KALAMA - Billed as one of the top pitchers in the 1A ranks in several seasons, Kalama's Nick LaRoy did not disappoint as he struck out 17 Ilwaco hitters in six innings and fired a one-hitter in a 11-0 win in the opener of a twin bill there Wednesday. The lefty struck out four Fishermen in the fourth frame when a runner reached on a passed ball, but he was stranded at third after Justin Short managed the only base hit of the Trico League game for Ilwaco. LaRoy had 16 of his strikeouts at the end of five frames.

The second contest the Chinooks exploded for 11 runs in the first frame and added eight more in the second to run away from Ilwaco 23-1. The Fishermen scored in the fourth inning on doubles in the left-center field gap by Justin Short and Dylan Short.

Austin Wirkkala was 2-2 including a double in the second contest and Skyler Olson added a single for Ilwaco. "What can you say? They are a solid-hitting, veteran team and LaRoy is a Division-I college pitcher (for WSU next year)," Coach Dave Tapio said following the double dip loss. "Actually we were only behind 4-0 in the middle of the fourth inning in the first game, but then we had four outfield and four infield errors and that did us in. Justin and Trevor held them to five earned runs and four hits in the first five innings.

The Fishermen are now 1-4 on the year and 0-2 in the Trico, while Kalama improves to 7-0 and is 2-0 in league play. The doubleheader was originally set for Long Beach, but wet grounds forced the games to be moved to Kalama. The Chinooks will visit Ilwaco Friday to complete their three-game Trico set for the season.

From The Chinook Observer


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