Bearcats 9, Bobcats 2
CHEHALIS — Breaking things open with a six-run sixth, league champion Chehalis topped Aberdeen in an Evergreen 2A Conference finale Saturday at Bearcat Stadium.
The loss had no impact on Aberdeen’s postseason prospects. They had entered the game locked in to the conference’s third-seeded district berth.
The Bobcats (10-8, 11-8) will visit Hockinson in district opener scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“This is the highest we’ve finished in league in a few years,” Bobcat coach William Rabung said. “I don’t think the (league) record of 10-8 shows the value or the depth of this team. They’re a much better team than the 10-8 record. They’re one glitch away from being a dominant team.”
Singles by Charlie Dietrich and Devin Daniels, sandwiched around a throwing error, in the fifth enabled the Bobcats to narrow the deficit to 3-2 yesterday.
But Chehalis strung four singles around two walks and a critical error to sew up the contest in the sixth.
“We’re notorious for not doing well on Saturdays,” Rabung noted. “It’s the way things are. I don’t think Chehalis was ready to play, either. (We) hadn’t played in a week, so we were rusty.”
Dietrich, Daniels and Collin Nord had two hits apiece for Aberdeen.
Aber 100 010 0 — 2 9 3 Che 200 106 x — 9 9 0
Nord, Larson (6) and Willamson; Ryan Hartman, Schultz (6) and Steen.
RBI: Aberdeen — Williamson, Daniels. Chehalis — Hartman, Johnson, Gueller, Watson, Calkins 2, Forgione. Two hits: Aberdeen — Dietrich, Daniels, Nord. Chehalis — Johnson, Steen, Hanson. Doubles: Chehalis — Calkins.
Winning pitcher — Hartman (walked one; struck out one). Losing pitcher — Nord (walked six; struck out three).
Centralia Frosh Invite
CENTRALIA — Two Elma tracksters and another pair from Raymond were among the champions in the Centralia Freshman Invitational on Saturday.
Elma’s Natalie Grant and Bethany Lipska were double winners. Grant took the girls 100 meters with a personal-best time of 12.93. She also won the 200 in 27.77.
Lipska captured the girls high jump and long jump. She cleared 5 feet for the first time in the former event and her 14-7 1/2 mark in the latter was a PR by six inches.
Raymond’s Jason Church took the boys javelin in 135-1, while Aiysha Garcia took the girls shot put with a 29-5 mark.
Meet officials had not posted results at deadline, so a complete listing of Twin Harbors placewinners was unavailable.
The Freshman Invite was tailor-made for Elma, whose girls roster is composed largely of frosh.
“Everybody we took came home with hardware,” Elma coach Dave Beeler said. “That’s where our strength is, our freshmen, so that’s good for the future.”
Aberdeen had two placewinners — Cathryn Paris, second in the girls discus (75-5) and Sophie Hillebrant, fifth in the shot (22-10).
“The kids who went worked hard,” AHS coach Kelly Stewart said. “They tried new events and I was happy with the meet.”
A partial listing of other Twin Harbors placewinners:
Lipska — second, girls triple jump. Daphne Peek — third, girls 3,200. Luna Zang — fifth, girls 3,200. Jocqota McMann, sixth, girls 3,200. Mykah Charette — fifth, girls javelin. Girls 4x200 relay — fourth. Girls 4x400 relay — third.
Church — third, boys high jump. Garcia — fourth, girls discus; fourth, 400 meters. Rayce Newman — third, boys 100 meters, second in triple jump; top-three finish in long jump. Boys 4x100 relay — fourth. Patricia Rojas — fifth, boys triple jump; sixth, girls javelin. Ben Meade — sixth, boys pole vault.
Limited to one hit in 14 innings, Grays Harbor College was swept by Lower Columbia, 20-0 and 4-0, in an NWAACC Western Division doubleheader Saturday at Olympic Stadium.
Stuart Fewel threw a seven-inning no-hitter in the opener while the Chokers self-destructed defensively.
“Any error we could have come up with, we made it,” Grays Harbor coach Shon Schreiber said.
Kyle Kinser pitched well for the Chokers (1-17, 4-31) in the nightcap, but the Red Devils made effective use of small-ball tactics to break it open with three runs in the sixth.
Erik Widener mustered Grays Harbor’s only hit in the twinbill. He was also commended by Schreiber for his play at shortstop and even took a turn on the pitching mound in the second game.
The same two teams are scheduled to meet this afternoon in Longview.