Baseball: Centralia takes advantage of Black Hills miscues to win league opener

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3/28/18

Centralia 15, Black Hills 5

(Centralia, WA) Black Hills starting pitcher Jacob Nelson pitched 3 innings and at the end trailed 10-3 with maybe 1 earned run. The Wolves defense committed 7 errors in this game most of them while Nelson was on the hill. Offensively they got off to a good start scoring 3 runs in the top of the 1st and did it with an impressive 2-put rally. With Bryce Kincy on 2nd with a 1-out double, Zach Loveless knocked him in with an RBI single. 2 more runs would score with base hits from Taylor Simmons and Dustyn Dalebout.

Jeremy Wood led off for Centralia and the tone would be set with a grounder to the Wolves infield and an error got him to 1st. Kolby Sharp then lofted a base hit into right field. This would be followed by grounders by Colby Steele and Broc Selstrom  and both getting on by error while scoring 2 runs. Derek Beairsto then grounded out knocking in another run and Jerod Frias had an RBI single scoring the 4th run to take a 4-3 lead on zero earned runs.

Nelson then struck out the side in 3 up and 3 down in the bottom of the 2nd but still got tagged for a run when the 3rd strike was dropped on Wood who then made it safely to 1st. Wood then scored on an RBI single from Kolby Sharp to make it 5-3.

It didn’t get any better in the 3rd when Selstrom led off with a grounder and got on by an error followed by a Beairsto single. Frias the grounded one and was thrown out but drove in a run. Nick Stulken drove in a run with a base hit followed by a fly ball to the outfield off the bat of Dom Aguirre which was then dropped. Conner Wasson made the Wolves pay for it ripping a 2-run double and Sharp finished it off with another RBI single and it was 10-3.

Black Hills would get 2 back in the 5th when Kincy scored on a stand up triple by Ethan Loveless and Ethan scored on a sac fly from Zach Loveless and the Wolves were trying gather some momentum cutting the deficit to 10-5.

The Tigers then had their most explosive inning of the game in the bottom of 6 with that 10-5 lead and scored 5 runs to end the game against Wolves relief pitching. Wasson started it off with a triple, Wood singled him in followed by singles from Sharp and Hull. Selstrom then blasted a 2 run double followed by a hit by pitch and an RBI base hit from Frias sending Selstrom to 3rd. Selstrom then scored the clinching 15th run when a pitch got by the catcher and the Tigers clinched their 4th win but more importantly a league win.

Our Pacific Sports Spa Players of the Game went to Centralia’s Kolby Sharp and Black Hills’ Zach Loveless. Our Thorebeckes Sportsmanship winner of the game went to Centralia’s Broc Selstrom.

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