Summer Baseball: I-5 Toyota/Mountain Dew Captures Subway Classic Title
By The Chronicle
I-5 Toyota went undefeated in four games to capture the championship at the Subway Classic legion baseball tournament in Centralia this weekend.
I-5 Toyota defeated Yakima Pepsi Pak 9-6 in the championship game on Sunday at Ed Wheeler Field.
Cole Wintrip started on the mound and pitched four innings, allowing three runs. Brandon White came on in the seventh inning and struck out the side to earn the save.
Lane Douglass had two hits and four RBIs and Gabe O’Neil had three hits including a double. Adrian Boites added two hits for I-5 Toyota.
Similar to Friday’s game between the two teams, Yakima gained a 3-0 lead in the first inning. I-5 Toyota answered with three runs in the third to tie the game.
Yakima regained the lead in the fifth inning with three runs, but I-5 Toyota’s bats got going once again in the sixth inning, plating six runs to take the lead as White shut the door on Yakima in the seventh.
“These guys do a good job of not panicking. They believe they’re going to come back and they played with a lot of energy all four games,” I-5 Toyota coach Tommy Grunenfelder said. “The kids are competing hard and it’s great to see. It would be a lot nicer to play with a lead but at least we know we can come back.”
On Saturday, I-5 Toyota took down Black Hills 4-2. Daniel Fagerness pitched all seven innings, allowing no earned runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Dakota Hawkins tallied two hits and an RBI for I-5 Toyota.
I-5 Toyota scored a run in the third inning for a 1-0 lead and recorded three runs in the sixth inning, including an RBI by Teegan Zillyet and a sacrifice fly by Nole Wollan.
I-5 Toyota/Mtn. Dew faces Longview on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in a legion baseball doubleheader at Wheeler Field.
Dirtbags Breeze Past Bulldogs
MONTESANO — The Rural Baseball Inc. Dirtbags plated five runs in two separate innings to cruise to a 13-3 win over Montesano in a summer baseball game here on Saturday.
Bubbles Cantrell pitched five innings in the starting role, allowing two earned runs while striking out six batters.
Cole Bowers came on in relief and pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two strikeouts. Cam Bowen pitched the ninth, striking out two batters.
At the plate, Ryan Pedersen was 3 for 6 with two doubles and a run. Matt Kurzeika was 2 for 4 with a double, two walks and two runs.
Cole Bowers had a hit, a run and a hit by pitch and Cody Towns was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs. Adolfo Salazar was 2 for 2 with a run and a walk.
Montesano led 1-0 after two innings, but Jesse Towns laid down a sacrifice squeeze bunt in the fourth inning to get RBI’s offense going, scoring five runs to lead 5-3 after four innings.
The Dirtbags added three more runs in the fifth and plated five runs in the eighth inning to insure the win.
RBI coach Jordan Nailon was pleased with the defensive performance of Pedersen behind the plate and at first base, and noted the performance of Bowen in center field and Salazar in right field.
The Dirtbags compete next in the Senior Babe Ruth state tournament, beginning on Friday at 10 a.m. against Kelso at Wheeler Field in Centralia.
Warriors Drop Wolves Twice
ROCHESTER – The Warriors took a pair of five inning games from Black Hills here Monday thanks to a twin pair of eight run frames.
Playing as the home team in the first game, Rochester defeated the Wolves 10-4. The Rochester nine then followed up with a 10-2 victory as the visiting team on their home field in Game 2.
In game one, Rochester scored one run in the first inning before exploding for eight runs in the third frame. Warriors coach Brad Quarnstrom said that a platter of walks and a hit by pitch helped to push a plethora of his players across the plate.
“They helped us out a little bit,” said Quarnstrom.
Jared Winters added to the Warriors offense with a pair of hits on the day, including a double, and two runs scored.
Bryce Lollar threw all five innings for Rochester, accruing seven strikeouts along the way while yielding five walks and three hits. The only inning he surrendered any runs at all was the fourth when Black Hills plated four runners.
“I thought all in all, Bryce threw well tonight,” said Quarnstrom. “He had a little trouble finding the strike zone, and had that one bad inning, but he found a way to get the job done.”
In Game 2, Rochester waited a bit longer before breaking out the whooping sticks.
Black Hills actually staked out an early 2-1 lead with runs in the first and second inning, but Rochester managed to tie the game up at two in the top of the third frame. Then, in the fifth inning, the Warriors went to work in order to score eight runs and secure the final difference.
“We had four hits in that one inning alone, and then you throw in an error and it was a good inning all the way around,” said Quarnstrom.
Cade Lenzi had a two RBI single for Rochester in that big fifth inning while Winters and Goldrick added two hits each.
Keegan Goldrick pitched all five innings for Rochester in the second game with Riley Cohorn taking care of the catching duties.
“I thought we just played good solid defense all night long. We made the plays that we needed to make,” noted Quarnstrom. “We’ve played fairly well all summer long actually. Our hitting and pitching I’ve been very happy with.”
Rochester does not play again until July 9 when they are set to host Olympia.
I-5 TOYOTA 9, PEPSI PAK 6
Yakima 300 030 0 — 6 9 2
I-5 Toyota 003 006 X — 9 12 4
Batteries: Yakima — Lublin, Bailey (4), Groth (6) and Towsley; I-5 Toyota — Wintrip, Rose (5), White (7) and Boites
I-5 TOYOTA 4, BANDITS 2
Black Hills 000 001 1 — 2 6 4
I-5 Toyota 001 003 X — 4 6 4
Batteries: Black Hills — Lemming, Sheedy (6) and Casperson; I-5 Toyota — Fagerness and Boites
DIRTBAGS 13, BULLDOGS 3 (9 inn.)
RBI 000 530 050 — 13 12 4
Montesano 010 200 000 — 3 11 2
Batteries: RBI — Bubbles Cantrell, Cole Bowers (6), Cam Bowen (9) and Ryan Pedersen; Montesano — Farmer, Lano (4), Ridgeway (5), Plato (8) and Plato, Farmer
WARRIORS 10, WOLVES 4 (5 inn.)
Black Hills 000 40 — 4 3 1
Rochester 108 10 — 10 6 1
Batteries: Black Hills — N/A; Rochester — Bryce Lollar and Jayden Lancaster, Porter Mason (7)
WARRIORS 10, WOLVES 2 (5 inn.)
Rochester 101 08 — 10 9 0
Black Hills 110 00 — 2 4 2
Batteries: Rochester — Keegan Goldrich and Riley Cohron; Black Hills — N/A