ADNA — Moved to Adna due to rainy conditions, the Pirates’ baseball team went neck-and-neck with Napavine in a pitcher’s duel between Gavin Parker and Tristan Percival, but finally, in the 10th inning, the Pirates prevailed, 3-1.
Tied at 1-1, Luke Mohney hit a single to get the action started for the Pirates, and after Percival drew a walk at the plate, Asher Guerrero smacked home what would turn out to be the winning RBI-single, and Chance Muller added a sacrifice fly for good measure. Guerrero turned around to pitch a scoreless final inning to give the Pirates the crucial league win.
“I’m really proud of the kids for battling,” Pirates coach Jake LeDuc said. “That was a really good high school baseball game, and it keeps us alive for second in league.”
But the story of the game was the near immaculate play from the starting pitchers, Parker for Napavine and Percival for Adna.
Percival went 7 ⅔ innings with one unearned run on three hits with 14 strikeouts and five walks. Parker countered with 8 ⅓ innings pitched, one earned run on nine hits and six strikeouts. Parker also went 1 for 3 at the plate with two walks, and Percival went 3 for 4 with two runs and a walk.
“That was a really good high school baseball game led by two really good outings by both starting pitchers,” Tigers coach Brian Demarest said. “We had our chances to put the game away, but could not find a way. Our bats were pretty quiet tonight.”
The win moves the Pirates into third place in league with a 7-3 record, and drops the Tigers down to 5-5 in league, good for fifth.
Adna takes on Kalama on Thursday while the Tigers look to respond against Winlock on Friday.