Legion Roundup: Titus Will Takes Second at Lakefair Tournament
OLYMPIA — Titus Will made it to the championship game on Sunday at Capital High School, but fell to Kennewick, finishing in second place here at the Lakefair Tournament in junior American Legion baseball action.
Titus Will was able to make the championship game with a solid performance on Saturday, coming from behind to defeat Volkswagen of Olympia, 9-8.
Titus Will’s Nolan Rice was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Nolan Miller was also 3 for 4 with a double.
Jeremy Wood got the start on the mound, and was relieved by Jackson Hull, who didn’t give up a hit in three innings of relief work in the win.
Olympia led 8-2 after four innings, but Titus Will added a run in the fifth and scored six runs in the sixth inning to take a 9-8 lead, and Hull helped pitch Titus Will the rest of the way to the win.
“It’s the best he’s thrown all summer,” Titus Will coach Rex Ashmore said.
On Sunday, Titus Will faced Black Hills in the semifinals and earned a 6-2 win.
Pili Hines pitched all seven innings for Titus Will, striking out 10 batters while allowing just two runs on four hits with two walks.
Wood was 2 for 4 with a triple and Hines helped his own cause with two hits and an RBI. Cameron Cabrera also had two hits for Centralia.
Black Hills led 1-0 after the second inning, but Titus Will tied the game at one in the fourth and scored three in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. Titus Will added two more in the sixth to cap off the win.
The win over Black Hills set up a matchup with Kennewick in the title game, a 10-0 Kennewick win.
Derek Beairsto got the start for Titus Will, and left after two innings after taking a line drive off the foot. Miller had two hits at the plate for Titus Will.
Kennewick scored two runs in the second to take the lead, and was able to hold Titus Will to five hits to take the championship.
The comeback win on Saturday was a big step for the team, Ashmore said, and built confidence for Sunday’s performance.
“It helped that Pili threw well and the defense played well behind him,” Titus Will coach Rex Ashmore said. “We just ran into a buzzsaw in that last game. They were a very good team.
It was the final tournament of the summer for the Centralia club.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way our kids finished our season in this tournament. I thought we grew up a little bit in this tourney. We have 10 of 15 kids that play Babe Ruth, and they were doubling up all summer,” Ashmore added. “It was taxing on pitching sometimes. We grew up and that will carry us into next spring a little bit.”
Ashmore also thanked Paul Stulken for helping manage the team over the summer, and thanked sponsor Titus Will for going “above and beyond for our kids,” according to Ashmore.
Titus Will finished the season with an 11-15 overall record, and a 3-7 mark in Area 2 South play.
Rochester Reaches Semifinals of Lakefair Tournament
OLYMPIA — Rochester’s junior American Legion baseball squad lost in the semifinals of the Lakefair Tournament on Sunday, finishing the four-day tournament with a 3-1 record.
Rochester beat Awesome Ford, made up of Capital High School players, 7-0 on Saturday to reach the semifinals.
Bodey Smith led the way on Saturday, throwing a seven-inning complete game with six strikeouts, three walks and three hits.
“He’s thrown for us twice this summer, and both outings he’s pitched really well,” Rochester coach Brad Quarnstrom said. “He’s just been very efficient.”
Smith also had a hit, a walk, and was hit by a pitch, scoring a run each time. Rylee Sommer added a two-run double in the third inning, and Cole Wintrip had two hits and drove in two runs.
On Sunday, however, the Pepsi-Cola Dusters — led by Trystan Vrieling — held Rochester in check in a 10-3 win in the tournament semifinals.
“All in all it was a good tournament for us,” Quarnstrom said. “The team we played today in the semifinals was by far the best we’ve seen this weekend. Vrieling gave us some fits, but all in all it was a good weekend, and we played some pretty good baseball.”
Wintrip, Bryce Lollar and Joel McCarthy each had two hits in the loss.
Rochester hosts Elma on Tuesday at 5 p.m. to wrap up the Area 2 South league regular season, and enters the district tournament on Friday at Capital High School.
I-5 Toyota Drubs Hawaiians
Five I-5 Toyota-Mountain Dew pitchers combined to strike out 13 Hawaii Rockies on Sunday, as the Centralia senior American Legion squad picked up a 9-1 win at W.F. West High School.
Brandon White struck out five without giving up a hit in two innings; Broc Selstrom struck out two in two no-hit innings; Jacob Cleary worked the fifth inning, striking out one; Dakota Hawkins fanned two and gave up a run in two innings; and Tyson Guerrero closed it out, striking out three in the last two innings.
Hawkins led the way at the plate, with three hits, a double, four RBIs and three runs scored. Joey Aliff had two hits with a triple, and Nole Wollan had a hit, drew three walks and knocked in two runs.
I-5 Toyota (13-10, 7-2 in Area 2 Southwest play) will play the Vancouver Cardinals (7-1 league) on Tuesday at Propstra Field in Vancouver at 6 p.m. for one nine-inning game, and will then host the Cardinals for a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday. The series will determine first place in the Area 2 standings.
ROCHESTER 7, AWESOME FORD 0
Awesome Ford 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
Rochester 104 101 X — 7 9 0
Batteries: Awesome Ford — Gregory, Kero (6) and Coguasso; Rochester — Bodey Smith and Jayden Lancaster
TITUS WILL 9, VW OLYMPIA 8
Titus Will 020 016 0 — 9 11 1
VW Oly 060 200 0 — 8 9 2
Batteries: Titus Will — Jeremy Wood, Jackson Hull (5) and Derek Beairsto; VW Olympia — N/A
DUSTERS 10, ROCHESTER 3
Kennewick 101 123 2 — 10 8 3
Rochester 000 110 1 — 3 8 3
Batteries: Pepsi-Cola Dusters — Vrieling, Pflieger (4) and Mulholland; Rochester — Bryce Lollar, Cole Wintrip (5), Joel McCarthy (7) and Daelin Schlecht
TITUS WILL 6, BLACK HILLS 2
Black Hills 010 001 0 — 2 4 4
Titus Will 000 132 X — 6 10 0
Batteries: Black Hills — N/A; Titus Will — Pili Hines and Derek Beairsto
KENNEWICK 10, TITUS WILL 0
Kennewick 021 103 3 — 10 10 0
Titus Will 000 000 0 — 0 5 2
Batteries: Kennewick; Titus Will — Bearisto, Cameron Cabrera (3), Mason Titus (5), Matt House (7) and Jackson Hull, Pili Hines (2)
I-5 TOYOTA 9, ROCKIES 1
Hawaii 000 001 000 — 1 6 2
Centralia 300 500 01X — 9 10 1
Batteries: Hawaii Rockies — Filio, Supnet (5), Matsunarri (7) and Poole; I-5 Toyota — Brandon White, Broc Selstrom (3), Jacob Cleary (5), Dakota Hawkins (6), Tyson Guerrero (8) and Tysen Paul, Adrian Boites