SEASIDE - Mooch Smith slammed a 380-foot home run and a double down the left field line to pace Ilwaco's 14-hit attack in a 13-2 non-league baseball victory at Broadway Field in Seaside Friday. Smith and Ryan Garcia were both 3-4 in the game and Anthony Wirkkala had two booming doubles and Alex Martin a double and single to lead a balanced offensive attack.
Nick Leonard fired a masterful four-hitter, walking only one Gull while striking out eight in five innings. The most pleasant surprise for the Fishermen was the play of Junior Talancon. Playing in his first varsity game Talancon looped an RBI single to left centerfield to give Ilwaco a 3-2 lead they would never relinquish, had another base hit in the fifth frame, and made three superlative defensive plays at third base.
Ilwaco took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Martin walked, Smith singled, Wirkkala had the first of his 5 RBI's with a fielder's choice and Garcia plated Smith with a single up the middle. A mammoth two-run home run by Seaside's Knatsa tied the score at 2-2 after one inning. The third inning doubles by Smith and Wirkkala and another single from Garcia gave Ilwaco a 5-2 bulge.
A walk to Jon Biggs, singles by Martin, Garcia, and Jordan DeSimone and doubles by Jarod Schaak and Wirkkala accounted for five big runs in the fourth frame. Smith's home run and Martin's double were the big blows in the three-run fifth inning to set up the "10-run" mercy rule for Ilwaco.
The Fishermen for the second straight game made only one throwing error and the infield of Talancon at third, Wirkkala at shortstop, Garcia at second, and Schaak at first base was flawless.
Garcia added three RBI's, Smith two, and Martin, DeSimone, and Talancon each had one RBI for Ilwaco. Seaside pitchers walked only two Fishermen, but both came around to score.
"We hit them where they weren't tonight," veteran scorekeeper Rod Anderson observed after the lopsided win. "And some times we hit them far."
Talancon and Biggs made the starting lineup for Ilwaco after 10 of the 21 diamond men were either academically ineligible, injured, or on early spring vacation. Jason Huntley saw playing time in left field, as well.
The Fishermen have won three games in a row and are now 5-3. The short-handed squad will have three games over spring vacation, including two Southwest Washington League games on the road.
Ilwaco 212 53 13-14-1
Seaside 200 00 2-4-6
Leonard (W) and Smith; Schneider and three unidentified relief pitchers and Knatsa