Legion Baseball: Knights Down I-5 Toyota
By The Chronicle
RENO, Nev. — I-5 Toyota/Mountain Dew made three errors and Reno took advantage to earn a 5-1 win in the Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament at the University of Nevada-Reno on Friday.
Kyle Trout had two hits and Adrian Boites had a triple and a run. Lane Douglass had an RBI single for I-5 Toyota.
Reno scored two runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth. I-5 Toyota scored their lone run in the fifth inning.
“Once again, too many errors,” I-5 Toyota coach Jake LeDuc said. “All their runs were actually earned. The errors made our pitchers throw more pitches and not getting as deep in games as we’d like them too.”
I-5 Toyota faces the Sierra Sun Devils at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday before one more game on Sunday in the Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament.
Dirtbags Take Down KWRL
LA CENTER — Rural Baseball Inc.’s Matt Kurzeika turned in a brilliant performance on the mound, leading the Dirtbags to a 10-0 win in five innings over the KWRL Quails in a legion baseball game here on Friday.
Kurzeika struck out three batters in three innings of work, striking out the side in the second inning. RBI coach Jordan Nailon was pleased with the performance and said Kurzeika could have easily pitched seven innings if needed.
“He was just rolling through, only gave up three hits in three innings,” Nailon said. “He was just really moving the ball around the zone. It was good to see him get up there and attack the zone.”
On defense, Nailon was impressed with the performance of catcher Seth Butler. A.J. Volk and Erik Cervantes were able to turn two double plays for RBI.
At the plate, Ryan Pedersen was 2 for 3 with a run and Chris Kirner was also 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Volk added two hits and scored a run.
RBI jumped on KWRL early, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding three more runs in the second for a 7-0 lead. The Dirtbags recorded two runs in the third and another run in the fourth to end the game in five.
“We did a good job of coming out, I challenged them after our last couple games to set the tone early rather than waiting for the other team to pop you one and climb out of a hole,” Nailon said. “They just kept piling on. That’s something we needed to get better at is keeping them down. They turned a nine inning game into a five inning game.”
RBI faces Woodland on Saturday at noon in a doubleheader.
I-5 Toyota’s Comeback Falls Short
RENO, Nev. — I-5 Toyota/Mountain Dew scored four runs in the seventh and had the tying run at the plate, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Fairfield won 10-7 in the Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament at the University of Nevada-Reno on Thursday.
Dakota Hawkins had two hits and three RBIs and Nole Wollan added two hits including a double and two RBIs. Max Miller also had two hits for I-5 Toyota.
Fairfield scored six runs in the third inning to take an 8-3 lead after three. I-5 Toyota had a rally going in the seventh and a chance to tie the game, but couldn’t get the clutch hit.
“Overall, they’ve played alright. We’ve played some good teams,” I-5 Toyota coach Jake LeDuc said. “Danville has been in the Legion World Series a couple years ago. Fairfield are their rivals, we’re getting better against good competition.”
Centralia Titus-Will Defeats River Ridge
LACEY — Centralia Titus-Will scored seven runs in the sixth inning to put away River Ridge 11-4 in a legion baseball game here on Thursday.
Derek Beairsto shined on the mound for Centralia, coming on in relief in the fifth inning and throwing three scoreless innings while striking out six batters.
“It was nice to see him bounce back after he had a rough outing at Montesano,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said. “That is not what we’ve seen from him all year. I’m proud of the way he bounced back, that was more of what we expect from him.”
Jeremy Wood was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Noah Aliff had a hit and three RBIs for Centralia.
Centralia scored four runs in the first inning, but River Ridge slowly climbed back into the game, scoring two runs in the second and a run in each the third and fourth frames to tie the game. Centralia had a big sixth inning, helped out by some River Ridge miscues, to seal the win.
Centralia Titus-Will is back in action on Monday, hosting Olympia at 5 p.m. at Wheeler Field.
Dirtbags Rough Up Eagles
The Rural Baseball Inc. Dirtbags took down the Twin City Eagles 10-5 and 17-2 in a legion baseball doubleheader at Ed Wheeler Field on Wednesday.
“We were able to play a lot of guys and get some players into new roles today,” RBI coach Jordan Nailon said.
On the mound, Mason Titus got the start for RBI, pitching three innings while allowing four earned runs, seven hits and striking out five batters. Bubbles Cantrell came on in relief and threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit with seven strikeouts for the win.
At the plate, Chris Kirner was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs. Ryan Pedersen was 2 for 4 with a run, Cody Towns was 2 for 3 with a hit by pitch and two stolen bases.
Cameron Bowen was 2 for 2 with two walks and a run and Cantrell was 3 for 4 with three runs.
Twin Cities led 5-4 after three innings, but four runs in the fifth fram and two more runs in the sixth sealed the win for RBI.
RBI collected 15 hits in the Game 2 victory. Erik Cervantes was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run and Seth Butler was 2 for 3 with a run.
Matt Kurzeika was 2 for 3 with two runs and a walk and Kirner added two hits, two runs and a walk.
Cody Towns earned the win on the mound, throwing three innings in the start while allowing no runs, one hit and one strikeout.
Cole Bowers pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs and striking out one batter.
RBI scored three runs in the second inning and plated seven runs in the third inning to put the game away.
“I thought our guys did a good job of responding to an early push from Twin Cities,” Nailon said. “We’ve just got to be better about motivating ourselves rather than seeking out adversity to get sparked.”
KNIGHTS 5, I-5 TOYOTA 1
I-5 Toyota 000 010 0 — 1 6 3
Reno 000 230 X — 5 6 0
Batteries: I-5 Toyota — Daniel Fagerness, Adrian Boites (6) and Kyle Trout; Reno — Kane and Oliphant
At La Center
DIRTBAGS 10, QUAILS 0 (5 inn.)
RBI 432 10 — 10 11 1
KWRL 000 00 — 0 6 3
Batteries: RBI — Matt Kurzeika, Preston Setzer (4), Cole Bowers (5) and Seth Butler; KWRL — Athins, Pahlhy (2) and Bomabo
FAIRFIELD 10, I-5 TOYOTA 7
Fairfield 026 011 0 — 10 11 3
I-5 Toyota 102 000 4 — 7 9 4
Batteries: Fairfield — Bon, Ramos (7), Miranda (7) and Kirchhoff; I-5 Toyota — Drew Rose, Gabe O’Neil (3), Cole Wintrip (6), Dylan Stakelin (7) and Adrian Boites
CENTRALIA 11, RIVER RIDGE 4
Centralia 400 007 0 — 11 9 3
River Ridge 021 100 0 — 4 7 3
Batteries: Centralia — Zack Rone, Derek Beairsto (5) and Sawyer Vogel; River Ridge — N/A
DIRTBAGS 10, EAGLES 5 (6 inn.)
RBI 103 042 — 10 13 2
Twin Cities 014 000 — 5 8 2
Batteries: RBI — Mason Titus, Bubbles Cantrell (4) and Ryan Pedersen; Twin Cities — Rice, Munguia (5) and Zylstra
DIRTBAGS 17, EAGLES 2 (5 inn.)
RBI 037 16 — 17 15 0
Twin Cities 000 02 — 2 7 4
Batteries: RBI — Cody Towns, Cole Bowers (4) and Seth Butler/Preston Setzer; Twin Cities — Jensen, N/A, and Zylstra