STEVENSON - Justin Short fired a three-hitter and struck out eight in going the distance in a 9-1 Trico League victory there Friday and he was 3-4 at the plate with a double, to boot. The Fishermen, who had smacked a total of 13 hits in the opener, went silent at the plate as they were no-hit in a 6-3 loss to the Bulldogs in the night cap.

Joining Short at the top of the Fishermen hit parade was Skyler Olson who was 2-4 with a triple in the first contest. Also getting base hits in the lid-lifter were Matt Wood, Marshall Powell, Ryan Tapio, Trevor Couch, Nick Cox, Austin Wirkkala, Dylan Dekeyser, and Dylan Short.

In the second game Ilwaco plated two runs in the fifth frame on four walks and a hit batsman. On a 3-1 pitch with two outs a Fishermen went fishing on a bad pitch that would have forced in another run according to Coach Dave Tapio, but he popped up for the third out. Corey Dunn knocked plated one in the sixth inning on a fielder's choice following two walks and a wild pitch for Ilwaco.

"In the first game Justin pitched extremely well. He was pushing off the rubber and threw harder than he has all season by making the adjustment," Tapio explained. "Our entire lineup hit the ball well in the first game, but we were out in front of their pitcher in the second game. We had our chances, but were impatient at times at the plate. Defensively we made five errors in both games and that is an improvement on what we have been doing."

Ilwaco is now 1-4 in Trico League play and is 2-6 for the season, while Stevenson is 2-3 in league play for the year.

The Chinook Observer

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