Pirates Come Up Just Short Against Kalama

C2BL: Adna Gets Five Runs Off Two Hits in Loss to Chinooks

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The Pirates made the most of a meager day at the plate, but came up just short in a 6-5 loss to Kalama Thursday.

The loss leaves Adna in third place in the Central 2B League standings at the close of the regular season, with the District 4 playoffs starting Monday.

“We only had two hits, but we were really competitive,” Adna coach Jon Rooklidge said. “I felt like we had some good at-bats against a really good pitcher (Kalama’s Noah Imboden). We just stranded a few too many runners.”

Levi Gates and Tristan Percival each hit singles for Adna, and their runs came from a series of small-ball plays: walks, stolen bases, bunts, sacrifice flies and hits with runners in scoring position.

Kalama, meanwhile, managed 10 hits in the win. Ryan Wickert started for the Pirates and Tyler Minkoff pitched four innings in relief, allowing just one run.

“He did a great job from the fourth on,” Rooklidge said. “He just competed and kind of shut their bats down. He got ahead of hitters and did a great job.”

The Pirates finished the regular season with an 8-3 record.

“You’re never happy with a loss, but we left it all out there today,” Rooklidge said. “We played hard and caused havoc on the basepaths and had some great hustle plays. In the end we came up a run short, and that’s baseball.”

Parker, Olson Lead Napavine Past Winlock

Gavin Parker and Keith Olson each had three hits and the Tigers topped Winlock, 10-4, on Thursday in Central 2B League baseball action at Napavine.

Parker went 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and an RBI, while Olson was 3 for 3 and drove in three runs.

Braiden Osborn went 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI for Napavine, which scored seven runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to break a 3-3 tie and take control.

Ashton Demarest started on the mound and worked six innings, striking out six and allowing three hits without an earned run. Scott Burdick closed out the win with a scoreless seventh frame.

“I was very happy with our pitching,” Napavine coach Brian Demarest said. “It was the one bright spot for us.”

Landon Tiemens, Chris Heikkila, Aiden Freitas and Julius Jacobs all had hits for Winlock.

Mekhi Morlin pitched all six innings for the Cardinals.

Winlock plans to protest the game due to a Napavine batter stepping out of the box.

Napavine improves to 7-3 and takes the No. 4 seed into districts. The Tigers host the winner of Pacific 2B League’s No. 5 seed and Central 2B League’s No. 8 seed.

Winlock’s season comes to an end with a 4-10 overall record.

Toledo Escapes Stevenson With 7-5 Win

Toledo pushed across a run in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a 7-5 win on the Bulldogs’ home turf in Central 2B League baseball action.

The Indians led 6-2 after the top of the fifth, only to see Stevenson rally with three runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap.

Geoff Glass went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Mason Miller added two hits and a pair of runs.

Conor Gilbreath added a double, Justin Filla had a hit and an RBI, Jesse Towns was 1 for 2 with two RBI, and Ryan Bloomstrom was 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.

Bloomstrom started and worked four innings, striking out three, and Brannon Guyer closed out the game with three strikeouts and a single hit over the final three frames.

Toledo (5-6, 4-6 league) opens District 4 2B baseball tournament play on Monday.

Loggers Fall to Mules in Cathlamet

Onalaska couldn’t get much going Thursday night, falling to Wahkiakum 16-5 in Central 2B League baseball action in Cathlamet.

The Loggers managed just three hits in the win, two of which came from Jeremy Larson. Larson added an RBI and Lethon Fitch hit a double and drove in two runs.

The Mules scored nine runs over the first two innings to take control and deployed a quartet of pitchers in the win. Tanner Collupy worked the first two frames to get the win.

Ashden Niemeyer went 2 for 4 with a homer, a double and four RBI for Wahkiakum. Brody Carlson was 3 for 4 with three RBI. The Mules had 17 hits in the win.

Onalaska plated two runs in the third inning on a pair of walks, a single from Larson and an error, and added another in the fifth when Larson singled and scored on Fitch’s double.

The loss ends the Loggers’ regular season at 3-7. Wahkiakum (6-4-1) enters District 4 tournament play on Monday.

Ducks Edge Rainier, 7-4

The Mountaineers finally got to Toutle Lake ace Jackson Cox in the sixth inning, but they weren’t able to bounce rally all the way back in a 7-4 Central 2B League baseball loss.

Cox struck out 13 in five innings of work and carried a no-hitter into the sixth frame, despite giving up an unearned run in the first inning. In the bottom of the sixth, however, Rainier — down 5-1 — got a runner on base when Jake Jeske was hit by a pitch. John Kenney then singled, moving Jeske to third, and Mikey Green doubled to left field to plate two runs and prompt the Ducks to make a pitching change and record the final three outs to end the threat.

Toutle Lake answered with two runs in the top of the seventh, and despite Jeske singling and eventually scoring on an error in Rainier’s final at-bat, the Ducks picked up the win.

Jeske, Kenney and Green had Rainier’s only hits in the loss. 

Gavin Owen pitched 5.2 innings, striking out three and allowing five hits. 

Rainier (4-6) enters the District 4 tournament on Monday.

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