ASHLAND — Ashland coach Don Senestraro couldn't find much wrong with his team's doubleheader sweep of Springfield on Saturday.
Truthfully, the Grizzlies were nearly flawless.
Ashland (5-0) did not allow a hit in the two games in winning 7-0 and 4-0.
"It's pretty hard to complain," Senestraro said. "We might have given up five hits all year long. Our pitching is really, really good. They worked hard all winter long and keep getting better."
Junior Charlie Sebrell went the distance to earn the no-hitter win in the first game, striking out eight and walking only one. He faced one more than the minimum number of batters in earning his second victory of the season.
Senior Sam Gaviglio kept the Springfield batters hitless through six innings in the second game. He struck out seven, and Tyler Killeen closed the game in the seventh.
Springfield advanced only one runner to third base in the two games.
"Sam and Charlie were both in control today," Senestraro said. "They both have great command of three pitches right now. It's tough when a pitcher has got that type of control. I can call anything and they throw it for a strike. I can't say enough about these guys."
Ashland's offense had 17 total hits in the two games — 11 coming in the first game. Lewis Sebrell was 2-for-2 with two walks and Gaviglio was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, including a double and a three-run home run in the sixth.
In the second game, the Grizzlies scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning. Billy Russo led off with a walk, Matt Dierks doubled and sophomore Nick Hall, the No. 9 batter, hit a two-run triple. Lewis Sebrell drove Hall home with a sacrifice fly, and Owen Baldrica hit a solo home run to cap the scoring.
Baldrica, who also played error-free at shortstop, was 2-for-3 in the game.
"We've got some really good hitters," Senestraro said. "I really like our team. We are going to be tough, and we have no easy outs in our lineup."
Springfield 000 000 0 — 0 0 2
Ashland 210 013 0 — 7 11 2
Gregory, Navarro (4), Ramsdahl (6) and Dougherty; C. Sebrell and L. Sebrell. W — C. Sebrell (2-0). L — Gregory. 2B — Gaviglio, Hall, Tygerson. HR — Gaviglio.
Springfield 000 000 0 — 0 0 1
Ashland 000 040 0 — 4 6 1
Bates, Fritz (6) and Dougherty; Gaviglio, Killeen (7) and L. Sebrell. W — Gaviglio (1-0). L — Bates. 2B — Dierks. 3B — Hall, C. Sebrell. HR — Baldrica.
DOUGLAS 13-0, HIDDEN VALLEY 8-9 — At Winston, Hidden Valley split the nonconference doubleheader.
Douglas overcame a 5-0 deficit after two innings with an eight-run fourth inning, which included five walks, four hits and an error on a routine fly ball that allowed three runs to score. Douglas' Bryson Norton homered in the fifth, part of a four-run inning, which stretched the advantage to 13-6.
Hidden Valley senior Casey Albright was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and 5-for-7 total in the doubleheader.
Hidden Valley's Ryan Hayden was tagged with the loss after walking seven.
Albright pitched a one-hitter in the second game with seven strikeouts. A single up the middle in the sixth broke up the bid for a no-hitter. Albright was also 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including a three-run home run in the seventh.
Seth Aamatti was also 3-for-4 with a double for Hidden Valley (3-1).
Hidden Valley 230 100 2 — 8 9 2
Douglas 001 840 0 — 13 12 0
Hayden, Suthann (4), Scott (6) and Sager; Norton, Palamalu (5) and Quinby. W — Norton. L — Hayden (1-1). 2B — D: Lord, Albertson. HR — D: Norton.
Hidden Valley 020 030 4 — 9 13 1
Douglas 000 000 0 — 0 1 3
Albright and Sager; Woods, Bellando (7) and Quinby. W — Albright (2-0). L — Woods. 2B — HV: Hayden, Aamatti, Albright, Bellenbaum. HR — HV: Albright.
NORTH VALLEY 3-14, ELMIRA 0-8 — At Merlin, freshmen Joel Shippy and Jay Weisbart combined for a two-hit shutout as North Valley blanked Elmira in the front end of a doubleheader.
Shippy, the starting pitcher, struck out four in four innings and Weisbart collected three strikeouts and the save. They yielded one hit each.
The Knights' Logan Werner had a two-run single in the first inning and was 2-for-3 in the game as was Jake Sleight.
In Game 2, North Valley (2-4) saw four Elmira pitchers in the fifth inning and the Knights amassed seven runs and cycled through the lineup.
Shippy's two-run home run over the centerfield wall ignited the inning. It was his first home run of the season.
The Knights' Cody Austin also had a two-run single in the frame.
Elmira 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
North Valley 200 001 x — 3 7 3
Whitaker and Mosher; Shippy Weisbart (5) and Austin. W — Shippy (1-0). L — Whitaker.
Elmira 430 001 0 — 8 7 1
North Valley 110 075 x — 14 10 4
Boytz, Hughes (5), McCorkle (5), Delaney (5), Boytz (5), Hammontee (6), Stopple (6) and Mosher; Sleight, Werner (3) and Austin. W — Werner (1-1). L — Delaney. 2B — E: Mosher, Hammontee; NV: Suits. HR — NV: Shippy.
ST. MARY'S 10-14, NORTH DOUGLAS 0-6 — Paul Hume helped lead St. Mary's (3-1) to the nonconference sweep of North Douglas at home.
Hume tossed a no-hitter and struck out 10 in the opening game while also going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three stolen bases, including a steal home.
The Crusaders had 11 hits in the five-inning first contest. Brad Herrmann was also 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two stolen bases and Mike Brimble was 2-for-2 — both doubles — with two RBIs.
Hume had a two-run home run and was 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the second game. Cooper Sherwin was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Brimble finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4, also with an RBI.
St. Mary's again had 11 hits in the second game and pulled ahead with six runs in the third inning, which began with three straight walks and a hit batter. Ramirez, Sherwin and Austin Schrader then had consecutive singles.
North Douglas 000 00 — 0 0 1
St. Mary's 340 30 — 10 11 0
Tinnes, Rice (2), Davis (4) and Rice; Hume and King. W — Hume (2-0). L — Tinnes. 2B — Brimble (2), Schrader. 3B — Hume.
North Douglas 300 300 0 — 6 5 2
St. Mary's 206 420 0 — 14 11 2
Whipple, Jenkins (2), Toy (5) and Rice; Herrmann, Schrader (5) and King. W — Herrmann (1-0). L — Whipple. HR — StM: Hume.