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Prep highlights: La Center baseball wins Trico League outright

By Columbian staff
Published: May 2, 2024, 9:04pm

La Center clinched the Trico League baseball title outright Thursday with a 12-2 win over Castle Rock.

The Wildcats finish league play 11-1, one game ahead of Seton Catholic.

La Center (15-5) has won at least a share of the past four Trico League titles.

Wyatt Bethje when 3 for 3 with three RBI, including a single that opened the scoring in a three-run first inning.

Smith Stimmel and Caden Taylor each went 2 for 4. Stimmel doubled home Taylor as part of La Center’s five-run fourth inning than ended with the Wildcats ahead 10-2.

La Center and Seton Catholic open district tournament play Tuesday at Castle Rock.

King’s Way Christian also qualified for the district tournament as the Trico League’s No. 3 seed and will open play Tuesday in Hoquiam.

Stars of the day

  • Derebe Smith, Seton Catholic boys soccer, had two goals and two assists in a 9-0 win over Stevenson as the Cougars wrapped up a share of their fourth consecutive Trico League title.
  • Ian Johnson and Ethan Wilson, La Center boys soccer, each scored two goals in a 5-4 loss to South Bend/Raymond.
  • Charlie Myers, Castle Rock softball, went 3 for 4 with a double, four RBI and three runs scored in a 11-2 win over Stevenson. She was also the winning pitcher with eight strikeouts, no walks and four hits allowed over seven innings.
  • Gracie Garden, Hockinson softball, went 3 for 5 with three doubles and three RBI in a 20-6 win over Washougal.
  • Alyson Russell and Brynn Skelton, Woodland softball, each had three hits and five RBI in the Beavers’ 27-4 win over Hudson’s Bay.
  • Kaylen Wingerd, Ridgefield softball, was 4 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and four RBI as the Spudders beat Fort Vancouver 17-0.
  • Sydney Siebert-Wilder, Columbia River softball, went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBI in a 14-0 win over R.A. Long.
  • Graham Learing and Tyler Fehrer, Hockinson baseball, combined on a five-inning no-hitter with four strikeouts each in the Hawks’ 11-0 win over Fort Vancouver.
  • Jessica Tomberlin, La Center softball, went 3 for 3 with four runs and four RBI in a 15-2 win over Castle Rock. The Wildcats enter the final week of the Trico League season tied at 9-2 with Seton Catholic and Columbia-White Salmon.
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