Ashland loses two at festival

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Ashland Grizzlies went to Arizona in search of sunny skies and tough competition. Through two days, they've seen plenty of both.

Ashland dropped its second game in the three-day Greenway Festival on Friday as North Canyon rode a pair of grand slams to a 13-1, five-inning rout at Phoenix, Ariz.

The loss was Ashland's second in as many days after it fell to host Greenway 9-6 in a much more competitive game Thursday.

"Anybody you play down here, if you don't play your best they take advantage of mistakes," said Ashland head coach Don Senestraro, whose team fell to 2-3. "But even today, we learned some things."

For example: stay away from Tayton Deiters. The North Canyon slugger was 2-for-2 with two home runs, including a grand slam in the first inning that helped the Rattlers jump out to a quick 6-0 lead. Connor Bowen and Andrew Rogitz also added homers. Bowen's bomb, another grand slam in the fifth, ended the game early by the 10-run mercy rule.

Ashland starting pitcher Billy Hansen picked up the loss after giving up six runs on five hits in his one inning of work. His replacement, Nick Hall, allowed one earned run in two innings, and Evan Westhelle gave up five runs on three hits in the last 12/3.

Ashland, already shorthanded in the pitching department with Ethan Schlecht unable to make the trip, saved its top two pitchers, Ian Kendall and Lucas Stone, for today's Greenway Festival finale against Thunderbird. That left pitching duties to Hansen, Hall and Westhelle — three pitchers Senestraro said will not see much action once the Southern Sky Conference season begins.

"We'll be back at full strength and we'll play differently (today)," Senestraro said. "(Kendall) wanted to throw and (Stone) wanted to throw, but I've already worked them too hard. It jeopardizes their health. I'm going to need those guys in May. March is not the time to blow arms out."

North Canyon's Coley Bruns pitched a one-hitter through four innings to pick up the win. He had seven strikeouts and one walk.

Ashland's Brady Thomas drove in Ashland's lone run with a double in the fifth.

Ashland put up a fight against Greenway on Thursday, tying the game in the top of the sixth before the Demons scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to put the Grizzlies away.

Ashland starter Max Anderson gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings.

Hall led Ashland at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double. Wes Hitchko was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Stone was 1-for-1 with an RBI and three walks.

Charlie Wagner pitched the first 4 1/3 innings for Greenway to pick up the win, and also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a two-run homer off Kendall in the sixth.

Ashland 000 01 — 1 3 0

North Canyon 620 05 — 13 11 0

Hansen, Hall (2), Westhelle (4) and Scarminach. Bruns, Hamilton (5) and Spiesman. W — Bruns. L — Hansen (0-1). 2B — A: Thomas; NC: Spiesman 2. HR — NC: Deiters 2, Rogitz, Bowen.


Ashland 120 011 1 — 6 8 0

Greenway 320 004 x — 9 11 2

Anderson, Thomas (4), Kendall (6) and Scarminach; Shiley, Wagner (2), Harper (7) and Rogers, Williams. W — Wagner. L — Thomas (1-1). 2B — A: Hall, Stone, Hitchko; G: Ozuna, Harper, Wagner, Percell. HR — G: Squier, Wagner.

ROGUE RIVER SWEEPS — At Butte Falls, Rogue River's Brian Stinchcomb and Dylan Dupont had two hits apiece in both ends of a doubleheader during nonconference wins over Butte Falls and Riddle.

Michael Freitas, Tom Cermak and Stinchcomb each had RBI singles during a three-run rally in the seventh inning to lead the Chieftains past Butte Falls for a 6-4 triumph. Freitas and Cermak joined Stinchcomb and Dupont in getting two hits in the opener.

In an 11-1, five-inning win over Riddle, Brendan Schoner was 4-for-4 with four stolen bases and Christian Reyes was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Rogue River (4-2).

Rogue River 000 210 3 — 6 11 2

Butte Falls 121 000 0 — 4 4 2

Dupont, Reyes (7) and Girardot, Gomez (3), Dupont (7); Mercer, Gower (6) and Casillas. W — Dupont (1-0). L — Gower. S — Reyes (1). 2B — RR: Dylan Dupont.


Riddle 000 01 — 1 2 2

Rogue River 430 13 — 11 13 1

Hanson, Davis (5) and Rogers; Cermak and Dupont. W — Cermak (1-1). L — Hanson. 2B — RR: Stinchcomb. 3B — RR: Reyes.

RIDDLE 7, BUTTE FALLS 6 — At Butte Falls, Riddle pushed across an unearned run in the seventh inning for the winning talley.

Jake Mercer relieved on the mound in the fourth inning for Butte Falls (1-7) and pitched shutout ball until the Irish scored on an error off a double steal in the seventh. Mercer recorded five strikeouts.

Quinton Weaver paced the Butte Falls' attack with four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Josh McGonagle added a solo home run in the third inning. Courtesy runner Chase Ellis stole two bases and scored two runs.

Riddle 240 000 1 — 7 9 3

Butte Falls 311 001 0 — 6 10 4

Davis and Rogers; Adams, Mercer (4) and Casillas. W — Davis. L — Mercer (0-1). 2B — R: Stratton. 3B — BF: Mercer. HR — R: Hanson; BF: McGonagle.

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