Friday’s Prep Baseball: Jones Leads W.F. West Past Tumwater
By The Chronicle
TUMWATER — Brock Jones struck out 17 batters on the mound to lead the Bearcats to a 11-2 win over Tumwater in an Evergreen 2A Conference baseball game here on Friday.
“He was overpowering and in complete command,” W.F. West coach Bryan Bullock said. “His first-pitch strikes, he had command of his offspeed pitches, as well as his fastball. He got ahead of hitters and basically dominated the game.”
Jones pitched six innings, allowing just one hit without a walk. He helped his cause at the plate with a double, run and two RBI.
“When your pitcher has 17 of the 21 outs, there wasn’t a lot of defense that has to be played behind him,” Bullock said. “But we did a nice job of playing clean baseball behind him.”
Lane Douglass was 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBIs and Leandre Gaines was 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Josiah Johnson added a double and two runs and Luke Bennett was 2 for 3 with two runs.
It was a scoreless game until the fourth inning as Daniel Fagerness hit an RBI single to bring home Gaines for a 1-0 lead.
Gaines hit a two RBI single in the fifth inning for a 3-0 lead before the Bearcats broke it open in the sixth, plating six runs for a 9-0 lead. Each team tallied two runs in the final inning.
W.F. West (7-1, 3-0) hosts Black Hills on Tuesday, April 9, in an EvCo matchup.
Beairsto Pitches Tigers Past Aberdeen
Derek Beairsto had his best outing of the season, and Centralia rapped out nine hits to beat Aberdeen, 9-1, on Friday night in EvCo baseball action at Ed Wheeler Field.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Tigers, who won’t play again until April 9.
“It’s nice going into spring break with a W,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said. “It feels much better going into break on a win.”
Beairsto struck out eight and walked just two, scattering four hits.
“It’s definitely his best outing to date, this year,” Ashmore said, noting that Beairsto needed just 87 pitches in the complete-game effort, “which is nice to see, because our pitchers, for the most part, have not been pounding the strike zone enough, and it’s led us to get in some trouble.”
The Tigers scored three runs in the third inning to take the lead and never relinquished it.
Jeremy Wood went 2 for 4 with a double, Dom Aguirre was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs and Jackson Hull was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Centralia (5-3, 1-2 league) hosts Rochester on April 9.
Warriors Prevail Over Wolves
ROCHESTER — Bodey Smith pitched all seven innings for the Warriors to lead Rochester to a 5-3 win over Black Hills in an Evergreen 2A Conference baseball game here on Friday.
Smith threw 87 pitches and had no walks to go with five strikeouts.
“He was impressive enough, did a very good job. He was in the strike zone all night long, did a good job of allowing us a chance to win,” Rochester coach Brad Quarnstrom said.
At the plate, Smith had an RBI triple in the first inning. Tyler Soderback was 2-for-3 and Keegan Goldrick added a hit and a RBI.
Jared Winters was 2-for-4 with two RBI and also had a great defensive play, making a diving catch and then tossing it to second base for an inning-ending double play.
The Warriors plated two runs in the first inning and each team scored three runs in the fourth inning.
“Overall, all week long, we’ve played very good baseball. We lost two close games to Chehalis early on, we were able to bounce back after a couple of tough losses,” Quarnstrom said. “We’re still not swinging the bats the way I hoped we would. Our pitching is keeping us in games, if we score a few runs, we’ll be OK.”
Rochester (2-3, 1-2) travels to R.A. Long next Friday for a non-league game.
Napavine Shuts Down Toutle Lake
NAPAVINE — Napavine’s pitching held Toutle Lake to four hits total to help the Tigers earn a 7-4 win in a Central 2B League baseball game here on Friday.
Laythan Demarest started on the mound and threw 5 ⅓ innings, allowing three hits, three earned runs and three walks with 11 strikeouts. Ben Woodrum pitched the final 1 ⅔ innings, allowing one hit and one earned run with two strikeouts.
At the plate, Demarest was 2-for-4 with a run and Seth Butler had a double and two RBI.
Tristan Ellison was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and a RBI and Jake Darden was 2-for-2. Scott Burdick and Landon Dahl each had a double for the Tigers.
The Tigers put up four runs in the bottom of the first inning, including a RBI double by Burdick.
“Scott Burdick, started at second base, hit a clutch double to score two runs early in the game,” Napavine coach Brian Demarest said. “He comes up in the 9-hole, double down the right field line, great to see for him.”
Napavine added a run in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Toutle Lake battled back but it wasn’t enough for a comeback.
“I thought we played well. There was a couple things we could have cleaned up, threw strikes, pitched well. We made good defensive plays behind Laythan,” Demarest said. “The approach at the plate was good, 11 hits. We had some situational baseball that came up, some sac flies, it was great to have a win like that going into spring break.”
Napavine (4-3, 3-2) travels to Pe Ell next Saturday to take on the Titans in a non-league game.
Cardinals Fall to Naselle
NASELLE — The Comets made short work of Winlock here Friday afternoon, toppling the Cardinals 17-0 in nonleague baseball action.
Naselle tallied 10 hits and made the most of nine Winlock errors. Cardinal coach Jordan Nailon, however, praised the play of freshman right fielder Chris Heikkilla, who laid out for a diving catch in the corner.
Lukis Tamberello and Zach Prue each had hits for Winlock.
“Naselle’s solid. (Pitcher Ethan) Lindstrom has pretty good velocity and a good curveball, and his brother (Kolten) is a pretty good catcher, especially for an eighth-grader,” Nailon said.
Winlock is off until Wednesday, April 10, when the Cardinals play at Oakville.
BEARCATS 11, T-BIRDS 2
W.F. West 000 126 2 — 11 11 0
Tumwater 000 000 2 — 2 2 4
Batteries: W.F. West — Brock Jones, Brit Lusk (7), Austin Johnson (7) and Lane Douglass; Tumwater — Lewis, Oram (6), Finney (6) and Kassler
TIGERS 7, DUCKS 4
Toutle Lake 001 020 1 — 4 4 1
Napavine 401 011 X — 7 11 5
Batteries: Toutle Lake — Moss and Sweet; Napavine — Laythan Demarest, Ben Woodrum (6) and Tristan Ellison
TIGERS 9, BOBCATS 1
Aberdeen 100 000 0 — 1 4 5
Centralia 030 042 X — 9 9 0
Batteries: Aberdeen — Brown, Pisari (3), Alexander (6) and Waters; Centralia — Derek Beairsto and Cameron Erickson
COMETS 17, CARDINALS 0 (5 inn.)
Winlock 000 00 — 0 2 9
Naselle 483 2X — 17 10 0
Batteries: Winlock — Tyler Bray, Kadden Harrington (2) and Nathan Suhrbier; Naselle — E. Lindstrom, Johnson (5) and K. Lindstrom
WARRIORS 5, WOLVES 3
Black Hills 000 300 0 — 3 8 1
Rochester 200 300 X — 5 6 2
Batteries: Black Hills — J. Nelson, Burney (4), Simmons (4) and Z. Loveless; Rochester — Bodey Smith and Tyler Soderback