Toledo topples Fishermen 9-0TOLEDO - Toledo exploded for four-run first and sixth innings to romp over Ilwaco 9-0 Thursday in SWW league baseball action.

Ilwaco opened the first inning with three promising "at bats" but ended up with nothing to show for their efforts as Alex Martin's grounder was slowed by the 5-inch grass in the Indian's infield and the speedy centerfielder was tossed out. Nick Leonard's line drive was caught by a diving Toledo first baseman and Mooch Smith's blast to left center was knocked down by the wind and the junior catcher reached on a double instead of the ball clearing the fence. He was stranded when the next hitter grounded out to the shortstop.

Grounding out to the shortstop was the nemesis of the Fishermen as Indian Jason King handled 10 grounders in the game without a hitch. In all Ilwaco only struck out four times against the Indians and hit two fly balls to the outfield, with the remaining 15 outs going through the unshorn grass and into infielder's gloves.

Meanwhile Toledo took advantage of two walks and a surprise call to plate four runs, three of which were unearned, in their initial time at the dish. With one out and one in Fishermen second baseman Paul Blaylock fed shortstop Nick Leonard for an attempted double play. Leonard stumbled over the bag and his throw went wide, but the umpire called the runner safe at second, claiming the base hadn't been tagged.

Following a ground out to pitcher Anthony Wirkkala, the Indians came up with two clutch hits to increase their bulge from 1-0 to 4-0. "That call and play really changed the game around," coach Kevin Heimbigner lamented. "Being down by four instead of one run effectively took away the running game and the opportunity to bunt for the rest of the day."

Martin lined a double to deep left in the third but again the slow infield enabled King to get to Leonard's smash up the middle, stranding Martin. The Indians upped their lead in the bottom of the frame on Danny Morgan's triple to right center and a single to center.

Wirkkala, who walked three and struck out six, tired in the sixth inning and the Indians were able to reach him and reliever Travis Ostgaard for four more runs before Ostgaard struck out the final batter.

In the fifth and sixth innings King took six consecutive bouncers to short to single-handedly retire the Fishermen in order. Ostgaard's single in the top of the seventh, only Ilwaco's third hit of the contest, moved Blaylock to third after he had reached on a walk, but both runners were stranded when Quinn Padgett flew out to centerfield.

Defensively Padgett made two running catches in right, Smith again was excellent behind the plate and tossed out one would-be base stealer and Martin and Blaylock also played steadily in the field.

"We had some bright spots today, but we didn't hit well enough to overcome some of the bad breaks we got against a very athletic ball club," Heimbigner said. Ilwaco drops to 5-3 and 2-3 in league play while Toledo is 5-1-1 in the SWW.

Wirkkala (L), Ostgaard (8) and Smith; MacKenzie (W) and Winters

Rain suspends softball and baseball at White PassRANDLE - A soaking rain suspended both the softball and baseball games and washed out junior varsity contests at White Pass high school around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Both contests will be made up on May 5 when the Panthers come to Ilwaco and will be continued from the point at which they were called.

The girls were trailing 5-3 in the third inning. Randy Bloom had praise for the pitching of Courtney Gilgore and the power hitting of Lanie Kary who had smashed a double.

The boys were ahead in the bottom of third thanks to a booming double by Alex Martin and singles by Nick Leonard and Travis Ostgaard.

Unfortunately both softball and baseball teams had scheduled JV games to follow the varsity contests. The baseball junior varsity game will not be made up, however softball may try to reschedule with the Panthers May 5.

Fishermen JV's knocked off by Knappa 11-6LONG BEACH - Jordan DeSimone, Cody Chalker, and Kyler Pratt "pitched well and threw strikes" according to JV Coach Dave Cook in a loss to Knappa's neophytes here Wednesday. Catcher Devin Bannister and shortstop Colten Chalker also had excellent defensive games in the 11-6 defeat.

Fishermen fall to undefeated Wildcats 8-5 in extra inningsLONG BEACH-It all came down to one pitch.

In the seventh inning of Thursday's game, starter Nick Leonard delivered a 2-2 curve ball with two outs and an Ocosta runner representing the tying run perched on third base to the number seven hitter, Colby Raffleson. Leonard had struck out Raffleson twice earlier in the game, but this time the Wildcat first baseman smacked a hard ground ball just out of reach of the diving Travis Ostgaard at third base.

"High school hitters shouldn't be able to hit that pitch in a pressure situation," coach Kevin Heimbigner said after Ocosta tied the score with two outs in the seventh and then went on to win an 8-5 extra-inning decision in SWW League play here Tuesday.

"Nick pitched an outstanding game and our defense was exceptional against the best team we've played so far," the coach said. "Tonight we didn't lose the game, Ocosta simply played well enough to win it." The Wildcats have won nine straight and are on top in the SWW.

But they were far from comfortable for most of the game. Ocosta took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning on two walks and three singles, the last of which was one of four bunt safeties the Wildcats manufactured on the day.

In the home half of the third Paul Blaylock singled down the third base line and Thomas Jenkins was hit with a pitch. Alex Martin plated one run on a line-drive single to right and Mooch Smith's 2-RBI frozen rope up the middle put the Fishermen ahead 3-2.

Jenkins singled in the fifth inning and Leonard and Smith followed suit to again produce a run and give Ilwaco a 4-2 edge. With two outs in the sixth pinch hitter Jauncida singled in Raffleson who had walked on a close 3-2 pitch. Ostgaard started a double play to end the threat.

Leonard got one out in the top of the seventh, but again gave up a base on balls on a 3-2 count. A double down the line put the tying and winning runs in scoring position, but Leonard's hustling flip to Smith on a slow roller cut down the Ocosta runner at the plate. Raffleson then delivered the tying blow to send the contest into extra frames.

Jauncida led off the eighth by again singling to left and three bunt singles and a Fishermen error gave the visitors four big runs after Ostgaard relieved Leonard on the mound. In the bottom of the eighth Smith scorched his third base hit of the fray, moved up on a fielder's choice and came around to score on Ostgaard's infield base knock. Blaylock walked to bring the tying run to the plate, but a ground out ended the battle for first place.

Defensively Quinn Padgett made two "sensational" catches in right field and Blaylock battled the wind to catch four far-from-routine pop ups during the contest. Anthony Wirkkala at shortstop started two other double plays and centerfielder Alex Martin ended two Wildcat rallies with catches of swirling fly balls in his area. Bobby Crislip in his first start at first base made a couple of stellar scoops of low throws.

"This was a tough one to lose because our kids have come a long way and every one of them played their hearts out, but that's baseball and the sun will come up tomorrow and we'll have another game," Heimbigner concluded.

Zach Quinby, Josh Miller (7) and Poole; Leonard (L), Ostgaard (8) and Smith

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