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Wednesday’s 2B Baseball: Titans Find Luck, Salvage Split With Rainier

PE ELL — Motivational speeches are fine, but what the Titans really needed here Wednesday, apparently, was a bit of luck.

That luck, as it turned out, was a four-leaf clover discovered between games, and Pe Ell-Willapa Valley took it to heart to salvage a Central 2B League split against Rainier.

“The only reason I can tell you we came out with more energy,” PWV coach Kelly Barnum said, “they found a four-leaf clover in between games and decided that was what we needed.”

The clover worked. After falling 6-3 in Game 1, the Titans bounced back for a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

Kaelin Jurek went 2 for 3 in Game 2, while Luke Gerow pitched six innings to get the win and was 1 for 2 at the plate with the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning. Ryan Ashley was also 2 for 3, and drove in two runs, in Game 2.

“We played really good defensively, and Gerow did a really good job of keeping them off-balance,” Barnum said. “He threw strikes, and we hit the ball a lot better in the second game.”

Ryan Shepherd was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI in Game 1, and Keyton Barnum was 2 for 4. Cub Bair added a double.

“We just came out flat,” Barnum said of the opener. “We didn’t bring a lot of energy in that game. We left a lot of runners on base, and we ran ourselves out of a couple good innings.”

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley (6-7, 5-7 league) plays a nonleague doubleheader in Pe Ell against Ocosta on Friday.
Adna Sweeps Morton-White Pass

RANDLE — Adna played its third and fourth games in three days, earning a sweep of Morton-White Pass in a Central 2B League baseball doubleheader here on Wednesday.

Adna won Game 1, 13-1, in five innings, scoring at least two runs in four innings with a five-run third to go ahead 11-0. MWP scored its lone run in the fourth inning.

Spencer Burdick, Chance Fay and Alden Latimer each recorded two hits for Adna.

Kade Gillispie and Kaleb Rashoff each had hits for the Timberwolves.

Game 2 was more of the same, as the Pirates won 12-1 in five innings. Adna rattled off seven runs in the third inning to build up a 10-0 lead, and MWP plated its lone run in the fourth.

Isaac Ingle and Cody Young each had two hits for Adna, while Gavyn Higdon, Rashoff and Duece Kolb each had a hit for MWP.

“I thought we stepped backwards. Defensively, we didn’t play well,” MWP coach Jeff Rashoff said. “Our pitching didn’t do all that well. We’re walking too many people.”

Morton-White Pass (4-10, 2-10 league) travels to face Rainier next Wednesday in a C2BL doubleheader, while Adna (9-5, 9-3 league) hosts Onalaska next Wednesday in a league doubleheader.

At Pe Ell

Game 1


Rainier       021 210 0 — 6 8 1

Pe Ell-WV 102 000 0 — 3 5 2

Batteries: Rainier — Cruz, Coleman (4), Lofgren (7) and Coleman; Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Cub Bair and Kaelin Jurek
Game 2


Rainier        101 000 0 — 2 5 0

Pe Ell-WV 000 210 X — 3 9 2

Batteries: Rainier — Lofgren and Coleman; Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Luke Gerow, Kaelin Jurek (7) and Kaelin Jurek, Cub Bair (7)
At Randle

Game 1


Adna             245 02 — 13 8 1

Morton-WP 000 10 — 1 2 3

Batteries: Adna — Spencer Burdick, Camden Ryan (3) and Derek Chilcoate; MWP — Kaleb Rashoff, Tyler Birch (3), Brayden Webb (5) and Gavyn Higdon
Game 2


Adna            037 02 — 12 9 3

Morton-WP 000 10 — 1 3 3

Batteries: Adna — Wes Wilson, Conner Weed (5) and Derek Chilcoate, Dollarhyde (5); Morton-White Pass — Gavyn Higdon, Duece Kolb (4) and Kaleb Rashoff

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