Tuesday’s 2A Baseball: White, Bearcats Shut Down Columbia River in Playoff Opener
By The Chronicle
Brandon White was effective, and W.F. West rode his right arm to a 6-1 win over Columbia River on Tuesday afternoon in a first-round District 4 2A Baseball Tournament game in Chehalis.
White, a junior, worked 6 ⅔ innings, striking out seven and allowing just one hit to get the win.
“He got himself in trouble with some walks, but he battled,” Bearcat coach Bryan Bullock said. “He did a great job competing for us on the mound.”
Koben Jamison singled to lead off the third inning, advanced on a ground ball back to the pitcher and scored on a pair of wild pitches for the Chieftains’ lone run and tie things at 1-1.
In the fourth, though, Adrian Boites singled and wound up scoring on a throwing error by the Columbia River catcher to put W.F. West ahead.
Dakota Hawkins hit a three-run double in the sixth inning, then scored on a single from Tyler Pallas that gave W.F. West its final 6-1 lead.
Austin Emery went 2 for 3 with a double for the Bearcats, and Boites was 3 for 3 with a double and two runs.
W.F. West (16-2) plays Black Hills in the tournament semifinals at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Chehalis, with a spot in the regional playoffs on the line.
Hockinson Tops Centralia
VANCOUVER — Noah Thomas turned in a solid complete game performance on the mound, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell to Hockinson 4-2 in a District 4 2A Baseball Tournament game here Tuesday.
Thomas allowed just three hits in seven innings of work.
“You don’t lose too many games when you give up three hits. We had some serious defensive letdowns,” Centralia coach Rex Ashmore said. “The other five innings, the kids made some really nice plays, but the defense just let us down. Noah definitely deserved better than what he got.”
Joey Aliff had to hits to pace the Tiger offense.
The Hawks scored three runs in the fourth to open up a 4-0 lead, but Centralia clawed back to within 4-2 in the seventh with runners on second and third and one out. A strikeout and a pop fly, however, ended the game.
“We swung the bats okay. We didn’t execute some things with a bunt or hit and run,” Ashmore said. “We didn’t execute things we need to beat any team in districts. We’ve got to do a much better job of executing as far as bunting and moving runners.”
Centralia (8-7) faces Ridgefield on Wednesday in a loser-out game at 6 p.m. at Ed Wheeler Field.
BEARCATS 6, CHIEFTANS 1
Col. River 001 000 0 — 1 1 2
W.F. West 010 104 X — 6 10 0
Batteries: Columbia River — Mason, Jamison (6), Gerlack (6) and Craig; W.F. West — Brandon White, Adrian Boites (7) and Tysen Paul
HAWKS 4, TIGERS 2
Centralia 000 001 1 — 2 6 4
Hockinson 100 300 0 — 4 3 1
Batteries: Centralia — Noah Thomas and Jerod Frias; Hockinson — Lines, Baconelli (6), Henry (7) and Newman