2B/1B Baseball: Vikings Pop Acorns in 21-2 Victory

BRINGING THE BATS: Four Mossyrock Batters Smacked Two Hits a Piece as the Vikings Move Win Their Second Straight

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Five Mossyrock pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and one hit in a 21-2 drubbing of Oakville on the road Thursday.

Marshall Brockway came away with the win after striking out three over 1 ½ innings on the mound. Aiden Weist fanned four in 1 ½ innings, Easton Kolb struckout two in one inning and Keegan Kolb knocked down one in one inning. Gunner Mulligan wrapped it up by striking out the side. Aiden Weist and Jake Comer split catching duties with Weist taking one inning and Comer five innings.

“We started slow but after a couple innings we were warmed up and started hitting the ball well,” Mossyrock coach Darre Kolb said. “Every player got some playing time tonight. Oakville pitchers were young and did a great job. We've played great defense two games in a row.” 

Offensively, Keegan Kolb was 2-for-2 with four runs, while Gunner Mulligan was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Aiden Weist drove in three runs and collected one hit, Easton Kolb was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Zackery Munoz was 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs and a double.

The Vikings improve to 2-0 on the season and host Taholah on Thursday.

Pirates Shutout Cardinals

Adna senior Levi Gates struck out 10 as the young Pirates rolled past the younger Cardinals in Winlock, 11-0, in five innings on Thursday.

Levi Gates, with his firm fastball, was nearly untouchable for Adna. He struck out 10 over three innings of work before yielding to Tristan Percival, who struck out five over the last two frames.

Aiden Freitas indicated some Cardinal grittiness when, with Winlock down 10-0, he made a diving attempt on a liner down the third base line. He didn’t come up with the ball, but instead with blood.

“The focus was there,” Winlock coach Jordan Nailon said. “We got down a bit there in the middle, but they found their energy by the end. So we didn’t just go quietly into the night.”

Adna visits Pe Ell/Willapa Valley on Saturday at 4 p.m. Winlock turns around quickly for a contest with Castle Rock on Friday.

Indians Blank T-Wolves

Ryan Bloomstrom and Caiden Schultz combined for a no-hitter as the Indians (1-0, 1-0) blew out the Timberwolves (0-1, 0-1), 11-0, in Toledo on Thursday.

Bloomstrom, a senior, struck out four over the initial three frames, then Schultz, a freshman, fanned four over the final two innings. MWP managed a single baserunner, a hit-by-pitch from Bloomstrom’s fingers.

Junior Justin Filla led the way offensively, notching two singles in as many at-bats with three runs scored and steals.

Sophomore Carson Gould drove in a pair with a single, senior Kaden Sellards drove in a run, senior Jesse Towns scored a pair of runs and swiped a pair of bases and junior Conor Gilreath scored two runs, as well.

“The boys played with enthusiasm and are so glad to be playing ball again,” Toledo coach Bill Waag said. “It felt real good to be on the diamond competing and having fun. Great effort by all the players.”

Toledo visits Onalaska on Saturday at noon. MWP is off until Thursday when it visits Napavine for a 4 p.m. start.

Mounties Edge Loggers

The Mountaineers had to rally from a slow and sloppy start to down the Loggers, 9-7, on Thursday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

Rainier didn’t help its starter, Gavin Owen, with some less-than-ideal defense initially, but the sophomore maintained, allowed three runs (two earned) over his three innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

His counterpart, Jeremy Larson, was just as good if not better, allowing a single unearned run over three innings with two hits and three Ks. Onalaska led 3-1 upon Larson’s departure.

Michael Green was the offensive star for the Mountaineers, lashing a double and a triple with three runs scored.

Ryder Cruse added a double and an RBI, Johnny Boesch doubled and drove in two, as well. Rainier plated six in the fifth to take control before handing it to Jake Jeske to slam the door. He struck out five of the six batters he faced for the two-inning save.

“When you play ugly and win, sometimes it’s better than playing great and losing,” Rainier coach Mark Mounts said. “Ony is tough. You know a team coached by Rocky Stanley is gonna be tough and well-coached.”

Onalaska falls to 0-1 on the season.

“I was happy with the effort for the first game in two years,” Stanley said, adding he’s got zero returning starters. “Larson was a bright spot.”

Rainier visits Morton/White Pass on Monday at 4 p.m. while Onalaska hosts Toledo on Saturday at noon.