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Friday’s Prep Baseball: Spudders Pitchers Stymie Tigers

Images from a non-league baseball game between Centralia and Ridgefield at Wheeler Field in Centralia on Friday, March 22, 2019.

By The Chronicle

Centralia was unable to square up Ridgefield’s pitchers with any regularity here on Friday as they dropped a non-league baseball game by a score of 7-3.

The Spudders hurlers, Kellen Bringhurst and Josh Mansur, held the Tigers to just five hits in the contest and never allowed more than one run in any inning. Bringhurst pitched the first six innings while Mansur closed the game out.

“It was all scattered,” said Centralia coach Rex Ashmore. “We were pretty much controlled by their dude on the mound. He pitched six good innings and was by far the best pitcher we’ve seen this year. It was good for us to see that kind of pitching. It’s closer to what we’ll be seeing in league play.”

Colby Steele was 2-for-3 with Steele and Robbie Aldrich each turning in an RBI single for Centralia.

Jackson Hull pitched the first three innings for the Tigers and allowed one run. Cameron Cabrera and Derek Beairsto pitched the final four innings.

“We played six solid innings of baseball and then it kind of got away from us in the 7th a little bit,” Ashmore said. “We’ve got some young kids who are seeing varsity baseball for the first time and seeing a pitcher like that for the first time. It was good for us.”

Centralia (4-1) will play at Tumwater on Tuesday.

Selah Edges W.F. West

SELAH — The Vikings managed just two hits against the Bearcats but were able to earn a 9-8 win in a non-league baseball game here on Friday.

Brock Jones started on the mound for the Bearcats and pitched three innings, allowing one hit and two earned runs with three walks and four strikeouts. Tanner Vaughn came on in relief and threw two innings, allowing one hit and four earned runs with three walks. Leandre Gaines pitched the sixth and struck out two batters.

At the plate, Jones had a double and three runs. Gaines was 2-for-4 with two doubles, run and a RBI. Daniel Fagerness was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI and Vaughn added a hit and a RBI.

Dylan Bishop pitched all seven innings for Selah, allowing seven hits and six earned runs along with three walks and six strikeouts.

W.F. West started strong as Jones’ double was followed by Gaines’ double to bring home Jones. Fagerness hit a single to bring home Gaines and Vaughn hit a single to bring home Fagerness for a 3-0 lead.

Selah cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the first. Max Taylor scored on a wild pitch in the second but the Vikings plated three runs in the bottom of the second to gain a 5-4 lead.

The Vikings scored four runs in the fourth to build a 9-4 lead. W.F. West fought back, with Fagerness knocking in a run and Jones stealing home to cut the lead to 9-6 and Taylor scored on another wild pitch in the sixth to cut the lead to two.

In the seventh, Jones was hit by a pitch followed by another double by Gaines. Fagerness hit a single to bring home Jones but Gaines had to hold up at third. Bishop was able to force a ground out double play and a fly out to end the game.

W.F. West (4-1) begins EvCo games on Tuesday, hosting Rochester at Bearcat Stadium.

Beavers Fall at Black Hills

TUMWATER — Tenino nearly completed a comeback here on Friday before Black Hills slammed the door on their guests in the seventh inning of their non-league baseball affair.

The Wolves wound up with a 6-5 victory after staking out a 3-0 lead in the first inning that stretched to 5-1 after four frames. Kadon Wright earned the win on the mound for Black Hills and Taylor Simmons picked up the save with a scoreless seventh inning of work.

Tenino mustered six hits on the day and broke out for three runs in the fifth inning when Alex Bratton walloped a two-run home run. Bratton, who started on the mound for Tenino, wound up with two hits on the day as did Blake Gubbe, who pitched from the fourth inning on.

“Kind of our strength right now is pitching and that kind of stayed true today,” said Tenino coach Ryan Schlesser. “That’s been kind of our M.O. is we like to hang around and get behind big early. Then we make a run. We’re good at that, but losing at the end. We’re good at that too.”

Schlesser noted that in five losses this season his team has been outscored by just eight runs combined.

“We’re right there we’ve just got to get over the hump,” Schlesser said.

Tenino (0-5) will host Hoquiam on Monday to open 1A Evergreen League play.

At Selah


W.F. West 310 021 1 — 8 7 3

Selah 230 400 X — 9 2 2

Batteries: W.F. West — Brock Jones, Tanner Vaughn (4), Leandre Gaines (6) and Lane Douglass; Selah — Bishop and N/A

At Black Hills


Tenino 010 031 0 — 5 6 4

Black Hills 301 101 X — 6 9 2

Batteries: Tenino — Alex Bratton, Ryan Deoskey (2), Blake Gubbe (4) and Karl Hisaw; Black Hills — Wright, Grin (6), Simmons (7) and Loveless

At Centralia


Ridgefield 001 120 3 — 7 7 1

Centralia 101 000 1 — 3 5 2

Batteries: Ridgefield — Kellen Bringhurst, Josh Mansur (7) and Jared Kahn; Centralia — Jackson Hull, Cameron Cabrera (4), Derek Bearstio (6) and Cameron Erickson

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