Longview sent local baseball fans home happy in the nightcap, as both co-hosts went home with wins during the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series on Saturday.
A 7-2 Longview win over New Castle, Ind., at David Story Field ensured that, the hometown team fueled by a four-run third inning that backed an effective day on the hill for Jordan Kangas.
“That’s three great starts out of our pitchers and we finally got some hits,” coach Jeff Vinton said. “I think being the host team, the joke’s out. We’re not a gimme.”
Kangas pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing two earned runs and also went 1 for 2 with with a run, RBI, and two walks at the dish.
Cole Hooper was 2-3 with two RBIs and Brody Carlson went 1-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Kangas plated the first run of Longview’s big third inning with a single scoring Westin Scheurich. Tristan Warden did the same, scoring Carlson. Kangas scored when Camden Vinton took a base on balls with loaded bags, and Hooper singled to score Warden, capping the Longview onslaught.
“We still didn’t get the big hit to blow it open,” Vinton said. “That first one we pushed across the board, that was huge for us. It was a bang-bang play and kind of a slide swipe by Camden (Vinton) and pushed it across the board. Then they know you mean business.”
Hayden Witham recorded the game’s final two outs, and started his relief appearance by throwing a strike down the center of the zone freezing the New Castle hitter at the same time. It was his first game action since injuring his knee playing basketball at Mark Morris. He was only cleared to play Wednesday.
“He could have been in longer for relief if Kangas wasn’t pitching so well,” Vinton said.
Witham’s third pitch was sent right over the bag at second base, the inherited runner out as he slid into the base.
The slide didn’t end, as often happens for players unfamiliar with Story Field’s turf, and he slid into the shortstop.
By rule, the slide became runner’s interference and became a double play.
Longview (2-1) has a day off Sunday, and plays KWRL at 7 p.m. Monday.