Monday’s 2B Baseball: Pirates Get No-Frills Win Over Mules for District Title
MOSSYROCK — There wasn’t much flashy about the win, but the trophy at the end more than made up for it.
Adna did all the little things here Monday in a damp District 4 2B Baseball Tournament championship game to beat Wahkiakum, 10-2, and earn the right to play on its home field Saturday in the regional playoffs.
The Pirates’ eight hits came from seven spots in the lineup, and starter Wes Wilson worked four innings to get the win.
“To be honest, we just kind of played boring baseball,” Adna coach Jon Rooklidge said. “Our big hits were all with runners in scoring position. We did all the little things — sacrifice flies, ground outs with runners on third base, hit the ball in the gap with two runners on, moved them over — it was just old-fashioned baseball.”
Derek Chilcoate hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, and Isaac Ingle added an RBI double. Conner Weed and Sawyer Burdick both hit RBI singles for the Pirates.
Wilson gave way to Preston Ashley in the fifth inning, and the duo held Wahkiakum to six hits.
“They just both threw the ball really well,” Rooklidge said, “and did a nice job throwing a wet and muddy ball.”
It was the first district title since 2008 for Adna, which improved to 16-5 on the season with the win.
The Pirates will now face Kalama — the No. 5 seed out of District 4, thanks to a 12-5 win over Pe Ell-Willapa Valley in the tournament’s fifth-place game — in the regional playoffs, at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Adna.
Kalama beat Adna, 9-7, in their only meeting this season, back on March 21 in Kalama. The Pirates, however, are on a nine-game winning streak, and have won 11 straight against 2B competition.
“We’ve played well here at the end,” Rooklidge said. “We’ve played our best.”
Note: The was originally scheduled for Saturday, but rained out and pushed to Monday. … Napavine plays Concrete at 10 a.m. in the other Adna first-round regional game, and the two winners will meet in the regional finals on Saturday afternoon. … Pe Ell-Willapa Valley will play undefeated Tri-Cities Prep (22-0) at Davis High School in Yakima in the regionals on Saturday at 1 p.m. … Wahkiakum plays Kettle Falls at 10 a.m., while Toutle Lake plays Friday Harbor at 1 p.m., in the Anacortes regionals. … The State 2B tournament will be held May 26-27 at Ed Wheeler Field in Centralia, with the championship game set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Tigers Hold Off Toutle for Third
MOSSYROCK — Napavine secured itself a quicker trip to the regional playoffs here Saturday, beating Toutle Lake 5-4 in the third-place game of the District 4 2B Baseball Tournament.
The win means the Tigers will play their first regional game at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Adna High School against Concrete, the No. 2 team from District 1/2, while Toutle Lake will hit the road for a regional game in Anacortes.
Jordan Purvis started and worked five innings for Napavine, allowing three hits with one earned run and nine strikeouts.
Sam Fagerness led the way at the plate, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a run.
Seth Butler went 2 for 4, Dawson Stanley was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Garrett Shannon drove in a run for Napavine (17-3).
Jake Buck hit a first-inning double and drove in three runs for Toutle Lake.
PIRATES 10, MULES 2
Wahkiakum 100 100 0 — 2 6 0
Adna 042 130 X — 10 8 0
Batteries: Wahkiakum — Luke Brown, Zach Brown (4), Terris Record (5), James Anderson (6) and Hank Ferguson; Adna — Wes Wilson, Preston Ashley (5) and Derek Chilcoate
TIGERS 5, DUCKS 4
Toutle Lk. 300 010 0 — 4 4 1
Napavine 003 200 X — 5 8 1
Batteries: Toutle Lake — Jake Buck, Lincoln Kessler (4) and N/A; Napavine — Jordan Purvis, Mason Butler (6) and Sam Fagerness