Beau Carlson’s first trip to the plate in baseball since a near-fatal brain injury is the stuff movies are made from.
“I was the most nervous that I’ve been in all my life for a baseball game,” Carlson said. “Nervous, and excited. It wasn’t all nerves. I was excited, but I don’t know what it was. I kept telling myself ‘first pitch goes by, I won’t be nervous anymore.’”
A few more went by before Carlson slugged a two-run homer over the left field fence to jump start Wahkiakum’s 10-0 nonleague home win over Ilwaco on Wednesday. The game lasted five innings.
Carlson finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBI and a stolen base.
“Honestly, I was like ‘see ya!’,” coach Marc Niemeyer said. “And the first thing that came to my head was ‘welcome back.’ You couldn’t ask for a better hit, first at bat back.”
Beau’s brother, Brody, started the game for the Mules, and struck out five while allowing just one hit over three shutout innings. Luke Brown threw two innings of relief, striking out four, while going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Going 1-for-3 would have been a solid day, considering what Carlson has been overcome the last six months, but the sophomore duplicated what he’s been doing in the cage over the last few weeks.
“He’s ready to roll,” Niemeyer said. “He’s hungry.”
Catcher Tristan Collupy drove in three runs, and KC Beery plated two runs on a fifth-inning double which ended the game.
Ilwaco senior Ghannon Whelden led the Fish with a second-inning single.
The day had plenty of ups and downs, but most folks in Cathlamet will be cherishing Beau’s return.
“I felt pretty confident about the hit, but I didn’t really think it was going to be a home run” he said. “Then (coach Jeff Rooklidge) was going for a high five. It was a good surprise.”
Skyview 7, Kelso 3: Nick Miller had two of the Hilanders’ eight hits in a nonleague loss at David Story Field on Wednesday at Lower Columbia College.
“We were a bit sloppy at times on the bases,” Kelso coach Tom D’Aboy said. “Skyview is a very good team, and you have to play well to compete with them.”
Also for Kelso (1-1), Justyc Ziegler had a hit and two RBIs, Nate Lonner had a double and scored a run, and Masyn Allison added a hit and an RBI.
Trey Hartley started and pitched four innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts. Jase Schueller allowed four runs on four hits with a strikeout and three walks in an inning of relief, and Hunter Rios allowed a hit and struck out three in two innings.
Kelso hosts Mark Morris on Friday.
Woodland 7, Hudson’s Bay 6: Chance Balch was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning which drove in the winning run in a nonleague game on Wednesday in Woodland.
An intentional walk to Ryan Cooney loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, setting the table for Balch.
Woodland had 11 hits. Brady Burns was 4-5 with a run and an RBI, and Wyatt Autrey was 2-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Wyatt Wooden had a hit and scored twice, and Travis Pitner had a double, scored a run and had an RBI.
Mickey Woodward started and allowed six hits in 5 1/3 innings, and Wooden tossed 1 2/3 relief innings with two hits and three strikeouts.
Onalaska 6, Toutle Lake 2: The Ducks had five errors in a Central 2B League loss on Wednesday in Toutle.
“Our defense was a little sloppy,” TL coach Jerry Johnson said. “We have quite a few younger guys, but our pitchers were solid.”
Ridge Moss scattered five hits and struck out five through 3 2/3 innings, and Jackson Cox tossed 3 1/3 relief innings, allowing one hit with six strikeouts.
The Ducks had four hits. Cox was 2-3 with a double and an RBI, and Logan Grabenhorst and Moss were each 1-3 with a run scored.
Toutle Lake visits Montesano on Friday.
Adna 10, Toledo 1: Matt Stavig had the Indians’ lone hit and knocked in a run in the bottom of the first inning in a Central 2B League loss on Wednesday in Toledo.
Six Toledo pitchers combined to allow 11 hits, eight walks and struck out four.
Adna scored two runs each in the second, fifth and sixth innings, and four runs in the fourth.
Woodland 4, Skyview 0: Olivia Grey allowed two hits and struck out 18 for the Beavers in a nonleague victory on Wednesday in Woodland.
Woodland had seven hits. Kaily Christensen was 2-3 with an RBI, and Kelly Sweyer was 2-3 with a double and an RBI.
Winlock 11, Toledo 1 (5 innings): The Cardinals took advantage of five hits and 11 walks to notch a Central 2B League victory on Wednesday in Winlock.
“That’s a pretty good way to start our season,” Winlock coach Chantel Nelson said. “The girls get a little more hyped up when they play Toledo. We’re happy to walk away with the higher score.”
Jenna Jones was 3-4 with two runs and four RBIs, Sabrena Barragan was 1-3 with two runs, and Karlie Jones had a hit, three walks, three runs and an RBI. Makayla Albritton had three runs and scored twice, Addison Hall had two walks and scored twice, and Raychel Squibb collected two RBIs.
Mark Morris 19, Fort Vancouver 7 (5 innings): Mackynzee Powell was 2-2 with three runs scored as the Monarchs cruised to a nonleague victory on Wednesday at Seventh Avenue Park.
Also for MM (1-1), Star Littleleaf was 2-2 with two RBIs, Karsyn Teigen was 2-3 and scored twice, Breanna Greenwalt had a hit and two RBIs, and Emily Brunnel had a hit, scored twice and knocked in a run.
The Monarchs visit Tumwater on Friday.
Battle Ground 8, R.A. Long 5: Lexi Strahan slapped two doubles and scored two runs, but the Lumberjills dropped a nonleague game on Wednesday in Battle Ground.
Also for RAL (3-2), Cassidy Donaldson was 2-4 with two RBIs, Kamryn Holmdahl was 2-3 and scored a run, and Miranda Bergquist was 1-3.
Strahan started and pitched three innings, allowing three hits, seven walks and striking out two. Bergquist tossed three relief innings, allowing three hits, three walks and striking out three.
RAL hosts Hudson’s Bay on Monday.
Woodland 5, Hudson’s Bay 0: Gaige Pilot netted a goal in each half as the Beavers claimed a nonleague victory on Wednesday in Vancouver.
Woodland (1-0-2) led 2-0 at the break. Cisco Yager also scored in the first half, with Aidan Thrall and Brennan Hilker adding goals in the second half.
The Beavers host La Center on Friday.
Battle Ground 2, Kelso 0: The Tigers scored twice in the final two minutes of a nonleague match on Wednesday in Battle Ground.
“I’m proud of the boys for 78 minutes as they did all they had to do except score,” Kelso coach Kemal Vejo said. “We paid the price in the last two minutes.”
Vejo praised the play of back Derrick Nieto-Verde, who was injured in the final 10 minutes. Kelso goalie Blake Sweider had four saves.
Kelso (1-1-1) hosts Skyview on Friday.
South Bend/Raymond 1, Castle Rock 0: The Riptides scored their first goal in program history in the 50th minute of a nonleague match on Wednesday in Raymond.
CR (0-1-0) visits Tenino on Friday.
Kalama 12, Napavine 4: Brennon and Bradey Vance each drove in two runs as the Chinooks earned a Central 2B League home win at David Story Field on Wednesday. Brennon Vance was 3-for-4 and Bradey Vance also twirled three innings as the starter, striking out three while allowing four hits.
Freshman Noah Imboden pitched two relief innings, allowing one hit with five punchouts. Brennon Vance and Chase Staup combined for two relief innings.
Kalama (2-1, 1,0) plays at Onalaska on Friday.