2A Baseball: Bearcats Go Off in Fourth to Pound Aberdeen
EvCo: W.F. West Scores 15 Runs in Long Fourth Inning, White Efficient in 18-0 Win Over Bobcats
By Aaron VanTuyl
The only concern about Brandon White’s performance on Thursday was the amount of time he had to let his arm cool off in the fourth inning.
White, W.F. West’s big junior right-hander, cruised through the Aberdeen lineup four times — facing just two batters over the minimum — and was only in notable peril once.
Between his fourth and fifth innings on the mound, though, he had over 40 minutes to hang around — thanks to the 15 runs his teammates put up in what wound up being an 18-0, five inning Evergreen 2A Conference win in Chehalis.
“He convinced me he wanted to finish this thing out,” Bearcat coach Bryan Bullock said. “We got him up twice during that long rest. He wanted to go out there, and he did exactly what he said he was going to do — he threw strikes.”
The long rest in the fourth inning, though, was a problem any pitcher would love to have.
Aberdeen starter Chris Oldham came off the mound during his warmup pitches with what appeared to be a blister on his throwing hand, and the Bobcat bullpen — which was quickly exhausted — couldn’t accomplish much.
Camden Bull and Cyrus Bunker each batted three times against three different pitchers in the fourth, which featured 12 hits, five walks, a hit batter and 15 runs.
“They made that pitching change, and we definitely started getting some pitches to hit,” Bullock said. “We took advantage of it.”
Bull led things off with a double, starting off a streak of seven Bearcats with a hit and nine runners coming around to score. Tyler Pallas hit a two-run double and an infield single, Nole Wollan hit a pair of RBI singles, Tyson Guerrero had two singles and knocked in two runs, Adrian Boites hit an RBI single and walked, and Kolby Steen singled and drove in two runs — all in the fourth inning.
W.F. West had the bases loaded with two outs and an 18-0 lead before sending a runner jogging towards home from third for the final out, with Guerrero — the 21st batter of the inning — at the plate.
Oldham, Aberdeen’s starter, worked three innings and gave up three unearned runs with three singles and a walk. His defense, however, committed three errors behind him in the first inning — including an interference call by the catcher — that led to two runs.
“He was doing a nice job,” Bullock said. “He had a nice breaking ball, and he was keeping us off balance.”
White, meanwhile, finished with seven strikeouts, one walks and two hits — shallow fourth-inning singles — in the five-inning shutout.
Ever spot in the Bearcat batting order had a hit. Catcher Tysen Paul went 2 for 2 with an RBI, and Drew Forgione went 2 for 3.
W.F. West (13-2, 10-1 league) has a rematch with Aberdeen in Grays Harbor on Friday.
Note: A few key players were out of the lineup on both sides. Aberdeen was without junior infielder Kylan Touch, while W.F. West was without starters Dakota Hawkins and Brock Jones — both out with injuries — and Austin Emery.
BEARCATS 18, BOBCATS 0
Aberdeen 000 00 — 0 2 4
W.F. West 201 (15)X — 18 15 0
Batteries: Aberdeen — Chris Oldham, Jake Metke (4), Brody Trader (4), Blake Swenson (4), Tye Williamson (4) and Josh Germeaux; W.F. West — Brandon White and Tysen Paul