The Napavine baseball team did a whole lot of damage early, and kept Wahkiakum quiet all evening long, no-hitting the Mules in an 11-0 run-rule decision Thursday in C2BL play.
Connor Holmes got the no-no started, striking out five in three innings. But while he didn’t allow a hit, he did walk seven Mules, driving his pitch count up and forcing him out after back-to-back free passes to open the fourth.
Cal Bullock came in out of the bullpen and immediately hit a batter to load the bases. But with no more wiggle room, he promptly buckled down to strike out the side, then finished things off in the fifth with one more punchout.
Jack Nelson got the Napavine offense started in a big way in the bottom of the first, blasting a two-run home run to put the hosts ahead. The Tigers added three more runs in the frame before the Mules could get back into their dugout, and then scored six in the second, punctuated by an RBI triple from Holmes.
Napavine totaled seven hits on the day, led by two from Nelson. Holmes added a pair of walks to his three-bagger, and at the bottom of the lineup, Hudson Chambers went 1 for 1 with a walk and two RBIs.
“Our kids did a nice job building off of last night’s win,” Brian Demarest said. “Hopefully we can keep working and building on our successes and be ready come May. We have a long ways to go, but the last couple games are a good way to start.
Napavine will get back from an extended break on April 7 with a home non-league game against 1A Elma.