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Post-season ends too soon for Columbia, Lyle/Wishram

Columbia High and Lyle/Wishram baseball teams packed up their gear for the season following losses in district tournament action May 12.

The Bruins' campaign ended with a 9-8 loss to Castle Rock in a loser-out game of the Southwest District Class 1A Tournament in Toledo. The Cougars, meanwhile, had their bid for a berth in the Yakima Valley Distict Class 2B championship game turned back by visiting Riverside Christian of Yakima, 7-4.

Castle Rock 9, Columbia High 8: The Bruins tied the game at 8-8 in the top of the sixth inning and had runners at third and second with two away when senior Andy Pate came to the plate.

"Andy hit a line drive and their third baseman just stuck his glove out" for the third out, said Bruins Coach Jeremy Denny. "That gets by him and we score those two runs, and we're up two."

Columbia battled back in its second at-bat, tallying four runs after Castle Rock put up four runs in its first. The Bruins also scored twice in the fourth to tie the game at 6-all.

"We had some very timely hitting, and the bottom part of our order really came through with key hits to extend innings and drive in some big runs," Denny noted. "I was very happy with how our kids never quit."

Jeromie Mason went 1 for 4 with two runs batted in, Seth Davis was 2 for 4 with one RBI, Dustin Jones was 1 for 2 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Dylan Rabinowitz had two hits, reached base four times and scored twice.

Mason took the loss, allowing 12 hits and five earned runs over six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

"Mason pitched great," Denny said. "We made some mistakes defensively, but we had some guys playing out of position. That's a lot to ask of kids this late in the year."

Montesano 13, Columbia 0:

The Evergreen Division champions made short work of the Bruins, winning their tournament opener at Winlock in five innings.

The Bulldogs backed Frank Carpenter's one-hit pitching with grand slams in the second and third innings.

Andy Pate's lead-off single in the fourth broke up Carpenter's bid for a no-hitter.

Riverside Christian 7, Lyle/Wishram 4:

The Crusaders scored four runs in their last two at-bats last Tuesday to secure the district semifinal victory over the Cougars.

Lyle/Wishram took a 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning one Mike Eiesland's single. But Riverside overcame the Cougars' early lead, picking up a run in the second and two in the third against Eiesland.

The Cougars pulled within 3-2 in the fifth on Dillon Huffman's run-scoring double, but the Crusaders countered in the sixth with three insurance runs.

Lyle/Wishram tried to rally in its half of the sixth, getting a two-run home run from Mike Murphy, but couldn't keep it going.

"The difference in the two teams was timely hitting," said Cougars Coach Scott Myers. "They hit with runners on and we left 11 runners stranded. Tough way to go out."


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