TUMWATER — Aberdeen set itself up to continue this season’s offensive surge against Tumwater on Saturday afternoon.
However, the big hits that came through most of this season didn’t come this time. AHS starter Reilly Fairchild held the T-Birds to just five hits, but the Bobcats stranded eight runners in scoring position to fall, 2-1, in Evergreen 2A baseball play.
Aberdeen (10-4, 10-5) still has an outside shot at winning the league title, just 1 1/2 games behind league-leading Chehalis, but controls its own destiny for a top-two finish.
“I think we just put so much pressure on ourselves, we didn’t know what to do or how to respond,” AHS head coach Shon Schreiber said. “We gave ourselves chances to win, but never took it upon ourselves to win. We hold our own destiny. If we win out, we have a great chance to do what we want to do.”
The Bobcats stranded runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings played, including runners on second and third with no out in the fourth and the bases loaded in the sixth inning. A passed ball in the sixth inning plated Aberdeen’s lone run.
Fairchild struck out four and walked two in the loss. Collin Nord led the offense with two singles.
In the junior varsity game, Aberdeen won, 10-4.
On Monday, Aberdeen will take on Black Hills in a make-up game at Ken Waite Field.
Abe 000 001 0 — 1 5 1 Tum 100 100 x — 2 5 0
Fairchild and Williamson; Hill, Terrell (5), Hare (7) and Sugrae.
RBI: Tumwater — Terrell, Owen. Two hits: Aberdeen — Nord. Tumwater — Graham. Double: Tumwater — Graham.
Winning pitcher — Hill (four strikeouts, two walks). Losing pitcher — Fairchild (four strikeouts, two walks).