Prep baseball: Aberdeen splits with Chehalis

CHEHALIS — Shaking off the effects of a disappointing opening game, Aberdeen regrouped to notch a milestone baseball victory.

The Bobcats came from behind to outlast Chehalis in eight innings, 4-3, in an Evergreen 2A Conference contest Monday night at Bearcat Stadium.

Chehalis rallied to win a suspended first game, 5-4.

The nightcap victory was Aberdeen’s first over Chehalis in at least four years.

The Bobcats owned a 4-1 lead when the first contest, suspended by rain last week, resumed Monday. But the Bearcats capitalized on four Aberdeen errors to pull that one out.

All of Chehalis’ runs in that contest were unearned. Hard-luck losing pitcher Reilly Fairchild had three hits for the Bobcats (1-2, 1-3).

Maintaining the momentum, Chehalis took a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning of the second game. The Bobcats tied it with a two-run sixth that included Ashton Williamson’s single, Collin Nord’s double and a wild pitch. Nord scored the tying run on a double play.

Williamson also singled to lead off the eighth and was replaced by courtesy runner Kevin Gardner. After Nord singled, Gardner took third on an errant pickoff throw.

Fairchild then tapped back to the mound. The Chehalis pitcher, after looking Gardner back to third, threw to second base and Gardner came in with what proved to be the winning run.

The left-handed Nord, who had pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh, retired the side in order in the Bearcat eighth to pick up the victory in relief of starter Charlie Dietrich.

“You knew if we were going to get him a run, he was going to shut the door,” Bobcat coach Shon Schreiber said. “Some of the kids said that was the best he’s thrown in two years.”

Weather permitting, the Bobcats are scheduled to host Centralia today.

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Dietrich, Nord (7) and Williamson; James, Steen (6) and Steen, Gueller.

RBI: Aberdeen — Fairchild. Chehalis — Gueller, Johnson, Shirer. Two hits: Aberdeen — Williamson, Nord. Chehalis — Steen, Gueller. Triples: Chehalis — Steen. Doubles: Aberdeen — Nord. Chehalis — Steen.

Winning pitcher — Nord (walked one; struck out three). Losing pitcher — Steen (walked two; struck out five).