Grizzlies 3, Bulldogs 0
MONTESANO — Jonathan Molina scored twice and Brenner Carlstrom added his first varsity goal as Hoquiam blanked Montesano in an Evergreen 1A League contest Friday at Rottle Field.
The league-leading Grizzlies (12-1, 12-2) had the bulk of the scoring chances, but the Bulldogs (5-8, 5-9) denied all but one of the first half opportunities. Molina’s first goal off an assist from Israel Fernandez in the 32nd minute, gave Hoquiam a 1-0 edge at intermission.
Carlstrom, a converted defender now playing midfield, put in the rebound off a corner kick from Molina in the 59th minute. Molina converted a penalty kick with nine minutes remaining.
“From midfield on, toward the Montesano goal, that’s where the game was played,” HHS coach Fidel Sanchez said. “It was kind of frustrating in the first half, scoring only the one goal. Give credit to the Montesano defense, but we missed two one-on-ones in the first half. We were breaking through (but) we were not converting on our opportunities.”
Hoquiam goalkeeper Jamie Bigbie notched his seventh shutout of the season.
Carlstrom, Fernandez and Austin Montoure were cited by Sanchez with fine play.
The Grizzlies host Tenino on Senior Night on Tuesday. Technically, it will begin as Senior Afternoon, with the JV match scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the varsity to follow at approximately 5:30 at Sea Breeze Oval.
The Bulldogs journey to Rochester on Tuesday.
Eagles 3, Beavers 1
TENINO — Elma did all its scoring in the second half to top Tenino in an Evergreen 1A League match Friday at Beaver Stadium.
The Eagles trailed 1-0 at the end of what winning coach Carson Seaberg described as a raggedly played first half.
They tied it in the 55th minute when Dennis Andres’ corner kick went off a defender for an own goal.
Five minutes later, Elma’s Steven Persell took a throw-in and launched a low shot from a 45-degree angle. Teammate Julian Hernandez one-touched it in with a left-footed volley to give the Eagles a permanent lead.
Elma (7-6) closed out the scoring when Reynaldo Ayala converted a penalty kick after Garrett Thomas was taken down in the box.
Seaberg said his team’s play improved significantly in the second half.
“The game changed when we were able to control the pace of play,” Seaberg said. “We connected on our passes and played the ball on the ground and to people.”
Persell and Hernandez were cited for fine performances.
The Eagles also took the JV match, 3-0.
Elma will celebrate Senior Night at home against Forks on Tuesday in a varsity-only match scheduled for 6 p.m.
Bulldogs 8, Ducks 0
MONTESANO — Tucker Ibabao combined with Elliot Mendenhall on a three-hitter and helped his own cause with three hits as Montesano remained unbeaten by blanking Toutle Lake in a non-league game Friday at Vessey Park.
The Bulldogs (17-0) were solid in all aspects of the game. Ibabao struck out nine and walked only one.
“He was hitting spots with both his fastball and breaking ball and our defense played very, very well,” Monte coach Mike Bruner said.
Monte also hammered out 14 hits, with Shad Rogers also collecting three singles.
The Bulldogs batted around in a four-run first inning that included singles by Rogers, Ibabao, Matt Jensen, Nate Nussbaum and a two-run double by Kody Usher.
Bruner thanked his eight seniors, honored during Senior Night ceremonies, for their contributions throughout their careers.
The Bulldogs return to Evergreen 1A League play Tuesday with a single game at Rochester.
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Morton, Anderson (5) and Wherry; Ibabao, Mendenhall (7) and Bussard.
RBI: Montesano — Rogers, Ibabao 2, Mendenhall, Bruner, Usher 2, Jensen. Three hits: Montesano — Rogers, Ibabao. Two hits: Montesano — Mendenhall, Nussbaum. Doubles: Montesano — Usher.
Winning pitcher — Ibabao (walked one; struck out nine). Losing pitcher — Morton (walked one; struck out none).
Bearcats 3, Bobcats 2
CHEHALIS — Ali Graham tossed a three-hitter as Chehalis took a classic pitchers duel from Aberdeen in an Evergreen 2A Conference game Friday at Chehalis.
Aberdeen’s Mo Donovan also excelled in the circle, scattering six hits.
“It was a great pitching battle between Mo and Graham, two of the top pitchers in the league,” Bobcat coach Jeff Timmons said. “I couldn’t be happier with the way we played today.”
Aberdeen’s Alexxi Timmons reduced the deficit to one with a solo homer in the sixth inning, but Graham retired the side in order in the seventh to close it out.
Shannon Chesterman tripled home Ericka Manwell with Aberdeen’s other run in the third.
Timmons cited the defense of shortstop Kiana Dixon and second baseman Brianna Ashlock.
The Bobcats (8-6, 8-7) travel to Capital on Tuesday.
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Donovan and Timmons; Ali Graham and C. Reynolds.
RBI: Aberdeen — Chesterman, Timmons. Chehalis — C. Reynolds, Moore. Two hits: Chehalis — M. Reynolds, C. Reynolds. Home runs: Aberdeen — Timmons. Triples: Aberdeen — Chesterman. Doubles: Chehalis — C. Reynolds, Moore.
Winning pitcher — Graham (walked none; struck out four). Losing pitcher — Donovan (walked three; struck out four).