CC Roundup: Blazer Baseball Splits on Saturday


After a week away from the field, the Centralia College baseball team returned to play with a non-league doubleheader against Division III Pacific’s JV squad, splitting the day against the Boxers with a 6-4 win and a 5-2 loss.

The Blazers did their damage with some opposing help, starting with a rally for free in the bottom of the third when the Boxers loaded the bases on free passes, Bennett Comes brought one run home on a sacrifice fly, and two more walks scored a second. It was more of the same in the fourth, with a two walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball, and a double-steal play plating one run home, and after another free pass, Comes singled two more home to make it 5-2.

Comes finished the game 3 for 3 and the day 4 for 6.

Rochester alum Tony Groninger had a pair of walks in Game 1 — coming around to score both times — and doubled in Game 2.

Justin Morgan earned the Game 1 win for the Blazers with a five-inning start, and Remington O’Keefe earned his third save of the season by getting the final four outs. In Game 2 — which only went seven innings — Ian Bauer gave up five runs in 4 ⅔ innings, walking three and striking out four.

The Blazers are slated for a doubleheader at Chemeketa on Tuesday/

Softball Swept Over Weekend

The Centralia College softball team took four losses over the weekend, dropping games to Southwestern Oregon 8-0 and 12-2 on Friday, and losing 14-2 and 9-3 to Chemeketa on Saturday.

The weekend started out on a rough note, with Southwestern Oregon’s Deztiny Vaugh tossing a five-inning perfect game, striking out 12 and not allowing a Blazer to reach base. 

The Lakers scored three runs in the first inning and four in the third, with Taylor Shelton taking the loss for CC, walking six and allowing five runs in two innings. Lexi Walker gave up three in three innings of relief, but none were earned.

Friday’s second game started out a lot more promising, with the Blazers taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and coming back to tie things up at 2-2 in the fifth.

Then it all went wrong in the sixth, with Southwestern Oregon dropping 10 runs — all earned — in the frame, not only taking the lead but getting the game into run-rule territory.

Iz Shelton went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead the Blazers, while Pe Ell alum Ava Bush was 1 for 2 with a run scored.

Centralia lost its two games against Chemeketa on Saturday as well, but no stats were reported.

The Blazers will head across the border for a pair of games Wednesday, facing Clackamas for two in Oregon City.