Monday’s 2A Baseball: W.F. West Captures EvCo Title
RIVALRY WIN: Guerrero Fans Nine, Steen Leads the Way at the Plate in 9-3 Win Over Centralia
By The Chronicle
W.F. West started fast and never looked back, earning a 9-3 win over rival Centralia in an Evergreen 2A Conference baseball game in Chehalis on Monday.
The Bearcats locked up the EvCo title with the win, their second straight conference championship.
Tyson Guerrero was the big difference in the game, pitching six innings and allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine.
“Tyson was Tyson on the mound today. He did a really nice job of throwing up zeros when we needed him to,” W.F. West coach Bryan Bullock said. “We kind of struggled offensively to drive in runs. We had the bases loaded in a few innings there and had some opportunities to bust the thing open and didn’t get it done. Tyson kept plowing away and doing what he does.”
The Bearcats left 11 runners on base, which included three straight innings with the bases loaded.
Kolby Steen led the Bearcats at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs. Nole Wollan had two hits and knocked in a run.
“I think today, it was patience. Their guy did a nice job of mixing his pitches up,” Bullock said, referring to Centralia starter Jerod Frias. “He had a pretty good off-speed pitch and we struggled at times. We were patient enough to try and get pitches that were hittable.”
W.F. West built a 3-0 lead after two innings, and added three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the advantage for good.
Frias gave up three runs in the first two innings, but settled down and held W.F. West to an earned run on five hits with six strikeouts.
Centralia wasn’t able to get the bats going until the later innings, as the Tigers scored a run in the sixth and added two in the top of the seventh, but it was too late for Centralia.
Joey Aliff was 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI and Hodges Bailey had a hit, a run and an RBI.
“Offensively, we’re in a four-game stretch of seeing some pretty good pitching. We are not good enough right now at the plate to overcome defensive mistakes,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said. “That game was 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth, and we couldn’t make a play in the outfield. It maybe would have given us at least a chance. Getting down 6-0 to them with their pitching is too hard to overcome, especially the way we’re swinging the bat right now.”
Centralia is in the middle of five games in a five days, and knows it needs to get the bats going to have a chance in any game against an EvCo opponent.
“We put a couple on Tumwater last week in the seventh, but we’re not giving ourselves a chance early of getting anybody on base to try to manufacture a run or two, at least keep us within distance,” Ashmore said. “I thought we had some better at-bats against Guerrero than we have in the past, but we’ve got to find a way to string something together so we can try and do some things to score runs. Right now we’re just not doing that.”
W.F. West (15-2, 11-1 league) and Centralia (6-6, 5-6 league) square off again on Tuesday at Ed Wheeler Field in Centralia.
BEARCATS 9, TIGERS 3
Centralia 000 001 2 — 3 7 3
W.F. West 210 033 X — 9 10 0
Batteries: Centralia — Jerod Frias, Erik Cervantes (5), Joseph Pineda (6) and Noah Thomas; W.F. West — Tyson Guerrero, Gabe O’Neil (7) and Tysen Paul, Kolby Steen (7)