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Prep highlights: Ridgefield baseball outlasts Columbia River, 4-3, in 16 innings

The Columbian
Published: March 29, 2024, 10:02pm

With spring break on the horizon, the Ridgefield baseball team got its money’s worth in the final game of March.

Ridgefield’s Colton Warren hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 16th inning to bring in Deven Savella for a walk-off, 4-3 win over Columbia River on Friday at Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

The 2A Greater St. Helens League foes played nine scoreless innings after River tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth on a two-run double from Harrison Hoffarth, who led the Rapids with three hits.

Shutdown pitching and stellar defense (both teams finished without an error) kept the bats in check well into extra innings.

Savella, who went 3-for-7, also threw seven innings in relief of starter Rocco Wright, scattering three hits with six strikeouts and just one walk. Logan DeBeaumont came on to start the 14th and pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts, one walk and two hits allowed.

River saw reliever Noah Coakes throw 7 1/3 innings with just two hits allowed and four strikeouts. Coakes exited in favor of Zach Ziebell to begin the 12th inning and the senior right-hander retired the first nine batters he faced.

In the 15th inning, DeBeaumont hit a two-out triple before River opted to intentionally walk Ridgefield’s next two batters, Liam Ostrom and Nate Olmos, to load the bases. Ziebell then forced a Ridgefield fly out to strand three runners.

River also got a two-out triple from Nate Little in the 16th, but was unable to take advantage of the runner in scoring position.

Savella led off the bottom half of the inning with a double, followed by a walk and Henry Wikstrom single to load the bases, bringing on Warren for the game-winning sac fly.

Ridgefield (6-4, 4-1 2A GSHL) heads into spring break having won four of its last five. The Spudders will return to action on April 8 against Washougal.

River (2-2, 2-1), meanwhile, will hit the road for The National Classic tournament in Anaheim, Calif., beginning on Monday, April 1.

Stars of the day

Reece Holmes, Hockinson baseball, pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts and no walks as the Hawks beat Washougal 3-0 in the first game of a 2A Greater St. Helens League doubleheader.

Kadin Gibbons, Washougal baseball, went 3 for 5 with a double and a grand slam as the Panthers scored seven in the ninth inning to earn a doubleheader split with a 8-1 win over Hockinson.

Trent Blatnik, Woodland baseball, went 2 for 4 with two runs and two doubles, including a three-run double to spark as five-run sixth inning as the Beavers rallied to beat Hudson’s Bay 10-6.

Dossen Morrow, Mark Morris baseball, belted a two-run home run in a 4-2 win over R.A. Long.

Houston Coyle and Justin Fuller, La Center baseball, both had perfect days at the plate in an 11-1 win over Columbia-White Salmon. Coyle was 2 for 2 with two runs and two walks, and Fuller was 1 for 1 with two runs, an RBI and three walks.

Drew Schlangen, Kalama baseball, went 4 for 7 with five runs, a double, two triples and three RBI as the Chinooks swept Onalaska 11-0 and 13-0.

James Gill, Battle Ground baseball, struck out 11 and allowed just four hits and one walk in six innings as the Tigers beat Tumwater 4-0 at the Heritage Tournament.

Emilio Garcia, Heritage baseball, singled home the winning run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh as the Timberwolves beat King’s Way Christian 3-2 at the Heritage Tournament.

Ainsleigh Utter, Woodland softball, went 3 for 4 with a run, triple, home run and three RBI in a 9-4 win over Hockinson.

Madison Walker, Woodland softball, went 3 for 4 with a run, triple and four RBI in the win over Hockinson.

Emily Foytack, Mark Morris softball, went 3 for 4 with three runs, two home runs and seven RBI in a 13-0 win over R.A. Long.

Makenzie Henthorn, Mark Morris softball, struck out 12 with no walks, pitching 5.2 of a six-inning no-hitter with Shyanne Sellers.

Tabita Gish, Kalama softball, went 5 for 8 with four runs, a double and eight RBI as the Chinooks swept Winlock 15-5 and 19-6.

Toren Baker, Skyview boys soccer, scored four goals in the Storm’s 6-0 non-league win at Tumwater.

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