2B District Baseball: Napavine Advances Behind Big Offensive Day 


Gavin Parker and Keith Olson each notched three hits as the Napavine Tigers advanced in the 2B District 4 Baseball Tournament with an 11-3 victory over Onalaska in Napavine on Monday. Onalaska had beaten Raymond/South Bend 18-9 earlier in the day in a pigtail contest.

Parker’s three-hit day included a double, a walk and two runs scored, and Olson drove in a pair, also with a double and also came across once. Parker also tossed the first six innings, allowing all three runs on four hits with five strikeouts against a pair of walks. 

Austin Chapman doubled and drove in two with a run, as well. Napavine tallied 15 total hits and used a nine-run second inning to run away with the victory.

Conner Holmes, Braiden Osborn and Scott Burdick each had a pair of hits for the Tigers. Holmes scored a run, Osborn drove in a pair and scored once and Burdick drove one in and scored two. Burdick finished the day on the hill, allowing a pair of hits with two punchouts.

“We’ll take it,” Napavine coach Brian Demarest said. “ This time of the year, it doesn’t matter how it gets done. We hit the ball really well. Wish we added more runs after that second inning.”

Jeremy Larson had a pair of hits for the Loggers in the loss, and also scored a run. Lethon Fitch tripled and drove in a pair, as well.

Napavine heads to the coast on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. meeting with Forks. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Toledo Squeaks Past PWV

The Toledo Indians scored two fourth-inning runs and hung on in the bottom of the seventh to eke out a 2-1 first-round win over Pe Ell-Willapa Valley in the 2B District Baseball Tournament in Pe Ell on Monday.

Ryan Bloomstrom, who doubled, and Rowdy Kirkendoll provided the offense in that top of the fourth. Justin Filla had two hits, and Kaden Sellards, Brandon Guyer and Geoffrey Glass also had hits for the Indians. Mason Miller had two hits and scored one of the runs, and Rayder Stemkoski came across for the winner as a courtesy runner for Glass, the catcher. Toledo outhit PWV 10-5 and did not strike out one time as a team.

Bloomstrom was nails on the mound, allowing a single hit over 6.0 innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. He yielded to Guyer for the seventh, who made things interesting by allowing three hits and an earned run with one strikeout over just a third of an inning. Indians coach Bill Waag then went to freshman Caiden Schultz with the game in the balance, and he allowed a hit but struck out the final two Titans, and the Indians survived and advanced.

Garrett Keeton took the extremely tough-luck loss, allowing the 10 hits and two unearned runs over all seven innings with no walks or strikeouts. Derek Fluke drove in the lone PWV run, driving in Ritzman with a single. Hudson Barnum, Joseph Krafzyk and Joey McCalden had the other Titans hits. Mccalden also walked twice.

“Ryan Bloomstrom was outstanding on the mound today,” Waag said. “He was throwing hard and his curveball and knuckleball were working to keep the PWV batters off-balance. Proud of how the boys battled and held on in a very tight game.”

Toledo’s reward is a 4 p.m. date on Tuesday with No. 2 seed Kalama on the road.

Gates Leads Adna to Second Round

Levi Gates struck out 13 batters over six innings and the Adna Pirates pulled away late for a 7-0 first-round win over the Rainier Mountaineers in the 2B District 4 Baseball Tournament on Monday in Napavine.

Pirates coach John Rooklidge said that Gates was consistently pumping his heavy fastball at the Mountaineers knees, and the results bear that out. He allowed just a single hit and walk over his six frames.

“Levi was dominant today,” Rooklidge said.

But it was a playoff baseball game in the realest sense. Adna managed just a single run until the fifth as Rainier’s Ethan Gonzales kept the Pirates at bay. It took some scrappy at-bats at the bottom of the Pirates order, including some drag bunts, to finally get the momentum going, and the Pirates made a thriller look like a snoozer.

Tristan Percival was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI. Joe Bennight knocked in a run with a double, as well.

Adva visits Ocosta on Tuesday in the second round. First pitch is at 4 p.m.