Skyview, King’s Way Christian, Mountain View among top teams as season heads into stretch run
Students are back to class after spring break, and that means the athletes are back in action.
Baseball teams in Clark County got started in league play just before the break and are now ready for the stretch run.
Skyview, which made it to the state’s final four last year, is the hot team again in Class 4A.
King’s Way Christian, the defending state champions in Class 1A, look to have another promising start, too.
Here are some notes on all teams from Clark County, along with some top hitters and pitchers from around the region:
Class 4A Greater St. Helens League
Skyview Storm (8-1, 4-0 GSHL)
“Our team is very resilient. We are comfortable in playing a variety of styles of baseball, whether it be a close 2-1 pitchers’ duel or an 8-7 slugfest,” Skyview coach Seth Johnson said.
“This is a great team to coach. They have the ability to stay loose and have fun all while maintaining the proper focus to be successful.”
Daniel Copeland: 1.390 OPS with 7 doubles and 10 runs
Liam Kerr: 4 doubles; 1 home run
Michael Lundgren: 4 doubles, 10 RBI
Daniel Copeland: 3 wins, 1.54 ERA, 31 strikeouts
Cooper Barnum: 2 wins, 16 strikeouts, opponents hitting .143
Alex Miller: 2 wins, 16 strikeouts, 0.66 ERA
Camas Papermakers (8-3, 3-1 GSHL)
“We have a lot of first-year varsity players in the lineup and our learning curve has been pretty steep, but we are continuing to improve as guys are gaining experience,” Camas coach Stephen Short said. “It’s clear that pitching and defense will be the key to our success this season.”
Luke Bruno: .414 BAwith 14 RBI
Taylor Adam: .406 BAwith 14 runs
Trevor Bentley: .389 BA with 8 RBI, 10 runs
Ryan Potter: 2-0 with 1.47 ERA, 13 strikeouts in 14.1 IP
Luke Bruno: 2-0 with 1.91 ERA, 15 strikeouts in 11 IP
Sam Malychewski: 1-0, 2 saves, with 0.91 ERA
Union Titans (2-8, 1-3 GSHL)
“A tough non-league schedule has prepared us to make a run in the competitive 4A league,” Union coach Ben McGrew said.
Jaxon Woodhouse: .379 BA, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI
Carter Sutton: .370 BA, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 9 runs
Wyatt Rogina: 1-0, 1 save, 0.84 ERA
Spencer McGuire: 1 save, 10.1 IP
Heritage Timberwolves (4-7, 0-3 GSHL)
Xavier Ulrich: .433 BA, 2 triples, 2 doubles, 6 RBI
Brandon Hardesty: .384 BA with 3 RBI
Donald Gange: .333 BAwith 5 RBI
Alex Becklehimer: 10 strikeouts in 11 IP with 3.18 ERA
Chase Hendy: 2.42 ERA
Battle Ground Tigers (2-6, 1-2 GSHL)
The Tigers struggled in the early going but did get a win over non-league rival Prairie.
And on Monday, Battle Ground got a walk-off win for its first league win. Tanner McDonald got the game-winning hit.
No report for top players..
3A Greater St. Helens League
Mountain View Thunder (7-2, 5-0 GSHL)
“First and foremost, we have a team of workers,” Mountain View coach Aaron Coiteaux said. “During spring break we had about seven to eight kids who didn’t take a day off. They organized their own practices during the four days I gave them off.
“Secondly, we have talent but aren’t where we want to be. We have many things to work on and hopefully by year’s end we will have accomplished those things and can look back at the year and say it was a successful one.”
Jasper Rank: .636 BA, 7 RBI
Isaiah Parker: .444 BA, 5 RBI
Andrew Gulliford: .438 BA, 6 runs
Spencer Warner: .391 BA, 10 RBI
Jasper Rank: 1.61 ERA, 12 strikeouts in 13 IP
Andrew Hensley: 3.00 ERA, 28 strikeouts in 16.1 IP
Evergreen Plainsmen (6-3, 3-2 GSHL)
“I’ve learned that we will live and die with our pitching and defense,” coach Chad Burchett said. “Scoring enough runs will be our challenge each and every game, but our young offense is starting to show some signs.”
Tommy Snyder: .348 BA
Russel Fearington: .412 BA
David Montei: .333 BA with 4 doubles
Tommy Snyder: 4-0, 0.98 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 21.1 IP
Jared Morser: 2-0, 1.27 ERA
Carter Monda: 2 saves with 11 strikeouts in 5 IP of relief
Prairie Falcons (3-7, 2-3 GSHL)
“The kids are a lot of fun to work with, and we’re extremely young,” Prairie coach Don Freeman said. “We’ve been in every game. We play well but always find a way to allow the other team to score late in the game. It’s going to take some time.”
The Falcons got one to go their way Monday. Josiah Nickel drove in two runs plus pitched six innings, giving up one run, in a victory over Hudson’s Bay.
Robb Blake: “Getting timely hits, batting just shy of .300.”
Josiah Nickel: “Hitting the ball very well, at .300.”
Robb Blake: 2.10 ERA
Josiah Nickel: 2.30 ERA
Fort Vancouver Trappers (1-4 GSHL)
“We’ve learned that we’re close to taking the next step in our program’s rebuild, and that we’ve earned the respect of the other teams in our league,” Fort Vancouver coach Owen Frasier said.
Nick Laurenza: .462, 5 doubles, 8 RBI
Tyler Runkle: .333, 10 runs
Evan Siegel: 2-0, 1.79 ERA, 19 strikeouts
Brodie Coates: 1-1, 1 save, 2.56 ERA
Hudson’s Bay Eagles (2-7, 0-5 GSHL)
“We have a lot of young pitchers who are still trying to figure out how to pitch at the varsity level. The more experience we get on the mound, the more successful we are going to be as the season progresses,” Bay coach Rick Skinner said. “Offensively and athletically, we are very strong. Hitting .336 as a team to date.
“We need to get a key win to catapult us for the rest of the season. This is a big week for us.”
Monday, the Eagles showed great fight, scoring three runs in the seventh inning but just missing the comeback, losing by a run to Prairie.
Alan Merrill: .478, 3 doubles
Joel Jenisch: .476, 4 doubles, 12 RBI
Trent Palen: .429, 4 doubles, 7 RBI
Joel Jenisch: 1-0
Alan Merrill: 1-1, 14 strikeouts
2A Greater St. Helens League
Hockinson Hawks (5-4, 2-1 GSHL)
“They are competitors. They are also hard workers who are going to put in the work at practice no matter if we are outside or stuck inside,” coach Shaniko Ristau said.
“A lot of our players are guys who played on the state championship football team and they know how to deal with big games and pressure situations. That is huge in a very mental game like baseball. If you are physically and mentally ready to play, there should be nothing to stand in your way.”
Niko Niehaus: .467 BA
Colton Wheeler: .456 BA
Canon Racanelli: .440, 1 HR
Niko Niehaus: 1.98 ERA, 13 strikeouts
Blake Sparks: 1.62 ERA, 10 strikeouts
Ridgefield Spudders (7-4, 2-1 GSHL)
“I think we’ve learned that we can be pretty good at all three facets of the game, but we still have to learn how to put them together at a high level,” Ridgefield coach Nick Allen said. “We’ve also learned that we have a deep roster with a lot of guys who can contribute.”
The Spudders played baseball in Arizona during the break.
“Great experience for (Northwest) players to get down there and experience that,” he said.
They returned from Arizona and picked up a league win Monday. Jimmy Wallace drove in four runs.
Brock Harrison: .556 BA, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 11 RBI
Jeremy Martin: .483 BA, 4 doubles, 7 RBI, 5 stolen bases
Spencer Andersen: 3.50 ERA with 24 strikeouts.
Columbia River Chieftains (6-3, 2-1 GSHL)
“We should be in most every game with how well our pitching staff has thrown. We have defended well, but offensively we have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be at the end of the year,” Columbia River coach Stephen Donohue said. “We have faced a lot of really good arms in these first … games so we will be prepared as we move forward in our league play.”
The Chieftains got the post-break part of the season off to a fine start Monday. Nick Nygard and Kade Gerlack combined for a no-hitter in a win over Mark Morris. Nygard struck out 11, pitching into the sixth inning.
Nick Nygard: .462 BA, 3 doubles
Nick Nygard: 3-1, 1.08 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 19 IP
Kade Gerlack: 1-0, 1.90 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 18 IP
Washougal Panthers (3-7, 1-3 GSHL)
“Very talented group of young men. I lose a group of seniors this year who I have had the privilege of watching grow up on the baseball field,” Washougal coach Jaycop Collins said. “The majority of our varsity roster have known each other and played together since Little League.”
Preston Thornton: .483 BA, 2 RBI
Kirk Brown: .417 BA, 8 RBI
Jason Powell: .400 BA, 3 RBI
Nole Thompson: 15 strikeouts
Kirk Brown: 2.62 ERA, 13 strikeouts
Blaine Bea: 3.62 ERA
Woodland Beavers (6-5, 1-3 GSHL)
“I have a lot of guys who are tired of losing. They’re ready to step up. Starting to realize the potential,” Woodland coach Hunter Huddleston said.
Monday, the Beavers got their first league win of the season, topping defending league champion Hockinson.
“It was a real eye-opener to show what we are capable of doing. Hopefully we can build momentum off of it.”
Wyatt Autrey: .436 BA, 10 RBI
Ryan Cooney: .375 BA, 5 RBI
Christian Yager: .293 BA 10 RBI
Bailey Huston: “Crushing the ball,” the coach said.
Ryan Cooney: Freshman, coach said he can see Cooney becoming a Division-I pitcher.
Wyatt Wooden: Moved over from shortstop and has a 0.50 ERA. “He’s been clutch for us.”
King’s Way Christian (6-2, 3-0 Trico)
“When we are at full strength, we can be pretty dangerous,” King’s Way Christian coach Gregg Swenson said. “We are still learning as a team the expectations of the new coaching staff, but when the players just play, they can be pretty good.”
Oh yeah, the Knights are the defending state champions.
Sam Lauderdale, Damon Casetta-Stubbs, Brannon Merriwether, Riley Danberg (Sorry no stats).
Damon Casetta-Stubbs and Sam Lauderdale.
La Center Wildcats (5-3, 3-0 Trico)
Three seniors are carrying the load with the bats for the Wildcats, according to coach Rob Williamson.
Saige Keep is hitting .536 from the lead-off spot and has scored 16 runs. Hayden Williamson has an on-base percentage of .649 and has 11 RBI and 11 runs. Jack Ossenkop is hitting .548 and has driven in 19 runs.
Senior Clint Smith has the most innings pitched and he has a 2.63 ERA. A pair of freshman have solid numbers, too. Irving Alvarez with a 2.10 ERA and Tom Lambert with a 2.30 ERA.