Blazers Run Win Streak to 7 With 3-Game Sweep of Shoreline


SHORELINE — After two tight games on Friday, Centralia and Shoreline’s twinbill opener on Sunday didn’t hold nearly as much in the way of dramatics.

The Trailblazers — who have now won seven in a row and eight of their last nine — scored 12 runs in the first five innings and cruised in a 20-13 NWAC baseball win, piling up 17 hits and making the most of six Dolphin errors.

“Our offense did a great job of putting constant pressure on Shoreline today,” Centralia College coach Ben Harley said. “Between steals, squeeze plays, hit and runs and down-angle reads, our offense really clicked today.”

Jeremy Vierra led the way, going 4 for 7 with a double and four RBIs. Matt Obst was 4 for 6 with five RBIs, while Andrew Dalton, Casen Taggart, Kadin Miller and Aaron Peters each had two hits.

The Blazers also drew 10 walks and left 11 runners on base in the win.

Brockton Keller worked 3 ⅔ innings, striking out six and walking three. 

Steven MacKenzie homered for Shoreline.

The teams were scheduled to play two games, though the nightcap was called off due to rain. 

Centralia (8-7) plays a doubleheader at Clackamas on Thursday.

Friday’s Games

Trailblazers Sweep Shoreline in a Pair of One-Run Games

Centralia College picked up a pair of one-run wins Friday afternoon at Ed Wheeler Field, beating Shoreline 1-0 and 5-4 in a non-conference NWAC baseball doubleheader.

Derek Beairsto pitched the Trailblazers to a win in Game 1, going 7 ⅔ innings without surrendering a run or walking a batter. The Centralia product scattered four hits before giving way to Nolan Patterson, who struck out two without giving up a hit to earn the save.

Ryan Morrison drove in Kadin Miller for Centralia’s lone run in the fifth inning. 

Andrew Dalton went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a double in Game 2, while Casen Taggert was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Matt Osberg went 2 for 3 and scored a pair of runs.

Matt Obst pitched three innings in relief to get the win, striking out five and walking two while allowing two hits. Cole Taue struck out the side in the ninth to get the save.

“Our offense did a great job of attacking every inning and squaring the ball up and putting constant pressure on our opponent,” Centralia coach Ben Harley said of the nightcap. “Ayden (Ruminski), Kobe (Matsen) and Cole did a great job coming in and closing the door in the last three innings.”