Legion Baseball: Cleary Leads I-5 Toyota Past Champion
I-5 Toyota scored six runs in the second inning, which was the offense pitcher Jacob Cleary needed in a 7-3 win over Champion at the Red Devil Classic baseball tournament at Ed Wheeler Field on Friday night.
Cleary pitched all seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits with four walks while only striking out one batter.
I-5 Toyota racked up 12 hits in the win, led by Tyson Guerrero with four hits, a triple, two RBIs and a run.
Nole Wollan added two hits including a double with two RBIs and Nolan Wasson had three hits including a double, a run and an RBI.
“We’ve had all three phases. We’ve played good defense, the pitchers have given us good innings. Offensively, 12 hits tonight, nine hits last night — we’ve been hitting the ball hard the last two nights,” I-5 Toyota assistant coach Jake LeDuc said. “It was nice coming off a tough league series with Vancouver to get things going in the right direction again.”
I-5 Toyota scored six runs in the second inning, with Guerrero and Wollan each knocking in two runs and Wasson knocking in a run to spot Cleary a big lead. Cleary was perfect through three innings, but Champion scored two runs in the fourth to cut the lead to 6-2.
Rob Wall had an RBI single in the sixth inning for extra insurance.
I-5 Toyota is now 2-0 in the Red Devil Classic, and faces Lakeside Recovery at 4:30 p.m. at Ed Wheeler Field before Sunday’s bracket play.
“You’re always looking for improvement. That’s something we preach, is get better everyday,” LeDuc said. “Another quality effort on the mound, I don’t know who’s starting tomorrow but just quality innings on the mound, good defense, good offense and good things happen.”
VW Bumps Renegades in District Opener
OLYMPIA — The I-5 Jeep Renegades got a solid outing from Camden Ryan but didn’t have enough offense in a 3-1 loss to Volkswagen of Olympia here Friday in both teams’ junior American Legion District 2 Tournament opener.
Ryan pitched all seven innings for the Chehalis club, giving up three unearned runs in the second inning and scattering six hits.
“Other than that he kept us in the game,” Chehalis coach Cody Ray said. “He came back from a lot of 2-1 and 3-1 pitch counts, but he definitely did well. He did enough to keep us in a close ballgame.”
Luke Bennett, Ryan Pedersen and Kalen Hazen each had two hits for I-5 Jeep, which faces River Ridge at noon, back at Capital High School, on Saturday in a loser-out district game.
VW OLYMPIA 3, RENEGADES 1
Chehalis 001 000 0 — 1 6 2
Capital 030 000 X — 3 6 1
Batteries: I-5 Jeep Renegades (Chehalis) — Camden Ryan and Ryan Pedersen; Volkswagen of Olympia (Capital) — Stock and Robbins
I-5 TOYOTA 7, CHAMPION 3
Champion 000 200 1 — 3 4 1
I-5 Toyota 060 001 X — 7 12 0
Batteries: Champion — Leiblein, Thompson (3), Jeffries (6) and Ulrich; I-5 Toyota — Jacob Cleary and Tysen Paul