KALAMA - The Chinooks slammed 13 base hits and took advantage of 11 Ilwaco errors in rolling to a 24-4 five-inning mercy rule Trico League victory there, even though the Fishermen were the designated home team. Austin Wirkkala was the lone bright spot for Ilwaco as he was 2-2 at the plate with the Fishermen's only two singles on the day and he worked a walk.
Wirkkala, a freshman, struck four consecutive hits and reached base six straight times against the Chinooks in the past three days, including a double and two bases on balls. He scored in the third inning on a fielder's choice and a wild pitch and came around in the fifth frame when Corey Dunn hit a fielder's choice to drive him home.
The Fishermen scored in the first inning when a runner reached on a passed ball after striking out and came around on a pair of fielder's choices. Three Chinook errors led the Fishermen's second run in the second stanza.
Coach Dave Tapio said, "Our pitching didn't bounce back well from Wednesday and we committed 11 errors on dropped fly balls and other infield glove errors. Kalama is obviously one of the best 1A teams in the state and they showed it on the field. It has been tough for us to open the league season against them the past two years."
Ilwaco is now 1-5 for the year and 0-3 in league play, while Kalama improves to 8-0 and is 3-0 on the season. The Trico League has each of its six teams play a doubleheader on Tuesday against an opponent and then play a single game against the same foe on Friday at the opposite venue. The Fishermen, however played all three games in Kalama because the field in Long Beach was wet both Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Kalama 338 73 24-13-6
Ilwaco 111 01 4-2-11
Austin Lien (W), T. Perryman (4) and Sean McVicker; Trevor Couch (L), Justin Short (3), Austin Wirkkala (3), Corey Dunn (4) and Wirkkala, Couch (3)
The Chinook Observer