NASELLE - That noble bard William Shakespeare in "Henry VI" says, "Now shine it like a comet of revenge, a prophet to the fall of all our foes!" Coach Pete Donlon may not have been quite so poetic Thursday when his Comets avenged an earlier 7-2 Pacific League loss at the hands of North Beach, but he did say of his team's 10-1 victory, "This was our best effort all year. Leonel Mendoza was dominant as a pitcher the first four innings and we hit the ball hard and played excellent defense, especially in the outfield."
The Comets opened scoring in the bottom of the first frame when Chase Chapman, Logan Scrabeck and John Hines spanked singles to account for two tallies. In the big fourth inning two walks and Mendoza and Alan Erickson RBI-double and run-scoring singles from Nick Zimmerman and Hines plated four Comets and put Naselle on top 6-0.
After North Beach broke up Mendoza's shutout with a run in the top of the fifth, the Comets came back with four more runs in the bottom of the frame. Following a pair of Hyak errors Chapman and Jesus Martinez belted doubles and Austin Burkhalter and Zimmerman had run-scoring singles.
Mendoza allowed one hit, walked three and struck out seven while pitching four and one-third innings and Hines came on in relief to strike out three more Hyaks as he mopped up on the mound.
Mendoza, Erickson, Zimmerman, Chapman and Martinez were all 2-3 and Burkhalter and Hines also added safeties to the offense.
Naselle is now 5-2 in the Pacific and 6-3 overall.
North Beach 000 010 0 1-3-3
Naselle 204 040 x 10-12-0
Preston Vick (L), Joe Ray (1), Jason Fry (4) and Ray, Greg Gideon (2), Joe Ray (4); Leo Mendoza (W), John Hines (5) and Nick Zimmerman
Naselle chops down Oakville 19-1 OAKVILLE - Using the formula to score seven in the first inning for the second straight Pacific 2B League baseball game, Naselle chopped down Oakville 19-1 there April 19. After taking a commanding 11-0 lead into the top of the fourth frame Austin Burkhalter belted a towering three-run home run as Naselle put eight more runs on the board.
Chapman led off the game with a single and immediately stole second. Following a walk Scrabeck slammed a double to score two runs. Leo Mendoza singled in Scrabeck and after two errors and two walks Jesus Martinez drove home a pair of runs with a double and the route was on.
In the third Chapman and Chris Walkowiak banged out back-to-back doubles to score one and Scrabeck's fielder's choice knocked home another run.
Naselle dropped a three-inning junior varsity exhibition 6-1.
Naselle 722 80 19-12-1
Oakville 000 10 1-1-4
Leo Mendoza (W), John Hines (3), Trevin Leeland (4) and Nick Zimmerman; D. Witt (L), Johnson (4) and Youcktan
Naselle JV 001 1-2-3
Oakville JV 411 6-3-2
Seth Scrabeck (L), Chris Walkowiak (2), Zimmerman (3) and Paul de Montaudouin; Rosbaugh and Youcktan