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Prep highlights: 2A GSHL baseball tightens as Mark Morris cools off Columbia River with an 8-1 win

By Columbian staff
Published: May 1, 2024, 10:05pm

The 2A Greater St. Helens League baseball standings got a bit tighter going into the final games of the regular season thanks to Mark Morris on Wednesday.

Dossen Morrow went 3 for 3 with two home runs and six RBI as the Monarchs ended Columbia River’s win streak at 12 games with a surprising 8-1 victory in Longview.

Add in Ridgefield’s 8-0 win over Woodland and suddenly front-running Columbia River has company atop the league with the Spudders. Both are 13-2 and split their two games this season.

And winners of five straight, Mark Morris is tied for third place with rival R.A. Long at 10-5 and both those team split this season as well.

The only for-sure thing is Washougal at 8-8 is the No. 5 team and will play in a pig-tail game Saturday to start the district playoffs.

Columbia River, which finishes the season against Mark Morris on Friday at River, had not lost a game since April 4 when the Rapids played in a spring-break tournament in Southern California.

The Rapids scored first in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Zayne Boyes. Then Mark Morris scored two in its half of the first on Morrow’s first homer, a two-run shot with two outs and the Monarchs never trailed again.

Morrow hit a three-run home run in the third inning and a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Columbia River had the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Monarchs got out of it with a strikeout and then a double play to end the game.

In Ridgefield’s win, Rocco Wright was 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI plus struck out six batter in his five innings on the mound. The Spudders have won seven in a row and 10 of their last 11 games.

Stars of the day

  • Houston Coyle, La Center baseball, was a combined 4 for 6 with a double, four runs scored and four stolen bases in the Wildcats doubleheader sweep at Castle Rock.
  • Teddy Wieczorek, Seton Catholic baseball, went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI as the Cougars beat Evergreen 6-1 to extend their win streak to nine games.
  • Conner Zahniser and Makani Geisen, King’s Way Christian baseball, had three hits each and combined for five RBI as the Knights beat Columbia at White Salmon 13-7 to split a doubleheader.
  • Kyleigh Day and Skylar Richie, Kelso softball, both homered in a 7-2 win over Evergreen.
  • Makenzie Henthorn, Mark Morris softball, allowed two hits, walked none and struck out 11 over five innings in a 10-0 win over R.A. Long. She also went 1 for 3 with a solo home run.
  • Mallory Vancleave, Ridgefield softball, went 3 for 3 with a home run, a double, four RBI and three runs scored in a 11-1 win over Washougal.
  • Payton Blunt and Mackenzie Moore, Prairie softball, each went 3 for 3 with a home run and combined for 11 RBI in a 26-0 win over Mountain View.
  • Maddie Milhorn, Skyview softball, had 17 strikeouts, allowing four hits and two walks in a 5-0 win over Union as the Storm improved to 15-0 this season.
  • Candice Adams, Battle Ground softball, went 3 for 4 with a three-run home run and five RBI in a 13-0 win over Camas.
  • Ellie Forster, Seton Catholic softball, went 3 for 5 with two doubles, three runs scored and four RBI as the Cougars beat Stevenson 7-5 to complete a doubleheader sweep.
  • Lauren Baker, La Center softball, went 6 for 7 with two home runs, three doubles and nine RBI as the Wildcats swept Castle Rock 14-1 and 8-5.
  • Sydney Dreves and Annie Morgan, Columbia River girls tennis, rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win in their No. 1 doubles match as the Rapids beat Hockinson 5-1 to clinch the 2A Greater St. Helens League title.
  • Will Foster, Prairie boys track and field, threw a personal-best mark in the shot put of 57 feet, 4½ inches in a dual meet against Evergreen. That’s the best mark this season in Class 3A statewide.
  • Diego Bejar, Evergreen boys soccer, had two goals and one assist in a 4-1 win over Kelso.