The best way to shake off a bad outing is to get back on the field and play another game. Aberdeen proved that Monday afternoon against Black Hills.
After struggling with their offense in a 2-1 loss to Tumwater on Saturday, the Bobcats kept their foot on the gas and outslugged the visiting Wolves, 16-1, in a five-inning Evergreen 2A baseball game at Ken Waite Field.
All nine starters for Aberdeen (11-4, 11-5) finished with at least one hit and one run scored, giving AHS head coach Shon Schreiber something to smile about.
“They came out and swung it,” AHS head coach Shon Schreiber said. “We made a few changes — Stuart Ball got his second start and Tyler Ames got his first start at shortstop. We sat some kids, so we can get everyone rested and ready. It must have worked. This was a good game to build some confidence with Centralia and Chehalis coming in (later this week).”
Leading 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning, the Bobcats put down their signature frame of the game. Charlie Dietrich started the scoring by running in after an Ashton Williamson single and the center fielder bobbled the ball for a 4-1 lead. With two outs, Aberdeen proceeded to keep the ball in play and knock out Black Hills starter Henry Coates. Run-scoring hits from Caleb Harris, Devin Harke, Ball and Ames were followed by a two-run single from Cole Edwards and a two-run double by Williamson to push the score to 12-1. Harris added an RBI walk for 13-1 before reliever Ryan Jones got out of the inning.
In all, Aberdeen scored nine runs with two outs in the frame and sent 16 batters to the plate.
A three-run first inning, which ended with the bases loaded, sent all nine AHS starters to the plate to start the game. Collin Nord, Reilly Fairchild and Harris each had RBI hits. Harris, as the designated hitter, led the Bobcats with four RBI in the game.
Williamson finished with three hits and Dietrich and Fairchild added two hits each.
Three more runs ended the scoring the fourth inning, allowing Dietrich plenty of comfort on the mound. The senior thrower struck out six, walked one and scattered four hits.
“With Charlie, he has confidence to throw all of his pitches and hits against him don’t faze him,” Schreiber said. “It may faze us coaches, but not him. He has confidence and you know he’ll battle for you every time he goes out there.”
On Thursday, Aberdeen hits a pivotal two-day stretch in the season by hosting Centralia. On Friday, Aberdeen stays home to greet league-leading Chehalis.
In the junior varsity game, Aberdeen won, 4-3.
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Coates, Jones (2) and O’Bannon; Dietrich and Williamson.
RBI: Black Hills — Herd. Aberdeen — Edwards 2, Williamson 2, Nord, Fairchild, Harris 4, Harke 2, Ball, Ames 2. Three hits: Aberdeen — Williamson. Two hits: Aberdeen — Dietrich, Fairchild. Doubles: Aberdeen — Nord, Williamson, Fairchild.
Winning pitcher — Dietrich (six strikeouts, one walk). Losing pitcher — Coates (one walk).