Astoria comes from behind to nip Ilwaco 11-7

Shane Padgett had an RBI double in Ilwaco's close game with Astoria last Monday. DEBBIE HEIMBIGNER photo

ASTORIA - Ilwaco let a non-league baseball game slip through their hands at Astoria Monday, March 15, losing by the not-so-lucky score of 11-7.

The Fishermen from this side of the river sailed to a 7-2 lead after three innings, but 5 errors and a lack of clutch hitting allowed Astoria to chip away at the lead. A 4-run sixth inning eventually proved to be the undoing for Ilwaco.

Ilwaco had the 3A Cowapa League favorites on the ropes for most of the game with their newly minted arsenal of early, delayed and straight base steals. Six IHS Fishermen had one hit apiece.

Ryan Cadwell led off the game with the first of his school-record 5 walks.Rocky Mirelez reached base on an error, and after the duo stole the first 2 of 15 stolen bases in the game, Mooch Smith grounded a single down the third base line to knock them both home. Smith stole second, third and came home on a Travis Ostgaard sacrifice fly to right.

In the second, Anthony Wirkkala lined a base hit to right center to score Jarod Schaak, who had singled and stolen second.Wirkkala came around to score when Smith hit into a fielder's choice.

Shane Padgett's gapper to right center was good for an RBI double in the third, plating Mike Huitt.Padgett came home when Mirelez singled to give Ilwaco a 7-2 lead.

Astoria boomed 3 doubles and a triple to blast their way to a 7-7 tie going into the bottom of the sixth.A walk, two Texas-leaguer bloop hits and 2 infield errors gave the Astoria Fishermen 4 runs - three of which were unearned.

Ilwaco loaded the bases in the fourth and fifth innings but were unable to produce a clutch hit, and with the bases juiced there was no opportunity to steal a run.Ilwaco left 10 runners on base in the contest.

"We competed tonight," said Ilwaco's coach Kevin Heimbigner. "Astoria has been blowing out teams, and we had them rattled time and again with our baserunning.If we could have gotten a few hits at the right time, we could have had a major upset."

Mirelez pitched 5 innings, scattering 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Nick Leonard walked 1 and struck out 1 in his inning of work.Catcher Smith threw out two would-be base stealers, and Padgett had a fully-extended diving catch in center field.John Wright was steady at first base and added 3 steals to the offense.

The junior varsity lost 12-2.Bobby Crislip doubled home their first run, and Paul Blaylock's two stolen bases led to the second score.Kyler Pratt struck out 2 during his relief appearance on the mound, and Casey Heagy played well at first base according to Coach Dave Cook.

Ilwaco 322 000 0 7-6-5

Astoria 202 124 X 11-8-4

Mirelez, Leonard (6) and Smith; Fabela, Bogardt (4) and Harris

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