By RODNEY HARWOOD of the COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD
LONGVIEW — Big Bend hasn't been to the NWAC Baseball Championships in 15 years, but they looked right at home on the big stage in Thursday's 2-0 loss to Edmonds in the opening game at David Story Field in Longview.
Edmonds shortstop Yugo Hamakawa drove in a run in the bottom of the third and another in the fifth and that was the extent of the scoring for a couple of teams that stranded a combined 15 runners.
Pinch-hitter Jayke Chavez, a freshman from Covington, showed a little bit of the team's frustration in the top seventh when he turned and put his teeth marks into the bat after striking out to end the inning with runners at the corners.
"It was a pitcher's game and we just didn't get any timely hitting. That's baseball sometimes," first-year Big Bend manager Jameson Lange said. "I think in this setting, if you're able to put pressure on early and put up a number, it can totally change the dynamic of the rest of the game."
The Vikings (31-20) did have their chances despite stranding six runners. In the third, catcher Dylan Miller (.182) gave them a jump-start with a single hitting out of the nine hole to start off the inning. Lead-off hitter Cody Banks, a Gold Glove winner and first-team all-East selection, singled to give the Vikings two aboard with a chance to draw first blood. But Big Bend couldn't come up with the timely hit.
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