By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles spotted a hard-hitting Lynden baseball team a five-run first inning lead and couldn’t catch up in an 8-3 nonleague loss to the Lions on Saturday at Civic Field.
Roughriders’ starter Bo Bradow had a rough go of it in the opening frame, getting tagged for five runs on three hits and two errors, and also hitting a batter as Lynden went up 5-0 early.
“It took us a little longer to get going than we needed against a good team, one of the better teams in the state,” Port Angeles coach Karl Myers said.
“We helped them out a little in the first inning. They hit the ball well, extremely well in the first, but we gave up some 90s [bases on errors] and missed some cutoffs.”
“And you can’t spot a good team five runs in the first and not answer back right away.”
The Lions (7-2) added two more runs in the third off of Bradow, scoring on an infield single that lost significant velocity bouncing through the soggy infield grass and a lined shot back to Bradow.
Riders’ leadoff hitter Carson Jackson adjusted well in his second trip to the plate, doubling on a well-struck shot to left field and scoring on an Ethan Flodstrom’s double to right-center field, a blast that would likely have gone for a home run if the temporary summer fence used for Port Angeles Lefties and Wilder Baseball Club games were in place.
“We started getting comfortable and confident the second time around and really putting some swings on the ball,” Myers said. “I thought Ethan and Carson put some great swings on the the ball today.”
The Riders pulled within 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Jackson reached base on a fielders choice, stole second base, moved to third on Joel Wood’s infield single and scored on a passed ball.
Flodstrom then uncorked a shot to deep right field that drove in Wood, but the two-out rally was stymied by a pop out.
“I honestly think the one to right-center might have been farther, but both would have been out of most parks,” Myers said of Flodstrom’s deep shots.
Port Angeles managed only one more hit the rest of the way, a single by Milo Whitman in the sixth.
The Riders did get some solid relief pitching from Jadon Seibel and Andrew Pena.
“I thought Jadon threw well, he’s been doing a good job all season,” Myers said.
Pena came on with one out and two aboard in the fifth, struck out a batter, hit another to load the bases, but got the ground-ball out he needed to get out of a sticky situation.
“Andrew came in and threw pretty well, got out of that jam, that was good for him,” Myers said. “He found a way to compete even though he didn’t have his best stuff today.”
Myers said his team was missing a little bit Saturday.
“At times today we had a big-time lack of communication on the field and our energy was lacking,” he said.
“It’s been a long week for our guys, we played Sequim Wednesday, we went down to Belfair last night, but this is why we do this, we want to test our mettle with some nonleague games.
“That’s a potential state opponent we played, they are perenially a state team and for good reason.”
Port Angeles (4-1, 7-2) visits league-leading North Kitsap (4-0, 5-2) on Wednesday, April 11.
Lynden 8, Port Angeles 3
Lynden 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 — 8 11 3
PA 0 0 1 0 2 0 0— 3 7 5
WP: Parcher LP: Bradow
Lynden — Parcher 5IP, 6H, 3ER, 2BB, 2K; Holmstrom 2IP, H, 5K.
Port Angeles — Bradow 3IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, 2HB; Seibel 1 1/3 IP, H, 2BB, K; Pena 1 2/3 IP, H, BB, 3K.
Lynden — Vanderveen 2-5, 2B, R, RBI; Marsh 3-4, 2B, R, RBI; Doolittle 2-4, R, RBI.
Port Angeles — Flodstrom 2-3, 2 2B, 2RBI; Jackson 1-4, 2R, 2B, McGuffey 1-3, Bradow 1-3, Whitman 1-3.
Thursday’s Game Port Angeles 8, North Mason 1
BELFAIR — The Roughriders staked starting pitcher Colton McGuffey to a four-run lead and McGuffey cruised from there, scattering five hits across six innings, allowing one run while striking out six in an Olympic League 2A Division road victory.
“This was a great road win for us against a team that has been playing really well,” Port Angeles coach Karl Myers said. “It was good to see our guys come out aggressive and put the pressure on their pitcher early. Scoring four in the first is great but the amount of hard contact in that inning was really what impressed me the most.”
McGuffey was on target with his pitches as 62 of his 81 throws were for strikes.
“Colton was phenomenal on the mound tonight pounding the strike zone with multiple pitches and keeping North Mason off balance all night,” Myers said.
“Jadon Seibel looked sharp in the seventh, closing it out with two strikeouts.”
Bo Bradow had two hits and two RBIs, McGuffey added a pair of hits and Brody Merritt drove in two runs for the Riders.
“At the plate I felt like we had great approaches early on attacking pitches in the zone, but the strike zone discipline was very good drawing seven walks and two hit-by-pitches,” Myers said.
“We took advantage of opportunities to take extra bases I thought we did a great job of being appropriately aggressive on the base paths.”
Port Angeles 8, North Mason 1
PA 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 — 8 8 1
NM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0— 1 6 1
WP: McGuffey LP: Kimball
Port Angeles — McGuffey 6IP, 5H, ER, 6K; Seibel IP, H, 2K.
Port Angeles — Bradow 2-4, 2RBI; McGuffey 2-3, R, RBI; Jackson 1-3, 2R, SB; Flodstrom 1-2, 2BB, 2R, RBI; Merritt 1-1, BB, SF, R, 2RBI.
Quilcene 6, Chimacum 2 Chimacum 13, Quilcene 3
CHIMACUM — Chimacum and Quilcene split a pair of games, with Quilcene winning the opener 6-2 and the Cowboys coming back in the late game 13-3.
In Friday’s opener, Quilcene Ethan Davis was outstanding on the mound, going the full seven innings and giving up just four hits, two walks and no earned runs. Andy Johnston led the Rangers at the plate, going 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. James Soderberg hit a double for the Rangers.
Carson McConnell went 2 for 3 for Chimacum with an RBI.
In the second game, Chimacum stole 18 bases on the Rangers, with Matthew Bainbridge stealing five bases. Koby Eldridge went 3 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, while Issac Purser went 2 for 4 with a run scored, two RBIs and two steals. Cole Dotson had two hits with a run, an RBI and two steals and he also picked up the win on the mound, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up one earned run while striking out 10.
Cody Clark had two hits, two runs and three steals for the Cowboys. Dustin Hughes had three hits for Quilcene.
Chimacum (1-0, 2-5) next plays April 9 at Port Townsend. Quilcene (0-1, 4-2) next plays April 10 at Seattle Lutheran.
Quilcene 6, Chimacum 2
Quilcene 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 — 6 5 3
Chimacum 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 — 2 4 2
WP: Davis LP: Bainbridge
Quilcene — Davis 7IP, 4H, 0ER, 2BB.
Chimacum — Bainbridge 5.1IP, 4H, 3ER, 5K, 5BB; Brebberman 0.2IP, 1H, BB; Dotson 1IP, K, BB.
Quilcene — Johnston 2-4, 2R, RBI; Suderberg, 1-4, R, 2RBI, 2SB; Capsol 1-4, RBI; Comstock 1-4 R.
Chimacum — McConnell 2-3, RBI; Dotson 1-2, RBI, Purser 1-4, R.
Chimacum 13, Quilcene 3
Quilcene 0 1 0 0 2 x x — 3 7 3
Chimacum 0 2 9 1 1 x x — 13 13 0
WP: Dotson LP: Reynolds
Quilcene — Reynolds 2.1IP, 4H, 4ER, 2K; Comstock 2.1IP, 9H, 6ER, K, 5BB.
Chimacum — Dotson 4.2IP, 7H, ER, 10K.
Quilcene — Hughes 3-3; Suderberg 1-3, RBI; Davis 1-2, RBI.
Chimacum — Eldridge 3-3, 2B, 3R, RBI, BB, 2SB; Purser 2-4, R, 2RBI, 2SB; Dotson 2-3, R, RBI, 2SB; Clark 2-3, 2R, 2SB; Bainbridge 1-3, 2R, RBI, 5SB
Kingston 1, Sequim 0, 8 innings
KINGSTON — The Wolves lost an extra-innings pitching duel when the Buccaneers’ Gabe Updegrove stole home with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Updegrove reached base on a bunt single, advanced to second on a groundout to Sequim pitcher Michael Young, stole third and then stole home to end Friday’s contest.
The Wolves managed just two hits off Kingston starter Jack Hermanson: a first-inning single by Joey Oliver and a two-out double to right field by Johnnie Young in the top of the seventh.
Hermanson went the full eight innings, striking out nine and walking none.
Sequim ace Ian Miller struck out six in five innings of work, scattering three hits.
The Wolves (0-5, 3-6) will look for their first Olympic League win when they host Bremerton on Wednesday, April 11.
Kingston 1, Sequim 0, 8 innings
Sequim 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0— 0 2 1
Kingston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1— 1 4 2
WP: Hermanson LP: M. Young
Sequim — Miller 5IP, 3H, 6K; M. Young 2 1/3IP, H, ER, 2BB.
Kingston — Hermanson 8IP, 2H, 9K.