Thursday’s Prep Baseball: W.F. West Swings Away on Warriors
By The Chronicle
ROCHESTER — W.F. West persistently chipped away at the Warriors here on Thursday in order to secure an 8-4 victory in Evergreen 2A Conference baseball action.
The game was a continuation of a contest that was stopped by rain on Wednesday. Play resumed with one out and a runner at first base in the top of the second on Thursday.
The Bearcats scored a run in each of the first three innings before putting up another run in the fifth and three more to cap off the scoring in the seventh frame.They banged out nine hits on the day.
Lane Douglass was 2-for-4 at the plate for W.F. West with a RBI while Josiah Johnson went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Cyrus Bunker added two hits and three RBI.
“He’s probably the killer for us today,” said Rochester coach Brad Quanstrom of Bunker. “He had some good timely hits.”
Jayden Lancaster started the game on the mound for Rochester on Wednesday but couldn’t return to the bump due to pitch limit restrictions.
“Even though you tell kids last night look this is what’s going to happen tomorrow, I think there was a bit of weirdness to it,’ Quanstrom noted. “The big difference was that we couldn’t bring back Jayden.”
With Lancaster on the shelf the Warriors handed the ball to Nolan Eyles and he put together five competent innings of work.
“Nolan stepped in and did a very good job. That’s a pretty good hitting lineup and he did a good job of keeping them off balance and keeping us in the ballgame,” Quanstrom said.
Jared Winter, Bodey Smith, and Tyler Soderback all had a hit and a RBI for Rochester.
Rochester (1-3, 0-2 league) will host Black Hills on Friday. W.F. West (6-1, 2-0 league) will play at Tumwater on Friday.
Pirates Pound King’s Way
VANCOUVER — Adna used a consistent approach to put the Knight’s away here on Thursday as they claimed a 9-5 victory in non-league baseball action.
The Pirates scored two runs in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, and added a single run in the third frame. Adna tallied nine hits in the contest to keep the pressure on King’s Way.
“Our hits were really just scattered through the lineup,” said Adna coach Jon Rooklidge.
Trevor Minkoff and Chance Fay each turned in a pair of hits and a RBI in the game. Levi Gates added a RBI single and Bryce Lollar barreled up a two RBI triple.
Gates started on the mound and pitched three scoreless innings before ceding the hill to Sawyer Burdick for the final four innings of work.
“We were really in command pretty much the whole way. It didn’t ever feel tight even though they tacked on some runs there at the end,” said Rooklidge. “It was just a good day. We got at bats. We got to pitch. We got to play. It was a good day just for that.”
Adna (7-2, 4-1 league) will play Concrete on April 6 in Seattle for a doubleheader.
Loggers Send Mules Packing
ONALASKA — The Loggers used a three run fifth inning to get over on Wahkiakum here on Thursday as the home team claimed a 4-1 victory in Central 2B League baseball action.
Tanner McLean tossed four scoreless innings for Onalaska and Tristen Lawrence picked up the win with three innings of relief work. The Mules only managed to scatter three hits combined against both pitchers.
Trailing 1-0 with nobody on in the fifth inning, Onalaska was able to rally for a trio of runs and the lead.
“(AJ) Volk hit a 2-out double with nobody on and then their pitcher had a hard time finding the strike zone and they walked in three runs,” noted Onalaska coach Rocky Stanley.
Volk added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to give the Loggers their final advantage.
Carter Whitehead added two singles for Onalaska and the Mules’ pitchers helped the Loggers along with eight walks and three hit batters.
Stanley said his team seems to be finding some momentum after upsetting a star-studded Wahkiakum team.
“They are excited and they should be. They’ve worked hard. It was a great win for the program and for the kids,” said Stanley. “Our defense was outstanding. Infield and outfield they made some tough plays.”
Onalaska (5-2, 4-1 league) will play a doubleheader at Kittitas on Wednesday.
Beavers Blank Grizzlies
TENINO — The Beavers got off the schnide here on Thursday when they shutout Hoquiam for a 10-0 victory in 1A Evergreen League baseball action.
The win was Tenino’s first of the season and put them on the board in what promises to be a tight race in the league standings. Alex Bratton tossed a complete game for the Beavers, allowing zero runs and just two hits while striking out nine batters in five innings.
“He looked the best he’s looked all year. He was just challenging them with his fastball and he looked good,” said Tenino coach Ryan Schlesser, who noted that Bratton was hobbled by a bad back that required surgery last year. “It’s good to have him back.”
Tenino tallied just four hits in the contest but, more importantly, turned in an error-free defensive performance.
“Everyone did their jobs. No one was trying to do anything spectacular,” Schlesser said.
Karl Hisaw led Tenino at the plate with two hits and three RBI in two at bats. Hoquiam’s pitchers helped to grease the wheels for Tenino with eight walks on the day.
“We were patient at the plate and when we needed a base knock we got it,’ Schlesser said. “We finally put things together. We’d just been struggling trying to get over that hump and we finally put the pieces together and realised that we are a good team when we want to be.”
Tenino (1-6, 1-1 league) will host Chimacum on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Tumwater Tops Centralia
The Tigers couldn’t string much together Thursday night, falling 9-3 to Tumwater in an Evergreen 2A Conference baseball game that was held over from Wednesday night.
Tumwater led 7-0 after the third inning.
Benito Valencia worked 3 ⅔ innings in his first varsity appearance, giving up two earned runs, and Chris Kirner made his varsity debut over the last 2 ⅓ innings.
“We just didn’t hit well enough to stay in it with them,” Tiger coach Rex Ashmore said, commending the work of the two sophomore pitchers.
Tumwater had 11 hits in the win, while Centralia managed seven scattered singles.
The game was called off after the first inning on Wednesday.
PIRATES 9, KNIGHTS 5
Adna 201 222 0 — 9 9 1
King’s Way 000 020 3 — 5 6 2
Batteries: Adna — Levi Gates, Sawyer Burdick (4), and Cole Fay and Keegan Dollarhyde (5); King’s Way — Honley, Sherettz (5) and Knight
BEARCATS 8, WARRIORS 4
W.F. West 111 010 3 — 8 9 1
Rochester 000 031 0 — 4 6 3
Batteries: W.F. West — Daniel Fagerness (5), Brit Lusk (6), Luke Bennet (6) and Lane Douglass; Rochester — Jayden Lancaster, Nolan Eyles (2), Jared Winters (7) and Tyler Soderback
LOGGERS 4, MULES 1
Wahkiakum 000 010 0 — 1 3 0
Loggers 000 031 X — 4 4 2
Batteries: Wahkiakum — Niemeyer, Carlson (3), Brown (5), Curl (6) and Collupy; Onalaska — Tanner McLean, Tristen Lawrence (5) and Ashton Haight
BEAVERS 10, GRIZZLIES 0 (5 inn.)
Hoquiam 000 00 — 0 2 2
Tenino 103 6X — 10 4 0
Batteries: Hoquiam — Larson, Reyes (3), Elsos (4), Fockers (4) and McMinn; Tenino — Alex Bratton and Karl Hisaw
THUNDERBIRDS 9, TIGERS 3
Tumwater 331 020 0 — 9 11 3
Centralia 000 021 0 — 3 7 3
Batteries: Tumwater — N/A; Centralia — Jackson Hull, Benito Valencia (2), Chris Kirner (5) and Cameron Erickson