2B Baseball: Pirates Edge Bulldogs in Pitcher’s Duel

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Freshman standout Tristan Percival put on a pitching show, tossing a complete-game one-hitter while striking out nine and walking none to help Adna to a 2-1 victory over Stevenson at home Thursday in Central 2B League action.

“He did a great job, was ahead of his counts and worked easily,” Adna coach Jon Rooklidge said. “He worked through a couple defensive errors and I couldn’t be prouder of him.”

The Pirates needed Percival to be airtight in a game where hits and runs came sparingly. Adna collected just three hits: a double from senior shortstop Levi Gates, an RBI single from Joe Bennight and a single by Percival. Luckily, Percival commanded the mound, with the Bulldogs’ lone hit coming off a bunt-single, which was more of a deflection off the hitter’s bat that went into no-man’s land.

“A win’s a win,” Rooklidge said. “You’ll take that any day of the week.”

Adna improves to 4-1-1 overall and has now won two consecutive games. The Pirates travel to Rainier on Monday.

Tigers Win Fourth Straight

Napavine continued its hot streak, dropping Wahkiakum, 7-3, for its fourth-straight win in 2BCL action at home on Thursday.

Ace Laythan Demarest fanned seven batters and allowed five walks, six hits and two earned runs across six innings on the mound for the Tigers. 

At the plate, Conner Holmes led with 2-for-2 hitting with a run scored, while Deacon Parker drove in two runs and Demarest went 1-for-3 with a run scored. But it was the Tigers’ patience at the plate that was the difference maker as Napavine drew eight walks on the day.

“We took advantage of walks and we did a lot of nice situational hitting,” Napavine coach Brian Demarest said. “When we were in scoring position, we had some timely hitting and moved runners over. It was just good baseball… the kids played well and they’re getting better every day.”

Napavine improves to 4-1 overall and heads to Toledo on Monday.

Cardinals Win Big in Randle

Winlock scored runs in all six innings and drew 15 walks to run away with a 19-6 road win over Morton-White Pass Thursday in Randle.

Mekhi Morlin threw five innings for the Cardinals for the win, striking out four and allowing three hits and two earned runs. MWP used five different pitchers with Payton Brown starting (2.1 innings). Winlock collected four doubles as a team and out-hit MWP 15-12.

“They had great pitching and we didn’t,” MWP coach Jan Westling said. “We walked a lot of players. They were the better team tonight. They had a lot of good, timely hitting.”

Winlock's Cole Fray-Parmantier had an RBI single and drove in another run with a sac-fly. Morlin, Aiden Eital and Landon Tiemens each had multiple hits and runs scored. Freitas had a pair of RBI doubles.

“The bottom of our lineup really stepped up tonight," Winlock coach Jordan Nailon said. "That’s been a bit of a black hole for us this year but tonight the bottom third was able to spark a couple rallies.” “The boys just did a much better job of seeing pitches out of the zone and taking their rips when the pitcher put it over the plate.”

Nailon also praised Kyle Akin, a first-year ballplayer, who filled in at right field and notched an outfield assist to go with three hit-by-pitches, which helped him pick up his first two RBIs of the season. Aussie Heikkila took over behind the plate, threw out a baserunner and did a commendable job handling the defense, Nailon said.

Winlock improves to 3-4 overall and hosts Ilwaco in a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon. MWP falls to 1-5 and travels to undefeated Toute Lake on Monday.

“We’ll practice hard tomorrow, learn from this and get ready for Toutle,” Westling said.

Toledo Shuts Out Rainier

Conor Gilreath doubled twice and drove in as many runs, Ryan Bloomstrom doubled with an RBI and Mason Miller drove in two hits with a pair of singles and scored a run as Toledo topped Rainier, 5-0, in an expedient Central 2B League baseball game in Toledo on Thursday.

Jesse Towns added an RBI single for the Indians, as well. Bloomstrom was quite effective on the mound, tossing a complete-game three-hit shutout with six strikeouts against two walks.

Ryder Cruse, Gavin Owen and Johnny Boesch had Rainier’s three hits.

Ethan Gonzales didn’t get a ton of help, tossing 5.0 innings with four hits allowed and four runs, but only one was earned. He struck out six and walked three.

Toledo (2-3) hosts Napavine on Monday at 4 p.m. Rainier (3-2) welcomes Napavine on the same day at the same time.

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