CLATSKANIE — Naselle thumped Clatskanie 14-3 in their Monday, March 11 season-opener.

Tiger pitchers walked nine batters and hit another two in the five-inning game. Clatskanie got out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the first inning, as Joe Strange lined into an unassisted double play. But in the second, Naselle reloaded the bases with one out when Clatskanie mishandled back-to-back bunts by Josh Townsen and Jason Harman. Ethan Lindstrom’s line-drive single brought in the season’s first run.

A string of two-out, bases-loaded walks and errors extended the second inning before Townsen, batting again, ripped a three-run triple just inside the bag at first. The ball bounced up a hill in foul territory as the fielder gave chase. That hit capped a ten-run Comet inning.

Lindstrom got the start on the mound, striking out four batters in two scoreless innings. Left fielder Josh Townsen threw out a runner at home in the first. Then, in the second, Daniel Holt made a diving stop at second, and catcher Kolton Lindstrom threw out a runner at third.

Cole Dorman went two innings, and Townsen closed it out. Townsen went 3 for 4 on the day.

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

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