Saturday’s 2B Baseball: One Big Inning Sends Napavine to Semifinals
REGIONALS: Tigers Win Pitching Lottery, Ride One-Hit Effort From Stanley to 12-2 Win Over Adna
By Jordan Nailon
ADNA – Two of the best teams in 2B baseball this year ran into each other in a loser-out regional matchup here Saturday evening and the result was unkind to the hometown Pirates. Napavine exploded for nine runs in the top of the second inning and then rode a one-hit, one-run pitching performance from senior Wyatt Stanley to a 12-2 state quarterfinal victory.
The nine-run second inning saw 14 Tigers come to the plate, notch four hits and use five walks and an error to their advantage. The offensive eruption boosted Napavine to their second ten-run victory of the day after previously defeating Concrete by a score of 10-0.
“They were just barreling up balls,” said Napavine coach Brian Demarest. “If we got a pitch we like, we didn’t miss it.”
Napavine’s Mac Fagerness went 2 for 3 and an RBI and reached base all five times in the win, with a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a fielder’s choice where he scampered to second base on a throwing error.
“I’m feeling pretty confident at the plate right now,” said the senior Fagerness. “It’s our last chance and man, we’re going all out.”
Stanley, meanwhile, turned in a typically sterling performance by allowing just one run in five innings of work and striking out seven. A clutch outing from Jordan Purvis in the Concrete game allowed Napavine to keep Stanley on the shelf in anticipation of the win-or-go-home Adna matchup. Meanwhile, the Pirates were forced to throw their staff ace, Spencer Burdick, in their early game Saturday versus Kalama in order to get past the Chinook’s crafty southpaw Cameron Walker.
“Anytime he’s pitching we like our chances,” said Demarest of Stanley.
The Tiger coach also pointed out the balanced contributions from up and down the Napavine lineup. Sam Fagerness notched three hits and four RBIs, including a two-run double. Wyatt Stanley added two hits of his own and walked a pair of times to help his own cause. Garrett Shannon drove in two runs on two hits and a sacrifice fly and Mason Butler chipped in three RBIs with a pair of hits and a walk. Jordan Purvis and Ben Woodrum also scored two runs each for Napavine.
“What really helped us was last year when all of these freshman started and we got to the first round of regionals. So they came out with a lot of confidence this time around,” explained Demarest, who gave credit to the team’s seniors for setting a winning example. “Our seniors just play ball the right way.”
Mac Fagerness agreed with his coach that the balanced effort has helped to buoy the Tigers odds of making noise each time they take the field.
“The younger kids are getting better. Last year they were good and now they’re great,” said Fagerness, heading back to the semifinals for the second time in his prep baseball career. “It was freshman year so it’s been awhile but it feels great to get back.”
While Adna and Napavine were formidable foes on the field their matchups never resulted in a barnburner result this year. In their first meetings of the year, back on April 8, Adna won 9-1 before Napavine charged back in Game 2 for a 24-6 victory. For a pair of senior laden squads, Saturday was the last hurrah in a longstanding rivalry.
“It’s really fun to play them. I know all of those guys and usually talk to them on base,” said Fagerness. “It’s just fun and competitive.”
For Adna Wesley Wilson took the loss on the mound after surrendering eight runs in 1 ⅓ innings of work. Preston Ashley wound giving up two runs before finally putting out the fire in that second inning. Conner Weed gave up two runs in his one inning of work in the sixth.
Isaac Ingle led the off balance Adna offense with a single, a walk and a run. Chance Fay added Adna’s only other run after getting on base thanks to an error. He also walked once in the contest.
Mason Butler pitched the final frame for Napavine, surrendering one unearned run and logging a strikeout.
Napavine (19-3) will play Tri-Cities Prep (24-0) at Ed Wheeler Field in Centralia on Friday at 4 p.m. in the semifinals of the State 2B tournament.
Pirates Get Past Kalama in First Regional Matchup
ADNA – A batch of timely hitting and an effective four-inning, two-run pitching performance from Spencer Burdick propelled the Pirates to a 6-3 regional victory over Kalama here early Saturday afternoon.
After Kalama posted the game’s first run in the top of the second inning Adna charged back to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning and never looked back. The Pirates were able to spark that rally after loading the bases with no outs thanks to Chance Fay getting hit by a pitch, a Connor Weed bunt base hit and a base on balls to Blaine Lattimer. Cody Young then drove in two runs with a double and Derek Chilcoate brought home the third run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Adna added two runs in the fourth inning on a RBI single from Spencer Burdick and a RBI double from Brady Collins. The Pirates final run of the contest came in the sixth inning when Derek Chilcoate put himself in scoring position with a triple and Sawyer Burdick singled him home.
Following his strong start Burdick was lifted from pitching duty after walking the leadoff batter in the fifth inning in favor of Preston Ashley, who went three innings in relief while allowing just one run and striking out five.
Adna coach Jon Rooklidge said the decision to pull Burdick, the Pirate’s senior ace, with 29 pitches remaining on his daily pitch limit was not a choice made in haste.
“There was a lot of through process that went into it,” said Rooklidge, who was angling to have Burdick available later in the day. “Preston Ashley had’t given up an earned run all year long so we had a lot of confidence in him.”
After striking out the side in the sixth inning Ashley allowed Seth Sutherby to lead off the 7th inning with a single. Sutherby eventually came around to score on a single from Brennon Vance and after Cameron Walker was hit by a pitch in the following at bat Kalama wound up with the tying run at the plate. Unphased, Ashley reached back and dialed up a strikeout to end the game.
“We played good defense and our pitching was around the zone for the most part,” said Rooklidge who also credited his team for stringing together timely hits. “I think we just took advantage of opportunities.”
Tigers Blank Concrete in Regional Opener
ADNA — Jordan Purvis turned in an efficient pitching performance and Napavine cruised past Concrete, 10-0, in the first round of regional 2B baseball action here Saturday.
Purvis, a junior right-hander, struck out five and allowed five hits — but no runs — without a walk to help the Tigers move on to the regional finals.
At the dish, meanwhile, the Tigers pounded out 11 hits, with Purvis, Wyatt Stanley, Garrett Shannon and Mason Butler accounting for two each.
Purvis added two RBIs, and Ben Woodrum hit a three-run double. The Tigers led 6-0 after three innings.
Tri-Cities Prep Bumps Titans in Regionals
YAKIMA — The undefeated Jaguars took advantage of a rough first inning by Pe Ell-Willapa Valley and rolled to a 10-0 win here Saturday in 2B regional baseball action.
Three first-frame errors helped Tri-Cities Prep score five runs in the first.
“If we get out of the first with no runs, who knows how the game goes,” PWV coach Kelly Barnum said. “But when you’re playing an undefeated team, you can’t make mistakes.”
Kaelin Jurek, Frank Roonsburg and Tyson Nissell each went 1 for 2 for the Titans, and Cub Bair worked into the sixth inning on the mound.
PWV finished the season 11-14 in Barnum’s first year as head coach, coming off a season in which the team graduated eight seniors.
“We had a lot of kids playing positions where they haven’t been in that pressure of a state baseball game, and it’s a lot different,” Barnum added. “For us, it was an awesome season. It’s definitely a lot of experience for our freshman and sophomore group.”
The Titans graduate seniors Jurek, who started at catcher for four years, Dawson Duncan and Josh Prestegord.
Note: Tri-Cities Prep faces Napavine on Friday in the State 2B semifinals at Ed Wheeler Field.
TIGER 12, PIRATES 2 (6 inn.)
Adna 010 001 X — 2 1 4
Napavine 190 002 X — 12 11 4
Batteries: Adna — Wesley Wilson, Preston Ashley (2), Conner Weed (6) and Derek Chilcoate; Napavine — Wyatt Stanley, Mason Butler (6) and Dawson Stanley
PIRATES 6, CHINOOKS 3
Adna 030 201 X — 6 8 0
Kalama 010 010 1 — 3 7 1
Batteries: Adna — Spencer Burdick, Preston Ashley (5) and Derek Chilcoate; Kalama — Cameron Walker, Ethan Payne (4) and A.J. O’Neil
TIGERS 10, WARRIORS 0
Concrete 000 000 X — 0 5 4
Napavine 204 103 X — 10 11 1
Batteries: Concrete — Grayson Luttrell, Tyler Coffell (5) and Riley Fichter; Napavine — Jordan Purvis and Dawson Stanley
JAGUARS 10, TITANS 0
Pe Ell-WV 000 000 — 0 3 3
Tri-Cities Pr. 510 013 — 10 9 0
Batteries: Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Cub Bair, Kaelin Jurek (6) and Jurek, Bair (6); Tri-Cities Prep — Trent Mercado and Sam Harlow