Baseball/Softball Roundup: Aberdeen outlasts Elma in extra-inning pitcher’s duel

Also: Ocosta opens season with mercy-rule victory; Raymond-South Bend, Montesano pick up wins

Trevon Nichols’ single in the top of the 10th inning proved to be the difference as Aberdeen downed Elma 3-2 in extra innings on Friday in Elma.

The Bobcats (2-0 overall) and Eagles (1-1) each scored a run in the first inning before both pitching staffs took control of the game.

Elma starting pitcher Gibson Cain proceeded to hold the Cats scoreless over the next three innings while Aberdeen starter Baylor Ainsworth shutout the Eagles offense in the second and third innings before reliever Bubba Jones pitched a scoreless fourth.

Aberdeen scored an unearned run against reliever Carter Studer on an Eagles error in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead before Elma tied the game in the sixth when Brody Palmer drove in Jack Alexander with a fielder’s choice ground out.

After back-to-back walks to lead off the Aberdeen seventh inning, the pitching staffs once again dominated as the two teams combined to retire then next 15 batters in a row as the game went to the 10th inning.

The Bobcats thought they finally got to Studer in his sixth inning of relief when Kyle Miller led off with a single and was waved home on a Aidan Baker double, but the relay from right fielder Palmer to second baseman Blake Corr to home beat Miller to the plate.

With Baker on second and two outs, Nichols singled to right field to drive home Baker for a 3-2 lead.

Nichols pitched a 1-2-3 10th inning to secure the Bobcats’ victory.

Miller (2-3, R) and Baker (2-4, 2B, R) were the only players to have multi-hit games.

Nichols tossed the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up the win while Studer was the hard-luck loser after allowing no earned runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings pitched.

Cain allowed one earned run on three hits, three walks and a strikeout in four innings pitched while Ainsworth allowed one unearned run on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work.

Jones tossed 4 1/3 innings of relief for Aberdeen, allowing a run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts.

Aberdeen plays at Centralia at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Elma has a double-header at Raymond-South Bend starting at 3 p.m. Monday in Raymond.

Aberdeen 100 010 000 1 – 3 7 1

Elma 100 001 000 0 – 2 4 3

WP: Nichols (2.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K, BB). LP: Studer (6 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 3 BB).

Leading hitters: Aberdeen – Miller (2-3, R); Baker (2-4, 2B, R); Eisele (1-4, RBI); Nichols (1-4); Jones (1-4, R). Elma – Alexander (1-4, R); Vessey (1-5, R); Cain (1-3); Wright (1-5); Palmer (0-3, RBI).

Montesano 11, Columbia-White Salmon 1

Montesano pitchers tossed a one-hitter and were bolstered by some early run-support as the Bulldogs defeated Columbia-White Salmon 11-1 on Friday in Montesano.

The Bulldogs (2-0) scored four runs in the first on a leadoff double by shortstop Bode Poler followed by four walks, a sacrifice fly by Josh Wills and two hit batsmen.

Kaleb Ames singled to score Wills for a run in the bottom of the third before the Bulldogs scored five in the fourth on a Wills single, an Ames two-run double and a two-run error on a Christian Taylor ground ball.

Montesano starter John Griffin allowed no hits and no runs with four strikeouts and one walk in three innings of work before handing the ball over to reliever John Kling, who allowed one unearned run on one hit with a pair of walks and four strikeouts throwing he final three innings of the contest.

Montesano hosts Overlake at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

CWS 000 100 — 1 1 1

Montesano 401 501 — 11 8 3

WP: Griffin (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 K, BB). LP: Brausell (IP, 4 ER, H, K, 4 BB).

Leading hitters: CWS – Muehlbauer (1-2, R). Montesano – Ames (2-2, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI); Poler (2-4, 2B, 2 R); Wills (1-2, 2 R, 2 RBI); Olsen (1-2, 2 R); Kling (1-3, R); Kjesbu (1-1); Taylor (0-2, 2 RBI).

Raymond-South Bend 10, Lake Quinault 7

Raymond-South Bend picked up its first win of the season, holding off a late-inning rally to defeat Lake Quinault 10-7 on Friday in South Bend.

The Ravens (1-2) scored a pair of runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings, capped by a two-run single by Branson Williams for a 6-1 lead heading to the fifth.

RSB seemingly pulled away with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Jordan Demaray.

Lake Quinault scored four runs in top of the seventh to make it interesting, but RSB reliever Daniel Medeiros induced a pop out to end the game and secure the victory.

Nolen Miller earned the win for the Ravens, allowing one earned run on one hit and four walks with five strikeouts in three innings pitched.

Four RSB pitchers combined to allow six earned runs on six hits and struck out 13 while walking 10 Elks batters.

Demaray led the RSB offense, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a run and four RBI.

Elks starter Jesse Ferry went 3-for-5 at the plate and allowed two earned runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks in two innings of work to pick up the loss.

RSB hosts Elma for a double-header starting at 3 p.m. Monday at Cheney Park.

Lake Quinault plays at Hoquiam at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Lake Quinault 100 001 5 – 7 6 0

RSB 022 204 0 – 10 14 1

WP: Miller (3 IP, ER, H, 5 K, 4 BB). LP: Ferry (2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB).

Leading hitters: LQ – Ferry (3-5); Farias (2-4, 3 RBI); Maldonado (1-3, RBI); Martin (0-2, 2 R, 2 BB). RSB – Miller (2-4, 2 R); Williams (2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI); Demaray (4-4, 2B, R, 4 RBI); Hutson (2-4, 2 R); Huey 1-3, RBI); Reidinger (1-3, R).

Naselle 7, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 2

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley kept the game close through six innings on Friday against defending 1B state-champion Naselle, but the Comets firepower was too much for the Titans in a 7-2 loss in Naselle.

PWV (2-1) took the lead in the third when Riley Pearson scored on a passed ball followed by a Garrett Keeton RBI single to drive in Blake Howard for a 2-0 lead.

But the Comets responded in the bottom half of the inning when Kolten Lindstrom belted a two-run home run to tie the game.

Naselle took a 4-2 lead in the fifth on a two-run single by Dean Helvey.

The Comets got some key insurance runs when Lindstrom belted a three-run home run in the sixth for a 7-2 lead.

PWV’s offense was held without a hit after the third inning as Lindstrom relieved Comets starter Parker Kilponen in the fourth and allowed no runs or hits with seven strikeouts in tossing the final four innings of the game.

Garrett Keeton took the loss for PWV, allowing three earned runs on two hits with five walks and eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings pitched.

PWV hosts Forks for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

PWV 002 000 0 – 2 4 0

Naselle 002 023 x – 7 6 1

WP: Kilponen (3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 K, BB). LP: G. Keeton (4.1 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 8 K, 5 BB).

Leading hitters: Naselle – Lindstrom (3-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI); Helvey (1-1, 2 RBI); Strange (1-4, R). PWV – Howard (2-4, R); C. Keeton (1-3, RBI); Pearson (1-3, R).

Ocosta 15, Oakville 0

Ocosta scored early and often in dispatching of Oakville 15-0 in five innings on Friday in Oakville.

The Wildcats (1-0) scored at least one run in every inning and jumped out to a 3-0 lead on just one hit in the first inning, benefiting from a walk and three hit batters in the frame.

Leading 6-0 in the top of the fourth, Ocosta blew the game open with five runs, highlighted by a Xander Prigmore two-run single and an RBI double off the bat of Frederick Bishop.

The Wildcats tacked on four more runs in the fifth, with Garrison Barnum belting a double to score Matthew Wyland with Ocosta’s 15th run.

Bishop closed out the bottom half of the frame with a scoreless inning to secure the mercy-rule victory.

Josh Figueroa earned the win, allowing no runs on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts in three innings pitched.

Barnum led the Cats offense with two hits, three walks and four RBI.

Ocosta hosts Chief Leschi for a double-header starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Ocosta 321 54 – 15 9 1

Oakville 000 00 – 0 1 2

WP: Figueroa (3 IP, 0 ER, H, 2 K, BB); LP: n/a

Leading hitters: Ocosta – Barnum (2-2, 2B, 4 RBI); Bishop (2-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB); X. Prigmore (1-2, R, 3 RBI); Figueroa (1-2, 2B, 3 R, RBI).

Others scores

Prep Softball

Hoquiam 6, Aberdeen 5

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 9, Auburn-Mountain View 8

Auburn Riverside 8, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 3