After barely falling to Forks in the district quarterfinals, the Adna baseball team just couldn’t keep up with Central 2B runner-up Kalama in a 13-1, five-inning loss in a consolation bracket contest
The loss means that the Pirates’ season is over, one win shy of a regional bid.
“We weren’t sharp to start,” Pirates coach Jake LeDuc said. “We battled, but their guy settled in and we didn’t have an answer.”
The Pirates had two guys on in the first, but couldn’t capitalize, and saw the Chinooks put five on them in the bottom of the inning after walking the first three batters, giving up a single, and then a 3-run bomb.
It just snowballed from there.
Adna’s Sawyer Terry logged the Pirates lone run, a solo bomb in the fourth inning. Gabe Slape and Nate Scheuber also recorded hits for the Pirates.
“I inherited a good group,” LeDuc said. “They steadily improved all year. The kids bought in and were not afraid to make mistakes.”
The Pirates will bid farewell to a strong group of seniors that LeDuc said left the program better than they found it: Chance Muller, Asa Ingle, Ryan Wickert, Gabe Slape, Cal Ryan, Colby Moore, and Ryan Corcoran.
“I’m thankful for the seniors and the parents,” LeDuc said. “It seemed like every game we had a huge cheering section.”