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R.A. Long toppled Mark Morris 11-5 in its Greater St. Helens League 2A home tilt on Friday at the Lumberyard, scoring seven runs in the fifth inning after trailing the first three frames. The Lumberjacks tied the score at four runs apiece when Westin Scheurich singled to center in the fourth inning.

“It was exactly what we needed (in the fifth inning),” RAL coach Mark Hulings said. “They came out hot, they put a four-spot out and we came and put up a two and a one. We just have to trust what we’re doing with our pitching and our defense and allow things to play. It’s tough to play with a lead, and we’ve been on the other end of that.”

Jacks starter Elias Farland went three innings with two strikeouts before Kevin Barnett threw three innings and also struck out two. Scheurich closed the door with a perfect 13-pitch inning, where he struck out all three hitters he faced.

Scheurich also drove in two runs and scored two runs. Farland and catcher Jacob Childers also finished with two RBI each. Tanner Allen, Mitchell Bergquist and Jadon Williamson scored two runs apiece.

For the Monarchs, Noah Mejia, Noah Jenkins, and Brayden Harris scored one run each, while Dawson Fritz scored twice. Mejia, Jenkins, Keoni Makaiwi and Peyton Williamson also drove in a run.

“We kind of came out and punched them in the nose right away,” MM coach Greg Bussell said. “I think we had six hits in the first inning. We did everything that we wanted to do, we got the lead that we felt like we needed, with our gameplan today we knew we were going to put a few guys on the bump. And I thought we started great.”

Offensive production from both sides came in the form of singles and walks with the exception of a double hit by Mejia. The other 32 baserunners reached by being patient at the dish, and taking a productive approach. In all, it produced 16 total runs.

R.A. Long (5-5, 3-1) plays four games next week — at Woodland on Tuesday, then at home against Ridgefield on Wednesday, Columbia River on Thursday and Hockinson on Friday.

Mark Morris (2-8, 1-3) plays three games over that span; at home on Monday against Columbia River, then on the road against Hockinson on Wednesday and at the Ridgefield Outdoor Complex against the Spudders on Friday.

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Jason is a journeyman sports reporter who has covered the Golden State Warriors, Oakland A's, along with a heavy emphasis on the Oakland Raiders. He comes to Cowlitz County from Oakland, Calif. and is a loving father.

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