Timely Hits Help Tigers Roll Past Rainier


With seven of its 10 runs over the first three innings, the Napavine baseball team defeated Rainier soundly, 10-3, on the road Saturday in a league matchup. 

The Tigers’ Austin Chapman led the way, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored, two RBIs, and a walk, and Scott Burdick added a 2 for 3 line with two RBIs and a walk. 

On the mound, Conner Holmes went 5 ⅔ innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, with eight strikeouts and six walks. Burdick relieved Holmes, allowing no earned runs on two hits with a strikeout. 

“We hit the ball well today,” Tigers coach Brian Demarest said. “I thought our kids did a nice job making adjustments and we had some timely hits. Conner pitched well and our defense played really well behind him.”

The Mountaineers, meanwhile, couldn’t find that same consistency at the plate, with Gavin Owen recording two RBIs on a triple and Jake Meldrum adding an RBI, but no other runs on six total hits. 

John Kenney got the start, pitching six innings with nine earned runs on 12 hits, with five strikeouts and six walks. 

The Tigers play Kalama in a doubleheader on Tuesday on the road, while the Mountaineers take on Winlock in a twinbill.