Prep Baseball: Tigers Complete Big Comeback Over Shelton


Centralia overcame an 8-1 deficit in the third inning to rebound with a 12-11 victory over visiting Shelton Monday at Wheeler Field.

Bayden Teitzel smacked three hits and drove in three runs while Noah Aliff also tallied three hits and two RBI as the Tigers battered Shelton pitchers for 12 total hits. Benito Valencia had two hits, including a double, as well.

“There is no quit in our kids when it comes to our offense,” Centralia coach Adam Riffe said.

Aliff went three innings on the mound as the starter, while Landon Kaut added one K in relief and Joey Unger struck out four in four innings.

Centralia improves to 6-3 overall and hosts Black Hills on Wednesday. The Tigers beat the Wolves, 6-3, on April 5.

Warriors Edged by T-Birds

Tumwater scored runs in four consecutive innings and Rochester was unable to hold off the Thunderbirds in a 4-3 defeat at home on Monday.

Tony Groninger gave up one earned run on nine hits while striking out three in six innings on the mound for Rochester.

“He pitched pretty good,” Rochester coach Brad Quarnstrom said. “His slider was working and he was locating his fastball. He gave us a chance.”

But the Warriors committed four errors on defense, despite making some huge defensive plays, including a double play.

“They found ways to get runners on in multiple innings,” Quarnstrom said of Tumwater.

Cody Morton had a two-run single for Rochester while going 2-for-2. Braden Hartley was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Groninger scored a run and walked twice and Garren Smith also scored a run.
Rochester falls to 4-6 overall and travels to Class 3A Capital on Wednesday for a non-league game.


Adna Rockets Past MWP

The Morton/White Pass Timberwolves got roughed up 12-1 by visiting Adna on Monday in Randle, but first-year coach Jan Westerling found some positives to take home with him.

He was pleased with his pitching, namely Jace Peters and Payton Brown, both sophomores. He also liked his young squad’s fearlessness at the plate against the tough PIrates hurler Tyler Minkoff, who tossed all five innings and allowed just four hits.

Despite the seeming dearth of success, Westerling likes how his young Timberwolves are coming along.

“We’re a young team and we’re getting better,” Westerling said. “They’re not intimidated.”

Morton-White Pass (1-9) finished up with a pair of nonleague contests with Mossyrock. The Timberwolves host the Vikings on Tuesday, and visit them on Friday. Both games are set for 4 p.m.

Indians Edged by Ducks

Toledo out-hit Toutle Lake 5-4 but were clipped, 1-0, by the undefeated Ducks at home on Monday.

It was an impressive effort by the Indians, who faced Toutle Lake’s top-two pitchers, Zach Swanson, an Oregon State commit, and Jackson Cox, a University of Oregon commit.

Swanson struck out eight batters while allowing three hits across five innings, while Cox had one strikeout while surrendering two hits in five innings.

Toledo’s Caden Schultz out-did both of them combined, mowing down 10 batters while allowing just four hits, two walks and no earned runs. But it was Toledo’s lone error, the only one by either team, that doomed the Indians.

Offensively, Rowdy Kirkendoll, Jesse Towns, Kaden Sellards, Canor Gilreath and Geoffrey Glass collected hits for Toledo.

Toledo falls to 4-6 overall and travels to Stevenson on Thursday.

Titans Blast Comets Into Space

Sophomore Garrett Keaton belted a two-strike grand slam and Pe Ell-Willapa Valley jetted to a 12-2 mercy-ruly road victory over Naselle on Monday.

The Titans won their third in a row while collecting nine total hits, led by Gavin Hampton’s three hits and Kaden Ritzman’s two hits. Ritzman also added two RBI and Hunter Barnum drove in two runs.

The Vikings were buoyed by freshman pitcher Aiden Young, who tossed all five innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits with one walk and no strikeouts.

The zero strikeouts bit wasn’t bad at all. PWV coach Kelly Barnum was impressed that Young used a relatively soft but movement-heavy fastball to consistently miss barrels and keep the Comets frustrated offensively.

“There were a couple of innings he’d get the first two outs with two pitches, and you could see the surprise on his face that was on ours,” Barnum said.

PWV improves to 7-3 overall (6-2 Pacific 2B) and was supposed to travel to North Beach on Tuesday for a twinbill, but the Hyaks forfeited, cementing the three-way tie atop the Pacific 2B League. The top three seeds will be decided by a coin flip at an unknown time and an unknown location. 

Rainier 10-Runs Cards

Rainier scored 11 runs in the first two innings en route to a 13-3 victory over Winlock in five innings at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey on Monday.

The Mountaineers collected just five hits on the day but took advantage of the Cardinals’ five errors and a slew of walks. Ryder Cruse led Rainier with two hits, while Jake Jeske drove in three runs and Johnny Boesch and Jake Meldrum each finished with two RBI.

Ethan Gonzalez had five strikeouts in five innings on the mound for Rainier.

Winlock tallied just two hits, one each by Mekhi Morlin and Chris Heikkila. Aiden Eitel had two strikeouts and Julius Jacobs had one on the mound.

Rainier improves to 4-5 overall and hosts Toutle Lake on Thursday. Winlock drops to 4-9 overall and travels to Napavine on Thursday.