NASELLE — Jason Harman, replacing Jimmy Strange after he was injured in a collision in the outfield, went 3 for 3 in Naselle’s 12-2 five-inning win over Concordia Christian in District semifinals Thursday, May 9. With the win, the Comets clinched a spot in the eight-team state playoffs.

Strange made a long run to get to Alex Rodenbeck’s first-inning hit into the gap in right-center field but collided head-on with Warren Wirkkala and the ball got down for an RBI double, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

Kolton Lindstrom put Naselle ahead 2-1 with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the first, Clay Bergeson had a leadoff walk and scored in the second and then the Comets broke the game open in the third.

Harman got the third-inning rally started with one out, pounding a low pitch into the gap in left-center field for a single. Lindstrom followed by hitting another tough pitch, reaching way out to slap an opposite-field single. Four batters later, Warren Wirkkala hit a two-out RBI double to deep center field, making it 7-1. Naselle ended up with a six-run inning for a 9-1 lead.

Harman had a leadoff single and scored in a two-run fourth. In the fifth he singled to center to drive in Ethan Lindstrom for a 12-2 lead, ending the game on the 10-run rule.

The Hawks came in at 13-3, including 10-3 in the Sea-Tac League, but Cole Dorman held them to two runs and did not walk a batter in a complete-game win.

Kolton Lindstrom and Bergeson each went 2 for 3.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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