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Castle Rock's Erik Titus fields a routine grounder. 

In desperation mode trailing 2-0 in the sixth and facing an 0-5 start to Trico 1A League play, Castle Rock needed the bats to finally break loose.

Skyler McQuilliams, back in the lineup Tuesday, singled to open the inning and well, hitting is contagious. Erik Titus, Tate Creed and Cole Hooper all doubled and the Rockets put three runs on the board in a 3-2 victory over La Center. The Rockets dropped the opener of the doubleheader 13-2.

A defeat could have spelled the demise of the Rockets’ playoff hopes. Now at 1-4 in league play (3-6 overall), the Rockets can still believe. That becomes particularly true if they can steal the series from the Wildcats on the road Friday.

“This was big,” coach Chad Perdue said. “I don’t think these guys realized how important this one was, but it was big. If we lose this one, we’re at the bottom and we don’t have much of a shot to get back up.”

Ethan Perdue threw a gem in Tuesday’s nightcap, allowing just one hit and striking out two in seven innings. Three walks, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly spotted the Wildcats two runs in the fifth.

“Just knowing I have teammates behind me that are going to play defense,” Ethan Perdue said. “Also just confidence knowing that going into this game we have to get this win.”

In the opener, Titus struck out eight in seven innings, faltering late and allowing five runs in the seventh. Ethan Erickson was 2-4 in that game.

Mountain View 10, Kelso 1: The Hilanders managed three hits in a Greater St. Helens 3A League loss at Rister Stadium on Tuesday at Tam O’Shanter Park.

Phillip Smith had a hit and an RBI, and Nick Miller and Nate Lonner added a hit apiece.

Trey Hartley pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts. Korbin Hiatt tossed 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief with a strikeouts, and Hunter Rios allowed four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in two relief innings.

Kelso (8-2, 4-1 league) hosts Hudson’s Bay today.

Clatskanie 5, Catlin Gabel 0: Dawson Evenson and Cade Warren combined on a three-hitter was the Tigers won a Coastal Range League game on Tuesday in Clatskanie.

Evenson allowed two hits and struck out 13 in 6 2/3 innings, and Warren allowed a hit in 1/3 of an inning in relief.

Clatskanie (3-6, 1-0 league) had nine hits. Luke Roth was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored, Foster Evenson was 2-3, Jackson Boothe had a double and three RBIs, and Andre’ Combs swatted a double.

Mules sweep away Mossyrock: Wahkiakum needed only five innings in the nightcap to complete a Central 2B League doubleheader sweep of Mossyrock on Tuesday in Cathlamet.

Wahkiakum (6-2, 4-2 league) won the opener 4-1, and took the nightcap 15-1.

In the opener, Ashden Niemeyer started and tossed two innings of no-hit ball with three strikeouts. Brody Carlson picked up the victory after tossing 3 1/3 innings of one-hit relief with five strikeouts, and James Anderson struck out five in 1 2/3 innings. Luke Brown and Quentin Nelson each had singles.

In the nightcap, Damion Curl allowed two hits and struck out four in three innings, and Anderson had six strikeouts in two innings. Niemeyer was 2-3 with a double and five RBIs, and Carlson was 2-2 with two RBIs. Luke Brown had a triple and four RBIs, and Tristan Collupy added a double and two RBIs.

On Friday, Wahkiakum plays Kalama at home.

Taft 7, Rainier 3: The fourth-ranked Columbians dropped their Coastal Range League opener on Tuesday in Lincoln City.

No additional game details were available.

Rainier is now 4-4, 0-1 in league.

SOFTBALL

Toutle Lake sweeps Kalama: The Ducks claimed the opener 20-0 in two innings, and took the nightcap 15-2 in four innings in a Central 2B League doubleheader on Tuesday in Kalama.

Jasmine Smith tossed a no-hitter in the opener with four strikeouts and a walk. Sydney Hald was 3 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, and Katelyn Redmill was 2-3 with three runs, an RBI and two stolen bases. Casey Wentz had a home run, two RBIs, scored three runs and stole two bases, Kaylee Florek had a home run, three RBIS, two runs and two stolen bases, Brooklyn Wassell scored twice and had two RBIs, and Smith scored three runs and stole two bases. KJ Rogge and Sienna Rudd scored two runs apiece.

In the nightcap, Florek was 3-3 with a double, four runs and three RBIs, and Kendal Bennett was 3-4 with three RBIs and three runs. Jordyn Grabenhorst was 2-3 with two triples and three runs, and Redmill was 2-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Florek scattered three hits and struck out on in the victory.

For Kalama, Cali Tusani was 2-2 with an RBI, and Alexis Kaschmitter was 1-2 with an RBI.

TL is now 7-2, 5-1 in league, and Kalama is 0-5 overall and in league.

Ridgefield 8, R.A. Long 3: The Lumberjills collected six hits in a Greater St. Helens 2A League loss on Tuesday in Ridgefield.

For RAL (1-3, 0-1 league), Cassidy Donaldson was 2-3 with a double, McKinzie Todd had a double and scored twice, and Kamryn Holmdahl had a double and two RBIs. Lexie Strahan scattered six hits through four innings with two strikeouts.

Rainier 11, Taft 4: Paige Kellar was 4-4 with a double, two RBIs and scored twice as the Columbians won the Coastal Range League opener on Tuesday in Lincoln City.

Rainier (7-4, 1-0 league) had 12 hits. Jaedyn Larsen was 2-4 with two RBIs, Rylee O’Brien was 2-3, Emmalee Melvin had a double, an RBI and two runs scored, and Reese Schimmel and Kyla Howell each scored twice and had an RBI.

Taleah King scattered seven hits and struck out 10 for the win.

Woodland 8, Columbia River 0: Olivia Grey twirled a one-hitter and struck out 17 as the Beavers coasted to a Greater St. Helens 2A League victory on Tuesday in Woodland.

Woodland (7-0, 1-0 league) had 10 hits. Carleigh Risley was 2-2 with a home run, double and three RBIs, and Kelly Sweyer was 2-3 with ahome run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Kaily Christensen was 2-4 with two runs, Chloe Eddy was 2-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Gwen Elkinton and Justice Holcomb each hit a double.

Cardinals two-time Toledo: Winlock collected a combined 19 hits in a Central 2B League doubleheader sweep of Toledo on Tuesday in Toledo.

Winlock (4-4, 2-4 league) won the opener 17-14, and took the nightcap 5-2.

In the opener, Winlock’s Jenna Jones scattered 12 hits and struck out 10 for the win. Addison Hall was 3-5 with three RBIs and three runs. Jones was 3-5 with a triple and four runs, and Raychel Squibb was 3-5 with three runs. Sabrena Barragan had two RBIs and two runs, Madison Liofberg was three runs, and Piper Low added two runs.

For Toledo (3-6, 2-4 league), Adrian Murphy was 3-4 with two triples, four RBIs and two runs, and Haleigh Holmes was 3-4 with a double and three runs. Kyleigh Holmes was 2-5 with two RBIs and three runs, Genevive Kalista was 2-4 with a double, and Grace Madill was 2-5. Haleigh Holmes allowed five hits and struck out three through 4 1/3 innings, and Kendra Coverdell gave up nine hits and struck out one in 2 2/3 relief innings.

Winlock had five hits in the nightcap. Hall was 1-3 with two RBIs, and Squibb was 1-4 with an RBI. Jones allowed four hits and struck out five in the complete-game win.

Toledo had four hits, with Grace Madill going 1-3 with an RBI. Payson Hoiseck allowed five hits and struck out five in the loss.

Castle Rock sweeps La Center: The Rockets won 5-2 in the opener and needed only six innings of their nightcap to win 13-3 on Tuesday. The Trico 1A home wins place Castle Rock in first place.

Payton Kessler struck out 15 while allowing only two hits over seven innings in the first game, and was backed by a 3-for-4 performance from Logann Golden as well as Zoe Naugle’s 2-for-3 day. Naugle drove in two runs and Golden knocked in one run.

Katey Montgomery fanned four over five innings in the nightcap, and Kessler struck out all three batters she faced in the sixth inning.

Sadee Huckleberry and Kerianne Cline were 3-for-4, Huckleberry finished with three RBI and Cline added two RBI. Gracie Kimball plated four runs, and had three doubles on the day.

Castle Rock (5-3, 2-0) travels to play La Center on Friday.

Ilwaco sweeps the Warriors: Ilwaco claimed three-inning victories of 32-6 and 33-1 to take a Pacific 2B League doubleheader from Chief Leschi on Tuesday in Puyallup.

In the opener, Gracie Bennett tossed two innings, allowing a hit with six strikeouts. Hannah Hines tossed an inning of relief, allowing a hit and striking out one.

In the nightcap, Hines tossed two innings, allowing a hit with three strikeouts. Kaytlenn Whelden tossed a relief innings, allowing a hit with two strikeouts.

In the doubleheader, Jaymie Patana hit for the cycle with a home run, triple, double and single, and Whelden added a triple, double and single. Jordyn Taft, Lexus Ryan and Hines all had sacrifice bunts.

BOYS' SOCCER

Toledo/Winlock United 12, Castle Rock 0: Gustavo Barragan scored six goals in United’s Trico 1A League home win Tuesday. Barragan scored four goals in between the seventh and 15th minutes, with assists from Andreas Malunat, Isaac Cruz, Brandan Cruz and Isaac Garibay.

Barragan scored in the 42nd and 60th minutes as well. Edgar Barragan scored the first goal, in the second minute, then Brian Wood, Garibay (twice) Neal Patching and Matthew Ethridge scored goals. Goalkeeper Jonathan Cisneros had one save.

United (5-0-4, 5-0) plays at La Center on Thursday while Castle Rock (1-6-1, 1-4) hosts Columbia/White Salmon on Thursday.

Evergreen 3, Kelso 0: The Hilanders only tallied one shot on goal in their Greater St. Helens League 3A home loss Tuesday. Goalkeeper Blake Sweider recorded two saves, and Evergreen scored all three goals on free kicks. Kelso (1-6-2, 0-3) plays at Fort Vancouver on Friday.

TRACK

Mark Morris at Woodland: Woodland’s Jenay McCants won four events in the girls’ meet, and Tyler Flanagan took three events and helped a relay team to victory in the boys’ portion of a Greater St. Helens 2A League meet at Beaver Stadium on Tuesday in Woodland.

Woodland topped Mark Morris 100-48 in the girls’ meet.

McCants won the long jump (15-feet), triple jump (30-feet), 100 hurdles (18.27 seconds) and 300 hurdles (54.86). Alee Cresap won the 200 (30.66), teamed with Kayley Autrey, Frances Helling and Jaedyn Harrington on the top 4x200 relay in 1:58.24, and joined Annika McCarty, Helling and Nicole Guthrie on the winning 4x400 relay in 4:44.39.

Guthrie also won the discus (86-9) and high jump (5-4), and Lauren Kaiser was tops in the 1600 (6:29.33) and 3200 (14:21.99). Also winning for the Beavers were McCarty (800, 2:46.92), Kaley Wiest (javelin, 87-3), Taylor Curnutt (pole vault, 7-3), and the 4x100 relay of Chelsey Beardsley, Marlene Lopez-Cruz Madison Christensen and Alyssa Apling in 58.16.

For Mark Morris, Madi Stacey won the 100 in 14.81 and the 400 in 1:12.12, and Presley McClung took the shot put at 29-8.

In the boys’ meet, Woodland beat MM 108-37.

Flanagan won the 110 hurdles (15.97), 300 hurdles (41.11), javelin (146-5), and teamed with Kenyon Guy, Kyle Groce and Isaac Hall on the winning 4x100 relay in 45.23. Guy also won the 100 (12.34) and joined Jonathan Gabalis, Parker Owen and Tuff Biddix on the top 4x400 relay in 3:57.91, and Isaac Hall won the long jump (20-7) and triple jump (41-1 ½).

Also winning for Woodland were Joran Lamoreaux (3200, 11:39.87), Michael Karchesky (shot put, 41-11), Jason Bowman (discus, 118-4), Alexzander Bishop (high jump, 6-2), and Judeah Sanders (pole vault, 12-feet).

For MM, Kameron Werner won the 400 (56.05) and 800 (2:10.36), Keon Kent took the 200 (26.32), and Eric Bauman won the 1600 (5:04.51).

GOLF

Woodland 195, Hockinson 215: Rayleah Trice carded a medal round of 44 to lift the Beavers to a Greater St. Helens 2A League win at The Cedars on Tuesday in Vancouver.

Also for Woodland, Abby Bozarth and Erin Madsen had rounds of 46, and Hannah Landigan added a 59.

Wahkiakum 172, North Beach incomplete: Tyler St. Onge carded a medal round of 36 as the Mules claimed a Southwest 2B league victory at the Skyline Golf Course on Tuesday in Cathlamet.

Rounding out the Wahkiakum scorecard were Zach Johnston with 44, and Victor Hummer and Joseph Savelio with rounds of 46.

The Mules play Three Rivers Christian and Adna at Mint Valley on Thursday.

GIRLS TENNIS

Castle Rock 3, Montesano 2: The Rockets won two singles and a doubles pairing in a Southwest 1A match on Tuesday in Montesano.

Madeline DelCastillo won first singles 6-2, 6-4, and Jenna LaFontaine took second singles 6-7, 6-1, 6-3. Hanna Lair and Megan Keeling combined to take second doubles 7-5, 6-3.

CR (3-2, 1-0 league) hosts Tenino on Thursday.

Washougal 5, R.A. Long 1: The Lumberjills came out on the short end of a Greater St. Helens 2A League match on Tuesday at home.

No additional match details were available.

RAL is now 3-2, 0-1 in league.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Red Devils sweep Harbor: Lower Columbia College claimed a pair of five-inning victories over Grays Harbor in an NWAC South Region softball doubleheader on Heerensperger Field on Tuesday at Tam O’Shanter Park.

LCC (15-6, 8-4 league) won the opener 8-0, and took the nightcap 9-1.

In the opener, Trinity Naugle scattered three hits and struck out one for the win. Sarah Potwin was 2 for 3 with a home run, double, two runs scored and an RBI, Lauren Lunt was 2-2 with a home run, two runs and an RBI, and Valeti Fifita was 2-2 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs. Sophia Parsons was 2-3 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs, and Allie Hall was 2-2 with two doubles and an RBI.

In the nightcap, Nizhoni Wheeler scattered three hits and struck out two for the win. Parsons was 2-3 with a double, home run, two runs scored and four RBIs. Skylar Hunter was 1-2 with a double, a run and an RBI, Saydie Harris was 1-2 with two runs, an RBI and two stolen bases, and Hall, Ellie Conley and Kami Gray all had a double apiece.

LCC hosts Chemeketa on Thursday.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Lower Columbia 13, Green River 0: The Red Devils took advantage of five hits, eight walks and seven Green River errors to claim an NWAC West Region victory on Wednesday at David Story Field.

LCC (17-6, 4-1 region) scored five runs in the third and sixth in the fourth to break the game open.

Chase Matheny was 2-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Trevor Paro and Colin Floyd each hitting doubles.

DeShawn Johnson allowed two hits and struck out 10 through five innings. Nick Jennings and Rance Pittman each tossed an inning of hitless relief with three and two strikeouts, respectively.

LCC visits Centralia for a doubleheader on Saturday at Fort Borst Park.

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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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