MONTESANO — It took a bit of leadership to grab this Evergreen 1A baseball contest by the collar, but Montesano did so in the final 2 1/2 innings to edge Tenino, 7-6, and stay undefeated on the season.
The Beavers led 6-4 in the top of the fifth inning when Bulldog second baseman Zack Nelson brought the team together on the mound and back on task.
Montesano tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, then Shad Rogers slugged a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth for the eventual game-winning run.
“We didn’t play sharp at all,” Montesano head coach Mike Bruner said. “We held a 4-0 lead through two innings, then kind of coasted. As a team, we made more miscues than normal, not just errors.
“In the fifth, Zack brought the team together, told everyone to put the wheels back on and he got everyone refocused,” Bruner added. “It got us right back on track.”
Rogers led the team with two hits — a lead-off solo home run in the second inning and a double later on — and two RBI. Matthew Jensen slugged three hits as wel for Monte.
Coach Bruner cited Richard Smith for a run-saving catch in right field in the third inning and Rogers for his work at the plate.
On Monday, the two teams will finish this originally scheduled doubleheader at 4 p.m. at Montesano.
Ten 003 030 0 — 6 6 2 Monte 310 021 x — 7 9 4
Mekitrick, Zeb Chamberlin (6) and Zack Chamberlin; Ibabao, Jensen (6) and Bussard.
RBI: Tenino — Zack Chamberlin, Shaw, Zeb Chamberlin 2. Montesano — Rogers 2, Ibabao, Mendenhall, Bruner, Jensen. Three hits: Montesano — Jensen. Two hits: Tenino — Miller. Montesano — Rogers. Home run: Montesano — Rogers. Doubles: Tenino — Shaw. Montesano — Rogers, Bruner.
Winning pitcher — Jensen (one strikeout). Losing pitcher — Zeb Chamberlin (one walk).
Eagles sweep Mounties
RAINIER — Charlie Simpson became Elma’s go-to player on the mound and at the plate, powering the Eagles past Rainier, 9-2 and 8-5, in an Evergreen 1A doubleheader on Thursday.
Simpson drove in four runs on three hits, including a double, to lead the Elma (7-5, 9-5) offense in the opener. In the nightcap, Simpson took the mound in the fourth inning and shut down the Mountaineers to give the Eagles time to rally for the win.
“In the first game, he was on fire; in the second game, once he took over, he was in control the rest of the way,” Elma head coach Scott Rowland said. “We’re just chipping away to get wins, trying to slip into a playoff spot. It is not always pretty, but as long as it is in the win column …”
Todd Swinhart hit a solo home run to right field in the fifth inning of the nightcap and Jesse Wolford broke the game open with a two-out, three-run double in the sixth inning into the right-center field gap.
Simpson earned the win in the second game, stirking out seven and walking one. Layne Sutten picked up the win in the first game, striking out eight and walking two.
On Tuesday, Elma hits the road to take on Hoquiam in a league doubleheader.
Elma 020 051 1 — 9 13 1 Rain 100 000 1 — 2 4 1
Sutten, Simpson (7) and Black; Kristman, Kowalski (4), Dragt (6) and Hansen.
RBI: Elma — Simpson 4, Sutten, Black, Wolford, Camenzind, Neary. Rainier — Hansen, Champion. Three hits: Elma — Simpson, Sutten. Rainier — Hansen. Two hits: Elma — Black, Swinhart. Doubles: Elma — Simpson. Rainier — Simpson.
Winning pitcher — Sutten (eight strikeouts, two walks). Losing pitcher — Kristman (two strikeouts, three walks).
Elma 020 123 0 — 8 8 3 Rain 003 100 1 — 5 6 3
Camenzind, Simpson (4) and Black, Swinhart (3); Champion and Hansen.
RBI: Elma — Wolford 3, LaDue 2, Swinhart, Escalante, Hughes. Rainier — Kristman 3, Champion, Dragt. Two hits: Elma — Wolford, Escalante. Rainier — Hansen. Home run: Elma — Swinhart. Triple: Elma — Escalante. Doubles: Elma — Wolford 2. Rainier — Hansen.
Winning pitcher — Simpson (seven strikeouts, one walk). Losing pitcher -- Champion (13 strikeouts, four walks).
Bobcats 6, Cougars 5
OLYMPIA — Tyler Ames pitched his first high school game for Aberdeen to edge Capital in Evergreen 2A League play on Thursday at Olympia.
Ashton Williamson had three hits for the Bobcats (10-3, 10-4), including a double.
Capital led 3-2 at the end of four innings before Aberdeen came from behind with a four-run fifth inning for the win.
“It was a tough game,” AHS head coach Shon Schreiber said. “We gutted it out to get the win and it was a great first-game victory for Tyler. We are working on the theme of playing together as one and it is really starting to come together.”
In the junior varsity game, Capital won, 14-4.
Today, the Bobcats will host Centralia.
Abe 020 040 0 — 6 6 1 Cap 210 020 0 — 5 6 1
Ames, Nord (5) and Williamson. Morris, Costa (5) and Monda.
RBI: Aberdeen — Dietrich, Williamson 2, Harke, Daniels. Capital — Pearce, McCabe, Monda 2. Three hits: Aberdeen — Williamson. Two hits: Capital — Rieta. Home runs: Capital — Monda. Doubles: Aberdeen — Williamson.
Winning pitcher — Ames (walked two, struck out two). Losing pitcher — Monda (walked five, struck out three).