Columbia High scored 31 runs on 28 hits--all but three of them singles--in sweeping Ilwaco, 13-8 and 18-5, in a SWW 1A League Trico Division baseball double-header played Monday in La Center.
Felix Torres knocked in two runs with a pair of singles, and Danny Giron, Andy Pate and Jason Collins each scored three runs in game one in support of right-hander Jared McDonald, who got the win in relief after also working the first three innings.
The Bruins (6-2 in Trico, 7-5 overall) built a 7-1 lead after three innings but watched it disappear in the top of the fourth.
Ilwaco lit up CHS reliever Danny Giron for six earned runs and ended the inning with an 8-7 advantage, its second one-run lead of the opener.
McDonald gave up one run in the fourth after his return but allowed just one more base runner the rest of the way. He finished with nine strikeouts versus four hits and a walk.
Columbia, the visitor in the nightcap, took charge of the contest with a seven-run second inning that erased a 4-0 Ilwaco advantage.
Right-hander Taylor Champion ran with the lead and after the second inning had just two hitters reach base against him. He struck out the side in the fifth to end the game and close the book on a six-hit, eight-strikeout performance.
Offensive standouts for the Bruins included Pate (3 for 4, double, 3 runs), Giron (2 for 3, double, 3 runs), McDonald (2 for 2, 2 runs, sacrifice fly), Kevin Kreps (2 for 3, w runs) and Dane Bargabus (2 for 5, 2 runs).
Castle Rock 10-9, at Columbia High 0-7:
The Bruins struck out 14 times and got just three singles in the first game of last Friday's Trico double-header at Hecomovich Field.
Dane Bargabus, Kevin Kreps and Connor Warner accounted for Columbia's hits in a game in which Castle Rock starter Drew Pettit struck out the side three times.
The Bruins' best threat came in the sixth inning when they loaded the bases on singles by Warner and Bargabus and a walk to McDonald before two were out.
Castle Rock, for its part, scored at least one run in five of the seven innings. It finished with 17 hits--nine off losing pitcher Taylor Champion, who ran into trouble when he allowed four runs on four hits in the fifth.
In game two, the turning point for CHS came in the fourth inning, when the Rockets dinged McDonald for five runs on three hits, a walk and two errors to take a 7-5 lead.
The Bruins mounted a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning, scoring runs on two-out base hits by Felix Torres, Dylan Rabinowitz, Dane Bargabus (a double) and Champion (a two-run single).
But the most Columbia mustered the rest of the way were single runs in the fifth and sixth frames, on base hits by Warner and McDonald, respectively.