CATHLAMET — The Mules took advantage of 11 Naselle bases on balls and a pair of hit batsmen to run away with a 12-2 non-league win in Cathlamet Thursday, March 17. The Mules scored five unearned runs in the third inning by way of the Comets only two errors on the day to break from a 1-1 tie.

“We played pretty well defensively except for a couple of two-out errors in the third. Our pitching was on the wild side and we didn’t bunch our hits enough to stay with them,” coach Pete Donlon said. Chris Walkowiak, who “hit the ball hard all day,” was a bright spot as he singled in the first inning. After a Mule error moved him to third he scored on a Nick Strange fielder’s choice.

In the sixth frame Seth Scrabeck had a base hit, Calvin Zimmerman walked, and Trevin Leeland singled home Scrabeck. Leeland was 3-3 on the day for the Comets and Strange also had a single. “Walkowiak and Leeland hit the ball well, but we struck out 13 times in six innings and that’s too many,” Donlon lamented.

The Comets had 21 on their roster, but grade eligibility and lack of practices left them with 13 players available for the season opener. “We lost two of our front-line pitchers to eligibility, but Strange, Leeland, Scrabeck, and Nick Zimmerman combined to only give up seven hits for us,” Donlon said.

Zach Pierce led Wahkiakum at the plate, going 4-4 with five RBI. The Comets are 0-1 and the Mules 1-0 on the season.


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