ILWACO — Looking absolutely Ruthian, Logan Manecke hit a grand slam home run to centerfield to end the first game by mercy rule 14-3 and then she homered in game two and Alexa Wirkkala hit two round-trippers in the finale to pace Ilwaco to a 16-0 three-inning win over White Salmon in another mercy-rule victory in Long Beach Wednesday, May 4.

Sydney Ward pitched a one-hitter in the second game, walking one and striking out four in three frames. She walked six and struck out five in the opener, tossing a three-hitter in five innings. “Sydney continues to pitch better and better. She got us out of two bases-loaded situations with no outs. Georgia Pettey played well defensively at third base,” Coach Rick Bishop praised.

In the initial inning of the opener Ilwaco plated three runs on a Ward single and five walks and in the second a walk and Alexa Wirkkala’s single accounted for the winning run. The Lady Fishermen exploded for 10 runs in the last two frames, including Manecke’s grand salami to end the contest.

Grace McPhail and Jackie Smith each had one hit, Ward had two and Wirkkala was three-for-three at the plate to lead Ilwaco’s offense in the lid-lifter. In the night cap the contest was over after the first three Ilwaco batters as McPhail and Ward walked and Wirkkala slammed her first of two home runs, good for three runs batted in. Manecke followed three batters later with another three-run blast to up the count to 6-0 and the Lady Fishermen scored an unearned run later in the first.

Wirkkala capped off a 5-6 day in the second contest with a pair of big flies and Manecke was 3-3 with a home run and double to also go 5-6 in the double dip. Ward finished 2-3 in the second game and was 4-6 for the day. Kady Kirby, Elleigh Kaino, McPhail, and Hailee Henington all were 1-3 in the finale.

The wins were Trico League affairs and kept the Lady Fishermen in the hunt for a district playoff berth. Ilwaco is now 4-6 in league play and 6-6 overall, while White Salmon sinks to 1-11 in the Trico.

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