Legion Baseball: River Ridge Edges Chehalis

By The Chronicle

LACEY — Chehalis handed out nine free passes to River Ridge, which allowed River Ridge to win 7-6 in a legion baseball game here on Wednesday.

The Chehalis pitchers combined for nine strikeouts and just four hits allowed, but the nine combined walks helped River Ridge take the win.

Cade Haller and Logan Moore each had a solo home run for Chehalis.

Each team scored one run in the first inning but River Ridge plated three runs in the second for a 4-1 lead. Chehalis scored one run in the third, fourth and sixth innings and added two runs in the fifth inning for a 6-5 lead. River Ridge tallied two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and held on in the seventh for the win.

Chehalis is back in action at the Brian Cox Memorial Tournament this weekend. Chehalis faces Tenino at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in Chehalis and takes on Capital at 10 a.m. in Chehalis on Saturday before trophy games on Sunday.

May 23 Results

Centralia Sweeps Tumwater

TUMWATER — Centralia collected 12 hits in the first game and took advantage of six Tumwater errors in the second game to earn a sweep of Tumwater in a legion baseball doubleheader here last Thursday.

Centralia won Game 1, 5-2. Benito Valencia started on the mound for Centralia and pitched the first five innings, striking out 15 batters. Noah Aliff pitched the final two innings and retired all six batters he faced.

At the plate, Zack Rone was 2-for-3 with two RBI, Sawyer Kassell was 2-for-2 and Matt House hit a two run single in the fourth inning.

Centralia took a 1-0 lead after the first inning but Tumwater scored a run in the second to tie the game and a run in the third to gain a 2-1 lead. Centralia answered right away with three runs in the fourth for a 4-2 lead. Centralia tacked on one more run in the sixth as insurance.

“Both guys were outstanding and offensively, we had some good at bats and made better adjustments than last time out,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said.

In Game 2, Centralia won 13-3 in six innings. Centralia plated three runs in the first and one run in the second inning before pulling away with six runs in the third inning. Centralia tacked on a run in the fourth and two runs in the sixth to end the game with the mercy rule.

Sawyer Vogel had two hits and a RBI. Aliff came on in relief in the second inning and retired 14 of the 16 batters he faced with eight strikeouts.

“This wasn’t a very clean game by either side and we took advantage of a lot of mistakes by them,” Ashmore said. “Tumwater has a very young team and we just took advantage of what they gave us. Real happy with the pitching from our guys the entire night.”

Centralia (2-1) hosts Timberline on Thursday before the Brian Cox Memorial Tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Centralia and Chehalis.

At Lacey

RIVER RIDGE 7, CHEHALIS 6

Chehalis 101 121 0 — 6 7 2

River Ridge 130 012 X — 7 4 0

Batteries: Chehalis — Lusk, Stafford (2), A. Johnson (4), Demarest (6) and Hilkimeir; River Ridge — N/A

May 23 Results

At Tumwater

Game 1

CENTRALIA 5, TUMWATER 2

Centralia 100 301 0 — 5 12 2

Tumwater 011 000 X — 2 1 1

Batteries: Centralia — Benito Valencia, Noah Aliff (6) and Sawyer Vogel; Tumwater — N/A

Game 2

CENTRALIA 13, TUMWATER 3 (6 inn.)

Centralia 316 102 — 13 7 2

Tumwater 210 000 — 3 2 6

Batteries: Centralia — Joey Unger, Noah Aliff (2) and Sawyer Vogel, Sawyer Kassell (5); Tumwater — N/A

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