Weekend Roundup: Vessey’s single gives Elma walk-off win over Aberdeen

Also: Grays Harbor College opens league play with win over Green River

UPDATE: Added game information for Pe Ell-Willapa Valley vs. Forks softball and Pe Ell-Willapa Valley vs. Raymond-South Bend baseball. Information also added for the Grays Harbor College at Pierce baseball game on Sunday.

Elma’s Grant Vessey drove in Eastin Wright with the game-winning run in extra innings to defeat Aberdeen 13-12 on Saturday in Elma.

Tied at 12 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, Wright reached base on a one-out error and advanced to second when Elma’s JT Tiffany was hit by a Baylor Ainsworth pitch.

Vessey stepped to the plate and lined Ainsworth’s 1-0 pitch to left field, scoring Wright and giving Elma the 13-12 walk-off victory.

Both offenses were on display as the two teams combined for 25 hits in the contest and four half-inning where at least three runs were scored.

The Eagles (2-5 overall) scored at least one run in seven of eight innings but trailed 8-4 after the first three innings before outscoring Aberdeen (2-3) 7-0 in the fourth through sixth inning.

In Elma’s four-run sixth, an error on a ground ball hit by Ethan Camus allowed Gibson Cain and Jack Alexander — both aboard with singles — to score, giving Elma a 9-8 lead.

Elma scored two more runs in the inning on a passed ball followed by a dropped third strike to take an 11-8 lead into the top of the seventh.

But the Bobcats responded in spectacular fashion.

Aberdeen loaded the bases on a Kenny Dawson single, a Marcus Hale walk and Kale Goings single. Ainsworth drove home a run on a fielder’s choice ground out to Elma pitcher Gibson Cain. Aberdeen infielder Kyler Miller followed with a two-run single to pull the Bobcats to within a run at 11-10. Luca Pisani then doubled to left, scoring Goings and Miller to complete the Aberdeen rally and give the Bobcats a 12-11 lead.

Cain was able to get Hunter Eisele and Trevon Nichols to fly out to end the threat without any further damage.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cain singled with one out and later advanced to third. On a 1-0 count to Camus, Cain scurried home on a wild pitch from Aberdeen reliever Mason Sorensen to tie the game at 12-12.

Camus then sent a ground ball to Eisele at shortstop, who cut down Alexander advancing to third for the second out.

Sorensen got out of the inning by getting sanders to ground out to Nichols at third, sending the game to extra innings.

Cain pitched a 1-2-3 top of the eighth to set up the Eagles offense for the walk-off win in the bottom half of the inning.

“Our guys had a much better approach today at the plate. Effort in the outfield was awesome with diving bodies trying to make plays. We also limited our errors,” Elma head coach Travis Vessey said. “Aberdeen is a good team and they are going to shock some teams in their league. Really came down to who had the hammer in this game and today we had it.”

The top half of Elma’s lineup did most of the damage. Tiffany (3-4, 2B, 3B, 3R), Vessey (2-3, 2R, 4RBI), Blake Corr (2-4, R, RBI) and Cain (2-4, 2R) went a combined 9-for-15 with eight runs scored.

Cain picked up the win, allowing four earned runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of relief of starter Carter Studer, who allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched.

Aberdeen was led by Miller (3-5, 2R, 2RBI), Pisani (2-4, 2B, 3RBI), Nichols (2-5, R) and Goings (2-3, 3R, RBI) with Hale (1-3, 2B, 2R, RBI) and Eisele (1-5, 3B, R) knocking extra-base hits.

Aberdeen used four pitchers in the game. Pisani started, allowing six runs — five earned — on five hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

Ainsworth took the loss, allowing the unearned run in the eighth on one hit and a strikeout.

Aberdeen hosts Tumwater at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Elma takes on Hoquiam in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 at Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam.

Aberdeen 215 000 40 — 12 14 5

Elma 310 214 11 — 13 11 3

Aberdeen — Miller (3-5, 2R, 2RBI), Pisani (2-4, 2B, 3RBI), Nichols (2-5, R), Goings (2-3, 3R, RBI), Hale (1-3, 2B, 2R, RBI), Eisele (1-5, 3B, R), Sorensen (1-4, R, RBI), Dawson (1-5, R). LP — Ainsworth (0.1 IP, R, 0ER, H, K).

Elma — Tiffany (3-4, 2B, 3B, 3R), Vessey (2-3, 2R, 4RBI), Corr (2-4, R, RBI), Cain (2-4, 2R), Alexander (1-3, R), Camus (0-4, R, 2RBI), Sanders (1-2, 2R), Wright (0-3, R). WP — Cain (5.2 IP, 4R, 4ER, 4H, 2K, BB).

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 16, Raymond-South Bend 3

Hudson Barnum hit a home run and Kaden Ritzman had four RBI as Pe Ell-Willapa Valley took the first game of a doubleheader 16-3 over Raymond-South Bend on Saturday in Pe Ell.

Ritzman had three doubles in the game while Barnum belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the second.

Barnum also picked up the win on the mound for PWV (6-1, 6-0 2B Pacific), allowing three runs on four hits with nine strikeouts in the five-inning victory.

Garrett Keeton went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and four runs scored for the Titans.

RSB 102 00 — 3 4 5

PWV 338 20 — 16 10 3

RSB — Williams (2-3, 2B, 2RBI), Medeiros (1-3, R), Clevenger (1-2). LP — Gunderson (2.1 IP, 14R, 7ER 7H, 5K, 3BB).

PWV — Ritzman (3-4, 3 2B, 2R, 4RBI), G. Keeton (2-4, 4R, 2RBI), Fluke (2-3, 3R), Barnum (1-4, HR, 2R, 3RBI), Howard (1-3, 2B, 2R, RBI), Pearson (1-2, R, RBI). WP — Barnum (5 IP, 3ER, 4H, 9K, 4BB).

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 15, Raymond-South Bend 3

PWV pitcher Garrett Keeton had a big day at the plate and on the mound to lead the Titans to a 15-3 win over RSB in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Keeton went 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, four runs scored, three RBI and two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Keeton also picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on three hits with 11 strikeouts in five innings of work.

PWV first baseman Kaden Ritzman continued his hot hitting on the day, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and catcher Bryce Howard had two triples and scored three runs in the contest.

Raymond-South Bend (5-5, 3-2) will face Naselle at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Naselle High School.

PWV will face Ilwaco for a twin bill at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 in Ilwaco.

PWV 203 514 0 — 15 14 2

RSB 201 000 x — 3 3 4

PWV — G. Keeton (4-5, HR, 2B, 3RBI), Ritzman (3-4, 2B, 2R, RBI), Howard (2-3, 2 3B, 3R), D. Fluke (1-3, R, RBI), Barnum (1-4, 2B, R ,RBI), Pearson (1-4, RBI), C. Keeton 1-2, RBI), K. Fluke (1-2, R, 2RBI), Krafzyk (0-2, 2R, RBI). WP — G. Keeton (5 IP, 3R, 3ER, 3H, 11K, 2BB).

RSB — Medeiros (1-2, 2R), Reidinger (1-3, 2B, RBI), Miller (1-2, 2B, 2RBI). LP — Miller (4 IP, 10R, 8ER, 2K, 3BB).


Grays Harbor 9, Green River 6

Two big innings propelled Grays Harbor College to a 9-6 victory over Green River on Saturday at Green River College.

GHC (8-12, 1-0 NWAC West) opened NWAC West region play by scoring four runs in both the third and fifth innings.

In the four-run third, GHC second baseman Chase Cleveringa belted an RBI double and gave the Chokers a 4-0 lead on a steal of home later in the frame.

In the fifth, the Chokers got RBI singles from Ian Winterhalder, Aidan McMurdo and Ozzy Zawislak to take a commanding 8-2 lead.

GHC tacked on a run in the seventh on a Preston Vine double to left center, scoring Aaron Lano.

Green River (6-15, 0-1) scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth but it wasn’t enough as the Chokers picked up a 9-6 victory in the NWAC West Region opener.

Cleveringa (3-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBI) and Winterhalder (3-3, R, RBI) led GHC at the plate with three hits apiece.

Winterhalder picked up his second win of the season, allowing two earned runs on four hits with nine strikeouts and a walk in five innings pitched.

Grays Harbor 004 040 100 — 9 14 2

Green River 000 200 004 — 6 7 1

GHC — Cleveringa (3-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBI), Winterhalder (3-3, R, RBI), McMurdo (2-5, R, RBI), Vine (2-4, 2B, 2RBI), Zawislak (2-6, R, RBI), Baugher (1-5), Denny (1-2, 2B, R, RBI). WP — Winterhalder (5 IP, 2R, 2ER, 4H, 9K, BB).

Green River — Anders (2-3, 3B, R, RBI), Savitt (1-4, 3B, R, 2RBI), Fukunaga (1-5, 3B, R, RBI). LP — Buchanan (4.2 IP, 6R, 3ER, 7H, 5K, 2BB).

Pierce 10, Grays Harbor 2

Grays Harbor College was outscored 8-0 after the third inning en route to a 10-2 loss to Pierce College on Sunday in Lakewood.

GHC (8-13, 1-1 NWAC West) tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third on an RBI single from Alex Zang and a run-scoring double from Ian Winterhalder.

But Pierce (13-9, 1-1) slowly pulled away from that point on, scoring eight runs over the next five innings, highlighted by Ryan An’s two-run homer in the seventh and Garrett Smith’s solo shot in the eighth.

Chokers ace Trevor Barth took the loss, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in seven innings pitched.

GHC plays at Tacoma College at 4 p.m. on Wednesday before hosting Lower Columbia in the Chokers’ home opener at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Grays Harbor 002 000 000 — 2 9 3

Pierce 110 120 23x — 10 13 1

GHC — Winterhalder (2-4, 2B, RBI), Zang (2-3, R, RBI), McMurdo (1-4), Zawislak (1-4, R), Cleveringa (1-3), Denny (1-4), Lano (1-3). LP — Barth (6 IP, 5R, 5ER, 7H, 3K, 3BB).

Pierce — An (4-5, HR, 4R, 2RBI), Russell (2-4, R), Stinson (2-4), Paulino (2-2, 2R), Smith (1-2, HR, R, RBI), Richards (1-3), Overmars (1-4, 4RBI). WP — Heffernan (6 IP, 2R, 2ER, 6H, 6K, 2BB).


Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 15, Forks 0

The Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans continue to dominate opponents.

On Friday, the Titans’ latest victim was the Forks Spartans as PWV ran away with a 15-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader in Pe Ell.

PWV (6-2, 6-0 2B Pacific) belted 17 hits as a team and got another outstanding pitching performance from senior Olivia Matlock in the win.

Matlock (3-3, 3RBI), Ava Bush (3-3, 2R, 2RBI), Dani Shannon (3-3, 2B, R, 2RBI), Merissa Frasier (2-3, 2 3B, 3R, RBI) and Raegan Portmann (2-3, 2B, 2R, RBI) each had multi-hit games as the Titans.

PWV’s first seven hitters reached base — six on base hits — to go up 6-0 in the bottom of the first.

The Titans added a pair of runs in the second on a Matlock RBI single and a run-scoring double from Shannon and followed that performance with seven runs in the third, with Frasier and Bush hitting RBI singles in the frame.

Matlock allowed no runs, no hits and no walks with six strikeouts in three innings pitched to earn the victory.

Forks 000 0 — 0 0 2

PWV — 627 x — 15 17 1

Forks — N/A.

PWV — O. Matlock (3-3, 3RBI), Bush (3-3, 2R, 2RBI), Shannon (3-3, 2B, R, 2RBI), Frasier (2-3, 2 3B, 3R, RBI), Portmann (2-3, 2B, 2R, RBI), L. Matlock (1-2, 2R), Huber (1-2), Peterson (1-2, R, RBI), Hodel (1-2, R). WP — O. Matlock (3 IP, 0R, 0H, 6K).

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 12, Forks 1

PWV got home runs from Lauren Matlock and Dani Shannon in wrapping up a doubleheader sweep of Forks with a 12-1 win in the nightcap on Friday in Pe Ell.

Six of the Titans’ 13 hits went for extra bases, including Shannon’s two-run homer to left and Matlock’s two-run dinger to center, both in PWV’s five-run fifth inning.

Olivia Matlock picked up the win, allowing an unearned run on three hits with eight strikeouts in five innings pitched.

PWV is set to host Ilwaco in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in Pe Ell.

PWV 211 350 — 12 13 5

Forks 000 01x — 1 3 1

PWV — L. Matlock (3-3, hr, 2B, 3R, 3RBI), Hodel (3-3, 3R, RBI), Bush (2-3, R), Shannon (1-3, HR, R, 2RBI), Huber (1-3, R), Frasier (1-4, 2B, R, 2RBI), O. Matlock (1-3, 3B, RBI), Portmann (1-3, 2B, 2RBI).

Forks — N/A.