Castle Rock came in on Thursday knowing they had a tough game ahead of them. Rainier, the #1 3A team in Oregon, has been to the state title game the last three season. The Columbians won in 2013, 2014, and were the runner-ups last season. The Rockets are a young team, featuring five freshmen, and were 2-3 coming into this. The Rockets held their own and then some, taking the game into extra innings with the score knotted at 2. With a runner on second with one out, Keri Cline bunted and reached first on a throwing error. Sydney James rounded third and went home to score the game winning run for the Rockets.
Emily Ashby pitched all eight innings for the complete game win and struck out eight. She had a key double in the seventh inning to help send Castle Rock into extras. Castle Rock is looking toward Trico play, not at 3-3. White Salmon will be their first league opponent.
Friday, April 8th Beavers Rally Too Much For Rockets Castle Rock went into the seventh inning up 7-4, but a four-run seventh inning gave Tenino a comeback win. Castle Rock scored five innings in the fourth inning but could not keep the Beavers down. The Rockets were not helped by four errors they committed.
Saturday, April 9th Toledo Dominates Mossyrock, Eyes League Championship This was a game between two teams on opposite ends of the table. Toledo is tied with Pe Ell-Willapa Valley for the first place spot in the Central 2B league and Mossyrock has yet to win a game. Toledo scored at least 10 runs in each game, winning by scores of 15-0 and 10-1.
The Indian bats put it on early and often, including a huge 10 run second inning during the first game. RBIs from Kolt Korpi, Connor Vermilyea, Wes Kuzminsky, and Dakota Robins brought in runners who got on from walks, singles, and being hit by the pitch. The inning was extended by three errant throws from Mossyrock fielders. Wes Kuzminsky got back into his groove, pitching five solid innings without allowing a run and striking out nine batters.
In the second game, Toledo put on 4 runs in the first inning. Mossyrock scored one run in the fifth inning. Connor Vermilyea started the game pitching, going five innings while only allowing two hits, one run, and striking out three batters. Toledo will travel to Winlock on Wednesday for a double header. Game times are 3:00 and 5:00.
Note: Toledo and Winlock softball will play on Saturday in a doubleheader. Since Wahkiakum did not field a softball team this year, there are only nine teams in the league. District playoffs field 8 teams from both the Central 2B and Pacific 2B leagues. If one team sweeps the other, they could end up being the final seed into the district playoffs. Both teams have yet to win their first game.