VANCOUVER — Ilwaco dropped its first two games of the season at Saturday’s Max Beatty tournament at Fort Vancouver, losing 16-1 to the Columbia-White Salmon Bruins in the morning opener and 9-1 to the host Fort Vancouver Trappers in the afternoon game.
In the first inning of the opener, the Bruins loaded the bases with one out. Chris Wood tracked down a pitch that bounced behind the plate, then dove to the plate and tagged out the runner trying to score. The runner’s cleats sliced his forearm on the play, though, forcing him to get stitches and miss the rest of the double-header. Trenton Cox retired the next batter to strand the other two runners.
Freshman Dylan Simonson took over behind the plate. “He did a good job,” coach Doug Pellerin said. “He’s caught in the past, but he hasn’t gotten a lot of practice time back there this year.”
The Bruins got on the board with two runs in the third inning, added four in the fourth, and piled on with ten in the fifth.
Brandon McMullen led off the Ilwaco fourth with a double, and Jackson Wilkins singled him in two batters later for the only Fishermen run.
The Trappers scored four runs in the second and pulled away for the 9-1 win. McMullen went 3 for 3. Wilkin, playing catcher, drove in McMullen for Ilwaco’s only run in the fourth, just as he had in the opener.
For Fort Vancouver, Tyler Runkle went 3 for 4 with a triple, and Brodie Coates struck out six batters in four innings.
Landin Frank pitched the first two innings for Ilwaco, Simonson came on for three innings of relief, and Nate Hopkins pitched the sixth.