Baseballers play well, learn lessons in last four games

The Nisqually League Tournament takes place May 9 to 14.

After a week of rain-outs, the clouds didn’t part as the saying goes — it was more like Vashon had to wedge a few games in between them.

Monday, April 25 was a home game, the final regular-season match-up with Cascade Christian to decide the 1-1 season tie. All aspects of Vashon’s game were shining that day. Finn Hawkins spun a gem holding Cascade Christian scoreless into the sixth inning.

RBI’s also started with Hawkins as he roped a bases-loaded triple to left field in the second inning, clearing them all with a little help from the speed of Maxwell Delgado-Williams sliding into home.

Vashon would score seven runs by the end of the second inning, and the hitting remained solid up and down the lineup. Will Weber and Will Frith pounded doubles; Delgado-Williams, Hawkins, Jack Harvey, Sam Walker, Charlie Walker, Finn Magonegil, Frith and Chase Bradrick sprayed singles all over the yard, totaling 13 hits on the day.

The defense was on point along with what’s becoming a trademark of this team — the pressure they supply on the bases, always looking to take an extra on every play.

“They hit really well, Hawkins was outstanding on the mound and helped himself out with the bat,” said Coach Simon Perrin. “Probably the cleanest and best played game all year. That game shows the potential of this team.”

Sam Walker entered the game in the seventh inning to finish off the pitching and left the happy, home crowd basking in the day’s last bit of sun with a 9-1 win.

The next day, April 26, brought a sharp turn of fortune in the deep valley of ball fields at Klahowya.

Will Frith took the mound for Vashon and struggled to find the strike zone in the first inning. Five walks, an error in the outfield and a hit by pitch later spotted the Eagles six runs.

“Will had a bad day, that will happen to every pitcher during a season,” said Perrin.

One of the Pirates’ mantras is to never give up. They continued to fight and crawled back into the game. Sam Walker took over the pitching, giving up two runs the rest of the way. Sam and Charlie Walker drove in runs in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Delgado-Williams, Harvey and Hawkins singled, setting up a bases-loaded situation for Weber — who delivered a timely double scoring two. Magonegil knocked in one more and going into the sixth inning, it was a 5-8 spread.

In the seventh, the comeback was in place with walks by Hawkins, Magonegil and Frith to load the bases. Caleb Guadamuz brought in another run with a hit by pitch RBI, but the remaining pirates were stranded and the day ended with a 6-9 loss.

April 29 brought the Eagles to Vashon for a doubleheader.

Hawkins started on the mound in game one, which quickly mirrored the previous game as the Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the second inning. Sam Walker entered in relief in the third.

The Pirates came back in the fourth inning, with Weber, Sam Walker and Magonegil each hitting doubles to score three runs. In the fifth, Klahowya scratched out two more runs to go up by three.

At the bottom of the fifth, Delgado-Williams singled, Hawkins doubled, and Harvey and Sam Walker singled, closing the gap to 6-5 with one out — but the Pirates could not get another run across as this close one would slip away.

Game two kept Sam Walker on the mound to start for two innings tied 2-2. Weber doubled in Delgado-Williams in the first inning, and Magonegil scored in the second. Frith entered in relief in the third.

A series of errors with two outs in the fourth inning started to unravel the game and the Eagles brought six more across.

“That’s baseball, you give them an extra chance with an error and they are gonna take advantage of it,” said Perrin.

Vashon would not score again and the day would end with a disappointing 12-2 loss.

“I could tell the boys felt the losses and I’m glad about that in a way,” said Perrin. “We addressed the problems as a team, being real …. about where they fell short — that’s how you improve, they’ll be fine in the future, just need to learn from those Klahowya games.”

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