After allowing only one run in 14 innings earlier in the week, Aberdeen was on the wrong end of another stellar pitching performance Wednesday.
Luke Hare threw six strong innings and combined with Colton Turner on a three-hitter as Tumwater ended Aberdeen’s five-game winning streak, 5-1, at Pioneer Park’s Ken Waite Field.
The Bobcats (5-4 overall) will head into spring break with a 5-3 league record.
A slender right-hander, Hare was displayed pinpoint control on a down-breaking curve for much of the contest. The T-Bird pitcher retired the first nine Bobcats in order and struck out five in a six-batter stretch at one stage.
He weakened a bit later, but still walked only one while striking out seven.
Hare, who is afflicted (according to Tumwater coaches) with an unspecified medical condition, suffered an apparent seizure as he headed to the mound to begin the seventh inning. The harder-throwing Turner was summoned to the hill and worked a perfect inning to end the contest.
Bobcat pitcher Collin Nord wasn’t bad in his own right. The senior left-hander threw hitless ball over the final five innings and also finished with a three-hitter.
He was undone, however, by a succession of AHS defensive misadventures early in the contest.
The T-Birds benefited from a balk, a wild pitch on a third strike and three Bobcat errors to do all their scoring in the opening two innings.
“That was probably our worst game of the year,” Aberdeen coach Shon Schreiber asserted. “I don’t know if we got out of (our) routine, with just a half-day of school, but we came out not ready to go.”
Justin Graham singled to lead off the game, was balked to second and eventually scored on Garrett Terrell’s infield out. That, as it turned out, was the only earned run of the contest.
Tumwater added three more runs in a second inning that started when Turner reached first on a third strike-wild pitch combination. The T-Birds then sandwiched singles by Ian Sugrue and Anthony Correia around the three Bobcat miscues.
Devan Harke broke up Hare’s perfect game with a one-out single in the fourth, but the Cats left the bases loaded in that inning.
Aberdeen’s lone run came in the sixth. After Ashton Williamson reached on a one-out error, Nord doubled to left field. Courtesy runner Caleb Harris scored when Reilly Fairchild’s hot shot to second (which would have brought in the run anyway) was bobbled.
That brought the potential tying run to the plate with one out, but Hare halted the threat with a strikeout and flyout.
The Bobcats will be idle until April 4, when they travel to Black Hills.
Tum 130 000 0 — 4 3 3
Abe 000 001 0 — 1 3 3
Hare, Turner (7) and Boze; Nord and Williamson.
RBI: Tumwater — Correia, Terrell. Aberdeen — Fairchild. Doubles: Aberdeen — Nord.
Winning pitcher — Hare (walked one; struck out seven). Losing pitcher — Nord (walked three; struck out three).
JV — Aberdeen 2, Tumwater 2 (called after 10 innings).