CATHLAMET — Beau Carlson blasted a two-run first-inning home run over the left-field fence, and K.C. Beery triggered the mercy rule with a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth, as defending Central League champion Wahkiakum hammered Ilwaco 10-0 Wednesday, March 13.
Carlson’s homer highlighted the Mules’ three-run first inning. A Luke Brown triple helped Wahkiakum pile on with three more in the second. The Mules added two more in the fourth before Beery finished off the Fishermen with his double.
The Mules hit nearly everything hard. Ilwaco’s outfielders made several catches deep near the warning track, including a leaping, back-pedaling grab by Aidan Auttelet in the first inning. The infield had a tougher time with Wahkiakum’s hard one-hoppers and ground balls. Ilwaco officially charged itself with two errors, but harsher scorekeeping could have counted three or four more.
“We improved on defense; in the opener (double-header in Vancouver) we had 11 errors,” said Bret Hopkins, who coached the game as head coach Doug Pellerin recovered from an illness. “But we’re playing it safe. They’re letting the ball play them instead of going and getting it.”
Ghannon Whelden had the only hit for Ilwaco, a second-inning single. Landin Frank got the start and pitched three innings for Ilwaco, and Bryan Sparks worked an inning and two-thirds in relief.