The prep baseball and softball seasons began on Friday with several Twin Harbor schools playing in their respective season-openers.
Montesano 5, River Ridge 4
Montesano’s Bode Poler had about as good a varsity debut as one could have.
The freshman shortstop was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish and hit a game-winning, walk-off double as Montesano defeated River Ridge, 5-4, in the Bulldogs’ season-opener in Montesano.
“Poler was great for us at the plate,” Montesano head coach Mike Osgood said. “Overall, it was a pretty well-played game for the first game of the year.”
Montesano (1-0) opened its season with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and center fielder Isaiah Pierce’s two-run double.
River Ridge (0-1) responded with a run on a fielder’s choice off of Bulldogs starting pitcher Trace Ridgway in the top of the second, but Poler — Monte’s No. 9 hitter — put the Bulldogs up 3-1 with a two-out single to score left fielder Jaeger Didion in the bottom half of the inning.
River Ridge cut the lead to 3-2 with a run in the top of the fourth inning, and after Monte scratched across a run in the bottom of the fifth, the Hawks tied the game with two runs in the top of the sixth.
In the bottom of the seventh, Poler stepped to the plate with one out and Jackson Busz aboard on an error. Poler then doubled home Busz for the game-winning run.
Monte used four pitchers in the game, with Ridgway, Busz and Pierce throwing two innings apiece, and Malaki Osbekoff pitching a scoreless seventh to pick up the win.
Bulldogs pitchers combined to strikeout 11 Hawk batters in the game while walking just three.
Monte hitters struck out seven times and drew six walks in the contest.
Ocosta 15, Raymond-South Bend 4
Ocosta ace Colby Scheuber dominated for the second straight ballgame, and the Wildcats offense pounded out 10 hits in a 15-4 drubbing of the Raymond-South Bend Riptide in South Bend.
Four Wildcats batters collected two hits in the ballgame, led by leadoff hitter Andrew Martin, who went 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI.
Ocosta (2-0) blew the game open with six runs in the third inning, capped by Martin’s bases-loaded triple to put the Wildcats up 8-0.
Ocosta scored twice in the fourth on a double by Scheuber followed by a run-scoring single off the bat of Jackson Reid to take a commanding 10-0 lead.
Raymond-South Bend (0-1) avoided the 10-run rule when a balk by Scheuber chased home Ty Reidinger, who reached on an error to lead off the inning.
The Riptide cut the lead to 10-4 with three runs in the fifth off Ocosta reliever Josh Figueroa on an RBI single by Hayden Stephens, and error and a bases-loaded walk to Branson Williams.
Scheuber took the mound again to get the final two outs of the fifth that started a string of eight straight outs to end the ballgame.
Ocosta plated five runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Martin and six walks in the frame to complete the scoring.
Scheuber pitched 6 2-3 innings in total, allowing one unearned run on one hit while striking out 18 with just two walks.
Scheuber also went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, scored three runs and had two RBI at the dish.
Harley Figueroa (2-3, 2B, 3R, RBI) and Josh Figueroa (2-3, R, 2 RBI) also had multi-hit games for Ocosta.
Stephens went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead RSB.
Jarrod Gunderson had the other base hit for the Riptide, going 1-for-2 with two walks in the game.
Gunderson also took the loss on the bump for RSB, allowing five earned runs on three hits and five walks in 2 1-3 innings.
Elma 10, Hoquiam 3
Elma knocked 16 hits en route to a 10-3 season-opening victory over Hoquiam at Olympic Stadium.
The top half of the Eagles lineup did the bulk of the damage, with the No. 1-5 batters going a combined 12-for-20 with seven runs and seven runs batted in.
Elma was led by Brady Johnston (3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Caleb Knutson (3-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI) with three hits apiece.
Brody Rustemeyer (2-4, 2 2B, R, RBI), JT Tiffany (2-4, 2 R) and Justin Elliott (2-4, 2 RBI) also had multi-hit games for the Eagles.
Elma broke a scoreless tie with three runs on four singles in the top of the third inning.
The Eagles plated two runs in the fifth on a two-run single from Knutson to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
Hoquiam scratched across a run in the bottom of the fifth when a hit batter forced home Troy McMinn.
But five of the first six Elma batters recorded hits in the Elma sixth — capped by a run-scoring double off the bat of Rustemeyer — to put the Eagles up 8-1.
Hoquiam (0-1) scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the sixth on two bases-loaded walks to cut the lead to 8-3, but Elma got the runs back in top of the seventh on a single by Derrick Meadows and a wild pitch.
Rustemeyer started for the Eagles and earned the win, allowing no runs on one hit with five strikeouts in two innings of work as the Eagles used five pitchers in the game, allowing five hits while striking out 14 and walking eight Grizzlies.
Hoquiam was led by Zachary Jump, who was the only Grizzly with more than one hit in the game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Ilwaco 27, North Beach 3
Ocosta 8, Ilwaco 0
Three Ocosta pitchers combined to throw a two-hit shutout as the Wildcats opened the season with a win over host Ilwaco.
Jessie Gilbert (2 IP, 6 K, BB), Anika Hollingsworth (3 IP, 7K) and Ronnie Graham (2 IP, 2 H, 3 K) combined in the shutout pitching effort, with starter Gilbert picking up the victory.
Ocosta opened the scoring in the top of the first when Graham scored on a wild pitch by Ilwaco pitcher Madeleine Wilkin.
The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead on back-to-back errors in the fourth inning and extended its advantage to 6-0 with three runs in the fifth without the benefit of a base hit.
Ocosta continued to make the most of its opportunities in the sixth, scoring twice more on a leadoff hit from Hollingsworth followed by a walk, a fielder’s choice, and a steal of home by Lillyan Barnum.
Hollingsworth finished going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Barnum, Miki Ness and Trinity White each had a hit and scored a run in the ballgame for Ocosta.
Wikin took the loss for Ilwaco, pitching a complete game with five hits allowed, six earned runs, 17 strikeouts and five walks.
Ocosta 13, Ilwaco 2
The Wildcats completed a doubleheader sweep in the nightcap on Friday in Ilwaco.
Lillyan Barnum had a monster game for the Wildcats, going 2-for-5 with three runs, a triple and five RBI. Barnum’s inside-the-park, grand-slam home run in the bottom of the sixth inning ended the game via the 10-run rule.
Anika Hollingsworth went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and Ocosta leadoff hitter Jessie Gilbert went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Ocosta’s Ryann Raffelson went 1-for-2 with a triple and an RBI and Zaida Morales went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Wildcats.
Hollingsworth picked up the win, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out 11 in four innings pitched.
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 13, Elma 0
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley got its season off to a strong start with a 13-0 five-inning victory over Elma on Friday in Elma.
PWV (1-0) scored 11 runs over the first three innings and starting pitcher Olivia Matlock no-hit Elma over five innings of work, striking out 12 while walking five batter in the process.
The Titans offense was led by Raegan Portmann (4-4, 2B, RBI), Matlock (2-4, 3R-HR, 3B, 5 RBI), Dani Shannon (2-3, HR, 2 RBI), Ava Bush (2-3, 2B) and Merissa Frasier (2-3).
PWV scored three in the first and four runs apiece in the second and third innings and recorded 15 hits as a team.
The Titans host South Bend in a 2B Pacific League double-header on Thursday in Pe Ell.
Elma 13, Raymond-South Bend 0
Five different Eagles scored two goals as Elma defeated Raymond-South Bend in Raymond.
Rodrigo Luna, Manny Hernandez, Gavin Blakett, Cason Seaberg and Canon Seaberg each scored two goals in the Elma victory.
Elma (2-0) got three assists and a goal from Aiden Sayers-Hartman and two Eagles — Derique Richey and Jose Perez — recorded their first varsity goals in the contest.
TRACK & FIELD
Ocosta teams victorious at 2B League Meet in Ocean Shores
The Ocosta High School boys and girls track and field teams won their respective overall team competitions at a 2B Pacific League Meet on Thursday in Ocean Shores.
The Wildcats boys team scored 139.5 points to take first place over host North Beach (107 points) and Northwest Christian (82).
Ocosta’s girls team won with 125 points, one point better than second-place North Beach (124). Forks placed third with 83 points.
For full meet results, visit athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=416925&show=all.
Winners for local athletes are listed below.
Ocosta — William Idso (100, 200, high jump), Dylan Todd (800, 1600, 3200), Matthew Idso (300 hurdles), Billy Jones (pole vault), 4×400 relay (M. Idso, Todd, Orlando Guevara, W. Idso)
North Beach — Jeshurun Richards (400), 4×100 relay (Charlie Coburn, Westin Fruh, Richards, Kobe Charley)
Taholah — JauVon James-Juneau (javelin)
Wishkah Valley — Sylph Talbot (110 hurdles)
Ocosta — Devyn Martin (100, high jump), Nevaeh Smith (400), Maia Soderlund (300 hurdles, long jump), 4×100 relay (Smith, Soderlund, Natalie Cain, Martin)
North Beach — Malia Cox (200), Abigail Conn (800), Skyler Langston (3200), Kiona Dycus (discus)
Taholah — Niamya Curley-Sailto (shot put)
Wishkah Valley — Kaitlyn Ferry (triple jump)