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Castle Rock wrapped-up its second straight undefeated Trico League softball title with a 10-0 drubbing of King’s Way on Friday in Vancouver.

CR (12-4, 8-0 league) had 13 hits. Payton Kessler twirled a one-hitter and struck out seven.

“We’re hitting the ball well now,” CR coach Ron Strode said. “We’re playing solid defense, and we’re really moving the baserunners and getting our bunts down.”

Kerianne Cline was 3-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and scored a run, Zoe Naugle was 3-3 with two runs, and Logann Golden was 2-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs. Rhiannon Sibbett, Payton Ricketts and Kessler also had a hit and scored a run apiece.

Kelso 11, Evergreen 4: Capri Franzen and Hailey Jackson combined to check Evergreen on three hits as the Lassies rolled to a Greater St. Helens 3A League win during Senior Night on Heerensperger Field on Friday at Tam O’Shanter Park.

“We hit the ball better, and the girls came ready to play,” Kelso coach Dean Sorensen said. “It was good for our seniors to go out on a high note playing their last game on the home field.”

Franzen allowed two hits and struck out eight through six innings, and Jackson gave up a hit and struck out one in an inning of relief.

Kelso (11-7, 9-4 league) had 13 hits. Franzen was 3-3 with a double, Courtney Parsons had a home run, double and an RBI, Lizzy Olney was 2-3 with two RBIs, and Kylie Mobbs added a triple and two RBIs.

Top-ranked Tigers sweep: Top-ranked Clatskanie manhandled Warrenton 15-1 in the five-inning opener, and won 15-6 in completing a Coastal Range League sweep on Friday in Clatskanie.

The Tigers are now 17-0, 8-0 in league.

In the opener, Shelby Blodgett swatted a grand slam and scored three runs, and pitched a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and five walks. Olivia Sprague was 2-3 and scored three runs, and Alexis Smith was 2-3 with two runs and three RBIs.

In the nightcap, Smith was 3-4 with a triple and three runs, Blodgett was 2-3 with three runs and three RBIs, and Maris Jackson was 2-3. Sprague hit a home run, scored twice and had two RBIs, Sammy Hummer had a triple and two RBIs, Kami Harrison had a double and three RBIs, Kalani Ausmus added a double, and Jayden Makinson scored twice.

Kaity Sizemore scattered seven hits, struck out five and walked three in the win.

Woodland 5, Ridgefield 0: Kelly Sweyer and Payten Foster each hit a two-run homer, and Olivia Grey twirled a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts as the Beavers won a Greater St. Helens 2A League contest on Friday in Ridgefield.

Grey has struck out 181 batters in 76 innings on the season.

Woodland (15-0, 9-0 league) had five hits, with Foster adding a double to finish 2-3 with three RBIs. Sweyer also scored three runs.

R.A. Long 7, Columbia River 5: The Lumberjills plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim a Greater St. Helens 2A League game at home on Friday.

RAL (9-8, 5-5 league) had six hits. Saige Kochis was 1-3 with three RBIs, Cassidy Donaldson was 1-3 with two RBIs, and Kamryn Holmdahl was 1-4 with an RBI. McKinzie Todd and Kenna Kolbaba each a hit and scored two runs apiece, and Myah Bodily was 1-3 and scored a run.

Lexi Strahan scattered seven hits, struck out three and walked two in the win.


Rainier 12, Catlin Gabel 1 (5 innings): The Columbians collected 13 hits in a Coastal Range League victory on Friday in Portland.

The nightcap of the scheduled doubleheader was halted in the sixth inning for darkness.

Rainier (11-6, 7-3 league) had 13 hits. Tanner Chapman was 3-4 with two RBIs, Austin Cantrell was 2-3 with a home run, three runs and two RBIS, and Kenney Tripp had two doubles and two RBIs. Jayden Robb was 2-4 with an RBI, Jordan Kangas had a double and scored twice, and Joey Tripp added a hit, an RBI, and scored twice.

Logan Keizur started an pitched an inning, allowing an earned run on a hit with a strikeout. Kangas tossed four innings of relief, allowing three hits and striking out two.

King’s Way 6, Castle Rock 3: The Rockets managed four hits in a Trico 1A League loss on Friday in Vancouver.

Skyler King had a double, and Ethan Perdue had a hit, scored a run and stole a base. Four Rockets’ pitchers combined to allow five earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

CR is now 7-12 overall, 4-8 in league.

Tigers get swept: Clatskanie had a combined 16 errors in dropping a Coastal Range League doubleheader to Warrenton on Friday in Clatskanie.

Clatskanie (5-14, 3-8 league) had 15 hits and seven errors in dropping the opener 8-7, and had seven hits and nine miscues in the 15-5 five-inning nightcap.

In the opener, Luke Roth was 4-4 with a double and two RBIs, Noah Patterson was 2-4 with two doubles and three runs scored, and Sam Shockley was 2-5 with two RBIs. Chase Baker was 2-5 with two runs, Cade Warren hit 2-3, and Dawson Evenson added a double.

Andre Combs allowed two earned runs on four hits with nine strikeouts and five walks through 5 2/3 innings. Foster Evenson gave up an earned run on two hits with a strikeout and a walk in 1 1/3 relief innings, and Warren had a strikeout and three walks in two relief frames.

In the nightcap, the Tigers had seven hits but committed nine errors.

Combs was 2-2 with an RBI, Foster Evenson added a double and an RBI, and Roth and Shockey had an RBI apiece.

Warren allowed an earned run on two hits with a strikeout and three walks through three innings, and Jackson Boothe gave up four earned runs on six hits with a strikeout and three walks in two relief innings.

Kelso’s Hartley, Miller are first-teamers: Trevor Hartley and Nick Miller were named to the all-Greater St. Helens 3A League’s first-team in baseball after a vote of league coaches.

Hartley was selected as a utility player, and Miller was tabbed as an infielder.

Named to the league’s second-team were Kelso pitcher Trey Hartley, infielder Alex Ransom, and outfielders Rees Hall and Masyn Allison.

Mountain View’s Andrew Selden was named the league’s Player of the Year, and Aaron Coiteux of Mountain View was selected Coach of the Year.


Spudder Classic: Woodland’s Tyler Flanagan and Nicholas Sarysz of R.A. Long won two events apiece in the boys’ portion of the 23-team meet held on Friday in Ridgefield.

Ridgefield won the boys’ team title with 112,5 points, followed by Ridgefield with 95. Woodland was third with 72.5, followed by R.A. Long (seventh, 33), Kalama (11th, 25.75), Mark Morris (12th, 21), Toledo (13th, 16), Toutle Lake (15th, 12), Rainier (19th, 8) and Castle Rock (23rd, 1).

Flanagan won the 110 hurdles (14.93 seconds) and 300 hurdles (40.53), Jason Bowman won the javelin (176 feet 1), and Alex Bishop took the high jump at 6-4. The 4x100 relay of Kenyon Guy, Kyle Groce, Isaac Hall and Flanagan was third in 44.76, placing fourth were Hall (110 hurdles, 15.85; triple jump, 41-9), and finishing fifth was Judeah Sanders (pole vault, 13-feet).

RAL’s Sarysz won the 1600 (4:30.42) and 3200 (9:49.97), and Seth Klander was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 43.31.

Placing second for Kalama were Richard Beverage in the 300 hurdles (41.55) and Nathan Anderson in the javelin (166-7), and Jonah Lucente was fourth in the high jump at 5-10.

Kameron Werner of Mark Morris was third in the 800 (2:05.05) and fifth in the 1600 (4:40.37), and Toledo’s Nicholas Marty was second in the 3200 in 9:57.24. Riley Kent of Toutle Lake was second in the 800 in 2:01.56, and placing fourth were Rainier’s Easton Crape in the shot put (45-6), and Castle Rock’s Lance Wirkkala in the triple jump (38-10).

Washougal won the girls’ meet with 88 points, followed by Elma with 75. Woodland was sixth with 39, Mark Morris placed ninth with 34, Toutle Lake was 15th with 12, and Castle Rock and Toledo tied for 17th with 10 apiece. Rainier was 20th with eight, R.A. Long was 22nd with seven, and Kalama was 23rd with three.

Woodland’s Nicole Guthrie won the high jump at 5-4, and Jenay McCants was third in the 300 hurdles in 52.1. McCants also finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.31) and triple jump (33-6), and was fifth in the pole vault (15-5). Isabella Mattison was fifth in the pole vault at 8-6.

Heaven Burr of Mark Morris won the 400 (1:01.08), was second in the 200 (26.61), and fourth in the 100 (13.02), and Erica Snyder placed third in the triple jump (34-2), and fifth in the 300 hurdles (52.65).

Toledo’s Kallie Schaplow won the javelin at 129-9, and placing second were Castle Rock’s Brooke Wirkkala in the long jump (16-feet), and Rainier’s Lilianna Flores in the 300 hurdles (50.71). Meleah Kandoll of Toutle was third in the 800 (2:28.01), RAL’s Kierrla Yates was sixth in the 400 (1:03.94), and Kalama’s Kapio Wetmore was seventh in the high jump (4-8).

3A Subdistrict Meet: Five Kelso athletes punched their tickets to the district championships after winning their respective events on Friday at Schroeder Field.

Winners in the girls’ meet were Bella Hadaller (long jump, 14 feet 1), Hanna Kuhn (discus, 88-10) and Megan Skeels (shot put, 29-8).

In the boys’ meet, winners were Matthew Nusbaum (shot put, 42-feet) and Sean Gillett (javelin, 145-10).


Montesano 4, Three Rivers Christian 1: Bailee Wallace moved to 10-1 on the season with a 6-0, 6-1 win at first singles in a Southwest 1A League loss on Friday at John Null Park.

TRC is now 4-5 overall, 3-4 in league.

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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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