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In playoff tune-up, Raymond tops NHS 23-15

NASELLE — On the strength of a ten-run fourth inning, Raymond came back from an 8-0 deficit to beat Naselle 23-15 in a Friday, May 10 playoff tune-up.

Both teams had more than a week to fill between the end of league play and the start of the playoffs. Naselle, which was unbeaten in 1B Coastal League play and has clinched a trip to state, got some quality competition against Raymond, which finished third in the 2B Pacific League at 7-5.

Naselle led 8-0 after two innings. The Seagulls scored three runs in the third and took advantage of Naselle’s error-plagued bottom of the fourth for 10 runs and a 13-8 lead. Five more runs in the fifth made it 18-9.

The Comets weren’t done. Taylor Gudmundsen’s two-RBI single in the sixth inning cut the lead to 20-15, but Raymond held on and won by eight runs.

Naselle has a bye in the first round of districts and will host district semifinals on Thursday, May 16 at 4 p.m. The Comets will play in either the district championship game or the third-place game in Bremerton on Saturday. Either way, they will be a top-four team in the district and so advance to state in Yakima May 24-25.

Naselle baseball wins district championship

ELMA — Ethan Lindstrom doubled, tripled and struck out 11 batters as Naselle won the baseball 1B District IV title with a 12-3 victory over Evergreen Lutheran Saturday, May 11.

Lindstrom struck out four of six batters he faced in the first two innings using mostly fastballs. He nailed the corners of the strike zone and got hitters to expand the zone slightly with two strikes. Noah Riverant singled on a 3-1 pitch in the second inning, but Lindstrom picked him off at second base.

The Knights got to Lindstrom for three runs in the third inning. Lindstrom then returned to dominance, striking out Lane Hagen on a high fastball to end the inning and start a streak of seven strikeouts in nine batters.

Naselle scored in every inning. Warren Wirkkala sparked Naselle’s offense in the bottom of the first on the first pitch of the game from Evergreen starter Liam Peterson. He got to a low pitch and dunked it into right field, starting a two-run first.

Peterson was wild at times in the early innings but kept the game close. Naselle scored a run in the second, but Peterson escaped a jam that inning with a runner at third and one out, striking out Wirkkala and Joe Strange. Lindstrom was hit by a pitch to lead off the third, and Naselle broke a 3-3 tie by scoring two runs in the inning with the help of Clay Bergeson’s RBI single.

In the fourth, Lindstrom crushed a pitch about 320 feet to the right-field corner for an RBI triple to make it 6-3. Peterson again got back-to-back strikeouts to strand Lindstrom at third.

Naselle broke the game open with a five-run fifth. Kolton Lindstrom led off the inning with a screaming line drive that was too hot for Evergreen’s third baseman to handle. With the bases loaded, one out and three already in, Lindstrom launched a double down the left-field line off reliever Ethan Hoefler.

Townsen, Wirkkala and Bergeson each went 2 for 4, and Ethan Lindstrom was 2 for 3. Daniel Holt made a diving catch in right in the first inning, and Townsen added a diving grab in the seventh.

Naselle will play Odessa in State quarterfinals at W.F. West in Chehalis Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. The winner will play Colton or Quilcene later that afternoon in semifinals at the same field. Evergreen Lutheran, Almira-Coulee-Hartline, Pomeroy and Sunnyside Christian will play on the other part of the State bracket at Walla Walla the same day. State finals will be at Wheeler at 4 p.m. May 25.

Naselle pitcher-infielder Cole Dorman, right, and outfielder Josh Townsen have been named to the regional Senior All-Star game, to be played at Wheeler Field in Centralia May 29. All-Star nominations are based on a combination of career achievement and the current season, and the talent pool consists of 28 regional high schools. Players at the All-Star game will be in the running for a spot in the All-State Series June 8 and 9.

Softball: Naselle 16, Muckleshoot Tribal 3

NASELLE — Haley Eastham was 2 for 2 with a double in Naselle’s 16-3 win over Muckleshoot Tribal Tuesday, May 7.

Delaney Kragerud hit a two-run single during Naselle’s six-run first inning, in which the Comets benefited from five walks and a hit batter.

Lily Harman hit a high fly ball for a triple leading off the three-run second.

Taylor Gudmundsen doubled leading off the third. Eastham handled a fastball that was tailing away, ripping the ball down the third base line for a two-run double that capped another three-run inning, giving the Comets a 12-3 lead.

Three more walks and a hit batter produced a four-run Comet fourth.

Courtney Paul allowed one earned run on three hits in four innings. Brynn Tarabochia threw nine of 10 pitches for strikes in a perfect fifth to finish the game.

Softball: Naselle 15, South Bend 5

NASELLE — Peyton Dalton went 3 for 5 in Naselle’s 15-5 six-inning victory over South Bend Monday, May 5.

Lily Harman doubled in Dalton in the Comets’ two-run first inning, and Kylee Tarabochia had an RBI double and scored in a three-run second. The Comets’ lead was 9-4 after Brynn Tarabochia’s two-out, two-run double, which extended what became a seven-run third inning. Dalton, the number two hitter in the lineup, had singles in each of the first three innings to spark the offense.

Brynn Tarabochia struck out five and allowed four runs in three innings. Courtney Paul allowed a run in three innings in relief.

For South Bend, Blakeli Serles was 3 for 3 with a double, and Kerma Boothe went 2 for 3 with a triple.

Softball: Winlock 11, Naselle 3

WINLOCK — Trailing 3-0, the Winlock Cardinals scored seven runs in the fourth inning on their way to an 11-3 victory over Naselle Thursday, May 7.

Lily Harman had two of Naselle’s four hits, going 2 for 3 with a triple. The Cardinals tied for fourth in the 2B Central League this year, finishing the year 14-5 over all and 9-5 in league play.

The Comets scored their three runs in the fourth inning. Brynn Tarabochia led off with a double, Kylee Tarabochia walked, and Harman followed with a two-run triple to right field, later coming around to score on an error.

Winlock did not have a hit off Brynn Tarabochia before Makayla Allbritton’s double leading off the fourth. The Cardinals broke through for seven runs on five hits in the inning, then added four more runs in the fifth.

Baseball: Comets to clinch spot at state

NASELLE — Jason Harman, replacing Jimmy Strange after he was injured in a collision in the outfield, went 3 for 3 in Naselle’s 12-2 five-inning win over Concordia Christian in District semifinals Thursday, May 9. With the win, the Comets clinched a spot in the eight-team state playoffs.

Strange made a long run to get to Alex Rodenbeck’s first-inning hit into the gap in right-center field but collided head-on with Warren Wirkkala and the ball got down for an RBI double, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

Kolton Lindstrom put Naselle ahead 2-1 with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the first, Clay Bergeson had a leadoff walk and scored in the second and then the Comets broke the game open in the third.

Harman got the third-inning rally started with one out, pounding a low pitch into the gap in left-center field for a single. Lindstrom followed by hitting another tough pitch, reaching way out to slap an opposite-field single. Four batters later, Warren Wirkkala hit a two-out RBI double to deep center field, making it 7-1. Naselle ended up with a six-run inning for a 9-1 lead.

Harman had a leadoff single and scored in a two-run fourth. In the fifth he singled to center to drive in Ethan Lindstrom for a 12-2 lead, ending the game on the 10-run rule.

The Hawks came in at 13-3, including 10-3 in the Sea-Tac League, but Cole Dorman held them to two runs and did not walk a batter in a complete-game win.

Kolton Lindstrom and Bergeson each went 2 for 3.