1A baseball roundup: Montesano, Hoquiam rolls on; Elma rally falls short

ROCHESTER — Layne Bruner and Matt Jensen combined on a two-hitter as Montesano remained unbeaten by blanking Rochester in an Evergreen 1A League baseball game Tuesday at Rochester.

If nothing else, Bruner and Jensen enjoyed an outstanding walk-strikeout ratio. They fanned 15 between them and did not issue a walk.

Tucker Ibabao gave the Bulldogs, the state’s top-ranked 1A team, a permanent lead with a two-run single in the third inning, Kody Usher and Jordan Bussard added RBI singles in the sixth.

“We had three really clutch hits,” Monte coach Mike Bruner said. “Rochester’s a tough team and (our kids) did their job.”

The league champion Bulldogs (16-0, 18-0) close out the regular season at Elma for a doubleheader on Thursday.

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Bruner, Jensen (5) and Bussard; Wilson and Deal.

RBI: Montesano — Ibabao 2, Usher, Bussard. Two hits: Montesano — Rogers, Mendenhall.

Winning pitcher — Bruner (walked none; struck out 10). Losing pitcher — Wilson (walked two; struck out six).

Grizzlies 10, Spartans 0

FORKS — Hoquiam’s offense provided plenty of support for its three pitchers — Kyle Standstipher, Joel Brydon and Kolby Crowell — in this Evergreen 1A matchup on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies (11-5) slugged 15 hits, led by three hits from Josh Steen, Ronnie Espedal and Josh Bishop, and the three pitchers finished with a three-hit shutout. Standstipher picked up the win as the starter.

“We need to hit to support our pitching and our hitting has really come on,” HHS head coach Steve Jump said. “We also had a solid defensive effort, too. We’ve played great defense behind our pitcher. It has been an exciting time and we’re looking forward to playing well in the postseason.”

Espedal drove in three runs and was one of seven HHS hitters to register at least one RBI in the game.

Hoquiam needs just one more win in its final series of the regular season — a doubleheader at Tenino on Thursday — to secure the league’s No. 2 berth into next week’s district playoffs.

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Ky. Standstipher, Brydon (4), Crowell (7) and Espedal; Johnson and Hagen.

RBI: Hoquiam — Espedal 3, Guined 2, Bishop, Brydon, Ky. Standstipher, Ko. Standstipher, Steen. Three hits: Hoquiam — Steen, Espedal, Bishop. Two hits: Hoquiam — Kelly, Brydon. Triple: Hoquiam — Espedal. Doubles: Hoquiam — Kelly, Brydon, Bishop.

Winning pitcher — Ky. Standstipher (four strikeouts, three walks). Losing pitcher — Johnson (one walk).

Beavers 12, Eagles 11

ELMA — Tenino withstood a late Elma comeback to hand the Eagles a crippling loss in an Evergreen 1A League game Tuesday at Eagle field.

The loss severely damages Elma’s postseason hopes.

Down 10-1 at one stage, the Eagles erupted for five runs in the sixth but still trailed 12-9 entering the seventh. Ricky Escalante tripled home Austin Neary (who had doubled) in the seventh and later scored on an error, but a line-drive double play ended the threat.

“We spotted them too many runs,” Elma coach Scott Rowland said. “In the first 4 1/3 innings, we had three errors, three passed balls, five bases on balls and three hit batters. The kids did a helluva job battling back, but we didn’t get started until we got down 10-1.”

Austin Black homered and Neary doubled twice for the Eagles (9-7, 11-7).

The Eagles close out their season at home Thursday with a doubleheader against rival Montesano.

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Peterson, McKitrick (6) and Zack Chamberlain; Sutten, Simpson (5), Hamilton (6) and Black.

Three hits: Elma — Neary. Two hits: Tenino — Shaw, Egge. Elma — Camenzind. Home runs: Elma — Black. Triples: Elma — Escalante. Doubles: Tenino — Shaw, Egge. Elma — Neary 2.

Winning pitcher — Peterson (walked four; struck out four). Losing pitcher — Sutten (walked five; struck out four).