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A 13-run first inning was more than enough to propel sixth-ranked Lower Columbia College to a 28-2 mercy-rule victory in seven innings in NWAC West Region baseball on Friday at David Story Field.

LCC, ranked 23rd in the latest ABCA Pacific Association Division poll, is now 2-1 in the region, 11-5 overall. The loss dropped Green River to 0-19.

“We came out shaky and gave up two runs in the top of the first inning,” LCC coach Eric Lane said. “They did a good job responding in the bottom of the inning.”

The Red Devils took advantage of 19 hits, 11 walks and four Gator errors. Blayze Arcano was 3 for 4 with a double, home run and six RBIs, DeShawn Johnson was 3-4 with a double and three runs scored, and Zack Larson was 3-4 with two runs. GJ Hurst had a double, home run and five RBIs, Zach Threlfall was 2-4 with two RBIs, Noah Andrews hit a double, scored three times and had two RBIs, and Sam Trend-Beacom added a double.

“The guys did a good job handling slower pitching and different style,” Lane added. “They stayed to the approach.”

Mitch Lines tossed four innings, allowing two hits and five RBIs. Spencer Burdick and Travis Paynter tossed three innings of scoreless relief.

LCC visits Centralia at Fort Borst Park on Sunday, weather permitting. The Red Devils also host Pierce on Monday.


Red Devils sweep the Chokers: Lower Columbia College pounded out 25 hits, coaxed 18 walks and took advantage of a pair of errors in an NWAC West Region softball sweep of Grays Harbor on Heerensperger Field on Friday at Tam O’Shanter Park.

Fifth-ranked LCC (18-6, 10-2 region) claimed a pair of five inning mercy-rule wins, 15-3 in the opener and 14-1 in the nightcap.

In the opener, the Red Devils scored six runs in the first inning and five in the second to back Christine Robbins, who allowed five hits and struck out two in the complete-game effort.

LCC collected 10 hits, walked eight times and utilized two Harbor errors. Sophia Zbaeren was 2 for 3 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored, Arielle Burnett was 2-3 with two RBIs, and Allyssa Gustafson was 2-3 with a double and three RBIs, Christine Robbins drilled a solo homer, Kaylee Strahan had a hit and two RBIs, and Brianna Harvill walked three times and scored twice.

In the nightcap, the Red Devils parlayed a five-run third inning into a 10-0 lead entering the fourth inning. LCC collected 15 hits and walked 10 times as Cheyenne Gilbertson was 3-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Gustafson was 2-3 with a triple, three RBIs and scored twice, Aurora Gouley knocked in two runs and scored three times, Strahan added a double, and Burnett hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning.

Nizhoni Wheeler tossed four innings of one hit ball with five strikeouts, and Caitlin Grogan added an inning of one hit relief with a strikeout.

The Red Devils visit Centralia at Fort Borst Park on Tuesday.


Woodland 2, Adna 1: Wyatt Autrey’s sacrifice fly plated Travis Pitner in the top of the sixth inning as the Beavers prevailed in a nonleague game on Friday in Adna. The Beavers had two hits, with Ryan Cooney and Chance Balch collecting one apiece. Cooney allowed one hit through three innings with four strikeouts, and Wyatt Wooden tossed four innings of three-hit relief with six strikeouts for the win.

Pe Ell/Valley 6, Naselle 4: The Titans scored two runs in the fifth inning and once in the sixth to complete their comeback in a nonleague victory on Friday in Pe Ell. Naselle had five hits, with Ethan Lindstrom, Jimmy Strange and Carson Bergeson each going 1 for 4 with an RBI. Cole Dorman scattered eight hits and struck out five in the loss.


Franzke Invitational: Clatskanie’s Nathaniel Strong and Gina Limon won two events apiece in a six-team meet held Friday in Portland.

Clatskanie won the boys’ meet with 163.5 points, with Madison a distant second with 141.

Strong won the shot put (44 feet 2) and discus (118-2). Cooper Blodgett won the 200 (23.51 seconds), Ryan Watson took the 110 hurdles (15.28), and Watson and Blodgett teamed with Kees Tjaarda and Crew Blodgett to win the 4x100 relay in 44.73.

In the girls’ meet, Molalla topped Madison 174-145, followed by Clatskanie with 99.

Limon won the 1500 (5:22.94) and 3000 (11:47.69), and Victoria Griffith took the 300 hurdles in 51.96.


Sports Reporter

Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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