Prairie freshman Nelson wins 3A district tennis title

first_img By Jeff Klein, Columbian sports staff Published: October 20, 2018, 8:51pm Share: GO Buy this Photo Prairie High School freshman Elijah Nelson won the 3A district title by defeating Mountain View’s Lu Abuizzah of Mountain View 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Vancouver Tennis Center. (Jeff Klein/The Columbian) Photo Jeff Klein Columbian sports staff Share: Prairie freshman Nelson wins 3A district tennis title Mountain View goes 1-2 in doubles Nothing like a little between-sets pep talk from the coach to get your game back on track.Prairie freshman Elijah Nelson’s game was hardly not on track Saturday, but he was being seriously challenged by Mountain View sophomore Lu Abuizzah in the 3A district singles final.After winning a hard-fought first set, then the pep talk, Nelson finished off Abuizzah rather quickly for a 6-4, 6-0 victory to claim the district title.“He just told me to keep my feet moving, play my game,” Nelson said of coach Stefan Lagielski’s courtside visit after the first set. “I was kind of nervous in the beginning.” By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.center_img [email protected] Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Nelson, the top seed, went 3-0 in the tournament without dropping a set.When the season started, Nelson said he was only thinking of just getting to districts. And now he has a first-place medal on his first try.“I just hope to get better and go as far as I can,” he said of his next goal.Abuizzah, seeded third, went 3-1 and needed three sets to get through his semifinal against Hudson’s Bay exchange student Manny Fernandez 1-6, 6-0, 6-0.By reaching the final, Nelson and Abuizzah had clinched spots to the bi-district tournament next week when state berths are on the line. Buy this Photo Mountain View doubles team freshman James Bertheau, left, and sophomore Vincent Hsu, won the 3A district title on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Vancouver Tennis Center. (Jeff Klein/The Columbian) Photo @jeffklein68 However, when the day started, coaches and players all thought the top four placers would be advancing to bi-district. It wasn’t until mid-morning when it was discovered that the bi-district bracket was only a 12-player draw. That meant the fourth-place finisher would only be an alternate and suddenly, many of the consolation matches took on more importance.No. 2 seed Fernandez would have to win two more matches to place third and get the bi-district spot. He did just that by getting past G Aujla of Evergreen 7-6, 6-3, and then Tyler Livingston of Evergreen 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the third-place final.Mountain View dominated the doubles with Vincent Hsu and James Bertheau beating teammates Kestutis Zalyps and Holden Henderson 6-0, 6-0 in the final.Combined, these two teams dropped just seven games in 14 sets.Prairie’s Cole Harmon and Ethan Hefflin placed third to advance to bi-district.Mountain View, which won the 3A GSHL team title with a 8-0 record, also won the team district title with 25 points. Prairie was second with 18 and Evergreen third with 11. (360) 735-4535last_img read more

Pitching, late-game rally gets Raptors past Pickles, 5-2

first_img Carter Benbrook, Ridgefield: Making his sixth appearance, Benbrook lowered his ERA to 2.05 Friday. He allowed three hits over six innings.Michael Hicks, Ridgefield: The Raptors’ clean-up hitter went 1 for 4, but his two-run double in the eighth inning added insurance runs to what was a 3-2 Ridgefield lead off a wild pitch.3 Key Numbers4: The number of home runs Boise State’s Michael Hicks has in 29 games. He’ll represent the Raptors in Monday’s WCL Home Run Derby, as part of the league’s All-Star festivities in Bend.1 (-for-4): Cameron Repetti (Cal State Fullerton) ended a three-game hitless streak against WCL opponents Friday, going 1 for 4.2: The number of extra-base hits by the Raptors. Both game in the eighth inning when, at the time, the Raptors had two hits through seven innings. Raptors Justin Boyd (2) and Michael Hicks (31) high five after Boyd makes a run during Friday night’s game against the Pickles at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex on July 19, 2019. The Raptors won 5-2. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) Photo Gallery [email protected] 4 Photos By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: July 19, 2019, 10:00pm By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. @MegWochnick Share: Pitching, late-game rally gets Raptors past Pickles, 5-2 Benbrook allows just three hits in six innings with 5 Ks RIDGEFIELD — In his final start before his West Coast League All-Star debut, pitcher Carter Benbrook turned in another gem.Although Benbrook didn’t factor in the decision in what turned into the Raptors’ 5-2 late-game victory over the Portland Pickles on Friday, the UC Santa Barbara signee allowed just three hits over six innings and struck out five.The weekend series at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex continues at 6:35 p.m. SaturdayBenbrook joins catcher Steve Ramirez (Riverside City College) and Michael Hicks (Boise State) as the three Raptors selected to Tuesday’s WCL All-Star game, hosted by the Bend Elks. In six starts this season, Benbrook is 2-1 with 25 strikeouts, four walks and lowered his ERA to 2.05.Chase Luttrell’s two-run eighth-inning home run for Portland broke up the scoreless game, but the Raptors scored all five of their runs in the home half of the inning.center_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: 29 Photos Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer Gallery: Raptors vs. Pickles Photo Gallery GO (360) 735-4521 3 Key Moments9 batters, 5 runs: The Raptors, trailing 2-0 entering the home eighth, plated runs in the inning. It began with their first extra-base hit of the game from Montana State Billings’ Andrew Schleusner and ended with Michael Hicks’ (Boise State) two-run double.Shot to right: Chase Luttrell’s (Long Beach State) two-run home run in the eighth inning broke a scoreless game. It was the Pickles’ fifth hit of the game.Unscathed in the fourth: Portland threatened in the fourth inning, loading the bases on two hits and a walk allowed by Ridgefield starter Carter Benbrook. But the UC Santa Barbara product struck out the final two batters to keep the game scoreless.3 Key PlayersMichael Perzan, Portland: The Grand Canyon product allowed two hits and struck out five in five innings. Like Benbrook, he earned a no-deciison.last_img read more