WESTPORT — North Beach’s district baseball opener was an experience the Hyaks would prefer to forget.
Cole Doughty and Jensen Lindsay combined on a five-inning no-hitter as Napavine thumped the error-plagued Hyaks, 11-1, in the first round of District IV Class 2B Baseball Tournament on Monday at the sun-drenched GAR Park in Westport.
The Hyaks (10-5) will face Mossyrock in a loser-out contest scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today at Adna.
The Pacific League co-champion Hyaks were decidedly off their customary form from the outset. They committed six errors, five of those in the first two innings.
“Errors killed us all the way through,” North Beach coach Rob Schreiber grimly summarized, “and getting no-hit didn’t help at all.”
The Tigers, meanwhile, scored in every inning but the fifth. They took a permanent lead during a first inning that North Beach pitcher Josh Takagi should have escaped unscathed.
A dropped throw, walk and wild pitch put runners on second and third with two outs. Both scored when Brady Woodrun’s pop fly to the right side of the infield was dropped.
“Not making the routine plays in the first inning opened things up,” Schneider said.
The Hyaks committed two more miscues in a five-run Napavine highlighted by Woodrum’s RBI double.
The way Doughty and Lindsay were pitching, that was more than ample production for the Tigers
The Hyaks didn’t come close to a hit off the hard-throwing Doughty, perhaps best known as Napavine’s all-state wide receiver in football. Shifted to the outfield in the fourth, Doughty made a fine running catch of Elijah Towery’s fly to deep center field.
Two errors and a hit batter enabled North Beach to load the bases against Lindsay with none out in the fifth. Takagi lined to second baseman Mac Fagerness, who ran to the bag for an unassisted double play. But Austin Perez reached base on a missed third strike-throwing error combination, allowing Levi Edlin to score from third. Lindsay then struck out Pedro Gonzales to end matters via the 10-run mercy rule.
Takagi was also removed from pitching duties after three innings to preserve his mound eligibility for today’s game. Perez finished up on the mound.
Towery made a couple of fine catches in center field.
Napavine 252 20 — 11 7 3 North Beach 000 01 — 1 0 6
Doughty, Lindsay (4) and Woodrum; Takagi, Perez (4) and Beck.
RBI: Napavine — Lindsay 2, Woodrum 2, Doughty. Two hits: Napavine — S. Fagerness. Doubles: Napavine — S. Fagerness, Woodrum.
Winning pitcher — Doughty (walked three; struck out five). Losing pitcher — Takagi (walked one; struck out four).