Prep Baseball Roundup: Montesano secures league title with mercy-rule win over Elma

Also: Aberdeen drops two straight to W.F. West; Pe Ell-Willapa Valley sweeps Ocosta

Montesano locked up the 1A Evergreen League title with a win over Elma as we review Twin Harbors prep baseball games.


Montesano 13, Elma 0

Montesano clinched the 1A Evergreen League championship with a 13-0 win over Elma on Tuesday at Eagle Field in Elma.

The WIAA’s top-ranked RPI team, Montesano (17-2 overall, 11-1 1A Evergreen) had already locked up the 1A Evergreen League’s No. 1 playoff seed with a double header sweep over Tenino on Saturday.

With a win on Tuesday securing an outright league title, Monte didn’t waste the opportunity.

The Bulldogs scored a run in the first on a bases-loaded walk to right fielder Tyler Johansen.

Monte left little doubt as to the outcome with a seven-run second inning. The first seven batters of the frame reached base, including Zach Timmons, who put Monte up 3-0 with a two-run double.

RYAN SPARKS | THE DAILY WORLD Elma’s Isaac McGaffey (3) leads off second base while Montesano shortstop Bode Poler keeps a close eye during the Bulldogs’ 13-0 win on Tuesday in Elma.

RYAN SPARKS | THE DAILY WORLD Elma’s Isaac McGaffey (3) leads off second base while Montesano shortstop Bode Poler keeps a close eye during the Bulldogs’ 13-0 win on Tuesday in Elma.

Bulldogs senior second baseman Jaxson Wilson doubled to score shortstop Bode Poler for a 9-0 lead in the top of the third. Wilson then scored on an error to put Monte up 10-0.

Monte added three insurance runs in the fifth on a Tyce Peterson RBI single and a two-run single by first baseman Caden Grubb.

That was all the Montesano pitching staff would need as senior starter Cam Taylor (4 IP, 0R, 3H, 4BB, 4K) and reliever John Griffin (IP, 0R, H, BB, K) held Elma scoreless on four hits.

“There was a little pressure because we got two wins over the weekend and we didn’t want to come out not ready to play and take this game lightly,” Taylor said. “We wanted to come out and get the W and win league.”

“Anytime we come here, (Elma) battles us,” Monte head coach Mike Osgood said. “So to get a seven-spot early on and get a little separation, it was huge, especially for Cam on two-days rest. We really didn’t know what he had left in the tank, but he said he wanted the ball and that’s what our senior leaders do.”

Six different Bulldogs got a base hit in the game while third baseman Toren Crites reached base four times by drawing four walks.

Osgood was impressed by his team’s defense, which committed just one error on Tuesday and made several tough plays look routine.

“Defensively, we’ve been sloppy the last two weeks. We had 10 errors in Tenino and still won two games. I don’t know how that happened,” he said. “Today was a lot cleaner for us. … I was real pleased to get all three phases going for us. We had good pitching, timely hitting and our defense was pretty solid today.”

RYAN SPARKS | THE DAILY WORLD Montesano shortstop Bode Poler ranges toward first base to make a play during a 13-0 win over Elma on Tuesday at Eagle Field in Elma.

RYAN SPARKS | THE DAILY WORLD Montesano shortstop Bode Poler ranges toward first base to make a play during a 13-0 win over Elma on Tuesday at Eagle Field in Elma.

Elma, which had entered Tuesday’s game in a second-place tie with Tenino, was without starting catcher Ethan Camus, which both Osgood and Eagles head coach Travis Vessey acknowledged had an affect on the Eagles.

“(Monte) is a good hitting ball club, for sure,” he said. “But just losing one guy, our whole set-up is messed up. We basically had three guys in their normal spots. Just getting over that mental part of it was tough on our guys.”

Vessey added that despite the position shuffle, his team didn’t come up with enough offense to compete on Tuesday.

“Whatever we did out there (on defense), we’ve got to still hit. We just didn’t hit,” he said. “We had four hits on the day and (Monte) didn’t have many more than that, but they took the walks when they were there and ran the bases well.”

Monte sits 2.5 games up on Tenino with one game left on its league schedule, a meeting with Eatonville at 3 p.m. Thursday in Eatonville.

Elma is locked in as the league’s No. 3 district-playoff seed and will face Tenino at 4 p.m. on Monday in Tenino.

Montesano 172 03 – 13 6 1

Elma 000 00 – 0 4 3

WP: Taylor (4 IP, 0R, 3H, 4BB, 4K). LP: Green (IP, 3R, 3ER, 0H, 5BB, K).

Leading hitters: Montesano – Timmons (1-3, 2B, 2R, RBI); Poler (1-4, 2R, SB); Wilson (1-1, 2R, RBI, BB); Cad. Grubb (1-2, 2RBI); Peterson (1-1, R, RBI, SB); Crites (0-0, 2R, 4BB).

W.F. West 13, Aberdeen 3

One big inning did Aberdeen in, losing 13-3 to W.F. West on Tuesday in Aberdeen.

The Bobcats (6-12, 2-8 2A Evergreen) and Bearcats (14-4, 8-2) were tied 2-2 after Aberdeen scored two runs in the bottom of the first on a Charlie Ancich fielder’s choice ground out and a Baylor Ainsworth RBI single.

Leading 3-1 in the top of the fourth, W.F. West scored eight runs – hitting four doubles in the frame – to take a commanding 11-2 lead.

Aberdeen scored a run in the fifth on an Ainsworth fielder’s choice ground out before the Bearcats added two in the top of the seventh to hand the Bobcats their fourth loss in their past five 2A Evergreen Conference games.

Ainsworth and Sam Schreiber led Aberdeen with two hits apiece.

The Bobcats outhit the Bearcats 9-8, but W.F. West took advantage of eight walks, four wild pitches and six hit batters by Aberdeen pitchers.

Ainsworth took the loss, allowing 11 earned runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings pitched.

Aidan Baker threw three innings for Aberdeen, surrendering two earned runs on a hit with four walks and three strikeouts.

Aberdeen sits in sixth place in the league standings and will face Rochester at 4:30 p.m. on Monday in Rochester.

W.F. West 201 800 2 — 13 8 3

Aberdeen 200 010 0 — 3 9 1

WP: Martin (4.1 IP, 3R, 3ER, 9H, 4BB, 2K). LP: Ainsworth (3.2 IP, 11R, 11ER, 7H, 4BB, 2K).

Leading hitters: Aberdeen – Ainsworth (2-4, RBI); Schreiber (2-4, R); Jones (1-1); Hedgepeth (1-2); Baker (1-4, R); Eisele (1-3, R); Hill (1-3). WFW – Jones (2-3, 2B, 3R); Westlund (2-4, 2B, R, RBI); Potter (1-3, 2B, 2R, 2RBI); Stafford (1-3, R, RBI); Martin (1-3, 2B, 3RBI); Kelley (0-1, 3R, 3BB).

W.F. West 1, Aberdeen 0

Another stellar Aberdeen pitching performance was spoiled as the Bobcats lost 1-0 to W.F. West on Monday in Chehalis.

With the potential game-winning run on second with two outs in the bottom of the second, a Bobcats error allowed Weston Potter to score, souring a gem by Aberdeen starting pitcher Hunter Eisele. The senior right-hander allowed no earned runs on just three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings pitched.

The Bobcats had one runner advance past second base in the game when Sam Schreiber singled with one out and advanced to third on an Aidan Baker double in the first inning.

But was caught trying to steal home followed by a Eisele ground-ball out to end the frame.

Bearcats senior starter Braden Jones allowed no runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings pitched before giving way to reliever Cole Ozretich, who didn’t allow a baserunner in 1 2-3 innings pitched.

Aberdeen 000 000 0 – 0 5 2

W.F. West 000 000 1 – 1 3 0

WP: Ozretich (1.2 IP, 0R, 0H, 2K). LP: Eisele (6.2 IP, R, 0ER, 3H, BB, 5K).

Leading hitters: Aberdeen – Baker (1-3, 2B); Jones (1-3), Schreiber (1-3); Ancich (1-3); Ainsworth (1-2). WFW – Potter (1-2, R); Westlund (1-3); Martin (1-3).

Tenino 10, Hoquiam 0

Hoquiam trailed by six runs before taking one swing in a 10-0 mercy-rule loss to Tenino on Tuesday in Hoquiam.

The Grizzlies (3-14, 1-11 1A Evergreen) trailed 6-0 after one inning as Tenino benefited from four singles, a double, two walks and an error in the frame.

Tenino (14-4, 8-3) added three in the third on a passed ball, a wild pitch and an RBI single by Cody Strawn.

The Beavers put the game in run-rule territory with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth on two, two-out RBI singles.

Hoquiam had four hits from four different players in the game – all singles – and committed six errors in the game, leading to seven unearned runs.

Grizzlies starter Joey Bozich took the loss (2.1 IP, 8R, 2ER, 6H, 5BB) with reliever Zander Jump (2.2 IP, 2R, ER, 5H, 2BB, 2K) throwing 2 2-3 innings of relief.

Hoquiam hosts Eatonville in its 1A Evergreen League finale at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Tenino 603 02 – 10 11 4

Hoquaim 000 00 – 0 4 6

WP: Snider (5 IP, 0R, 4H, 3BB, 5K). LP: Bozich (2.1 IP, 8R, 2ER, 6H, 5BB).

Leading hitters: Tenino – Knox (2-3, 2B); White (2-2, R, 2RBI); Strawn (2-3, R, RBI); Burkhardt (1-4, 2B, 2R); Vasser (1-4, R, RBI); Gonia (1-3, R); Hart (1-3, R); Sweet (1-2, R, RBI). Hoquiam – Jump (1-2); Montour (1-2); Standstipher (1-3); Byron (1-1).

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 16, Ocosta 1

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley made quick work of Ocosta in a 16-1 three-inning victory in the first game of a double header on Monday in Pe Ell.

The Titans (13-3, 4-1 2B Pacific) scored six in the first, highlighted by a Kannyon Clements three-run triple – to take a 6-1 lead after one inning.

PWV added five in the second and five in third, putting an end to the game early when Aiden Young scored on a Blane King single.

Titans starter Liam Smaciarz allowed one run on a fielder’s choice ground out to Torrence Bonina in the top of the first inning, but held Ocosta (7-9, 2-4) scoreless after that to pick up the win.

Connor “Cheese” Keeton and Smaciarz led PWV with three hits apiece.

Ocosta 100 – 1 3 5

PWV 655 – 16 9 1

WP: Smaciarz (3 IP, R, 0ER, 3H, 3K). LP: Martin (IP, 10R, 8ER, 7H, 3BB, K).

Leading hitters: Keeton (3-3, 2R); Smaciarz (2-3, 2B, 3R, 3RBI); Clements (1-2, 3B, 3RBI); King (1-2, R, RBI); Lusk (1-3, 2R, 2RBI); Ruddell (1-1, 2B, 3R). Ocosta – Bonina (1-2, RBI); Sevilla (1-2, 2B); Martin (1-2, R).

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 13, Ocosta 3

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley completed the twin-bill sweep with a 13-3 five-inning victory in the nightcap.

Tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the third, PWV scored eight runs to seize control of the game, highlighted by a Max Jarvis two-run triple.

The Titans scored three in the bottom of the fifth, ending the game when Liam Smaciarcz walked with the bases loaded to force in Brayden Ruddell with the game-winning run.

Lucas Lusk allowed an earned run on six hits with three strikeouts in three innings pitched to earn the win.

Max Jarvis (1.1 IP, 2R, 2ER, 4H, 2BB, 3K) and Ruddell (0.2 IP, 0r, 0H, K) also pitched in the game for PWV.

Ocosta scored two runs in the first on RBI singles by Torrence Bonina and Bryce Bottleson. The Wildcats added a run in the top of the fifth on a balk.

PWV sits in third place in the 2B Pacific League and will face Ilwaco in a double header at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Ilwaco.

Ocosta is in fifth place and will take on Raymond-South Bend in a double header at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in South Bend.

Ocosta 200 01 – 3 10 3

PWV 028 03 – 13 9 1

WP: Lusk (3 IP, R, ER, 6H, 3K). LP: White (2.2 IP, 5R, 5ER, 5H, 4BB, K).

Leading hitters: Ocosta – Martin (2-3, 2B, R); Bonina (2-3, R, RBI); White (2-3); McGowan (1-2, R); Bottleson (1-2, RBI); Dungey (1-2); Beard (1-2). PWV – Ruddell (2-4, 2B, R, RBI); Clements (2-2, R, RBI); Jarvis (1-2, 3B, R, 3RBI); Lusk (1-3, R); Keeton (1-3, R); Smaciarz (1-2, R, 3RBI); Young (1-3, 2R, RBI); King (0-2, 3R, RBI, 2BB); Howard (0-0, 2R, 3BB).

Other games

Raymond-South Bend 15, Chief Leschi 0

Raymond-South Bend 10, Chief Leschi 0

Forks 14, North Beach 0

Forks 14, North Beach 0