Tuesday’s Prep Baseball: Bearcats Score Four in 8th Inning to Walk Off Rochester
By The Chronicle
It took an action packed extra inning to decide the winner here on Monday as W.F. West earned a 5-4 walk off win over Rochester in their first Evergreen 2A Conference baseball contest of the season.
Rochester scored the first run of the contest in the fourth inning before a home run by Leandre Gaines tied the game up at 1-1 in the sixth inning. That score persisted through the end of the seventh frame and pushed the game into extra innings.
That’s when the offensive flood gates opened up.
Rochester scored three runs in the top half of the eighth inning. When the Warriors subsequently coaxed the first two W.F. West batters into easy outs they looked poised to steal a victory on the road, but the Bearcats had a different idea.
First Brock Jones singled. Then Gaines singled. Then Daniel Fagerness drew a walk that forced Rochester to go to their bullpen for the first time on the night. With a new pitcher on the mound Luke Bennett promptly continued the singles-only party to drive in Jones. Then, Brit Lusk kept things going with a single that plated Gaines and Fagerness. Finally, with two on and two out Cyrus Bunker put a bow on the Bearcats comeback with a RBI poke to right field that brought in the winning run.
“They were all earned. They were all good singles. The last one was a clean single over the first baseman’s head. It wasn’t exactly smashed but they were all honest hits,” said W.F. West coach Bryan Bullock, who seemed bewildered by his team’s good fortune.
He added that Gaines had a particular knack for coming up big for the Bearcats in their league opener, with his long ball over the big green monster in left field helping to announce his presence with authority.
“It was definitely at an important time. He clutched up and came in and pitched the last four innings for us and had a couple good plays in the field too,” said Bullock.
Keegan Goldrick started the game on the mound for Rochester and nearly finished it there too. He wound up pitching 7 ⅔ innings for a no-decision.
“We knew that with Goldrick on the mound that Rochester was going to be tough and we had a hard time hitting the ball hard off of him,” said Bullock. “I’ve got to tip my cap to him and to Rochester. They played really hard and made it tough for us.”
W.F. West (5-1, 1-0 league) travels to Rochester on Wednesday.
Tigers Outfoxed by T-Birds
TUMWATER — Centralia couldn’t keep up with the Thunderbirds here on Tuesday as they fell 8-3 to open their 2A Evergreen Conference baseball schedule.
Tumwater utilized eight hits to score an equal number of runs and played error free baseball to secure the win. On the flipside Centralia managed just five hits and committed two errors.
Jeremy Wood pitched the first two innings for the Tigers before handing the ball over to Cameron Cabrera. Joey Unger pitched the final two innings for the visitors.
For the T-Birds it was Bradley Jordan who handled the pitching duties and earned the complete game victory.
“We had seen the Jordan kid a couple of times last year and we knew that he would give us all that we could handle and more,” said Centralia coach Rex Ashmore.
Cameron Erickson led Centralia at the plate when he wasn’t crouching behind it, racking up a double and two RBI along the way. Wood added two hits for the Tigers.
“I wasn’t too thrilled with the way we played today. We just didn’t have a lot of energy and that’s something that we’ll need to fix if we want to compete in our league,” Ashmore said.
Centralia (4-2, 0-1) will host Tumwater on Wednesday.
Wahkiakum Prevails Over Napavine
CATHLAMET — Napavine’s Seth Butler got it done at the plate and on the mound but it wasn’t enough as Wahkiakum earned a 3-1 win in a Central 2B League baseball game here on Tuesday.
Butler pitched all six innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs and three walks while striking out two batters. At the plate, he was 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
Dawson Stanley had a hit and Ben Woodrum had a hit and a RBI.
James Anderson was dominant for the Mules, allowing five hits and one earned run with 13 strikeouts.
Wahkiakum scored two runs in the third and one run in the fifth. Napavine scored their only run in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Woodrum.
“I thought defensively, we played really well. We made some nice plays at some crucial times, Scott burdick made some great plays. We gave up too many free passes pitching wise,” Napavine coach Brian Demarest said. “You only give Wahkiakum three runs and you’ve got to feel pretty happy with things. Offensively, the Anderson kid’s tough, probably the best pitcher in our league. His curveball was working, could never really get to him and be a threat. It was a nice clean game both ways.”
Napavine (3-3, 2-2) travels to Raymond on Wednesday for a non-league game.
Mountaineers Climb Past Titans
LACEY — Rainier’s Michael Green pitched a complete game to lead the Mountaineers to a 5-1 win over Pe Ell-Willapa Valley in a non-league baseball game here on Tuesday.
Green allowed six hits and one earned run with nine strikeouts. PWV’s Max Smith started and threw 4 ⅓ innings, allowing six hits, five earned runs and one walk with one strikeout.
At the plate, Luke Gerow was 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI and Hunter Hoke was also 2-for-3. Kaden Ritzman and Hudson Barnum each had a hit for the Titans.
Rainier scored two runs in the second inning but PWV tallied a run in the third to cut the lead to 2-1. The Mountaineers closed the door after that and plated two runs in the fourth and one more run in the fifth to secure the win.
PWV (2-4, 2-2) hosts Life Christian on Saturday in Pe Ell in a Pacific 2B League doubleheader.
Toledo Takes Down Elma
TOLEDO — Toledo scored six runs in the first three innings to earn a 9-3 win over Elma in a non-league baseball game here on Tuesday.
Hunter Holmes earned the start on the mound and threw three innings, allowing four hits, three walks and no runs while striking out five batters. Kaden Sellards pitched two innings, allowing no hits, no runs and four walks and four strikeouts.
At the plate, Matt Stavig had a hit and two runs and Hunter Eaton added a hit, a run and two RBI. Bryce Marcil had a hit, run and two RBI and Sellards had a hit and two RBI.
Toledo plated four runs in the first inning followed by a run in each the second and third inning. The Indians piled on three more runs in the fifth, while Elma scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Toledo (1-5, 0-4) travels to Randle on Friday to take on Morton-White Pass in a Central 2B League game.
Pirates Win the One That Matters Against Kalama
LONGVIEW — Adna was split a doubleheader with Kalama here on Monday but not all wins and losses are created equal.
The first game of that double dip was a Central 2B League contest, which the Pirates took by a score of 8-6. However, the nightcap was a non-league affair so it helped to take the sting out of an otherwise ugly 11-1 loss in six innings.
Camden Ryan started game one for Adna and recovered to pitch five full innings after surrendering four runs in the first inning and two more in the second inning. Those runs included a home run by Kalama catcher Hayden Wilson.
“He was just a little bit too fine in the first inning. Gave up some walks and they took advantage of those walks,” noted Adna coach Jon Rooklidge. “An error and a home run in the second and then after that he was really in command. He cruised.”
Levi Gates and Abel Ingle each tossed a scoreless inning in relief to close out the game for Adna.
At the plate, Elmer Loose paced the Pirates with two hits, including a double, and two RBI in four at bats. Sawyer Burdick added two hits to visiting team’s total and Chance Fay drove in a run with a single.
Adna scored six runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh to take the 8-6 lead but then nearly saw that advantage melt away in the final half inning.
“They hit a ball that was basically out of the park to tie it in the seventh and Trevor Minkoff basically jumped up and pulled it back in to rob a homerun. Two outs later we’d won the ballgame,” said Rooklidge.
In the non-league encore the Chinooks scored early and often on their way to a 10-run mercy rule victory in six innings. After scoring five runs in the first two innings Kalama blew up for five runs in the fourth inning alone in order to push the game to the brink.
Adna had to use four pitchers in the contest as out proved hard to come by. Five errors by the Pirates allowed Kalama to score 11 times on just three hits.
Trevor Minkoff had two of Adna’s four base hits in the game.
“It was a non-league game so each team kind of approached it different,” Rooklidge explained. “We got the one that mattered. Wasn’t real happy with the second one. We just didn’t play the way we needed to. We probably weren’t prepared to play a double header yet, let alone in five hours of rain.”
Adna (6-2, 4-1 league) will play at King’s Way on Thursday.
BEARCATS 5, WARRIORS 4 (8 inn.)
Rochester 000 100 03 — 4 2 0
W.F. West 000 001 04 — 5 9 3
Batteries: Rochester — Keegan Goldrick, Bodey Smith (8) and Tyler Soderback; W.F. West — Tanner Vaughn, Leandre Gaines (5) and Lane Douglass
T-BIRDS 8, TIGERS 3
Centralia 010 200 0 — 3 5 2
Tumwater 103 022 X — 8 8 0
Batteries: Centralia — Jeremy Wood, Cameron Cabrera (3), Joey Unger (5) and Cameron Erickson; Tumwater — Bradley Jordan and Kassler
MULES 3, TIGERS 1
Napavine 000 100 0 — 1 5 0
Wahkiakum 002 010 X — 3 7 1
Batteries: Napavine — Seth Butler and Tristan Ellison; Wahkiakum — James Anderson and Tristan Collupy
MOUNTAINEERS 5, TITANS 1
Pe Ell-WV 001 000 0 — 1 6 3
Rainier 020 210 X — 5 7 1
Batteries: Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Max Smith, Frank Roonsburg (5) and Kollin Jurek; Rainier — Michael Green and Cole Reise
INDIANS 9, EAGLES 3
Elma 000 001 2 — 3 7 2
Toledo 411 030 X — 9 6 4
Batteries: Elma — Elliot, Moore (2), Knutson (5) and Jacobson; Toledo — Hunter Holmes, Kaden Sellards (4), Ryan Bloomstrom (6) and Matt Stavig
PIRATES 8, CHINOOKS 6
Adna 101 060 0 — 8 9 1
Kalama 420 000 0 — 6 6 3
Batteries: Adna — Camden Ryan, Levi Gates (6), Abel Ingle (7) and Cole Fay; Kalama — Tommy Brandenburg, Brennon Vance (5), Imboden (5) and Hayden Wilson
Game 2 (non-league)
CHINOOKS 11, PIRATES 1 (6 inn.)
Adna 100 000 X — 1 4 5
Kalama 320 51X X — 11 3 0
Batteries: Adna — Gavin Guard, Keegin Dollarhyde (3), Bryce Lollar (4), Tyler Minkoff (5) and Cole Fay and Joe Bennight (5); Kalama — Brennon Vance and Wilson