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Baseball: Summer season over for Lower Columbia team

By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 30, 2018 7:36PM

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Two games, two high-scoring losses over the weekend for Hilander Dental, the AAA Legion team of the Lower Columbia Baseball Club.

Hilander was competing in the Washington AAA American Legion state tournament, which concludes Tuesday at fields in Centralia and Chehalis, Washington.

Hilander Dental opened the tournament Saturday at W.F. West High School in Chehalis, where they faced the Spokane Northstars.

After Hilander scored three runs in the top of the first inning, Spokane answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, and built a 9-3 lead through four innings.

The Northstars scored in every single inning, and finished with 12 hits off four different pitchers for Hilander, including Knappa’s Eli Takalo and Ethan Lindstrom of Naselle.

Hilander Dental had 10 hits of its own, including a 2-for-4 effort by Seaside’s Payton Westerholm. Knappa’s Dale Takalo added a double, and Kaleb Miller was 1-for-3, scored twice and was hit by two pitches.

Kameron Kinder led the Northstars at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple, with four RBIs and three runs scored.

Spokane committed six errors, to four errors by Hilander.

In a wild consolation game Sunday, Hilander Dental and the Kennewick Outlaws each had 19 hits, and Kennewick scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 16-15 win.

Hilander scored eight runs in the top of the third inning for a 10-3 lead, before the Outlaws rallied with 13 runs over the final four innings.

Westerholm had another big day at the plate (3-for-5), while Eli Takalo was 3-for-4 and scored three times. Miller had a double and drove in two runs.

Hilander pitchers Dale Takalo, Taite Hensley and Westerholm combined for three strikeouts and five walks, while giving up 19 hits.

Tim Gee led Kennewick’s offensive attack, going 4-for-5 with a double, a grand slam home run and seven RBIs.

Combined, Hilander Dental stranded 22 base runners in the two games, while a big absence for the team was Astoria’s Trey Hageman, one of Hilander’s leading hitters who is preparing for an all-star football game later this week.

Hilander Dental finished the season 20-18-1 overall.


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