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White River baseball wins two on road

Zach Rohrbach takes over as the  Hornets’ No. 1 pitcher. - Photo by Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald
Zach Rohrbach takes over as the Hornets’ No. 1 pitcher.
— image credit: Photo by Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

Two games, 16 runs and a pair of victories – not a bad start for the White River High baseball team.

While the Puget Sound region stayed soggy Saturday, coach Mike Williams and his Hornets kicked off the 2014 prep campaign by traveling to the dry side of the state. Playing in Yakima, White River first thumped Chelan 10-0 before slipping past East Valley-Yakima 6-5.

In routing Chelan High, the Hornets erupted for five runs in the second inning, added solo tallies in the third and fourth, then tacked on three more in the sixth, putting an early end to the affair.

Starting pitcher Sean Klapperich hurled the first three innings, giving up just one hit while striking out three Goats. Trent Buchanan went the rest of the way, fanning five and allowing one hit.

At the plate, Buchanan had two hits, knocked in two runs and scored three times. Sophomore catcher Riley Johnson had three hits and four RBI.

In beating host East Valley, the Hornets were consistent and appeared to have the game in the bag – until the home half of the sixth inning.

White River scored a single run in the first inning, then added another in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth, building a 5-0 lead. That margin lasted only as long as it took East Valley to score five times in the bottom of the sixth and tie the contest.

The Hornets added another run in the top of the seventh which proved to be the difference. Buchanan doubled, went to third on a single by Ryan Kolisch and scored the game winner on a Matt Salisbury bunt.

Kolisch and Cody Cloud had two hits apiece.

Zach Rohrbach started on the mound and pitched four shutout innings. Brandon Henke came on in the seventh inning and shut down East Valley to get the victory.

“We got to see some kids take on new roles for us,” Williams said. “I was really pleased with our energy and overall performance this early in the season.”

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