MOSSYROCK It was just one of those things. I mean Mossyrock is a good team and of course playing a district tournament game at home so they have that advantage, but everything we have been doing well all season long, we did poorly today, coach Donlon lamented after the Comets lost 18-0 to Mossyrock in a District IV elimination game there in a battle of league champions May 12.
The game was over after two innings as the Vikings held a 14-0 lead against the Comets top three pitchers.
Maybe it was a problem with nerves, but we were bad in all phases of the game pitching, defense and hitting. All season if we struggled in one phase, the other two would pick us up, but not today. Yes we were playing in the lions den, but we could have played this game on the moon and still lost. We have no excuses, Donlon related.
Mossyrock took advantage of three hit batsmen, two walks, and two errors in the first frame to plate seven and the final out was made when Naselle left fielder Calvin Zimmerman threw to catcher Paul de Montaudouin to tag a runner out at the plate.
In the second it was more of the same as Naselle pitching yielded four walks and a hit batsman to the first five Viking hitters. All five, plus two more, scored to give Mossyrock seven runs in each of the first two innings.
Down 14-0 Naselle mounted a rally in the top of the third with one out when Zimmerman led off with a single, Brenden Greenfield reached on a fielders choice and Chris Walkowiak was hit by a pitch. A 6-4-3 double play ended the only threat the Comets would muster. Walkowiak and Trevin Leeland had the only other base hits for Naselle in the contest that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
De Montaudouin played well defensively, throwing out a would-be base stealer in the fourth inning when the Vikings coaching staff chose to run, even with a 16-0 advantage. Sam Scrabeck didnt allow an earned run the final three innings that he pitched in relief.
I told our team afterwards to not let one horrible game define our otherwise excellent season. We practiced and competed hard and were always enthusiastic. Our fans were great today, with many coming to show their support. We even had signs along the way that someone had put up to encourage us. We just picked a bad time to lay an egg on the field, Donlon said.
Our two seniors played well, as they have all four seasons with us. Trevin Leeland hit the ball hard and he made a huge leap in his hitting this year. Chris Walkowiak at second base and Trevin at first anchored the right side of our infield. Chris is a steady and real team guy. Both he and Trevin had a ton of clutch hits for us to drive in runs or keep rallies going. They were very valuable, especially this year, but we have a lot of talent coming back. Randy (Lindstrom) and I and the players really appreciated the fan support this year, Donlon concluded.
Naselle finishes with an 11-4 record after winning the Pacific 2B title for the first time since 1999 with an 8-2 mark. Mossyrock went on to win the third berth to state by besting Morton-White Pass and Toutle Lake claimed first by beating Adna 1-0 in the championship game.
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Nick Strange (L), Brenden Greenfield (1), Sam Scrabeck (1) and Paul de Montaudouin; Vogel (W), Hazen (4) and Couch
Yorks pinch hit single helps Comets knock out Navigators 8-6
ADNA Skyler Yorks pinch hit single in the top of the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and helped keep the Comets alive in the District IV tournament as Naselle eliminated Northwest Christian 8-6 in Adna May 8. Yorks sharp single up the middle was Naselles lucky 13th hit of the game and drove in Trevin Leeland who had walked and Paul de Montaudouin who had singled.
Give Randy Lindstrom a lot of credit because it was his idea to have Skyler pinch hit, coach Pete Donlon said of his assistant coach. Trailing 6-5 with one last chance at bat, the Comets Sam Scrabeck led off the seventh with a long double in the left-center gap. Leeland walked and de Montaudouin singled to load the sacks. David Blaylock came through with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to knot the contest at 6-6 and set up Yorks heroics.
We had our 3-4-5 hitters coming up and our season right there on the line. I told the guys to relax and stay focused and they came through, Donlon praised.
In the third inning the Comets got on the scoreboard first by plating three runs. Brenden Greenfield singled and stole second and Chris Walkowiak chased him home with an RBI base hit. Walkowiak promptly stole second and third and Nick Strange lofted a sacrifice fly to score him. With two outs, Scrabeck singled, stole second and came around on Leelands line drive double down the left field line.
After the Navigators came back with two runs, Naselle scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a 5-2 lead. Strange singled and stole second and third and then scored on Scrabecks sacrifice fly. Leeland, de Montaudouin and Blaylock each smacked back-to-back base hits to produce a two-out rally and another score.
The Comets pitchers combined to walk four and hit three batters. Jake Williams at third base made a critical play to end the fifth inning when he was able to corral a bad hop in time to toss out the batter. Williams also handled three other grounders flawlessly. Calvin Zimmerman in left field made two outstanding catches despite the sun being a nuisance.
In the sixth inning, Greenfield pitched in relief of Scrabeck and after giving up a couple of runs on a bloop single, he then struck out the next two hitters to end the uprising. Northwest Christian didnt go quietly in the seventh inning as the first batter singled and the second was hit by a pitch. Strange at shortstop got the first out on a slow roller, but both runners moved into scoring position. Greenfield then struck out the next two Navigators to preserve the win. Scrabeck struck out four in his five and one-third innings on the mound, allowing only four hits.
Earlier in the contest Greenfield in centerfield made a running catch and then collided with Strange at shortstop. Strange had the wind knocked out of him, but stayed in the game after some delay. Greenfields catch saved two runs from coming home.
It is nice to beat Northwest Christian because they always seem to be a contender in baseball and basketball, Leeland said.
I had a solid single to left center and then a beat out a bunt for a hit. The sun was really bad, but we were able to do a good job of fielding as a team. Our entire lineup is hitting well, also. If our pitchers keep throwing strikes we should be able to close out our season with a couple of wins and a trip to state, Walkowiak stated.
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Sam Scrabeck, Brenden Greenfield (6) and Paul de Montaudouin; Stottlemyre, McQuarrie (6) and Thomas