Legion Baseball: Titus-Will Survives Home Field Clash with Olympia
By The Chronicle
A big first inning helped to push Centralia Titus-Will past Olympia here on Monday by a score of 9-7 in their junior summer baseball contest.
The Centralia-nine got off on the right foot when Jeremy Wood led off the game with a double and then scored on a ground ball from the team’s next batter. Derek Beairsto followed up shortly thereafter with a two-run home run and then Olympia’s starting pitcher walked five batters in a row to help bring in the fifth Titus-Will run in the inning.
“You’re sitting there thinking, ‘Oh, this is just an ordinary run,” said Titus-Will coach Rex Ashmore. “Then later in the game, it winds up being a big deal.”
In order to make it a big deal, Olympia posted a run in the second inning and then a five spot of their own in the third frame to take a temporary 6-5 lead. However, in the bottom half of the third frame, Noah Aliff smacked a two-run single as part of a three run inning.
“It was pitching and defense from there on out,” said Ashmore. “Just overall as a team we, for the most part, played very well. Our pitching only struck out six batters so the ball was in play constantly and they were threatening every inning.”
Aliff, who started the game on the mound for Centralia, earned the win with a six inning performance.
Ashmore noted that his infield turned a double play to end a potential rally by Olympia in the fifth inning. Olympia managed to plate one run in the top of the seventh inning but came up short in their comeback bid when Beairsto recorded the final out on the mound.
“I was very proud of (Chris) Kirner and how he threw tonight. He hasn’t thrown for us in awhile and it was a much better outing for him tonight than we’ve seen in the past,” noted Ashmore.
Centralia Titus-Will is set to play at River Ridge on Wednesday and then at Black Hills on Thursday,
Montesano Edges Rochester
ROCHESTER — Rochester out-hit Montesano here on Monday, but it was Montesano earning a 6-5 win in legion baseball action.
Jared Winters had two hits and a run and Nolan Eyles had two hits and an RBI. Daelin Schlect had a triple in the third inning and score two runs.
Rochester scored four runs in the third inning to take the lead. Montesano scored three runs in the fourth and sixth inning and held off Rochester down the stretch.
“I think we played OK. I thought tonight, we had a good energy about us. Summer baseball is a different breed, it can become ho-hum,” Rochester coach Brad Quarnstrom said. “We came out with some enthusiasm and we played good defense. They hit the ball a little better than we did at the right times.”
Rochester is back on the diamond on Thursday, hosting North Thurston at 6 p.m. in a doubleheader.
RBI Completes Undefeated Weekend
Rural Baseball Inc. earned a pair of wins on Saturday and completed the weekend with another win on Sunday for three wins in legion baseball action.
“This weekend was as much about baseball as learning to live on the road,” RBI coach Jordan Nailon said. “Some of these guys played nine games this week, with the last seven taking place at the fields of our foes. When it comes time for the state tournament, that sort of experience will be incredibly useful. Plus, we worked on our hotdog and S’more grilling technique while we camped out in a hay field.”
On Saturday, RBI faced Woodland in a doubleheader and won Game 1, 7-0. Cam Bowen started on the mound and pitched two shutout innings, striking out four batters. Cole Bowers came on in relief and scattered four hits while striking out three in five innings of work.
At the plate, Seth Butler, AJ Volk and Cody Towns each were 2 for 3.
The defense was on point for RBI and Matt Kurzeika made an over the shoulder catch in centerfield at the warning track.
RBI scored a run in both the first and second inning before plating four runs in the third frame to insure the win.
In Game 2, RBI won 9-2. Seth Butler made his first start on the mound this summer, allowing one earned run and four hits in the win. Ryan Pedersen came on in the sixth in his first mound appearance for RBI, striking out two batters in two innings of work.
Pedersen helped his cause at the plate with two hits and Bubbles Cantrell and Volk each had two hits. Erik Cervantes, Butler, Adolfo Salazar, Bowen and Towns each had a hit.
The game was tied at two until RBI scored two runs in the third inning and capped the game with three runs in the seventh.
On Sunday, the Dirtbags made quick work of the KWRL Roosters with an 18-2 win in five innings.
AJ Volk made his first appearance of the season on the mound for RBI, throwing four innings and allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts.
RBI collected 15 hits, led by Cervantes going 2 for 2 with two walks, two runs and an RBI and Seth Butler going 2 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs.
Pedersen was 2 for 4 with a double and five RBIs and Cantrell was 2 for 3 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Chris Kirner, Kurzeika, Volk, Salazar and Towns each added a hit for the Dirtbags.
RBI scored two runs in the first inning before breaking the game open with seven runs in the second inning. The Dirtbags scored six runs in the fifth inning to end the game early.
“Our bats are finally starting to come around, which is nice to see, but this weekend we were really spoiled by our pitching performances,” Nailon said. “Cam Bowen, AJ Volk, Seth Butler, Matt Kurzeika and Cole Bowers all did a great job of taking the ball and delivering wins for their team. As long as we can continue to minimize walks and let our defense go out and play ball behind us, our pitching staff should continue to walk off the field smiling.”
The Dirtbags are back in action on Tuesday, facing Lower Columbia Competitive Athletics in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. at Mark Morris in Longview.
I-5 Toyota/Mountain Dew Ends Tournament With Two Wins
RENO, Nev. — I-5 Toyota/Mountain Dew bounced back from some tough losses during the week, closing out the Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament with two wins at the University of Nevada-Reno over the weekend.
On Saturday, I-5 Toyota defeated the Sierra Sun Devils, 8-3. Cole Wintrip started and pitched 6 ⅓ innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Teegan Zillyed and Adrian Boites each had two hits and an RBI.
I-5 Toyota scored four runs in the first inning for an early lead and added three runs in the fifth to insure the win.
On Sunday, the bats caught fire for I-5 Toyota in a 13-2 win over the Chico Nuts in six innings.
Gabe O’Neil had two hits, including a double and a grand slam in the third inning. Lane Douglass added three hits, including a double, triple and two RBIs.
Max Miller, Nole Wollan, Dakota Hawkins and Boites each had two hits and an RBI.
Jackson Hull had all the run support he needed on the mound, throwing five innings and allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
I-5 Toyota coach Jake LeDuc felt his team improved throughout the tournament.
“We kept telling these guys they were going to break out at some point. The starting pitcher for Chico had the best arm we’ve seen all year,” LeDuc said. “He was throwing mid 80’s and had a pretty good breaking ball and we went triple, triple to start the game. Hopefully we can take the momentum into our tournament this week.”
I-5 Toyota is back in action on Thursday to begin the Subway Classic tournament, facing Capital at 7 p.m. at Ed Wheeler Field.
MONTESANO 6, ROCHESTER 5
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Rochester 004 001 0 — 5 8 0
Batteries: Montesano — Wills, Parker (3) and Plato; Rochester — Bryce Lollar, Jared Winters (4), Keegan Goldrick (7) and Bodey Smith, Lollar (4)
TITUS-WILL 9, OLYMPIA 7
Olympia 015 000 1 — 7 9 4
Centralia 503 001 X — 9 7 1
Batteries: Olympia — N/A; Centralia — Noah Aliff, Chris Kirner (7), Beairsto (7) and Cameron Erickson
DIRTBAGS 7, BEAVERS 0
RBI 114 010 0 — 7 6 0
Woodland 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
Batteries: RBI — Cam Bowen, Cole Bowers (3) and Ryan Pedersen; Woodland — Hope, McGraw (5) and Gresset
DIRTBAGS 9, BEAVERS 2
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Woodland 110 000 0 — 2 5 4
Batteries: RBI — Seth Butler, Ryan Pedersen (6) and Preston Setzer; Woodland — McGraw, Babcock (5) and Gresset
I-5 TOYOTA 8, SUN DEVILS 3
Sierra 000 300 0 — 3 8 3
I-5 Toyota 400 130 X — 8 7 1
Batteries: Sierra — Miller, McDonald (5) and McDade; I-5 Toyota — Cole Wintrip, Dakota Hawkins (7) and Adrian Boites
At La Center
DIRTBAGS 18, ROOSTERS 2 (5 inn.)
RBI 270 36X X — 18 13 1
KWRL 001 10X X — 2 3 3
Batteries: RBI — AJ Volk, Cole Bowers (5) and Ryan Pedersen; KWRL — Tutter, Block (3), Jones (4) and Plumber
I-5 TOYOTA 13, NUTS 2 (6 inn.)
I-5 Toyota 217 102 — 13 15 3
Chico 000 020 — 2 4 5
Batteries: I-5 Toyota — Jackson Hull, Dylan Stakelin (6) and Kyle Trout; Chico — Baumgarner, Coles (3), Taylor (5), Gray (6) and York