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Tuesday’s 2B Baseball: Pirates Hold Off Toutle to Reach Title Game

Adna’s Preston Ashley releases a pitch against Toutle Lake during a 2B District 4 baseball tournament semifinal game at Mossyrock on Tuesday.

DISTRICTS: Ashley Closes Out 4-2 Victory Over Ducks; Wahkiakum Edges Napavine With Walk-Off Walk in Semifinals

By Aaron VanTuyl

avantuyl@chronline.com

MOSSYROCK — When asked, Preston Ashley offered a modest evaluation of his work Tuesday afternoon.

“I think I did pretty good,” he said. “Probably a B-plus, A-minus maybe?”

Given the way Adna’s District 4 semifinal turned out, Ashley’s two innings of work could safely be graded a tad higher. The senior relief pitcher was perfect in the final two frames, striking out four and facing just six batters, while his teammates took advantage of Toutle Lake’s late miscues to squeeze out a 4-2 win and secure a spot in Saturday’s District 4 championship game.

Ashley came on in relief of Spencer Burdick to start the sixth, with the game tied at 2-2. He struck out the first two batters he faced on seven pitches, then got a grounder to second to end the inning.

In the sixth, though, Conner Weed reached on an error, stole second, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Blaine Latimer. A ground ball to third by Cody Young was off the mark on its way home to get Weed, who scored to put Adna ahead.

“We weren’t our best today, and we struggled,” Adna coach Jon Rooklidge said. “We figured out how to put something together there in the sixth, and that was nice to see.”

A pair of walks loaded the bases, and Spencer Burdick’s ground ball was too late getting home to catch Young, putting the Pirates up 4-2.

“Baseball’s a game of struggle, and it’s a game of adversity,” Rooklidge added, “and sometimes you just need one little thing to make it go.”

That was more than enough room for Ashley, who got two more strikeouts and a grounder back to himself in the seventh to end the game against a Duck team that had won the only regular-season meeting of the two by a 3-0 margin.

“I think it went pretty good. It’s not the game we want; we always wanna come in here and hit pretty well,” Ashley said. “But overall it was a good game, overcoming that and pulling it out in the end.”

Toutle Lake’s Ridge Moss worked all six innings, allowing five hits with one earned run and five strikeouts.

“He was real off-speed, and he gave us a different left-handed look, and he did a nice job,” Rooklidge said. “He kept them in it, and that’s all you can ask.”

Spencer Burdick started for Adna and worked five innings, striking out eight with four walks and two hit batters. The Ducks got a run in the fourth on a pair of walks, a hit batter and a bunt single, and added another in the fourth on a double from Zach Vetter and an RBI single from Austin Sweet.

Burdick spotted himself a one-run lead in the first, with a ground ball to short that scored his younger brother, Sawyer, who had singled and moved to third on an error. Blaine Latimer hit a long RBI double in the fourth to score Chance Fay, who had bunted his way to first, and give Adna a 2-1 lead.

Derek Chilcoate added a double for Adna, while Latimer was 1 for 2. The Pirates had already sealed a spot in the regional playoffs with a first-round win over Pe Ell-Willapa Valley.

The win puts Adna (15-5) in the District 4 championship game on Saturday, against Wahkiakum, at 4 p.m. back in Mossyrock. Adna beat the Mules 10-0 in their only game this season, back on March 30.
Note: Check for bracket updates here

 

Mules Take Advantage of Late Walks to Beat Napavine in Semifinals

MOSSYROCK — The Tigers had what looked like a safe lead after five innings, but couldn’t shut the door against the Mules.

Wahkiakum scored five unanswered runs in the final two innings and won 7-6 on a walk-off walk here Tuesday in the District 4 semifinals to advance to Saturday’s championship game with Adna. 

Napavine’s Sam Fagerness celebrates after Mason Butler scored a run against Toutle Lake during a 2B District 4 baseball tournament semifinal game at Mossyrock on Tuesday.

Both teams had already secured spots in the regional playoffs.

The Mules cut a 6-2 lead down to a run in the sixth inning, using four walks and two hit batters issued by three Napavine relief pitchers to score three runs without the benefit of a hit.

“We gave them a bunch of runs, and put ourselves in a bad spot, and they took advantage of it,” Napavine coach Brian Demarest said. “They’re well-coached. We came in and couldn’t find a strike, and went through every freaking person I have in the bullpen, and couldn’t get it done.”

The Tigers got a two-out double from Seth Butler in the top of the seventh inning, but couldn’t add to their slim lead. A walk and back-to-back singles from Ashton Niemeyer and Tristan Collupy pushed a run across to knot the score at 6-6, and two batters later Santos Wright drew a full-count walk to force home a run and end the game.

Wahkiakum took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Tiger starter Wyatt Stanley, who allowed two singles and a walk before Niemeyer hit a two-run single to right field. Stanley settled in, however, and after giving up a single in the second retired nine batters in a row before walking a hitter and then striking out a batter to end the fifth inning and reach his pitch limit. The righthander struck out nine over five innings, walking four and allowing four hits with two earned runs.

He helped his own cause in a big way in the fifth inning. Mason Butler led off the fifth with a single, and two batters later scored when a fly ball to left from Jordan Purvis glanced off the fielder’s glove. A walk loaded the bases with the score tied at 2-2, and Wahkiakum elected to remove starter Terris Record — who struck out seven over the first four innings, and had fanned Stanley twice — and bring in Zach Brown to face Stanley. The Tiger slugger launched the second pitch he saw high and over the fence in left field for a grand slam and a 6-2 lead.

That, however, was the extent of the Tigers’ offense. Napavine had two runners put out heading home in the sixth, and left eight runners aboard in the game.

“We’re better than that six runs up there. We left about eight runs out there we should have scored,” Demarest said. “That’s what it came down to. We didn’t do our jobs.”

Sam Fagerness hit an RBI single in the third inning for Napavine, and Seth and Mason Butler were both 1 for 2.

The Tigers (15-3) play Pe Ell-Willapa Valley on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Adna, with the winner moving on to Saturday’s third-place game and the loser playing in Saturday’s fifth-place game.

 

Titans Blank Ocosta to Seal Regional Bid

ADNA — Cub Bair was solid on the mound, and Pe Ell-Willapa Valley shut out Pacific 2B League champion Ocosta, 5-0, here Tuesday in a loser-out consolation game in the District 4 2B Baseball Tournament.

Bair worked 6⅔ innings, striking out eight with three walks and four hits.

“He was just dominant all night, hitting his spots,” PWV coach Kelly Barnum said. “I would say three of those (hits) were from curves he left a little up, but other than that he was just in command.”

Dawson Duncan continued his solid postseason play with a 2 for 3 performance at the plate and an RBI, and Kaelin Jurek went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs.

Bair and Keyton Barnum both added RBI singles in the first inning, where the Titans scored four runs with two outs.

Bair hit his pitch limit with two outs in the seventh, and Jurek struck out the final batter to end the game.

The win puts PWV, the state runner-up last season, back in the regional playoffs.

“I think it probably surprises a lot of people, but these kids have worked incredibly hard,” Barnum said. “They set a goal at the beginning of the year to make districts, and then make some noise in districts.”

The Titans (11-11) will play Napavine at 1 p.m. in Adna on Wednesday, with the winner playing for third on Saturday and the loser playing for third on Saturday.

 

At Mossyrock

PIRATES 4, DUCKS 2

Toutle Lk. 000 110 0 — 2 3 6

Adna           100 102 X — 4 5 0

Batteries: Toutle Lake — Ridge Moss and Logan Grabenhorst; Adna — Spencer Burdick, Preston Ashley (6) and Derek Chilcoate

 

At Mossyrock

MULES 7, TIGERS 6

Napavine       001 050 0 — 6 5 0

Wahkiakum 200 003 2 — 7 6 3

Batteries: Napavine — Wyatt Stanley, Sam Fagerness (6), Garret Shannon (6), Mac Fagerness (6), Sam Fagerness (7) and Dawson Stanley; Wahkiakum — Terris Record, Zach Brown (5), Luke Brown (5), James Anderson (7) and Hank Ferguson

 

At Adna

TITANS 5, WILDCATS 0

Ocosta       000 000 0 — 0 4 4

Pe Ell-WV 410 000 X — 5 9 1

Batteries: Ocosta — Harnden, Allton (2) and Quinby; Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Cub Bair, Kaelin Jurek (7) and Jurek, Bair (7)

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