PREP BASEBALL: Riders’ playoff run ends; Forks qualifies for regionals

TACOMA – The Port Angeles baseball team had an amazing run at the 2A Bi District tournament, winning three straight.

But seeded No. 9 in the tournament, the Roughriders needed four straight wins to qualify for the Regionals, and they failed to pull off that latest win and were on the verge of advancing.

The drivers’ rackets broke out on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Orting 16-8 in the semifinals of the tournament’s lower bracket. Only the winner of the lower bracket can qualify for the Regionals. In the evening game, Port Angeles lost 7-1 to a White River team 6-14, ending the Riders’ season.

“We had a good run. In the end we simply found a strong team,” said coach Casey Dietz. “We put ourselves in the shoes of the game we wanted to be in.”

At the start of the tournament, Port Angeles defeated Franklin Pierce 8-5 and Olympic (who had beaten the Riders twice that year) 7-5. After starting the season 0-4, the Drivers went out 13-6 in their last 19 games and 6-1 in their last seven games, finishing the season 13-10.

“We got off to a slow start, but the character of the team was that we got better from game to game,” said Dietz.

Several batsmen had big games up for grabs at Orting. Cole Johnson was 2-for-2 with a home run, four runs scored and an RBI.

Michael Soule was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, Beckett Jarnagin was 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs. Elijah Flodstrom was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and John Vaara was 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs. James Burkhardt had one hit, one RBI and three runs.

Kaleb Mullen started the game and allowed six runs in three innings, but Colton Romero came on relieved, closing Orting and allowing only one run in two innings. Burkhardt allowed a run in a couple of innings.

In the White River defeat, the Riders managed nine goals, but missed many runners. Vaara was 2-for-4, Payton Cagey was 2-for-3 and Johnson was 2-for-3.

On the mound, the Riders used five pitchers in do-or-die play. Luke Flodstrom came to varsity to pitch two innings, allowing only one run. Blake Sohlberg went 1⅔ innings and allowed an unearned run. Soule pitched an inning and allowed no runs.

The Riders graduate Soule, Burkhardt, Hunter Robinson, Jarnagin and Vaara, but many players are returning next year. Many of the Roughriders will also play at Wilder Baseball Club this summer, with an expected influx of some very good Forks players.

Forks 6, Kalama 3

Forks 7, Ilwaco 0

ADNA – The Forks baseball team recovered from a loss to win their last two games at the Southwest 2B District 4 tournament and qualify for the Regionals.

The Spartans lost their first game of the year 17-6 to Napavine last Tuesday, jeopardizing their place in the regional tournament. Forks bounced back Friday with a 7-0 win over Ilwaco behind a three-hit Jewel by Logan Olson to qualify for the state. The Spartans followed up with a 6-3 win over Kalama on Saturday to take third place in the district tournament and improve their placement in the Regionals. Napavine won the district tournament by defeating Toutle Lake.

In Saturday’s win, Logan Urvina started and went 6⅔ innings, allowing for five hits, two walks and two earned runs. He dropped six. Dalton Kilmer secured the save by ending the final with a strikeout.

At the plate, Riley Pursley went 2-on-3 with two RBIs while Olson went 2-on-3 with a run made and an RBI. Dalton Kilmer had a double and two runs. Urvina added a hit.

In Friday’s win, Olson walked the entire game, batting nine while walking just two. Olson added a pair of doubles and two RBIs to help his cause. Aiden Salazar went 2-on-4 with one run made and one RBI, while Gunner Rogers went 2-on-3 with one run made and two stolen bases. Kilmer, Landin Davis, and Keaton Northcut all had hits.

Forks (16-1) starts play in the state 2B tournament, which begins Saturday against Liberty Bell. The game is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. at Castle Rock High School. If the Spartans win, they would play the winner of Toutle Lake and Ilwaco later in the day at Castle Rock. Despite losing to Napavine, Toutle Lake (19-2) is No. 1 in Regionals.

Forks is a No. 9 seed at Regionals while Liberty Bell (14-7 overall) is a No. 8 seed.

Forks 7, Ilwaco 0

Ilw. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 4

Forks 1 3 1 0 0 2 X — 7 9 0

WP: Olsen.

pitch

Forks – Olson 7 IP, 3 H, 9 K, 2 BB.

Beat

Forks – Olson 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Salazar 2-4R, RBI; Rogers 2-3, R2SB; Davis 1-3, R, RBI, SB, BB; Kilmer 1-2R, 2BB; North cut 1-3, R

Forks 6, Kalama 3

Cal. 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 — 3 7 2

Forks 3 0 0 2 0 1 X — 6 6 3

WP: Urvina. SV: Kilmer.

pitch

Forks – Urvina 6.2 IP, 3H, 2ER, 6K, 2BB; Kilmer 0.1 IP, 2 H, K

Beat

Forks – Olson 2-3, R, RBI; Pursley 2-3 2 RBI, SB; Kilmer 1-3, 2B, 2R, SB; Urvina 1-3, BB.

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