ILWACO — The Fishermen beat Naselle 7-4 on April 11.
Ilwaco’s starting pitcher Zac Tapio went two shutout innings. The only base runner he allowed was on an error. Ilwaco scored two runs without a hit against a wild Ethan Lindstrom in the first inning. Lindstrom settled down in the second, retiring the side in order on just six pitches.
In the third inning, Josh Townsend led off with the Comets’ first hit of the game, launching a four-run inning. Donny Edwards and Carson Bergeson each had RBI singles in the inning against Michael Aguayo. In the bottom of the inning, Tapio had Ilwaco’s first hit, but Carson Bergeson threw him out stealing second. However, the Fishermen scored three runs for a 5-4 lead. The Fishermen added two more runs in the fourth inning, including Aguayo’s RBI double.
Edwards pitched the final two innings for Naselle. He allowed only one base runner, Kalin McNabb, whom he hit with a pitch before picking him off at third. Edwards struck out four of the six batters he faced.
LONG BEACH — The Fishermen destroyed Chief Leschi 28-0 and 16-0 in an April 15 double header. Brandon McMullen was agonizingly close to a five-inning no-hitter in the second game. Zac Tapio allowed only one hit in the four-inning opener. The Fishermen have won six of seven since an 0-4 start.
Tapio struck out the first two batters he faced. He then walked Damien LaPlant, but picked him off first base. Tapio struck out the side in the second. In the third he struck out two more and got a popup to catcher. Sean Allen singled to right leading off the fourth for the Warriors’ first hit. The Fishermen ended the game with a 3-6-1 double play: Michael Aguayo to Brandon Sparks to Tapio covering first.
In the first inning, Reese Tynkila stole home when the catcher’s throw to the mound went off the pitcher’s glove. Kalin McNabb’s two-run double capped a seven-run inning. The Fishermen added 12 runs in the second inning and nine in the third. Michael Aguayo was two for three in the game.
In the nightcap, McMullen never allowed a ball out of the infield. He struck out 11 batters with one walk and needed only 60 pitches to finish off the Warriors. In the fifth McMullen was one out away from a no-hitter. He got two strikes on Anthony Brazelle, who hit a dribbler to third. Carson Moore charged, fielded and threw to first, but Brazelle was safe on a debatable call. McMullen came back to strike out Eugene Enchata to end the game.
It didn’t occur to McMullen that he had a no-hitter going until the end. “Brandon Sparks, the catcher, said ‘come on, you just need one more out,’ and then I realized,” McMullen said.
At the plate, McMullen hit a third-inning triple. The Fishermen benefited from walks and errors, needing only four hits to score their 16 runs.