Alex Smith of Heritage struck out a bunch in just a few innings.
Patrick Thorpe of Evergreen set the tone with four strong innings.
They both were named MVPs Wednesday night at the 36th annual Southwest Washington Senior All-Star Baseball Series at Propstra Stadium. The event is a doubleheader played by the top seniors from the region.
Playing in their high school uniforms in Clark County for the last time, the “American League” all stars got the sweep, winning the first game 6-1 and taking the nightcap 9-4 with five runs in the final inning.
Thorpe threw four innings in the first game, giving up an unearned run. Josiah Malychewski of Battle Ground and Jared Price of Evergreen combined for four no-hit innings of relief in the first of two eight-inning games. Malychewski got the win and Price got the save, entering the game in the seventh with a one-run lead.
“It’s an honor, honestly,” Thorpe said of his MVP award. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. It’s crazy. I haven’t thrown for about three weeks. To throw that good against the best players in our area, it feels incredible.”
Garrett Lindstrom of Prairie and Javier Villanueva of Heritage each had two hits and each drove in a run for the AL in the first game. Bobby Hoisington of Battle Ground drove in the NL’s lone run in the first game.
Smith was stellar in his four innings of the second game. Playing for the National League, he struck out nine batters in his four innings of work, leaving the game with a 4-1 lead.
“I was counting them,” he acknowledged, referring to the strikeouts.
“It’s a fun game. Give ’em what you’ve got, and see what you can do. I just go out there and throw my best,” Smith said.
Heritage’s Dakota Clevidence had two hits and drove in three of the NL’s four runs in that second game. Ian Humphrey of Battle Ground drove in a run the hard way, getting hit with a pitch with the bases loaded.
The AL, though, came back with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie, then managed five runs on one hit in the eighth inning to get the sweep.
Cam Callaway of Prairie drove in two runs. Russel Culverwell of Mountain View had two hits and drove in a run. Sam Gilen-water of Ridgefield also drove in a run.
The game brings an end to the high school season for most of the players. Some, though, will play in Yakima in the all-state series. For games in this area, the high school season has come to a close.
“It was a great experience to finally meet some of the players I’ve been hearing about,” Thorpe said.
“It was fun playing with all my friends, and I met a few new friends,” Smith added.
AMERICAN LEAGUE 6,NATIONAL LEAGUE 1
NL 010 000 00–1 3 4
AL 010 001 31–6 10 1
Pitchers — J.T. Kaul (Mtn. View) 3 IP, 3 Ks; Tyler Hallead (Camas) 3 IP, 3 Ks, 0 ER; Chase Wiger (Skyview) 2 IP, 2 Ks, 0 ER. Highlights — Bobby Hoisington 1-3, RBI; Taylor Drey (Mtn. View) 1-3; Oscar Golberg (Col. River) 1-2.
Pitchers — Patrick Thorpe (Evergreen) 4 IP, 2 Ks, 0 ER: Josiah Malychewski (B. Ground) 2 IP, win, 2 Ks; Jared Price (Evergreen) 2 IP, save, 1 K. Highlights — Garrett Lindstrom (Prairie) 2-3, RBI; Tim Hergert (Heritage) 1-1; Clark Bryant (Col. River) 1-2; Sam Gillenwater (Ridgefield) 1-1; Javier Villanueva (Heritage) 2-3, RBI; Ian Hamilton (Skyview) 1-3, RBI; Simon Bos (Heritage) 1-1; Brayden Maney (Skyview) 1-4.
AMERICAN LEAGUE 9,NATIONAL LEAGUE 4
AL 000 112 05–9 8 2
NL 103 000 00–4 5 5
Pitchers — Ian Hamilton (Skyview) 2 IP, 2 Ks; Gabe Heredia (Camas) IP, 1 K; Justin Whitman (Evergreen) 2 IP, 2 Ks; Zach Pietila (Washougal) IP, 1 K; Javier Villaneuva (Heritage) IP, 1 K; Clark Bryant (Col. River) 1 K. Highlights — Simon Bos (Heritage) 1-2; Russel Culverwell (Mtn. View) 2-2, RBI; Cam Callaway (Prairie) 2-3, 2 RBI; Sam Gilenwater (Ridgefield) 0-1, RBI; Seaver Whalen (Union) 1-2; Hamilton 1-4; Brayden Maney (Skyview) 1-1.
Pitchers — Alex Smith (Heritage) 4 IP, 9 Ks; Alec Dannat (Hudson’s Bay) 2 IP; Dalton Wienecke (Col. River) IP, 1 K: Johny Osborn (Ridgefield 1 IP, 1 K. Highlights — Dakota Clevidence (Heritage) 2-2, 3 RBI; Jesse Hancuff (La Center) 1-3; Trent Johnson (Camas) 1-1, 2B; Joe Siegal (Ridgefield) 1-2.