NASELLE Brenden Greenfield pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking none, and the Comets scored a pair of unearned runs to win a crucial 2-0 Pacific 2B League game in Naselle April 29. The victory clinched the third and final district playoff berth for the Comets. They will play the Central League second seed Morton-White Pass May 6 and then play either Toutle Lake or Ocosta May 7.
Naselle scored the games only two runs in bizarre fashion in the second inning. Jake Williams struck out swinging, but reached first base on a passed ball. He stole second and third base and came in on a wild pitch. With two outs Calvin Zimmerman also struck out and stole second and third and scored on a throwing error when North Beach pitcher Josh Takagi tried to pick off Ray Shotwell, who had walked.
Greenfield has been improving his velocity the past several weeks and Monday put it all together for his first varsity complete-game victory of his career. The only North Beach hit came in the third inning on a 45-foot swinging bunt that hugged the third-base chalk line after the number nine hitter had fouled off two attempts at a sacrifice bunt. Two of Naselles four errors came in that frame and loaded the bases with no outs.
Greenfield induced a ground ball back to him and he threw to catcher Paul de Montaudouin for a force out and then Greenfield struck out the next two Hyaks to keep the game scoreless. Greenfield did not allow a base runner until the fifth when a North Beach runner reached on an infield throwing error and was awarded third base on a fake tag at second.
Naselle shortstop Zimmerman then snagged a line drive to his right and tossed to Cole Bergeson at third base for a double play. In the top of the fourth inning left fielder Jake Williams made a diving catch of a wind-blown fly ball just inches from the Ed Engelson manicured grass. The ball drifted further away from me than I thought it would so at the last minute I had to dive. This was a great win for us. Now we have to keep our focus and energy and do well at district, Williams said.
Greenfield struck out five of the last six batters to finish his mound gem with a flourish. This was my first start of the season and by far my best game pitching ever, Greenfield stated.
The Comets only other base hits off Takagi were an infield single by Greenfield in the first and Bergesons line drive to left field in the fifth frame.
In a second game, abbreviated by darkness, the Comets came away with a 1-0 non-league victory in four innings. A stolen base and two passed balls allowed Franco Smith to score in the second inning.
Scrabeck was 2-2 at the dish in the night cap with a double and Smith and Zimmerman both reached on singles. Skyler York pitched one inning and allowed the only North Beach base hit, while striking out one. Paul de Montaudouin struck out the side in the second, Williams retired the side with a walk and a strikeout in the third and Zimmerman finished the game off with a perfect fourth frame, striking out one.
I hit the ball hard all day, but was just unlucky as they caught them. We won, so thats what matters the most. I just had to block some of Brendens curve balls on strike three and throw (three) runners out at first. Brenden pitched an incredible game. I put the glove up and he hit it. I hardly ever had to get into throwing position because they had very few base runners, said de Montaudouin.
I hit the ball pretty good today, but nothing would find a gap, David Blaylock said.
North Beach 000 000 0 0-1-1
Naselle 020 000 x 2-2-4
Josh Takagi (L) and Pedro Gonzales; Brenden Greenfield (W) and Paul de Montaudouin
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Naselle 010 0 1-4-1
Unavailable; Skyler York, de Montaudouin, Jake Williams (W), Calvin Zimmerman (S) and Cole Bergeson