Friday’s Prep Baseball: Tigers Fall Flat Against Shelton
NONLEAGUE: Highclimbers Tally 13 Hits in 13-2 Win Over Centralia
By Aaron VanTuyl
The thermometer flirted with the 70-degree mark at Ed Wheeler Field, and the Tigers could laugh off Friday’s loss as a spring break anomaly.
Shelton piled up 13 hits, scored 11 runs over the third and fourth innings, and feasted on fastballs in a 13-2 nonleague win over host Centralia on the final day of the weeklong school sabbatical.
“You know, you get high school kids out of a normal routine, and you know, obviously, that’s what it looked like,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said with a chuckle. “It’s not something we try to make an excuse on, and we basically just got our brains beat in.”
It was only the second loss of the season for Centralia (6-2), which hadn’t played in a week and held the top two pitchers in its rotation out of the game.
The 3A Highclimbers had multiple hits in each of the first four innings and was able to finish things up in five tidy frames.
“They’re definitely a club that can swing the bat, and our pitchers were constantly behind in the count,” Ashmore said. “We couldn’t throw a second or third pitch for a strike, and they just sat there and hit fastballs all day.”
Centralia led 1-0 after the first inning, thanks to an RBI single from Broc Selstrom, only to watch Shelton plate two in the top of the second on a two-run double by Brenden Engstrom.
Shelton then added six in the third, with three walks and four hits — one of which, frustratingly, was a sky-high pop fly that dropped untouched between a trio of Tigers in the infield to go down as a double in the book.
Things didn’t improve in the fourth, when Centralia committed all four of its errors and Shelton tacked on the balance of its runs.
“Defensively, other than the one inning, we didn’t really do anything to hurt ourselves,” Ashmore said. “That’s the one part that was disappointing. We just weren’t tough enough to get through that (one inning) and we’ve got to be better than that.”
Selstrom added another single in the fourth inning and scored on a groundball from Dom Aguirre, finishing the game 2 for 2 at the dish.
Kolby Sharp went 2 for 3 and hit the ball well once again, Ashmore added. Jeremy Wood, Jerod Frias, Derek Beairsto and Colby Steele all added hits for Centralia.
Falcon Johnson went 3 for 3 for the Highclimbers and Engstrom finished 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles. Ty Smotherman and Trey Dehning each added two hits for Shelton.
“We basically just laid an egg,” Ashmore pointed out. “It’s unfortunate, because the sun was out, and we had a nice crowd, and holy smokes, that’s about the only good thing.”
Centralia returns to Evergreen 2A Conference play on Tuesday, hosting Rochester at 4:30 p.m., and plays at Rochester on Wednesday.
Woodland Edges Adna 2-1
ADNA — Woodland slipped past Adna, 2-1, here Friday afternoon in a nonleague spring break baseball game.
The 2A Beavers had two hits in the contest, but pitchers Ryan Cooner and Seth Volesky combined to strike out 10 Pirates.
Matthew Scheuber went 2 for 3 with a double and Elmer Loose was 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Pirates, who had four hits.
“Neither team really hit the ball or did much of anything,” Adna coach Jon Rooklidge said. “Honestly, it looked like two teams that hadn’t played in a week.”
Camden Ryan, Abel Ingle, Gavin Guard and Conner Weed all pitched for Adna.
Adna (6-3, 5-1 league) returns to Central 2B League play on Monday with a doubleheader at Napavine.
Titans Top Naselle 6-4
PE ELL — Naselle scored all of its runs in the third inning, and the Titans rallied in the fifth to regain the lead in a 6-4 nonleague baseball win here Friday.
Kollin Jurek went 3 for 3 and scored a run to lead Pe Ell-Willapa Valley’s offense, and Cub Bair went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
“We played okay. We hit the ball okay tonight,” PWV coach Kelly Barnum said. “I would say it’s probably a typical spring break game, but, I mean, it was a good, fun game.”
Jurek, he added, was a bright spot.
“He was awesome tonight,” Barnum said. “He’s been working really hard in the cages and it’s paying off.”
Tyson Nissell added a double for PWV. Hunter Hoke tossed two innings, striking out two and allowing one hit, and Cub Bair struck out three over the final two frames without giving up a hit to get the save.
The Titans (4-4, 3-3 league) return to Central 2B League action on Monday, hosting Morton-White Pass in a twinbill in Pe Ell.
HIGHCLIMBERS 13, TIGERS 2 (5 inn.)
Shelton 026 50 — 13 13 0
Centralia 100 10 — 2 8 4
Batteries: Shelton — Austin Ramsfield and Matt Osburg; Centralia — Mason Titus, Derek Beairsto (3) and Jerod Frias, Colby Steele (3)
BEAVERS 2, PIRATES 1
Woodland 100 001 0 — 2 2 0
Adna 001 000 0 — 1 4 2
Batteries: Woodland — Ryan Cooney, Seth Volesky (4) and Christian Yager; Adna — Camden Ryan, Abel Ingle (2), Gavin Guard (4), Conner Weed (6) and Cole Fay
At Pe Ell
TITANS 6, COMETS 4
Naselle 004 000 0 — 4 5 3
Pe Ell-WV 210 021 X — 6 8 2
Batteries: Naselle — Dormen and Strange; Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Max Smith, Luke Gerow (2), Hunter Hoke (4), Cub Bair (6) and Cub Bair, Ryon Ashley (6)