Tuesday’s 2B Baseball: Toledo Tops Winlock to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
C2BL: Cowlitz Rivals Face Off Wednesday for Final Playoff Spot
WINLOCK — Dakota Robins pitched a complete game one-hitter, leading the Indians to a 12-0 win over Winlock in a Central 2B League baseball game here on Tuesday.
The game was scheduled as the first half of a doubleheader, but the second game was rained out just before it was set to begin. After Toledo’s win, the two teams are now tied in the league standings for the final two playoff spot. Winlock and Toledo will play on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Winlock to determine who clinches the last berth.
Robins threw 84 pitches in the win while striking out 11 batters. Chase Miller had the lone hit for the Cardinals.
Robins helped his cause at the plate, going 4 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and a run. Dalton Yoder was 3 for 5 with a home run, three RBIs and a run, and Dylan Hoiseck also knocked one over the fence, one of three hits to go along with two RBIs and three runs. Hunter Eaton went 2 for 5 and homered, and Toledo collected 18 hits in the win.
“We had our backs against the wall. We knew we had to go get two games and with the weather, we’ll try to get one tomorrow,” Toledo coach Jeff Davis said. “Dakota was reeling, he was on and that’s phenomenal. When they did put the bat on the ball, our defense was ready.”
“We had a talk before this game and it’s like being in the loser’s bracket of a tournament, we got to win three games in a row going into this.”
Winlock will have one more chance to try and earn a playoff berth.
“We didn’t play well. Dakota pitched a hell of a game. Our guys just had a hard time getting the ball put in play,” Winlock coach Scott Weinert said. “We had some errors out there. Conditions aren’t as great as we want them to be for a baseball game. Those aren’t excuses, we’re all playing on the same field out here. We didn’t execute, we didn’t make the plays we needed to make.
“We made this end of the year series even more dramatic,” Weinert added. “We’ve still got an opportunity here.”
Toledo will start Yoder on the mound against Winlock on Wednesday, and Davis knows his lineup of arms and bats will be ready for a winner-take-all-game.
“He’s (Yoder) been gone for half the season, but his last outing was pretty sharp,” Davis said. “We don’t take Winlock lightly at all, 12 runs today, could be a nailbiter tomorrow. We could be on the short end of the stick tomorrow. We have to play, I think the boys are going to show up and play and I think we’re going to have a good ball game no matter how it goes.”
Winlock will start Brady Steveson on the mound, and with the senior leadership and experience this team has from coming from behind in games this season, the Cardinals will fight until the very end.
“We’re going to talk again about where we’re at, the opportunity that we have, we’re still in control of our own destiny,” Weinert said. “We’ve got to get this job done and take advantage of this. This is a big series for us, these are the two biggest games we’ve had on this field in years. We’ve got to remember the type of team we were to get here and we’ve got to play it like I know these guys are capable of.”
Pirate Pitchers Shut Down Rainier
ADNA — The Pirates got solid outings from three pitchers and finished the regular season with a sweep, taking down Rainier 13-0 and 7-1 here Tuesday in Central 2B League baseball action.
Spencer Burdick did the honors in Game 1, working all five innings with 10 strikeouts, one hit and five walks. His teammates gave him plenty of room to operate in the third inning, scoring 10 runs to go up 11-0.
Cody Young started the third with a double, Derek Chilcoate followed with a single, and an error and two walks helped the offense get moving for the Pirates.
“It was just contagious at that point,” Adna coach Jon Rooklidge said. “Lots of guys got into the act.”
Chilcoate finished 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, Young was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Isaac Ingle was 2 for 2 and drove in two runs, and Chance Fay doubled and knocked in two runs.
“It was a good effort. They’re a solid ball club, and their pitcher had been very solid up until that point, so we played very well,” Rooklidge added, of the third.
Wes Wilson worked the first five innings of Game 2, striking out five and allowing one hit, and Preston Ashley finished it out, giving up one hit with four strikeouts.
Chilcoate went 2 for 4 with a double, Fay doubled, Brady Collins doubled and went 2 for 3, and Conner Weed was 3 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.
“I thought all three of our pitchers today threw pretty darn well with wet, heavy baseballs,” Rooklidge said. “And in pretty inclement situations. They went out there and battled real well.”
Adna (13-5, 13-3 league) will enter the District 4 2B Baseball Tournament on Saturday as either the No. 2 or 3 team out of the C2BL. Their fate depends on an unfinished doubleheader between Toutle Lake and Wahkiakum; the Mules are 13-2 after beating the Ducks in Game 1, though Game 2 was suspended with a 2-2 score in the 11th inning on Tuesday. Should Wahkiakum lose, Adna will be the 2-seed and host games on Saturday; should Wahkiakum win, the Pirates will be third and play the eighth-place C2BL team in a loser-out game on Saturday at a site provided by the No. 2 team in the Pacific 2B League.
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Clinches Playoff Berth
ONALASKA — Pe Ell-Willapa Valley only needed one win to earn a playoff spot but got two, sweeping Onalaska in a Central 2B League baseball doubleheader here on Tuesday.
The Titans won Game 1, 4-3, in eight innings. Ryan Shepherd hit an RBI double in the top of the eighth to give the Titans the lead, and they held on in the bottom of the inning for the win.
A.J. Volk hit a solo home run and Matt Kurzeika had two hits and an RBI for Onalaska.
“We played really well. The first game we played really well; both teams did. We had to sweep to move on,” Logger coach Rocky Stanley said. “Both games were played in steady rain, terrible conditions. Both teams played through it, and the first game was a good eight-inning baseball game.”
Game 2 was won by the Titans 14-7 in five innings. Trace Lawrence had two singles and two RBIs, Tyler Wallace had a double and an RBI and Cole Christensen had two hits for the Loggers.
Kaelin Jurek had two hits including a double with three RBIs, for PWV, while Shepherd had a two-run single and Luke Gerow had a double and three RBIs.
The Titans locked up the No. 7 spot out of the C2BL into the District 4 tournament, and will play the Pacific’s No. 3 team on Saturday at noon in a loser-out game at either Cathlamet or Adna. If PWV wins at noon, they will face the host team at 3 p.m. in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.
Onalaska ends the season at 5-12 overall and 4-12 in league play. The Loggers graduate seniors Trace Lawrence, Tyler Wallace, Jack Beck, Zach Huffman, Colton Covey and Ernie Roque.
“It went good. We improved a bunch. The last six games of the year, we averaged less than an error a game compared to four or five,” Stanley said. “We got better the whole season, only having two practices on the field all year. The kids worked hard and they just kept getting better.”
Mossyrock Edges Kalama
MOSSYROCK — Mossyrock’s Nick Fried and Stryder Couch combined to throw a one-hitter as the Vikings defeated Kalama 2-0 in a Central 2B League baseball game here on Tuesday.
Fried and Couch combined for three walks and five strikeouts, and had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning.
Mossyrock had four hits, from Kord Senter, Aaron King, Colton McClure and Fried.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Vikings pulled off a double steal to bring home a run and take the lead. Mossyrock executed the same play in the sixth inning to add an insurance run.
“We played really well. Kalama is a quality team. When you get a quality win out of this league, this league is good and kids played well,” Mossyrock coach Jay Henderson said. “I can’t say enough about how Fried and Couch pitched. Our kids really played well, they’ve come a long ways since the beginning of the season.”
Couch was also 2 for 2 on throwing out baserunners stealing when he was behind the plate.
Mossyrock (2-14, 2-13 league) and Kalama were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but the second game was rained out. The two teams will play on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Vikings’ season finale, with the site of the game to be determined based on field conditions.
Napavine Sweeps MWP to Win C2BL Title
RANDLE — Napavine didn’t waste much time with the Central 2B League title on the line here Monday, sweeping Morton-White Pass 22-1 and 11-0 to close out the regular season.
The Tigers led 12-0 after a half-inning in Game 1, which lasted five innings.
Garrett Shannon went 2 for 2 and drove in four runs, while Wyatt Stanley was 2 for 5 with three RBIs. Dawson Stanley was 2 for 3 and knocked in two runs, while Seth Butler was 2 for 4 and drove in two runs. Mason Butler also had two hits and an RBI.
Wyatt Stanley worked into the fourth inning and struck out six with one walk and an unearned run to get the win.
Jordan Purvis, Mason Butler and Mac Fagerness combined to throw a five-inning no-hitter in Game 2.
Sam Fagerness went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs in the nightcap, and Seth Butler Wyatt Stanley each had a hit and drove in two runs.
Napavine (14-2, all league games) sealed the top seed into the District 4 2B Baseball Tournament with the wins, while Morton-White Pass finished the season 4-14.
The Tigers will host first-round games on Saturday. The Central 2B League No. 5 team will play the Pacific 2B League No. 4 team at noon, with the winner advancing into the double-elimination bracket and playing Napavine at 3 p.m.
INDIANS 12, CARDINALS 0
Toledo 050 202 3 — 12 18 1
Winlock 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
Batteries: Toledo — Dakota Robins and Jackson Kuzminsky; Winlock — Zach Weinert, Jake Anderson (5), Wyatt Dean (7) and Brady Steveson
PIRATES 13, MOUNTAINEERS 0 (5 inn.)
Rainier 000 00 — 0 1 3
Adna 01(10) 2X — 13 10 0
Batteries: Rainier — Lofgren, Coleman (3) and Coleman; Adna — Spencer Burdick and Derek Chilcoate
PIRATES 7, MOUNTAINEERS 1
Rainier 000 010 0 — 1 2 2
Adna 002 104 X — 7 9 1
Batteries: Rainier — Cruse and Coleman; Adna — Wes Wilson, Preston Ashley (6) and Derek Chilcoate
TITANS 4, LOGGERS 3 (8 inn.)
Pe Ell-WV 000 120 01 — 4 4 3
Onalaska 012 000 00 — 3 3 1
Batteries: PWV — Kaelin Jurek, Cub Bair (6) and Bair, Jurek (6); Onalaska — Matt Kurzieka and Jack Beck
TITANS 14, LOGGERS 7 (5 inn.)
Pe Ell-WV 243 50 — 14 7 1
Onalaska 302 20 — 7 8 1
Batteries: Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Cub Bair, Luke Gerow (1), Donny Ward (3) and Kaelin Jurek; Onalaska — Jack Beck, Tristen Lawrence (2), Tanner McLean (2), Kade Lawrence (3), AJ Volk (3), Trace Lawrence (4) and Ashton Haight, Tyler Wallace (2)
VIKINGS 2, CHINOOKS 0
Kalama 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
Mossyrock 000 011 X — 2 4 3
Batteries: Kalama — Walker, Payne (7) and Wilson; Mossyrock — Nick Fried, Stryder Couch (5) and Couch, Kord Senter (5)
TIGERS 22, TIMBERWOLVES 1
Napavine (12)03 07 — 22 15 0
Morton-WP 100 00 — 1 2 4
Batteries: Napavine — Wyatt Stanley, Mason Butler (4), Mac Fagerness (5) and Dawson Stanley, Sam Fagerness (4); Morton-White Pass — Tyler Brown, N/A (1), Kade Gillispie (4) and Gavyn Higdon
TIGERS 15, TIMBERWOLVES 0
Napavine 510 41 — 11 7 1
Morton-WP 000 00 — 0 0 3
Batteries: Napavine — Jordan Purvis, Mason Butler (4), Mac Fagerness (5) and Dawson Stanley; Morton-White Pass — Kaleb Rashoff, Gavyn Higdon (4) and N/A