Wednesday’s 2B Baseball: Toledo Sweeps Rival Winlock to Take Last C2BL Playoff Spot
DISTRICT TIME: PWV, Toledo Seal Last Two Spots; Adna to Host Games as No. 2 Seed
By The Chronicle
WINLOCK — Winlock and Toledo combined for 30 hits in a Central 2B League baseball game, with the Indians prevailing 14-9 over the Cardinals here on Wednesday.
With the win the Indians finished 6-10 in league play and moved into the eighth and final district playoff spot from the C2BL. Toledo will play Wahkiakum on Saturday at noon in a loser-out game, and the winner of that game will play either Life Christian or Northwest Christian — one of which will be the host — at 3 p.m. in the first round of District 4 tournament.
Toledo’s Cody Towns was 4 for 4 at the plate. Hunter Eaton was 2 for 4 with a home run, and Gannon Madill, Dakota Robins, Dalton Yoder and Jackson Kuzminsky each had two hits.
Winlock’s Anthony Clevenger was 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs and Chase Miller was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Zach Weinert and Wyatt Dean each had two hits and scored a run, and Coleson Richendollar and Carter Whitehead each had two hits for the Cardinals.
Toledo built a 7-1 lead after three innings, but the Cardinals chipped away to cut it to 7-6 in the fifth. Toledo scored five in the sixth to pull away for good.
“I really enjoyed the competitiveness comeback in our team tonight. It was tough the way things went for us last night,” Winlock coach Scott Weinert said, referring to a loss to Toledo on Tuesday. “It was a quick turnaround with no time to prepare. The guys came out today and definitely competed. We were down 7-0, and I was pretty concerned with how the team was going to respond. The guys battled back, started putting the bat on the ball and moving guys around.”
Weinert acknowledged Toledo’s performance and wished them well in districts, and noted his team’s resilience throughout the season.
“We had a lot of seniors this year. I liked the effort that was out there. Our younger guys were contributing and I’m optimistic for what our future holds,” Weinert said. “Those seniors gave us a lot of leadership on and off the field, during games and practices. I hope our younger guys see the example, get better in the offseason and make our team stronger.”
It was the final game for Winlock seniors Farley Youckton, Chase Miller, Zach Weinert, Wyatt Dean, Jake Anderson, Brady Steveson, Justin Lewis and Brad Kelley.
The Cardinals ended the season 6-12 overall and 5-11 in Central 2B League play.
Kalama Drops Mossyrock 12-2
KALAMA — Ethan Payne hit a long first-inning home run, and Kalama cruised in a 12-2 Central 2B League win over Mossyrock here Wednesday.
The loss wrapped up the season for the Vikings, who finished 2-15.
“Kalama showed what type of team they were today. They hit the ball hard,” Mossyrock coach Jay Henderson said. “But the improvement from where we were at the beginning of the year to right now is huge.”
Brennen Shriver and Cameron Fitzhugh each had hits for Mossyrock, which had runners on and a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning but couldn’t push any more across.
Kalama, meanwhile, scored five in the bottom of the first — four of which were unearned, helped along by the sun shining in the outfield’s eyes for the first time all season, Henderson joked.
Kalama finished things off with six runs in the final two innings.
“They just hit the ball hard, and we didn’t throw a lot of strikes,” Henderson said. “We didn’t locate our pitches very well, and it kind of snowballed from there.”
Shriver, he added, pitched well, giving up just two earned runs over the first four innings.
Kalama (10-6 league) finished fifth in the C2BL, and will face either South Bend or Ilwaco on Saturday in Napavine at noon in the play-in round of the District 4 tournament. The winner then plays host Napavine at 3 p.m.
INDIANS 14, CARDINALS 9
Toledo 034 005 2 — 14 17 1
Winlock 001 233 0 — 9 13 1
Batteries: Toledo — Dalton Yoder, Kyle Bauter (5), Dylan Hoiseck (5) and Jackson Kuzminsky; Winlock — Brady Steveson, Wyatt Dean (3), Carter Whitehead (6), Tyler Cook (6), Dean (6), Anthony Clevenger (7) and Jake Anderson, Steveson (3)
CHINOOKS 12, VIKINGS 2 (5 inn.)
Mossyrock 101 00 — 2 2 5
Kalama 501 24 — 12 9 1
Batteries: Mossyrock — Brennan Shriver, Rem Stanley (5), Kord Senter (5) and Stryder Couch; Kalama — Rayder, Vance (5) and Wilson