LONG BEACH — Brandon McMullen’s walk-off single gave the Fishermen a 9-8 eight-inning win over North Beach in the first game of their double header on March 29. The Hyaks led 8-4 after four innings, but the Fishermen came back with three runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to force extra innings. McMullen pitched four scoreless innings in relief, striking out six, allowing only one single and one intentional walk.
The Hyaks scored five in the fourth inning to take their 8-4 lead. In the fifth, with the bases loaded and no outs, Carson Moore ripped an RBI single between first and second. McMullen lined a single to the same spot, scoring two more to make it 8-7. North Beach pitcher Austin Perez avoided further damage in the inning, then struck out the side in the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, McMullen retired the side in order with two strikeouts and a popup. In the bottom of the inning, Zac Tapio ripped a screaming line drive to center field. Perez became wild and walked in a run to tie the game. With the bases loaded and two outs, Tapio broke for home plate, paused, drew a throw to third, and took off for the plate again. The throw to the plate just beat him, forcing the game into extra innings.
McMullen struck out two more batters in the top of the eighth. Sidearmer Steven Sotomish took the mound for North Beach in the bottom of the inning and walked the bases loaded. McMullen then singled home Taylor Young to win the game.
LONG BEACH — Ilwaco beat North Beach 8-1 in the five-inning nightcap of their double header on March 29. Zac Tapio allowed no earned runs on two hits and had three hits of his own.
Ilwaco scored three in the first inning. In the second, Reese Tynkila singled in Tapio for a 4-0 lead. With one out in the third, North Beach’s Cody Galaviz reached on an error, and Steven Sotomish doubled him in. Tapio then struck out Austin Perez, and Taylor Young made a spectacular catch in center to take away a hit from Marcus Pope to end the inning.
In the fourth inning, Brandon Sparks tripled to deep right field but was thrown out trying for an inside-the-park homerun. An inning later Brandon McMullen did hit an inside-the-park homerun. McMullen hit the pitch to medium deep centerfield, and the ball bounced toward the wall. The centerfielder lost sight of the ball and so could not retrieve it. McMullen scored easily, and the Fishermen led 5-1. Ilwaco added three more runs in the inning.