Skyview’s defense of its Class 4A state baseball title began on a wild note.
Columbia River knocked off Skyview 12-11 Tuesday in a nonleague clash between the rival schools.
“It was like a boxing match,” River coach Stephen Donohue said. “Just back and forth.”
River took a 6-4 lead with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Skyview jumped back ahead 9-6 in the top of the fifth, but River scored four more in the bottom of the inning.
River led 12-9 entering the seventh. Skyview scored twice and had the tying run on base, but Chieftains pitcher Blake McKinney got out of the jam.
Bryson Oury and Brady Benson each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for River, which is 2-0 on the season.
Skyview (0-1) committed six errors. Jordan Freese had a home run and 3 RBI for the Storm.
Nicolette Nesbitt got the game-winning hit in the top of the ninth inning, and Maddie Sorensen threw five innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win, leading Woodland to a 3-2 extra-inning victory over Prairie.
Nesbitt, the starter, and Sorensen combined to hold Prairie to three hits in the game.
Sorensen also drove in a run in the first inning.
Prairie’s Bridget Guiney had a two-run single in the bottom of the first. Woodland’s Kendall Grell tied it with a single in the fourth.
The game featured two teams that lost in state championship games last season. Woodland finished second in Class 1A, while Prairie was second in 3A.
Stars of the day
• Jamison Benitez, La Center baseball, threw a five-inning perfect game in the Wildcats’ 14-0 win over Stevenson. He also went 2-3 with two RBIs.
• RiLeigh Grady, Mountain View softball, had two home runs, three RBI and three runs in a 11-4 win over Union.
• Colleen Driscoll, Mountain View softball, went 4-for-4 with two RBI; also had eight strikeouts over seven innings in a 11-4 win over Union.
• Dylan White, Camas baseball, threw 62/3 innings of no-hit ball with eight strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Prairie.
• Nick Coleman, Evergreen baseball, hit a home run, helping the Plainsmen to a 10-3 win over Hudson’s Bay.
• Harli Hubbard, Camas softball, threw a five-inning no-hitter as the Papermakers rolled to an 18-0 win over neighbor Washougal. Hubbard struck out 10.
• Trevor Huddleston, Woodland baseball, threw a six-inning perfect game, striking out 14 in a 10-0 win over White Salmon. He also went 5 for 7 with a grand slam, double, triple and nine RBI in a doubleheader sweep over the Bruins.