Chances are created in softball with runners on base, and Aberdeen had their chances against Tumwater on Monday afternoon.
The Bobcats kept the pressure on the T-Birds on the basepaths, but left 10 runners stranded and couldn’t stop Tumwater’s big inning in a 9-6 Evergreen 2A softball loss at the Bishop Athletic Complex.
AHS head coach Jeff Timmons noted that in three games this season, the Bobcats (8-4, 8-4) left 29 runners stranded against the T-Birds.
“It is hard to beat a good team when you leave that many runners on base,” Timmons said. “Even though we had 10 hits, it wasn’t with runners in scoring position. It was a game of missed opportunities.”
Tumwater took control with a five-run fourth inning, driving AHS starter Mo Donovan out of the circle for reliever Grace Utto-Galarneau.
“They came up and got Mo’s timing,” Timmons added. “They came away with four solid hits and a walk. We had a miscue and any time you give Tumwater an extra out … they’re famous for their one big inning and there it was. Grace did a great job of shutting down Tumwater after that to give us a chance to get back into the game.”
Aberdeen, trailing 9-3, knocked in three in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run in the on-deck circle.
Today, Aberdeen stays home to greet rival Hoquiam in a non-league game at the Bishop.
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J. Glasgow and McDaniels; Donovan, Utto-Galarneau (4) and Timmons.
RBI: Tumwater — K. Glasgow, Ubrun, Crawford 4, J. Glasgow. Aberdeen — Donovan 3, Dixon. Two hits: Tumwater — Crawford, J. Glasgow. Aberdeen — Donovan, Dixon, Timmons. Doubles: Tumwater — Crawford, J. Galsgow. Aberdeen — Donovan, Utto-Galarneau.
Winning pitcher — Glasgow (five strikeouts, four walks). Losing pitcher — Donovan (two strikeouts, four walks).