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Prep highlights: Heritage, Union softball win wild extra-inning games

By Columbian staff
Published: April 11, 2024, 11:15pm

A pair of wild extra-inning non-league softball games highlighted Thursday action.

Union needed eight innings and a pair of home runs to hold off Mountain View 4-3, while Heritage came from behind three times to finally top Camas in the 11th inning, 10-9.

Camas (8-3) pulled out in front 8-2 after a seven-run fifth inning, and Heritage (3-6) came back to tie with two in its half of the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh to force extra innings.

Jaila Ellis hit a one-out double to start the seventh-inning rally. Kaliann Newberry — who was 4 for 6 with four RBI — singled home Ellis for the first Timberwolves run in the seventh. With two outs, Kylie Thomas doubled to score Newberry and Makiah Iven followed with the game-tying single.

Both teams scored a run in the ninth inning, Camas on a groundout and Heritage on a hit by Newberry.

After Camas went 1-2-3 in the top of the 11th, Heritage was quickly down to its final out when Newberry’s ground ball turned into a Camas error and courtesy runner Skyler Jones came home with the game-winning run.

In addition to pitching 10 2/3 innings, Ellis was 3 for 6 at the plate with two doubles, a home run, two RBI and scored three runs.

Over at Mountain View, the Thunder (1-8) scored twice in the bottom of the sixth against Union (6-0) to tie that game at 2-2.

Union’s McKinley Ermshar and Kayla Brusseau hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth for a 4-2 lead.

Mountain View then scored on Izzi West’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, and Emily Palomino kept the Thunder alive with a two-out base hit. However, Ermshar struck out the final batter — her 11th strikeout of the game — to seal the win and avoid the upset.

Stars of the day

  • Brooklyn Gaston, Woodland girls golf, shared medalist honors in a match against Mark Morris with a 45 at Lewis River as the Beavers won by 1 shot.
  • Jana Knapp, Mark Morris girls golf, shared medalist honors with a 45 at Lewis River in the match against Woodland.
  • Layla Royle, Skyview softball, went 3 for 4 with a double, three-run home run and four total RBI in the Storm’s 11-3 win at Kelso.
  • Zoey Hughes, Battle Ground softball, struck out 10 batters in six innings as the Tigers beat Evergreen 13-2.
  • MJ Westmorland, Hudson’s Bay softball, went 2 for 4 with two RBI, two runs scored, stole four bases and was the winning pitcher in a 12-8 victory over R.A. Long.
  • Sam Jones, Castle Rock softball, was 3 for 5 with a double, home run, four RBI and scored two runs as the Rockets beat King’s Way Christian 11-5.
  • Caden Spanier, Skyview baseball, pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, walking none and striking out nine in a 6-1 win over Union. He also went 3 for 3 with a triple.
  • Brett Hoover, Kelso baseball, went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and a double in a 6-2 win over Mountain View as the Hilanders improved to 12-0.
  • Joey Marin, Evergreen baseball, went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 16-1 win over Heritage.
  • Charlie Palmersheim, Columbia River baseball, pitched a complete game in a 4-1 win over Ridgefield. He allowed five hits, one walk and struck out five.
  • Derek Tarnoski, King’s Way Christian baseball, went 4 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI in a 15-4 win over Castle Rock.
  • Eli Wall, Seton Catholic boys soccer, scored a hat trick and added two assists in a 9-1 win over Stevenson.
  • Max Moscovciuc, Skyview boys soccer, had three assists in the Storm’s 8-0 win over Kelso.
  • Daniel Reyes, Mountain View boys soccer, scored two goals as the Thunder beat Evergreen 3-1 to move into first place in the 3A Greater St. Helens League.
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