ADNA — Jeb Sheldon had Ilwaco’s only hit in a 16-0 loss to Napavine in a play-in game for districts Saturday, May 4. The loss ended the Fishermen’s season.
Napavine’s Ben Woodrum was 4 for 4 with a double to lead the Tigers, who scored three runs in the first, three in the third and ten in the fifth as the Tigers eliminated Ilwaco.
Woodrum ripped a two-run double and scored on a sacrifice fly in Napavine’s three-run first inning.
Laythan Demarest led off the third with a line drive that went off the head of pitcher Landin Frank after glancing off his glove. Frank went down hard and stayed down for a few minutes as he was attended to. He recovered, fielding a tapper to the mound by the very next batter. Seth Butler and Gavin Parker each reached that inning after strikeout-wild pitches after swinging at curveballs in the dirt, with Butler scoring on Chris Wood’s error trying to throw him out stealing third.
With Napavine up 5-0 and two out still in the third, Tristan Ellison hit a soft popup between second and right. Nate Hopkins went way back and laid out in pursuit of a diving catch that just eluded him. Jackson Wilkin tripped over Hopkins, and the hit turned into an RBI triple for a commanding 6-0 third-inning lead.
Meanwhile, Jake Darden struck out only four Fishermen in five innings, but Sheldon’s single on a grounder to the right side leading off the third was Ilwaco’s only hit. Demarist made a strong throw from deep in the hole at short to deny Wilkin a hit in the second, and the Tigers did not make an error all game.
Woodrum had two hits in the fifth and final frame, going down the third base line for a single and a triple. Parker and Landon Dahl both doubled in the inning as the Tigers scored ten to put the game away.
• Napavine went on to lose 7-0 to Adna in Saturday’s late-afternoon game, putting them one game away from being eliminated.
• Ilwaco, the third-place team in the Pacific League at 12-4, was playing as the home game against Napavine, the Central League number six at 9-7. The Central went 4-0 in play-in games against the Pacific League. Only Ocosta and Pe Ell remained alive out of the Pacific. Ocosta clinched a state berth by beating Onalaska Saturday.