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Prep highlights: Kelso moves into first place in 3A GSHL baseball with 3-2 win over Prairie

By Columbian staff
Published: April 15, 2024, 9:49pm

The Kelso baseball team took over first place in the 3A Greater St. Helens League by holding off Prairie 3-2 on Monday at Prairie.

Kelso (13-0, 7-0 3A GSHL) almost let the win slip away in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Prairie (9-3, 6-1) was down to its last out after two strikeouts to start the inning when Nolan Nunn doubled to keep the Falcons alive. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch as Dom Vigue walked. Isaac Watson followed with a run-scoring single to center field and it was 3-2.

Kelso changed pitchers to Logan Barker and on his third pitch got Nate Merritt to ground out and end the game.

Merritt drove in the Falcons’ first run of the game in the first inning to tie the score at 1-1.

Kelso retook the lead with a run in the third on back-to-back two-out hits by Bryce Collins and Connor Wesemann. The Hilanders and added another run in the fifth on a double by Leon Le to make it 3-1.

The two teams play two more games against each other this week with Prairie at Kelso on Tuesday and Kelso back at Prairie on Thursday.

Stars of the day

  • Megan Fugleberg, Mark Morris softball, went 2 for 2 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in a 20-5 win over Washougal.
  • Nate Olmos, Ridgefield baseball, went 2 for 4 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored in a 15-3 win over Mark Morris.
  • Zoey Hughes, Battle Ground softball, allowed four hits and struck out 11 over seven innings in a 9-2 win over Union.
  • Charlie Barr, Camas baseball, went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI as the Papermakers won at Union 12-1.
  • Gavin Poffenroth, Skyview baseball, went 2 for 3 with two doubles and four RBI in a 10-1 win over Battle Ground.
  • Ryno Oldham Catabay, Evergreen baseball, knocked in two runs and had an RBI on a ground out as the Plainsmen beat Mountain View 7-1.
  • Promise Bond, Hudson’s Bay softball, went 4 for 5 with a double, three RBI, three runs scored and five stolen bases in a 9-8 win over Fort Vancouver.
  • Emily Hull, Columbia River softball, went 1 for 2 with a three-run home run in a 12-5 win over Woodland.
  • Eliezer Castro Castro, Hudson’s Bay baseball, knocked in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning in the Eagles’ 5-4 win over Heritage.
  • Zoey Mikkelson, Evergreen softball, the leadoff hitter went 4 for 5 with a double and four runs scored in a 10-4 win over Mountain View.
  • Taylor Frost, Heritage softball, went 2 for 3 with three RBI in a 9-6 win over Kelso.
  • Maddie Milhorn, Skyview softball, allowed one hit, walked none and struck out 11 over five innings in a 10-0 win over Prairie as the Storm improved to 9-0 this season.
  • Mitchell Lindsey, R.A. Long baseball, went 2 for 3 with two RBI and pitched two scoreless innings for the save in a 4-2 win over Hockinson.
  • Chase Pattison, Washougal baseball, went 2 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI in an 8-3 win over Woodland.
  • Markku Laukkanen and Luke Jones, Camas boys soccer, each scored in a 2-0 win over Olympia.
  • Pablo Sanchez Barbosa, Heritage boys soccer, scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Skyview.
  • Tyler Brown, Columbia River boys soccer, had two goals and an assist in a 6-0 win over Woodland.
  • Robert Chavarria, Evergreen boys soccer, had two goals and one assist in a 5-1 win over Battle Ground.