PORTLAND — With the game and the season hanging in the balance, Ashland High ace Gus Gaviglio told head coach Don Senestraro that maybe it was time to make a pitching change.
Senestraro knew better.
"Gus, you can finish," he said.
"You're right," Gaviglio answered, "I can."
Gaviglio struck out 10 Roughriders and escaped a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the sixth inning as Ashland advanced to the Class 5A state quarterfinals with a 5-3 win over Roosevelt on Tuesday at Roosevelt High.
Ashland (17-10), which won its eighth game in a row, will host fifth-ranked Corvallis on Friday. A win there would give the Grizzlies the first semifinal berth in program history.
Trailing 1-0, Ashland rallied with three runs on three singles in the third, including back-to-back run-scoring hits by Justin Meza and Gaviglio. Meza went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Gaviglio went 2-for-4 with one RBI as the top five batters in Ashland's lineup blistered Roosevelt at the plate, going 9-for-17.
The Grizzlies added two more runs on five hits in the fourth but missed a chance to bury the Roughriders (14-11) when Hayden Miller grounded out to third with the bases loaded.
Roosevelt finally rattled Gaviglio in the sixth. Leadoff batter Patrick Stauffer singled and Gaviglio hit the next two batters then walked Justin Wilmoth to bring the go-ahead run to the plate.
Gaviglio then got a fly out to right before striking out the next two batters to end the threat for the Southern Sky Conference runners-up.
"The boys had been hitting the ball all year, but they didn't do it today," Roosevelt coach Greg Schwartz said. "(Gaviglio) kept us off balance all day."
Ashland 003 200 0 — 5 13 1
Roosevelt 010 002 0 — 3 4 1
G. Gaviglio and L. Sebrell; Wilmoth, Teuscher (6) and Schwartz. W — G. Gaviglio (7-3). L — Wilmoth. 2B — R: Wilmoth.
Class 6A Baseball
TUALATIN 6, GRANTS PASS 2 — At Grants Pass, late offense from Tualatin secured a second-round victory over Grants Pass in the Class 6A state playoffs.
Brandon Drury drove in both runs for the Cavemen (10-17).
Tualatin 000 123 0 — 6 9 2
Grants Pass 100 010 0 — 2 4 1
Ma. Lambson, Mi. Lambson (5) and Grill; Z. Morgan, Albright (6) and Saxon, P. Morgan (6). W — Ma. Lambson. L — Z. Morgan (8-4). 2B — T: Mi. Lambson, Grill.
ROSEBURG 9, WILSON 3 — At Roseburg, Scott Allred's three-run double highlighted an eight-run sixth inning for Roseburg (18-6) in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Indians will play at West Linn in Friday's quarterfinals.
Wilson 210 000 0 — 3 8 3
Roseburg 100 008 x — 9 5 1
Peterson, Gurnue (6) and Graham; Counts, Poitner (7) and Hansen. W — Counts (5-2). L — Peterson. 2B — R: Allred, W: Mahalic. 3B — R: Tommasini.
Class 4A Baseball
MARIST 3, PHOENIX 0 — At Eugene, Zach Brandon and Nick Stiltner combined for a three-hit shutout for Sky-Em League champion Marist (21-6).
Grant Mascolo had two hits, scored a run and drove in one run for the Spartans.
Phoenix (20-8) starting pitcher Jordan Lewis went 41/3 innings, allowing two earned runs with two strikeouts and two walks.
Phoenix 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
Marist 012 000 x — 3 7 0
Lewis, Emerson (5) and Shepherd; Brandon, Stiltner (7) and Stiltner, Kirkpatrick (7). W — Brandon. L — Lewis (8-4). 2B — P: Barrett; M: Mascolo.
HIDDEN VALLEY 6, GLADSTONE 1 — At Gladstone, Hidden Valley scored three runs off three consecutive hits in the fourth inning in their second-round win over Gladstone.
Corey Dean hit a double and was promptly driven in by Cody Sells. Ryan Hayden then followed with an RBI double to plate Sells, and Evan Shahan doubled home Hayden.
Hidden Valley (14-11) will play host to Astoria on Friday.
Hidden Valley 012 300 0 — 6 10 1
Gladstone 000 000 1 — 1 5 1
Hayden and Sager; West, Taft (4), Armstrong (7) and Rice. W — Hayden (9-3). L — West. 2B — HV: Hayden, Shahan, Dean.
HENLEY 12, SEASIDE 4 — At Klamath Falls, Henley (25-2) had 12 hits and capitalized on 13 walks and pitcher Kody Fritz improved his record to 8-0.
Henley hosts Brookings-Harbor in the quarterfinals Friday.
Seaside 001 000 3 — 4 10 2
Henley 112 044 x — 12 12 1
Ramos, Grandy (5), Carlson (6) and Knutsen, Missell (5); Fritz, Nygren (6) and Hoppe. W — Fritz (8-0). L — Ramos. 2B — S: Beatty; H: Hoppe, Nygren 2, Herr.
Class 2A/1A Baseball
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 7, UNION 0 — At Eagle Point, Aaron Grissom and Jeremy Cheney combined for a three-hit shutout for No. 6-ranked Cascade Christian (21-3) at Eagle Point High.
Grissom allowed two hits through five innings to improve to 8-0 on the season. Cheney gave up one hit and struck out three in two innings of relief.
The Challengers jumped on Union, the No. 3 seed from District 6, for five runs in the first inning. Grissom had an RBI single to score Travis Wolf with the first Challenger run. Cheney added a run-scoring triple and Ryder West delivered a two-run single to highlight the rally.
The Challengers play at Riddle, a 6-4 winner over Salem Academy, in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Union 000 000 0 — 0 3 4
Cascade Christian 501 100 x — 7 11 0
Titus, Billman (5) and Sauley; Grissom, Cheney (6) and Banks. W — Grissom (8-0). L — Titus. 2B — U: Stout. 3B — CC: Grissom, Cheney.