LONGVIEW, Wash. — The contingent from Clatsop County kept it close, but ultimately their team fell short in a AAA Legion baseball game Wednesday evening in Longview, Washington.
The Vancouver Mavericks built a 4-0 lead, lost it, then outscored Hilander Dental 3-1 over the final two innings for a 7-5 win, in a game played at R.A. Long High School.
Vancouver needed four pitchers to hold off Hilander, the sponsor for the Lower Columbia Baseball Club’s AAA Legion team.
Hilander Dental rallied with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and one in the fifth to tie the game at 4-4 heading into the sixth inning.
The tying run for Hilander came by way of a sacrifice bunt from Knappa’s Kaleb Miller, scoring Astoria’s Trey Hageman from third base.
The Mavericks answered quickly, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth. Vancouver also turned a key double play in the bottom of the sixth to squelch a potential Hildander rally.
Both teams scored a run in the seventh inning
It was the final home game of the season for Hilander Dental, which will take part in a four-day tournament in Newport beginning Thursday.
With over half their starters from Clatsop County, it’s no surprise that the representatives from Astoria, Seaside and Knappa continue to put up the big numbers for Hildander Dental.
In Wednesday’s game, Miller and Logger teammate Dale Takalo drove in two runs apiece, while Hageman scored two of the five runs.
Hageman, Miller and Knappa’s brother tandem of Dale and Eli Takalo combined for 11 “quality at-bats,” while each Takalo had a stolen base, and Miller picked off a runner at first base from his catcher position.
Zach Brown (from Wahkiakum) went 3-for-4 to lead Hilander Dental, which drops to 17-13-1, behind Vancouver’s 20-14-2.