Tuesday Roundup: Elma wins wild one, walks off on Black Hills

Also: Pe-Ell Willapa Valley baseball, softball teams sweep past Chief Leschi

In what was a wild season-opening game, the Elma Eagles rallied after losing a big lead to earn a walk-off 13-12 win in extra innings over Black Hills on Tuesday in Elma.

The Eagles (1-0 overall) trailed 5-0 after allowing runs in each of the first four innings before the offense exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth.

After the Eagles scored a run on an error to make it a 5-1 ballgame, Brooklyne Swarts, Delayne Hanson and Nicole Johanson followed with three straight run-scoring singles to take a 6-5 lead.

Two errors and three batters later, Emmie Spencer walked to force home Elma’s seventh run and was followed two batters later by Callie Galligan, who doubled with the bases loaded to give Elma a 10-5 lead.

In the sixth, Castle Rock scored five runs to tie the game and took a 12-10 lead on back-to-back home runs from Zoe Theophilus and Kailey Miller to open the top of the seventh.

With two outs and Swarts on third in the bottom half of the frame, a Johanson grounder was mishandled by Miller at short, allowing Swarts to score.

Madison Monroe then stepped to the plated and belted a double to the center-field fence, allowing Johanson to race home with the tying run.

Monroe then worked around a leadoff single to give Elma a chance for a walk-off victory in the bottom of the eighth.

Elma center fielder Aaleigha Weld reached on an error to lead off the inning and advanced to third one batter later when Monroe reached on a dropped third strike.

Spencer stepped to the dish and laid down a perfect squeeze bunt as Weld dashed home from third with the winning run.

“The heart and effort all 15 girls in the dugout played with today is the reason we won,” Elma head coach Ashley Stancil said. “There were many times we could have hung up our hats and called it quits, but this group rallied together, put on their funky hats and never quit. I am very proud of their heart today.”

Elma made the most of its opportunities, scoring 13 runs on just eight hits and four walks while taking advantage of six Wolves errors.

Weld (2-5, 3 R, SB), Calligan (1-3, 2B, R, 3 RBI), Swarts (1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Johanson (1-4, R, 3 RBI) led Elma’s offense.

Madison Monroe earned the win, allowing six earned runs on 15 hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings pitched.

Elma hosts King’s Way Christian at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Black Hills 112 105 20 – 12 18 6

Elma 000 (10)00 21 – 13 8 6

WP: Madison Monroe (6.2 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 6 ER, 4 K). LP: Theophilus (7 IP, 8 H, 13 R, 5 ER, 9 K, 4 BB).

Leading hitters: Elma — Weld (2-5, 3 R, SB); Calligan (1-3, 2B, R, 3 RBI); Swarts (1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI); Johanson (1-4, R, 3 RBI); Madison Monroe (1-4, 2B, RBI); Spencer (1-5, 2 R, RBI); Hanson (1-4, R); Mia Monroe (0-2, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB). Black Hills – Theophilus (4-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI); Miller (2-5, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI); West (4-5, R, 2 RBI); Goheen (2-6, 2B, 2 R); Malone (2-5, 2B, 3 R); Arko (2-6, R).

DAILY WORLD FILE PHOTO Pe Ell-Willapa Valley’s Jillian Hodel, seen here in a file photo, was one of several Titans to enjoy a good offensive day in a doubleheader sweep over Chief Leschi on Tuesday in Pe Ell.

DAILY WORLD FILE PHOTO Pe Ell-Willapa Valley’s Jillian Hodel, seen here in a file photo, was one of several Titans to enjoy a good offensive day in a doubleheader sweep over Chief Leschi on Tuesday in Pe Ell.

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 18, Chief Leschi 0

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley scored nine runs in each of the first two innings to beat Chief Leschi 18-0 in the first game of a season-opening double header on Tuesday in Pe Ell.

The defending 2B state-champion Titans (2-0) hammered Chief Leschi pitching for 14 hits and drew eight walks in earning a three-inning victory.

The PWV offense was led by Jillian Hodel (3-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) and CJ Sipp (2-2, 2 R, 4 RBI).

Lauren Emery earned the victory, allowing one hit with nine strikeouts in three innings pitched.

Chief Leschi 000 – 0 1 1

PWV 99x – 18 14 1

WP: Emery (3 IP, H, 9 K). LP: n/a

Leading hitters: PWV – Hodel (3-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI); Sipp (2-2, 2 R, 4 RBI); Channell (2-2, 2 R, RBI); Lyons (2-2, 2 R), Matlock (1-1, 2B, 2 R); Milanowski (1-1, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI).

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 18, Chief Leschi 0

PWV’s offense stayed hot in the nightcap, scoring 14 runs in the first inning en route to an 18-0 win to sweep the Warriors.

Lauren Matlock had three hits and Sophia Milanowski had a double and a three-run home run to cap the 14-run first inning for the Titans.

Jillian Hodel earned with win, throwing three hitless innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.

PWV plays at Elma at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

PWV (14)40 – 18 13 0

Chief Leschi 000 – 0 0 1

WP: Hodel (3 IP, 0 R, 8 K). LP: n/a.

Leading hitters: PWV – Matlock (3-3, 3 R, RBI); Milanowski (2-2, HR, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI); Huber (2-2, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI); Channell (2-2, 2 R, RBI); Peterson (1-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI); Hodel (1-1, 2 R, RBI); Smarciaz (1-1, 2 R); Sipp (1-1, 2 R, RBI).

Other scores

Centralia 6, Hoquiam 5


Elma 1, Castle Rock 0

Solid Elma pitching turned out to be the difference as the Eagles earned a 1-0 season-opening win over Castle Rock on Tuesday in Vancouver.

The Eagles scored a run in the top of the second when infielder Gibson Cain came around to score on a single by starting pitcher Andrew Sanders.

That was all the run support the Eagles pitching staff would need as Sanders and reliever Brody Palmer stymied the Rockets offense, combining to throw a two-hit shutout.

Sanders tossed four hitless innings while striking out nine and retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced – with the lone runner allowed reaching on a two-out error in the first – striking out the side in both the first and third innings.

Palmer, a sophomore, impressed in his first varsity relief appearance, allowing no runs on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts in earning a three-inning save.

“Sanders had a great first outing and Palmer showed a ton of poise in a tight ballgame,” Elma head coach Travis Vessey said.

The Eagles managed six hits in the game and often failed to cash in, leaving 11 runners on base. Elma loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth and one out in the fifth but couldn’t extend the lead.

“A win is a win, but our guys know we need to hit better,” Vessey said. “I chalk it up partly to guys being pretty excited to be playing baseball again.”

Elma hosts Aberdeen at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Elma 010 000 0 – 1 6 1

Castle Rock 000 000 0 – 0 2 0

WP: Sanders (4 IP, 0 H, 9 K). LP: Erickson (3 IP, ER, 2 K, 3 BB).

Leading hitters: Elma – Wright (2-4, 2B, SB); Cain (2-3, R, 2 SB); Sanders (1-1, RBI), Hackney (1-1).

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 20, Chief Leschi 0

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley scored 20 runs over the first two innings to win the first game of a season-0pening double-header 20-0 against Chief Leschi on Tuesday in Pe Ell.

The Titans (2-0) scored nine in the first and 11 in the second to earn the three-inning, mercy-rule victory.

Starting pitcher Blake Howard had a solid game on the mound and at the plate. Howard was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a double and a pair of RBI from his leadoff spot while striking out six with no hits in two innings of work.

Connor “Cheese” Keeton also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI for PWV.

The Titans had 14 hits as a team and drew 10 walks, led by Brayden Ruddell with four.

PWV 9(11)0 – 20 10 0

Chief Leschi 00x – 0 0 4

WP: PWV – Howard (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 6 K). LP: n/a.

Leading hitters: PWV – Howard (3-3, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI); C. Keeton (2-4, R, 2 RBI); G. Keeton (1-3, 3 R, 2 RBI); Smaciarz (1-1, 2 R, 3 RBI).

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 20, Chief Leschi 0

PWV completed the doubleheader sweep with an 18-0 win over Chief Leschi in the nightcap.

Leading 2-0 in the second inning, PWV scored 16 runs highlighted by a Derek Fluke RBI triple and a Garrett Keeton three-run home run.

Riley Pearson picked up the win for the Titans, allowing no hits and striking out eight in two innings.

Keeton went 2-for-2 with the aforementioned homer, three runs and three RBI to lead PWV.

Blake Howard went 2-for-2 with three runs to go a perfect 5-for-5 with six runs scored in the doubleheader.

PWV plays at Naselle at 4 p.m. on Friday.

PWV 2(16)0 – 18 10 0

Chief Leschi 000 – 0 0 1

WP: Pearson (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 8 K, BB). LP: n/a.

Leading hitters: PWV – G. Keeton (2-2, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI); Howard (2-2, 3 R); K. Clements (1-1, 2B, R, RBI); W. Clements (1-1, 2 R); D. Fluke (1-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI); Young (1-1, R, RBI).