Summer Baseball: Dirtbags Open State Tournament With Win Over Kelso

By The Chronicle
The Rural Baseball Inc. Dirtbags opened the Senior Babe Ruth state tournament with a 6-3 win over Kelso at Ed Wheeler Field on Friday.
Bubbles Cantrell started on the mound for RBI, throwing five innings with three strikeouts while allowing just one run.
At the plate, Ryan Pedersen was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run and Matt Kurzeika was 2 for 3 with a run. AJ Volk and Cantrell each had a hit for the Dirtbags.
Defensively, Cameron Bowen had a hip-slide catch in the seventh inning and Pedersen threw out a runner trying to steal.
Kelso scored a run in the first inning for an early lead. RBI tied the game with a run in the fourth before scoring five runs in the fifth inning to insure the win.
The Dirtbags face Primetime at 1 p.m. at Wheeler Field in the semifinals.

Thursday’s Results
Lower Columbia Sweeps I-5 Toyota
LONGVIEW — Lower Columbia was able to prevail in both games of a legion baseball doubleheader over I-5 Toyota/Mountain Dew here on Thursday.
In Game 1, I-5 Toyota led 8-0 going into the seventh inning, but Lower Columbia plated nine runs in the seventh on eight hits and two walks to win 9-8.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” I-5 Toyota coach Tom Grunenfelder said.
Camden Ryan started on the mound for I-5 Toyota, throwing 6 ⅓ innings, allowing two earned runs.
At the plate, Teegan Zillyet had two hits including a double. Nole Wollan and Kolby Sharp each had a 2-RBI single and Kyle Trout contributed an RBI-single.
Grunenfelder commended the bottom of the batting order in the last 10 games, citing Gabe O’Neil, Adrian Boites and Max Miller helping I-5 Toyota at the plate.
Lower Columbia won 4-1 in Game 2. Cole Wintrip threw four innings of shutout baseball in a relief appearance.
Max Miller had two hits for I-5 Toyota.
Lower Columbia scored all four runs in the second inning to secure the win.

Centralia Titus-Will Edges Olympia
OLYMPIA — Centralia Titus-Will collected seven hits and held off Olympia in the seventh to earn a 5-4 win in a summer league baseball game here on Thursday.
Zack Rone pitched the first three innings in the start on the mound, allowing three runs. Derek Beairsto came on in relief and pitched the final four innings, allowing just one run in the win.
“Zack threw the ball well. He struggled a bit in the third,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said. “Derek came in and had his third real good outing in a row for us. He’s really throwing the ball well as of late which is good to see.
Cameron Cabrera was 2 for 3 with a 2-RBI double for Centralia.
Centralia took a 2-0 lead after two innings, but Olympia answered with three runs in the third to take the lead.
Titus-Will responded in the fourth inning with two runs to retake the lead and plated one more run in the fifth for a 5-3 lead. Olympia scored a run in the seventh, but Centralia held on for the win.
“We’ve been playing real well lately, especially defensively. As you get later into the summer, that isn’t always the case. I’m proud of the way the kids came out and played,” Ashmore said. “We’ve been moving kids around quite a bit because we’ve got a lot of young kids and we have to find out stuff for next year. They’ve responded real well to that.”
Centralia Titus-Will faces I-5 Jeep Renegades on Monday at 5 p.m. in Chehalis.

I-5 Jeep Renegades Top River Ridge
The I-5 Jeep Renegades scored five runs in the second inning and added one more run in the fourth to secure a 6-5 win over River Ridge in a summer league baseball game at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis on Thursday.
River Ridge made a comeback with a run in the fifth and four runs in the sixth, but the Renegades righted the ship and held on for the win.
“They played really well for the first five innings,” Renegades coach Bryan Bullock said. “We had a little hiccup throwing strikes in the sixth, but we rebounded and played a clean seventh.”
The Renegades face Centralia Titus-Will on Monday at 5 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis.

Tuesday’s Results
I-5 Toyota Takes Two From Lower Columbia
I-5 Toyota put up 16 hits in Game 1 and needed eight innings in Game 2, but was able to secure two wins over Lower Columbia in a legion baseball doubleheader at Ed Wheeler Field on Tuesday.
Among those 16 hits in Game 1, Lane Douglass had two hits including a double and four RBIs and Teegan Zillyet was 3 for 3 with two doubles. Nole Wollan had three hits and three RBIs and Dakota Hawkins had two hits and three RBIs.
Adrian Boites had two hits including a double and three RBIs and Gabe O’Neil added two hits for I-5 Toyota.
I-5 Toyota scored five runs in the second, third and sixth inning to lock up the victory.
In Game 2, Lane Douglass laid down a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the eighth to bring home Bryce Lollar and walk off I-5 Toyota to a 4-3 win.
Douglass was 3 for 5 with a triple and Nole Wollan was 3 for 3 with two RBIs.
Brandon White started and threw the first six innings, striking out 10 batters with one walk and allowing no earned runs.
I-5 Toyota begins the GSL Showcase on Tuesday in Centralia, playing on Field 8 at 3:30 p.m. against a to be determined opponent.

At Centralia
RBI 000 150 0 — 6 6 4
Kelso 100 000 2 — 3 9 2
Batteries: RBI — Bubbles Cantrell, Daniel Fagerness (6), Dylan Stakelin (7); Kelso — Trevor Harley and Phil Smith

Thursday’s Results
At Chehalis
River Ridge 000 014 0 — 5 8 0
Renegades 050 100 X — 6 6 0
Batteries: River Ridge — N/A; Renegades — Luke Bennett, Kaleb Rashoff (6) and Garrett VonMoos

At Olympia
Centralia 020 210 0 — 5 7 1
Olympia 003 000 1 — 4 6 2
Batteries: Centralia — Zack Rone, Derek Beairsto (4) and Sawyer Vogel; Olympia — N/A

At Longview
Game 1
I-5 Toyota 000 440 0 — 8 8 0
L. Columbia 000 000 9 — 9 12 2
Batteries: I-5 Toyota — Camden Ryan, Daniel Fagerness (7) and Kyle Trout; Lower Columbia — Tekelo, Hensley (5) and Miller

Game 2
I-5 Toyota 000 010 0 — 1 7 2
L. Columbia 040 000 X — 4 3 2
Batteries: I-5 Toyota — Jackson Hull, Cole Wintrip (3) and Adrian Boites; Lower Columbia — Westerholm, Moss (5), Linstrom (6), Jenkins (7) and Bergquist

Tuesday’s Results
At Centralia
Game 1
L. Columbia 102 160 0 — 10 12 4
I-5 Toyota 155 105 X — 17 16 4
Batteries: Lower Columbia — Takalo, Hageman (3), Vetter (6) and Miller; I-5 Toyota — Dakota Hawkins, Drew Rose (5), Dylan Stakelin (6) and Kyle Trout

Game 2
L. Columbia 010 100 10 — 3 8 3
I-5 Toyota 001 110 01 — 4 9 3
Batteries: Lower Columbia — Brown, Vetter (7) and Bergquist; I-5 Toyota — Brandon White, Dylan Stakelin (7) and Adrian Boites

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