Wednesday’s 2A Baseball: Tigers Hold On to Beat Aberdeen
EvCo: Thomas Starts, Bailey Finishes in 6-5 League Win
By Aaron VanTuyl
It may not have been the end-all cure to the Tigers’ recent offensive woes, but, at the very least, it was a step in the right direction.
Centralia scored all six of its runs in the first three innings and made it stand up as the game wore on Wednesday in a 6-5 Evergreen 2A Conference win over Aberdeen at Ed Wheeler Field.
Noah Thomas worked the first five innings to get the win, and Hodges Bailey made a rare relief appearance and finished it out to get the save.
The Tigers had scored eight runs over their last five games, all of which were losses — two each to W.F. West and Tumwater, and a shutout at the hands of Black Hills.
“We still only had six hits, and we still didn’t square the ball up very well,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said, noting that each of the Tigers’ multiple-run innings had a bit of assistance from Aberdeen’s fielders. “We kind of took advantage of that a little bit. But we’ve definitely got some work to do, still, not only offensively, but defensively, too. That wasn’t real clean.”
Bailey started the scoring in the first, leading it off with a single, stealing second, taking third on a wild pitch and coming home on a grounder from Joey Aliff that earned the Bobcats their first error.
Thomas hit a two-run single in the second, and a double from Bailey, a pair of errors, a pair of walks and a sacrifice fly from Broc Selstrom put Centralia up 6-1 by the end of three.
“I think things went good early on,” Thomas said. “We were stroking the ball really well, and I felt like I had pretty good command of my pitches early on.”
Thomas, meanwhile, gave up an unearned run in the second, then struck out a batter to escape the third inning with runners stranded at the corners. A walk and a double put two runners in scoring position with no outs in the fourth, but two ground-outs and a strikeout ended the threat.
In the fifth, though, Aberdeen put together four hits — including an RBI double from Josh Collett — and a sacrifice fly to score three and close the gap to 6-4.
Bailey took over in the sixth, gave up a one-out double, and a run score on an errant throw. A pair of two-out singles in the top of the seventh put the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position, but Bailey fanned leadoff hitter Kylan Touch on three pitches to end the game.
“I thought he came in and found a way to get it done at the end,” Ashmore said. “It wouldn’t felt real good to drop that one.”
Selstrom finished 2 for 2 with a double, while Bailey was 2 for 4.
Aberdeen relief pitcher Austin Timmons came on in the fourth and promptly struck out the side, and pitched three shutout innings to finish the game. Touch and Blake Swenson each had two hits for the Bobcats.
Centralia (7-6, 6-6 league) hosts Rochester on Thursday.
TIGERS 6, BOBCATS 5
Aberdeen 010 031 0 — 5 10 5
Centralia 123 000 X — 6 6 3
Batteries: Aberdeen — Josh Collett, Austin Timmons (4) and Josh Germeaux; Centralia — Noah Thomas, Hodges Bailey (5) and Jerod Frias