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Mules place 3rd in state baseball


The Wahkiakum Mules baseball team took third in state with a 14-8 win against Napavine on Saturday.

On Saturday, a young Wahkiakum Mule baseball team beat Napavine 14-8 and claimed the third place title in the state tournament at Wheeler Field in Centralia.

"Against Napavine we smashed the ball and we were really effective on the base paths, taking advantage of Napavine mistakes," Coach Marc Niemeyer said. "Zach (Brown) came in and pitched great and got us out of a big jam. Hank (Ferguson) had a heck of a day behind the dish, allowing nothing."

Terris Record struggled early on the mound so Z. Brown stepped in and pitched seven innings, while Record proved himself with some great play at third base. Brown struck out seven, and allowed six hits and five runs before Record returned to finish the game. All in all, he faced eight batters and struck out one, allowing one hit and three runs.

Ferguson hit a triple and drove in two runs. Record hit a triple, a double, and had two RBIs. Luke Brown hit a triple and had an RBI. Ashden Niemeyer had two doubles and drove in three runs. Z. Brown had a double and an RBI. James Anderson hit two sacrifice flies and contributed four runs.

A day earlier, the Mules faced Colfax in the semifinals and lost 5-6.

"James (Anderson) threw a great game against Colfax," Niemeyer said, "more than well enough to win. We just had some unlucky plays at crucial times. We hit the ball really well and put ourselves in position to win."

James Anderson (above) and Zach Brown were selected to the Central 2B Baseball All League first team.

Anderson got the loss. He pitched six innings, struck out six and allowed six hits and five runs. Z. Brown pitched the final inning. He struck out one and allowed two hits and one run.

L. Brown hit a double and had an RBI. Santos Wright, A. Niemeyer, Anderson and Ferguson contributed one run apiece.

"These seniors leave the program in great shape," Coach Niemeyer said of Ferguson and Jacob Cavender. "They kept paving the mentality of Mule baseball. We are building a winning culture and it takes a lot of time and commitment.

"Hank (Ferguson) is probably the best all around leader I have ever coached. I want to thank Jacob and Hank for such great memories and a great year. A big thanks to all the parents, family members and community members as you are all big contributors to our success."

The future looks bright for Wahkiakum baseball.


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