Wednesday’s 2A Baseball: Tigers Take Advantage to Beat Black Hills
Tigers Take Advantage to Beat Black Hills
EVCO: Centralia Knocks 13 Hits, Makes the Most of 7 Wolf Errors in 15-5 League-Opening Win
By Aaron VanTuyl
The Tigers fell into a hole in the first inning, but managed to claw their way out of it — with visiting Black Hills doing everything but dropping down a ladder.
The Wolves committed six errors in the first three innings, making nine of Centralia’s first 10 runs unearned on Wednesday in a 15-5 Evergreen 2A Conference-opening win at Ed Wheeler Field.
And after a few advantageous early innings, the Tigers started creating their own offense, knocking 13 hits in the six-inning victory.
“Early, we definitely were (opportunistic), and even then we made them pay for some missed cutoff men, and them not making some plays,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said. “Our kids did a real good job with two strikes. We definitely took advantage of everything they gave us, but I was real proud with the way we responded late.”
That “late” work included a five-run sixth inning, kicked off by a triple from Conner Wasson. Jeremy Wood brought him home with a single, Kolby Sharp followed up with a single, and Colby Steele then beat out a bunt that was overthrown to first, allowing Wood to score from third. Broc Selstrom then doubled down the left field line to make it a 14-5 game, moved to third in a hit batter and a single by Jerod Frias, and scored on a wild pitch to end the game.
Selstrom started on the mound and went five innings to get the win. The senior righthander allowed three runs on four hits in the first inning, but settled in after that and didn’t walk a batter until the fifth frame.
“That first inning wasn’t all him. Even in the first inning, they hit a couple balls that bled into the outfield,” Ashmore said. “He threw well, and then Jackson (Hull) did for us what he’s been doing for the first five games of the year — came out and threw strikes and kept them off balance.”
Hull blanked the Wolves in the sixth inning with a pair of strikeouts and one walk.
Black Hills’ early lead quickly evaporated. The Tigers’ first four batters reach base, helped by three errors, and scored, with Frias hitting an RBI single and Nick Stulken adding a sacrifice fly.
Sharp knocked in a run with a single in the second inning, though that runner — Wood — reached base when the throw to first after a dropped third strike pulled the fielder off the bag.
The Tigers plated five more runs in the third, with a double from Derek Beairsto, an RBI single from Stulken, a two-run double from Wasson and another RBI single from Sharp.
Wasson went 2 for 3, Frias was 2 for 4 and Sharp went 4 for 4 with a pair of RBIs.
“That’s good to see. The kid’s put in a lot of time in four years, and has started out well for us,” Ashmore said of Sharp. “He made some real nice plays at second base for us, too. I’m real happy for him.”
Zach Loveless went 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs for Black Hills, with Ethan Loveless knocking an RBI triple and Dustyn Dalebout going 2 for 3.
Centralia (4-1, 1-0 league) plays at Black Hills on Thursday.
White Fans 11 as Bearcats Top Aberdeen
ABERDEEN — Brandon White struck out 11 over six innings, and W.F. West had little trouble with Aberdeen here Wednesday in an 11-0 Evergreen 2A Conference baseball win.
White, a 6-foot-8 senior righthander, gave up two hits and walked one to record the win. Dakota Hawkins tossed the final frame, striking out two and giving up one hit.
“He definitely had command of the strike zone,” Bearcat coach Bryan Bullock said of White, who threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 21 batters he faced. “He was very efficient. He’s starting to settle in, and starting to build more and more strength as he’s gotten going here this season.”
The Bearcats scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to turn the game into a rout. Nole Wollan led things off with a single, Brock Jones brought him home with a triple, and with two outs an error and three straight walks set up a two-run double from Hawkins in his only trip to the plate.
Wollan went 2 for 5 with a double, Jones was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Lane Douglass was 2 for 4 and drove in a run. Leandre Gaines added a double and knocked in two runs, and Tyson Guerrero had a hit and drove in a run.
W.F. West (3-2, 1-0 league) hosts Aberdeen on Thursday.
Tumwater Sweeps Rochester
TUMWATER — Rochester managed to out-hit Tumwater in both games, but the Thunderbirds still pulled off an Evergreen 2A Conference doubleheader sweep here Wednesday.
Tumwater won the opener, 5-3, and took the nightcap, 4-2, despite Rochester totalling 10 hits in the twinbill to the Thunderbirds’ nine.
Landen Jordan worked the first six innings for Tumwater in the opener and carried a no-hitter into the fifth frame, where Rochester’s Storm Fortner notched a hit.
Bodey Smith and Rylee Sommer each added a hit, a run and a stolen base for the Warriors, who pushed across two runs in the sixth inning on a pair of passed balls.
Cole Wintrip pitched all seven innings for Rochester, striking out four and walking just one.
“I thought he did a phenomenal job,” Warrior coach Brad Quarnstrom said. “He just kept us in the ballgame, and he was definitely around the zone.”
The Warriors led 1-0 midway through the fifth inning in Game 2, but a walk, a misplayed sacrifice bunt and another error helped Tumwater push across four runs and take the lead.
“We’ve just got to find a way to execute and get the outs when we need them,” Quarnstrom said.
Bodey Smith hit an RBI double in the seventh, Wintrip had a pair of hits and Dailin Schlecht had an RBI single in his first varsity action for the Warriors.
Ethan Worden and Keegan Goldrick both pitched well for Rochester in the nightcap, Quarnstrom added, holding Tumwater to three hits.
Rochester (3-2, 0-2 league) hosts Black Hills on Friday.
TIGERS 15, WOLVES 5 (6 inn.)
Black Hills 300 020 — 5 7 7
Centralia 415 005 — 15 13 1
Batteries: Black Hills — Jacob Nelson, Kaden Wright (4), Zach Loveless (6) and Z. Loveless, Ryan Ball (6); Centralia — Broc Selstrom, Jackson Hull (6) and Jerod Frias
BEARCATS 11, BOBCATS 0
W.F. West 100 040 6 — 11 11 1
Aberdeen 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Batteries: W.F. West — Brandon White, Dakota Hawkins (7) and Drew Reynolds; Aberdeen — Timmons, Pisani, Larson and Touch
THUNDERBIRDS 5, WARRIORS 3
Rochester 000 012 0 — 3 5 1
Tumwater 103 100 0 — 5 6 1
Batteries: Rochester — Cole Wintrip and Tyler Soderback; Tumwater — Landen Jordan, Reece Anderson (7) and Reid Little
THUNDERBIRDS 4, WARRIORS 2
Rochester 000 010 1 — 2 5 5
Tumwater 000 004 X — 4 3 2
Batteries: Rochester — Ethan Worden, Keegan Goldrick (6) and Tyler Soderback; Tumwater — Wesley Swick, Kaden Lewis (6) and Nathan Kassler