Legion Baseball: I-5 Toyota Overcomes Early Errors to Top Yakima
By Matt Baide
I-5 Toyota/Mountain Dew made four errors in the first three innings, but righted the ship and battled back to earn a 10-6 win over Yakima in the Subway Classic baseball tournament at Ed Wheeler Field on Friday.
I-5 Toyota collected 12 hits in the contest, led by Adrian Boites going 2 for 2 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and three runs. Lane Douglass was 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Nole Wollan had two hits including a double and two RBIs and Kolby Sharp was 2 for 3 with a run and a walk.
Camden Ryan started on the mound for I-5 Toyota, throwing five innings while allowing eight hits, one earned run and one walk while striking out four batters.
Dylan Stakelin came on in relief and pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs and one hit and sealed the win with a 1-6-3 double play in the seventh inning.
Yakima built a 5-0 lead after the top of the second inning due to three I-5 Toyota errors. I-5 Toyota responded in the bottom of the second inning with five runs to tie the game, but Yakima regained the lead in the top of the third.
“We played probably and inning and a half of the worst baseball we’ve played all summer and came back and made some things happen, had the big five run inning and the kids just continued to battle,” I-5 Toyota Coach Tom Grunenfelder said.
Boites led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run to even the score at six. In the bottom of the sixth, Boites led the inning off with a hit by pitch and an error and a walk loaded the bases for Wollan, hitting a double to score the go ahead run. Kyle Trout would hit a 2-RBI single later in the inning to insure the win.
“The last five innings, I’m extremely proud of them. They played as hard as they could and beat a quality club,” Grunenfelder said. “It was a really good game for us, we’ve played really good baseball the last four times out.”
I-5 Toyota is back in action at the Subway Classic on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Black Hills before finding out the schedule for the semifinals and championship game on Sunday.
Dirtbags, Mavericks Split Doubleheader
WESTPORT — The Dirtbags dominated the first game, but Ocosta bounced back to win the second game and split a league baseball doubleheader here on Friday.
RBI won 15-1 in five innings in Game 1. Seth Bulter turned in a complete game on the mound, allowing one earned run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Butler helped his own cause at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two runs and three runs. Ryan Pedersen was 2 for 3 with a walk, a run and four RBIs and Cam Bowen was 3 for 3 with two runs and a walk.
The Dirtbags scored three runs in the first inning before putting the game out of reach with eight runs in the second inning.
Ocosta was able to prevail over RBI 13-10 in Game 2.
Butler had two hits and an RBI and Jesse Towns had a sacrifice squeeze RBI.
Bubbles Cantrell, Chris Kirner, Cody Towns, Cole Bowers, Bowen and Pedersen each had a hit for the Dirtbags.
Ocosta led 7-0 after three innings. RBI scored a run in the fourth to get on the board before five runs in the fifth and four more runs in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough as Ocosta scored six runs in the fourth through sixth innings to seal the win.
“I was proud of the way they battled back down 9-1. It’s difficult playing back-to-back and playing at noon with lots of travel,” RBI coach Jordan Nailon said. “They came back and made it a game but we’ve got to take care of things early in the game.”
The Dirtbags finish with a 7-2 league record and qualify for the state tournament next week in Centralia and Chehalis.
“We talked about things we need to clean up and I’d hate for a team with this much heart and potential cut short because of the silly mistakes,” Nailon said.
RBI travels to face Montesano on Saturday at 1 p.m. for one 9-inning game.
I-5 Toyota Blanks Capital in Subway Classic Opener
Dakota Hawkins threw six scoreless innings to lead I-5 Toyota to a 7-0 win over Capital in the opener of the Subway Classic tournament at Ed Wheeler Field on Thursday.
Hawkins allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters.
Lane Douglass and Teegan Zillyet each had two hits including a double and Hawkins added three RBIs for I-5 Toyota.
I-5 Toyota scored a run in the first and added two more runs in the third inning, sealing the win with four more insurance runs in the fifth.
Dirtbags Sweep Willapa Harbor
RAYMOND — The Rural Baseball Inc. Dirtbags took care of business against Willapa Harbor here on Thursday, sweeping a summer baseball doubleheader.
RBI won Game 1, 10-7. Matt Kurzeika pitched a complete game, allowing four earned runs while striking out seven batters.
At the plate, Seth Butler was 3 for 5 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs. AJ Volk was 2 for 3 with two walks and two runs and Cam Bowen had a hit, two runs and two walks.
Willapa Harbor scored four runs in the first inning to gain the lead, but RBI responded with three runs in the third and five runs in the fourth to take an 8-5 advantage. The Dirtbags added a run in the seventh and held off Willapa Harbor down the stretch for the win.
It was all Dirtbags in a 13-1 win in five innings in Game 2.
Cody Towns got the start and pitched 3 ⅔ innings, allowing one hits with five strikeouts.
Ryan Pedersen was 3 for 4 at the plate with three runs and five RBIs. Kurzeika was 2 for 3 with a hit by pitch and a run and Cody Towns was 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI.
RBI scored a run in each inning, recording four runs in the first and adding three more runs in the second which was more than enough for the win.
“I thought that we came out a little bit flat. We stopped by our killer camp spot on the way to the game and they were super excited when they saw the rope swing,” RBI coach Jordan Nailon said. “They battled, they got it done and we got big hits when we need to.”
Centralia Titus-Will Takes Down Black Hills
TUMWATER — Centralia Titus-Will took advantage of Black Hills’ mistakes to earn a 13-5 win in a summer league baseball game here on Thursday.
Derek Beairsto, Jeremy Wood and Benito Valencia combined to allow five runs on five hits.
“All three guys threw strikes. They made them put the ball in play and kids did good job of playing defense behind them,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said.
Sawyer Vogel had a 2-RBI double for Centralia.
“They had trouble at times throwing strikes. We took full advantage of the mistakes they made,” Ashmore said. “Throughout our lineup, we had kids make contributions that led to some runs. It was a good baseball game for us.”
Centralia Titus-Will is back in action on Thursday, traveling to Olympia for a 5 p.m. game.
I-5 TOYOTA 10, YAKIMA 6
Yakima 231 000 0 — 6 9 2
I-5 Toyota 050 104 X — 10 12 6
Batteries: Yakima — Groth, Vick (5) and Towsley, Garner (5); I-5 Toyota — Camden Ryan, Dylan Stakelin (6) and Adrian Boites
DIRTBAGS 15, MAVERICKS 1 (5 inn.)
RBI 383 01 — 15 18 0
Ocosta 100 00 — 1 4 2
Batteries: RBI — Seth Butler and Preston Setzer; Ocosta — Reid, Maffore (3), Scheuber (3) and Strange
MAVERICKS 13, DIRTBAGS 10
RBI 000 154 0 — 10 13 3
Ocosta 106 231 X — 13 12 1
Batteries: RBI — Chris Kirner, Cole Bowers (3), Preston Setzer (6) and Ryan Pedersen; Ocosta — Sevilla, Borman (6) and O’Hagan
I-5 TOYOTA 7, CAPITAL 0
Capital 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
I-5 Toyota 102 040 X — 7 9 2
Batteries: Capital — Cleveringa, Conley (6) and Galvin; I-5 Toyota — Dakota Hawkins, Brandon White (7) and Adrian Boites
DIRTBAGS 10, STEVES 7
RBI 003 510 1 — 10 13 3
W. Harbor 401 000 2 — 7 7 2
Batteries: RBI — Matt Kurzeika and Ryan Pedersen; Willapa Harbor — Gerow, Jordon (5), Hoke (6) and Peza
DIRTBAGS 13, STEVES 1 (5 inn.)
RBI 431 23 — 13 15 0
W. Harbor 000 01 — 1 1 4
Batteries: RBI — Cody Towns, Cole Bowers (4) and Seth Butler; Willapa Harbor — Bair, Ward (4) and Flynn
CENTRALIA 13, BLACK HILLS 5
Centralia 230 530 0 — 13 7 1
Black Hills 002 000 3 — 5 5 5
Centralia — Derek Beairsto, Jeremy Wood (4), Benito Valencia (6) and Sawyer Vogel; Black Hills — N/A