Blazers Drop Final Series to Grays Harbor


In its final series of the regular season, and with postseason stakes on the line, the Centralia Community College baseball team fell in three of four matchups against Grays Harbor College at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey, to end its season. 

The Blazers needed to split the series to advance to the postseason, but managed just one win in the four game series. 

"Very proud of our team for battling to the last game," Blazers coach Ben Harley said. "Our team and program have faced a lot of adversity in the last 14 months between dealing with Covid, like everyone has had to, along with an entire coaching staff change. We’ve had many injuries this season, and they continued to battle and take a next man up approach. We are very pleased with the foundation that has been built in this first 12 months in the program and are excited to see where the program can go next year."

In the lone win on Saturday in the second, seven-inning game, Derek Beairsto tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits, one walk, and striking out 11 in a dominant performance. Casen Taggart scored the lone run for the Blazers in a 1-0 victory. 

In the first game of the season, the Blazers were walked-off in the ninth inning, building up a 10-3 lead before a seven-inning burst in the sixth inning from the Chokers and the deciding run in the bottom of the ninth. Matthew Beckworth went 3 for 6 with two RBIs, and Kadin Miller went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Blazers. 

On Sunday, the Blazers were swept, losing 7-1 and then 9-1 to close their season. Beckworth scored the lone run for Centralia in the first game on a 1 for 3 day, and River Terry hit an RBI in the second game.