WESTPORT - A tie for third place in the Pacific 2B League with North Beach forced a loser-out playoff game at Westport Wednesday. The Comets took an early 5-0 lead, only to see the Hyaks storm back for a 10-5 win to earn the right to play the Central number six team to get into district, while Naselle finished their season with a 6-10 mark.
Naselle broke the ice by plating two runs in the top of the first on Nate Sultemeier's double, Logan Scrabeck's RBI single, a stolen base and a Nick Hines RBI base hit. In the second they doubled the Comets advantage on a walk, a Sultemeier single, a double steal and John Hines' line drive two-RBI base hit to give Naselle a 4-0 advantage. Leo Mendoza slammed a home run over the centerfield fence to up the ante to 5-0 after three frames.
Mendoza had shut out the Hyaks for the initial three innings, but began to tire and lose the plate in the fourth and fifth, walking seven batters and allowing four runs. John Hines came on in the sixth and Nick Hines followed on the mound, but North Beach took advantage of more walks to tally six in the sixth and win the game going away 10-5.
For the game Sultemeier was 2-4 and Nick Hines 2-3 and both seniors slammed doubles. Mike Shirley, also a senior was 1-3 and Mendoza, John Hines and Scrabeck were all 1-4. Naselle ends their season at 6-10 and 4-6 in the Pacific, while North Beach is 4-6 and 7-11 on the season and headed to Adna for a pigtail game at noon on Saturday.
Coach Pete Donlon expressed gratitude for assistant Randy Lindstrom and volunteer coaches Chris Hinkle and Paul Wirkkala for doing a fine job all season. He concluded, "We had several games this season we had every opportunity to win, but just didn't. A classic example was the Ocosta game we played just before this one." Donlon had praise for seniors Sultemeier, Nick Hines, Shirley, Gabe See and Marcus Sanchez for their contributions to the Naselle baseball program.