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The Raiders haven’t had a collegiate baseball team since the 1980s, but since 2014 they now have a club team. They played a triple-header at North Mountain Park yesterday. If you want to see them play, the rest of their home schedule is as follows:
April 22-23 vs. University of Oregon
April 29-30 vs. Portland State University
The Medford Rogues will be paying tribute to the former Medford A’s on June 4 by wearing throwback uniforms. Fireworks will follow the game.
As a huge A’s fan since birth (the A’s moved to Oakland the year I was born, and I was born just a few miles from the Oakland Coliseum), it was extremely disappointing to me that the A’s no longer had an affiliate in Medford when I moved to Ashland in 2000. Next Saturday night I can pretend I’m watching the Medford A’s.
Darin Kracl was one of my best friends growing up. We cut school once or twice to catch an A’s game. I’m still jealous that he got to pitch for them.
Ashland High School defeated Lebanon yesterday in Ashland, 4-0. Wilsonville will be coming to Ashland for the round of sixteen on Wednesday (5/25/16).
Last night the rankings locked for the OSAA 5A baseball playoffs. Ashland High School came it at #7 in the state and in third place in the Midwestern League. This means the Grizz will have a home game on Friday (5/20/16) against the sixth place team from Mid-Willamette (Lebanon, ranked #28 in the state). Since the Grizzlies finished in the top eight, a win over Lebanon will get them another home game on May 25.
Crater High School comes into today’s game at 5 p.m. at North Mountain Park with an eight-game winning streak. Ashland has only six conference games remaining (while Crater has nine). Three of those are head-to-head games between the Comets and Grizzlies. In the Midwestern League Ashland is three back of Crater in the loss column and two back of Marist. Ideally, they need a sweep of Crater, Crater to beat Marist a couple times, and Eagle Point to upset Marist once as well in order to win the league. The top six teams in the conference make the playoffs, and the top four get home games. The top two in the league get first round byes and likely home games deeper into the playoffs though.
Nick Sanderson was the big contributor on offense and defense in the Grizzlies win over Churchill yesterday. He held the Lancers to just one run through five innings of work on the mound. His triple (and run scored) and RBI double in his first two at bats on the offensive side of things were the difference in the game.
Ashland will face Churchill twice more this weekend in Eugene. Next week AHS is back in town against Crater, who will likely come into that game riding an eight-game winning streak.
Half of the conference games have been completed, and no one is running away with the 5A Midwestern League. Of the seven teams in the league, only Springfield is out of the running. The second half of the season will determine who makes it to state and where those games will be held. #8 Ashland faces #5 Churchill today @ 5 @ North Mountain Park.
After a doubleheader sweep of the previously #1-ranked team in the state, the 10-1 Grizzlies head into Tuesday afternoon’s matchup as the new #1. Game time is 5 p.m. at North Mountain Park on 4/12/16. Ashland High’s opponent will be 11-2 Marist. The winner will take over first place in the seven-team 5A Midwestern League.