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Prep highlights: La Center beats Seton Catholic, takes key Trico baseball series

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: April 12, 2024, 11:02pm

Houston Coyle went 4 for 5 and Garrett Maunu pitched 4.1 solid innings of relief as La Center rallied to beat Seton Catholic 8-4 in a key Trico League baseball game Friday at Harmony Sports Complex.

La Center took two of three games in the season series with Seton.

Coyle’s double was part of a four-run third inning for the Wildcats as they erased an early 3-1 deficit to take a 5-3 lead.

Caden Taylor led off the third inning with a single, followed by Coyle’s double. Justin Fuller walked to load the bases, and Smith Stimmel also walked to cut La Center’s deficit to 3-2.

Branson Castleberry then doubled down the third-base line to score Coyle and Fuller to put La Center up 4-3. Alex Mora’s RBI single capped the four-run rally.

When Seton Catholic put two runners on in the bottom of the third, Maunu entered the game and held the Cougars scoreless.

Tyler Normine’s two-run single was part of a three-run rally in the fifth, putting La Center 8-3.

Seton Catholic threatened to rally in the sixth inning after putting its first batters on base. But a runners interference call at second base resulted in a double play, limiting the Cougars to just one run in the frame.

From there, Maunu closed out the victory. The senior  finished by throwing 4.1 innings, allowing one unearned run with five strikeouts and three walks.

Taylor was 3 for 5 for La Center, Mora was 2 for 4 and Normine was 2 for 3.

Garrett Nebels and Jack Williams both went 2 for 3 for Seton Catholic.

Stars of the day

Revac Banfield, Columbia River boys track and field, won the 100 meters (10.58 seconds) and 200 (21.96 seconds) at the John Ingram Twilight Meet.

Jacob McManus, Columbia River boys track and field, won the 1,600 meters (4:18.02) and 3,200 (9:31.56) at the John Ingram Twilight Meet.

Ella Koch, Union girls track and field, won the 800 (2:20.97) and 1,600 (5:18.21) at the John Ingram Twilight Meet.

Isaac Watson, Prairie baseball, threw three scoreless innings of relief to get the win and went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI in a 6-3 win over Peninsula.

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Wyatt Hemmelman, Ridgefield baseball, allowed no earned runs in five innings pitched and went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI in a 4-1 win over Mark Morris.

Chris Parkin, Columbia River baseball, went 2 for 3 with two runs, two doubles and two RBI in a 16-0 win over Fort Vancouver.

Sam McKee, Washougal baseball, went 3 for 4 with two runs a double and three RBI as Panthers score 12 in the sixth inning to beat Woodland 17-7.

Alex Yelverton, Union softball, was 3 for 4 with two runs, a double, a home run and three RBI as the Titans scored three in eighth inning to beat Evergreen 5-2.

Maddie Fierst, R.A. Long softball, went 4 for 4 with three runs, two doubles and three RBI in a 19-5 win over Washougal.

Brynn Skelton, Woodland softball, went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to keep the game tied in a 6-6 tie with Mark Morris in 10 innings.

Emily Foytack, Mark Morris softball, went 3 for 3 with two home runs, three RBI and three walks in a 6-6 tie with Woodland in 10 innings.

Mallory Vancleave, Ridgefield softball, went 4 for 4 with three runs, two home runs and seven RBI in a four-inning win.

Lily Ritton, Hockinson softball, went 4 for 4 with three runs, a double, triple and four RBI in a 16-2 win over Fort Vancouver.