OAKVILLE — Naselle slammed out a season-high 16 hits, but it was a defensive play that gave them a 7-6 Pacific League victory at Oakville in extra innings March 27. The Comets scored in the top of the eighth after the Acorns plated three to tie the contest at 6-6 and send the game into extra frames.

Brenden Greenfield doubled, Sam Scrabeck was walked intentionally, Paul de Montaudouin beat out an infield single to load the bases and then Skyler York worked a walk to drive in the go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the seventh with the tying run on third and two outs, Naselle third baseman Calvin Zimmerman retired the final Oakville hitter after he retrieved a carom off his leg and his strong throw beat the rap at first base in a “bang-bang play” according to assistant coach Randy Lindstrom. He was standing in for Pete Donlon, who was suffering from the flu and Matt Scrabeck helped with coaching duties for the Comets.

Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Naselle went ahead 3-1 on singles from Greenfield, Scrabeck, de Montaudouin, Jake Williams and a base on balls. The Comets tacked on a run in the fourth when Greenfield singled and Scrabeck promptly doubled him home.

Naselle went ahead 5-2 in the top of the sixth when David Blaylock and Greenfield singled and again Scrabeck drove a run home with a double. Singles from de Montaudouin and Williams made the score 6-3 in the top of the seventh before the Acorns made their comeback to force free baseball.

“We hit the ball well all through the lineup and played pretty well defensively. We had to play a good game to beat a very good Oakville team,” Lindstrom said.

For the Comets, Greenfield and Scrabeck were both 4-5 and Scrabeck doubled twice, while de Montaudouin finished 3-5. York was 2-5 and Williams 2-4 and Blaylock finished 1-5 for Naselle. Lindstrom had praise for de Montaudouin’s defense as catcher.

Scrabeck pitched six and 2/3 innings, striking out nine and Greenfield picked up the victory, striking out three the final one and 1/3 innings. “My curve was working pretty well today, but my best pitch has been my sinking two-seam fastball,” said Scrabeck, who threw 117 pitches. “I’m a little sore, but won’t pitch until after spring break, so I’m all right. Naselle is now 3-1 in the Pacific League and 4-1 overall.

NHS 003 101 11 7-16-2

OHS 101 001 30 6-5-3

Sam Scrabeck, Brenden Greenfield (7, W) and Paul de Montaudouin; R. Lopez (L) and G. Ortiz

Naselle explodes for 18-5 Pacific League win

MATLOCK — Sam Scrabeck slammed a three-run home run in the first inning to deep left centerfield, Naselle plated five runs in the opening frame and the Comets never looked back as they smothered the Mary M. Knight Owls 18-5 in Matlock March 25. The Pacific League game was halted after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Scrabeck finished with two hits and four RBIs and he scored twice. Brenden Greenfield was the winning pitcher for Naselle, striking out six in his two innings of work. He was also a hitting star as he scored four times and drove in a pair of runs after going 2-2 with three walks.

David Blaylock slammed a triple and a single in three times up for the Comets. Jake Williams was 3-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. Paul de Montaudouin and Skyler York both had three RBI apiece and both went 1-3 at the plate.

Zimmerman was 1-2, Cole Bergeson went 1-5 and Tom Shotwell had a single for the winners. The Comets broke the game wide open with a six-run fifth inning. They banged out a season-high 14 hits, but made two errors after their pitchers struck out 11 of the 15 Owls that were retired.

NHS 522 36 15-14-2

MMK 202 00 4-5-4

Brenden Greenfield (W), Skyler York (3), Calvin Zimmerman (5) and Paul de Montaudouin; Diggle (L), McGee (2), Oien (3), Ackley (5) and Oien, McGee (3)

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