NAPAVINE — Kalama followed a three-run first inning with a nine-run second and crushed Ilwaco 16-0 in an elimination game at Districts, ending the Fishermen’s season.
In the first inning, Alex Dyer’s RBI single gave the Chinooks a 3-0 lead. In the second, after Kalama loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two errors, Hayden Wilson broke the game open with a triple to deep center for a 6-0 lead. Two batters later, pitcher Colby Rader doubled to deep left to score two more. Zac Tapio got the next two hitters out, but three more Ilwaco errors further extended the inning, which ended with the Chinooks ahead 12-0.
“They put the ball in play, and we just weren’t making routine plays,” said Fishermen coach Dave Tapio.
Meanwhile, Rader was perfect through the first three and two thirds innings before Brandon McMullen smashed a double to the centerfield wall. Keeping Fishermen hitters off-balance with his breaking ball, Rader struck out five straight batters in the second and third, getting four of them looking.
Landon Frank had Ilwaco’s second and final hit in the fifth inning. The game ended after five innings due to Kalama’s double-digit lead. For Kalama Brennon Vance was 3 for 4 with two doubles, Rader went 2 for 3, Wilson was 2 for 4.
SOUTH BEND — Zac Tapio combined efficiency and domination, needing only 74 pitches to strike out 16 batters in a no-hitter against South Bend. The Fishermen needed Tapio to be every bit as dominant as he was; their offensive slump continued in the 1-0 win. It was the first game of a double-header played in Castle Rock.
“I was getting my high fastball by them,” said Tapio, a senior who will play baseball for George Fox University in Oregon, “and I was locating my pitches.”
Tapio walked only one batter. Brandon McMullen gunned down that runner stealing second.
Tapio walked and scored the only run of the game, stealing second and third and coming home on the catcher’s errant throw to third.
Ilwaco scored two runs in the seventh inning to win the nightcap 4-3. Kahlin McNabb and Reese Tynkila had back-to-back one-out singles in the seventh to start the rally. After a wild pitch, both were in scoring position. The Indians then intentionally walked Tapio, but McMullen came through with a hit to tie it. Chris Wood singled up the middle to bring in Tynkila with the winning run.