EPHRATA –Ephrata baseball is moving on in the Central Washington Athletic Conference 2A playoffs.
The Tigers built an early lead, then held off a late charge from the Quincy Jackrabbits to win 4-2 at Johnson-O’Brien Stadium Wednesday night.
Ephrata’s Zac Berryman put the Tigers up 2-0 in the top of the first on a two-RBI double, scoring Tyler Lutz and Joey Mihelich.
Tigers catcher Ethan Etter reached base on a fielding error in the third inning, and later scored after getting Jackrabbits pitcher Doug Tobin to balk.
In the fourth, Ephrata’s Parker Ball reached first base on Quincy’s third error of the game and Berryman brought him home with an RBI single.
Berryman finished 2 for 3 with three RBI’s in the game.
The Jackrabbits rallied in the sixth when reliever Kaeden Murphy led off with a double and catcher Cody Kehl singled.
Two errors by Ephrata on a double play attempt allowed Murphy and Kehl to score, cutting the lead to 4-2.
Tigers starter Logan Moss shut the door on Quincy’s comeback in the seventh. Despite giving up a double to Tobin, he struck out the side to secure the win.
Moss threw a complete game, giving up two runs on seven hits, with seven strikeouts and two walks on 97 pitches.
Tobin took the loss for Quincy with one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts and three walks in three-and-a-third innings.
Ephrata has to win on the road Saturday against the top-seeded Selah Vikings to move on in the playoffs. Tigers coach Jason Laugen said it will take more offense to punch their ticket to state.
“Selah is a great team that doesn’t make mistakes, so we need to capitalize on as many opportunities as we can get,” Laugen said. “I’ve been telling my team we have to keep our mindset that we’re not playing our opponents now. We’re playing the game and we have to be ready for what the game brings to us.”
While Selah swept the season series with Ephrata, the Tigers played the Vikings tough in both games. Laugen said his team is playing with the level of confidence they need at this point in the year.
“Gunnar Falstad and Logan Moss have been pitching very well lately, getting outs when they need to and limiting scoring opportunities,” he said. “Zac Berryman’s really turned on his offensive production in the last six games. If we can keep this going and not beat ourselves, I think we’ve got what it takes to beat Selah.”
First pitch for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon in Selah.