Roadrunners Win NWAC Baseball Playoffs Opener

LONGVIEW, Washington – The Linn-Benton Baseball team defeated Lane Community College 9-3 in their opening playoff game on Thursday, May 26. 

The Roadrunners showed no signs of rust after having 10 days off prior to Thursday’s game. In the bottom half of the first inning Cayden Delozier hit a 2-RBI double to put the Beaks up early. In the second inning, Ruben Cedillo extended the lead with a 3-RBI blast into the Titans bullpen in left field. 

“I liked that I actually hit a curveball. I’ve been kind of freezing on a lot of curveballs and they were throwing me a lot of curveballs at the beginning of the game. I just sat on it and swung,” Cedillo said. 

The Titans responded in the third inning with two runs of their own. Cole Kleckner doubled to bring in a run, and Cole Calnon grounded out, bringing in another. The Roadrunners offense would not be denied though, putting up 4 more runs in the next two innings. Roadrunner Cayden Delozier went 3-4 with 2 doubles, and 2 RBI on the day. 

Roadrunner Rhett Larson picked up the win on the mound. Larson went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, walking 1, while striking out 4. Roadrunner Dylan Rush was dominant on the mound in relief. Rush went 3 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit, while striking out 5. 

“It feels great. We’ve been working hard all season and you know everything we’ve put in is just starting to show, and it feels great,” Rush said. 

Titan Charlie Steuer took the loss on the mound. Steuer went 2 innings, allowing 5 runs, on 4 hits, walking 4, while striking out 2. 

Next up, the Roadrunners stay in Longview to take on Edmonds Community College Friday, May 27, at Lower Columbia Community College, David Story Field, 1700-1740 19th Ave. in Longview. First pitch is set for 4:35 p.m.