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by Nolan Patching

Tuesday, March 29th
Castle Rock Swept By Kalama in League Opener
In 2015, Castle Rock had Kalama's number all spring; scoring 26 more runs than them in their three series meetings in the regular season and then eliminating the Chinook from the district playoffs. On Tuesday in Castle Rock, Kalama turned the tables and avenged losses from last season with 13-0 and 13-5 wins. In game one, Castle Rock was no-hit into the sixth inning until Parker Patching delivered the one and only Rocket hit. Patching also had an RBI in game two off a sacrifice fly in the third inning. CJ Baker went 1 for 2 in the second game with three runs scored and drew two walks. Castle Rock (0-6, 0-2) will face Kalama again on Friday for the third game of the series.

Rocket Softball Outpitched by Ridgefield
Trinity Naugle played well in a game which would not go in the Rockets favor. Castle Rock had seven hits, three of which were from Naugle. Naugle was the starting pitcher and pitched three innings where she struck out two batters and allowed two earned runs. Emily Ashby pitched three innings in relief and also struck out two. The duo combined to allow eight hits to Ridgefield.

Rocket Tennis Sweeps Double Versus King's Way
The doubles teams of Castle Rock swept King's Way in a league match. Lauren Spreadborough and Allie Davis won first doubles 7-5 and 6-0. Kelsey Bern and Jenna LaFontaine took second doubles 6-2, 6-4.

Wednesday, March 30th
Toledo Baseball Sweeps Defending State Champion Adna
In what was a key victory for Toledo in the race for the Central 2B league title, the Indians defeated the Adna Pirates in both games. Game one started off very unfavorable for Toledo with ace pitcher Wes Kuzminsky walking the first three batters. The patient Adna batters forced a very early pitching change, one which does not usually happen to Kuzminsky. The three baserunners came around to score on a single by Bryce McCloskey, a balk, and a couple of errors. Adna held a 4-1 lead in the fifth after McCloskey drove in a run off a fielder's choice. Toledo got a two out rally going in the fifth inning when they stringed together five straight hits in what was a turnaround moment in the game. Dalton Yoder had an RBI double and Connor Vermilyea had an RBI single during that stretch. The Indians put five runs across in the fifth inning and held on for the 6-4 win.

Dalton Yoder pitched the third and fourth innings and would be credited for the win. Yoder went 2-4 and Connor Vermilyea went 3-4 with two RBIs.

Game two was suspended until the following day after seven innings due to darkness with the game tied at 10. The nightcap was completed on Thursday night and Toledo won 11-10. Jackson Kuzminsky, Connor Vermilyea, and Dylan Hoiseck each had two hits. The Indians barreled 14 hits in the second game. Wes Kuzminsky started the second game, pitching four innings while giving up six hits and four runs. Dalton Yoder relieved for two innings but also gave up four runs. Connor Vermilyea would be credited with the win after pitching the sixth and seventh innings, striking out five Pirates and the runs which came across against him were both unearned.

Castle Rock Softball Smacks Fort Vancouver
The bats were out in force for the Rockets in a 24-0 nonleague win over Fort Vancouver. Zoe Naugle went 5-6 in the game bringing in six RBIs with two doubles and a triple. Kerri Cline, Kellie Webber, and Kyndil Kirkendoll all three combined for 11 hits and 10 runs scored. Trinity Naugle and Emily Ashby split innings and combined to allow just two hits. Castle Rock had 26 total hits in the game. CR improved to 2-3 on the year.

CR Wins One Singles, One Doubles Match
In a nonleague match against Washougal, Castle Rock had one individual win a match and a double team win. Haley Keeling won her singles match 6-0 and 6-1 while the team of Jenna LaFontaine and Kelsey Bern won their doubles match 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Meeks and Myklebust Pace Castle Rock Track
Castle Rock track traveled to King's Way on Wednesday for a league track meet and had a handful of top two finishers. Nate Myklebust won the 200 meter run and took second in the 100. Talib Meeks took second in the shot put and placed first in the discus. On the girl's side, Auna Dolan placed second in the 100 meter run.

Thursday, March 31st
Toledo Boys Track Wins, Hamre Breaks Napavine Records in Girls Win
Napavine girls track won nine events and Grace Hamre was a large part of this, winning three individual running events and was a part of the 4x200 relay team which also took first. Hamre won the 100, 200, and the 400. She broke the Napavine school records in the 100 (12.28) and 400 (59.50), while also owning the best 2B time in the 100. Mollie Olson was a member of the 4x200 relay and also took first in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, and the triple jump. Karley Bornstein won the javelin (116-08) and the Pope sisters, Xylee, Alex, Lexee, and Xoe, once again won the 4x400 relay.

Winlock's Jessica Neal set a new 2B best high jump with a height of 5-3. Scout Cai of Colfax, last year's girls' state 2B champion, jumped a height of 5-4 at the state meet in Cheney.

Toledo won on the boys' side, beating out Napavine 162-104. Jared Pohll won the 3200 (11:46) and the 1600 (4:59), Anthony Peak won the 110 hurdles (20.19) and Tavis Waner won the 300 hurdles (51.28). Chase Van Wyck of Napavine placed first in shot put (53-5) and now also owns the best mark in the 2B classification. Toledo and Winlock will go to Onalaska on April 14th while Napavine will host a meet on the same day.

United Shuts Out King's Way, Stays Undefeated in League
United came away with another league win on Thursday night to move to second place in the standings, behind White Salmon. Gustavo Barragan had two goals and one assist in leading United to a 5-0 win. Adair Garibay converted a PK in the 19th minute and Andreas Malunat added a goal in the 33rd minute. Johnathon Van Vleck had a goal in the final minute of play to cap the score. Nolan Patching was in goal and earned the three save shut out. United will travel to Camas to take on Seton Catholic on April 12th.

Castle Rock Tennis Picks Up First Victory
The Rockets won all five of their matches in straight sets in a league match against Stevenson. Haley Keeling and Madeline Del Castillo each won their singles, 6-0, 6-0. Kendal Bishop (6-0, 6-1) won third singles. In doubles, Allie Davis and Lauren Spreadborough won 6-1, 6-1 as did Kelsey Bern and Jenna LaFontaine at second doubles, 6-0, 6-0.

Friday, April 1st
Castle Rock Baseball Takes Down Kalama, Avoids Sweep
After two big home losses to Kalama on Tuesday, the Rock traveled to Kalama on Friday and defeated the Chinook there in six innings by a score of 10-0. Adam Luotto pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits. Tanner Catlin went 4-4, CJ Baker and Klay Beckers each went 2-3. The Rockets earned their first win of the season and look to improve when they travel to Tenino on April 8th for a nonleague game.

Saturday, April 2nd
Toledo Smacks Kittitas Game One, Coyotes Return Favor In Nightcap
The bats were hot for Toledo in the first game of the doubleheader but the momentum did not carry over into game two. Toledo scored seven runs in the first inning and four in the second inning to cruise to a 17-3 nonleague win. Wes Kuzminsky threw two no-hit innings to start the game and struck out two while walking one. Dalton Yoder pitched two innings and struck out three, and Jackson Kuzminsky pitched a scoreless fifth inning to close. Alex Bacon went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, and Kolt Korpi was 3 for 4 and knocked in three runs. Connor Vermilyea had a double and a triple which helped bring in four runs, and Dalton Yoder was 2 for 4 and drove in a run.

Game 2 was the first loss for Toledo all season. The Indians had it close going into the sixth, down 5-4, but the Coyotes brought across four runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead and secure a nonleague victory. The Indians (7-1) will host Mossyrock in Central 2B play on Saturday.