A, d. Seth Parks-Gray Bastian, 6-1, 6-0; Henry Cook-Rob Stallman, A, d. Elliot Hikade-Blake Bennett, 6-4, 7-6 (5); Jacob Keller-Sam Lorenz, SM, d. Jackson McRae-Charlie Burr, 6-2, 6-2; Peter Sloan-Ilan Werblow, A, d. Caleb Buckman-Ben Cole, 6-2, 6-3.
South Medford swept the singles matches en route to a 7-1 nonconference win over Ashland on Tuesday at South Medford High School.
Ashland’s No. 1 doubles team, Soleil Heller and Sarah Kauman, toppled South Medford’s Izy Marcus and Anna Johnson, 6-4, 6-4, the Grizzlies’ lone victory.
The Panthers’ top singles player, Alex Moore, defeated Ashland’s Lauren Coyle, 6-4, 6-4.
In the most competitive match of the day at No. 4 doubles, South Medford’s Julie Fuentes and Maizy Kesterson fought back from a set down to defeat Ashland’s Sienna Scoggin and Lindsey Annen, 4-6, 6-3 (10-8).
SINGLES: Alex Moore, SM, d. Lauren Croyle, 6-4, 6-4; Kinzlee Jordan, SM, d. Stella Bungay, 6-1, 6-1; Rina Miyashita, SM, d. Lara Rivera, 6-0, 6-0; Madi Clays, SM, won by default.
DOUBLES: Soleil Heller-Sarah Kaufman, A, d. Izy Marcus-Anna Johnson, 6-4, 6-4; Victoria Kelly-Corinne Thom, SM, d. JD Miller-Tia Miller; 6-3, 6-2; Chloe Martin-Ella Tayler, SM, d. Anna Wertheiser-Molly Bloom, 6-1, 6-0; Julie Fuentes-Maizy Kesterson, SM, d. Sienna Scoggin-Lindsey Annen, 4-6, 6-3, (10-8).
At Eagle Point, Peyton Fuller’s two-run single highlighted a four-run third inning and the senior pitcher struck out eight batters in six innings as Ashland beat Eagle Point 5-3 in Midwestern League action Tuesday at The Yard.
Moments after Shea Scott came home on a bases-loaded plunk, cutting Eagle Point’s lead to 2-1, Fuller laced a single to center field to score Nick Sanderson and Jesse Carroll and give the Grizzlies their first lead of the game. Later, Evan McLennan scored on an error.
Ashland (9-4, 6-4 MWL), which has won four straight, added another insurance run in the fourth when Sanderson drove in leadoff hitter Kellar Edwards with a single to right-center.
Fuller, who was 2-for-4 at the plate, allowed a run in each of the first two innings before limiting the Eagles (6-8, 4-6) to one run on one hit over the next four innings. He gave up three earned runs on three hits overall. McLennan took the mound in the seventh and got the first two outs before a walk followed by a hit batter ratcheted up the tension, but he struck out Eagles’ cleanup hitter Trae Perkins on three pitches to clinch the win.
Eagle Point starter Coldin Shopp surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in six innings and was saddled with the loss, the Eagles’ sixth straight since starting the season 6-2.
Ashland;004 100 0—5 7 1
Eagle Point;110 001 0—3 3 3
Fuller, E. McLennan (7) and N. McLennan; Shopp, Perkins (7) and Little. W — Fuller. L — Shopp.
Southern Oregon University climbed three spots to No. 18 in the NAIA Top 25 on Tuesday.
The Raiders (32-9, 16-5 Cascade Conference) went 7-1 in two weeks since the previous poll, including a four-game sweep of recently ranked Oregon Tech.
Undefeated Oklahoma City (46-0) remained the unanimous No. 1, while No. 15 Corban is the top-ranked team from the Cascade Conference.
Joe Zavala is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 541-821-0829 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @Joe_Zavala99.