Cougars 3, Grizzlies 0
KALAMA — Doing all its scoring in the final 14 minutes, Seton Catholic of Vancouver downed Hoquiam to take third place in the District IV Class 1A Tournament on Thursday at Kalama.
Already assured of a state berth, the Grizzlies (14-4) will open the Class 1A playoffs on the road next week. They are tentatively scheduled to face University Prep in the Seattle area on Wednesday.
With Alex Munoz marking up on Erik Powell, who had scored more than 50 goals in Trico League play, the game was scoreless well into the second half.
Powell finally shook free for a goal in the 66th minute and the Cougars added two more late markers as the Grizzlies filtered in reserves. Goalkeeper Jamie Bigbie was removed with about 20 minutes remaining.
“We were banged up, so we had to sub guys out,” Hoquiam coach Fidel Sanchez said. “We played well, we were passing the ball really well. It was just a seeding game and some young guys got to play in a district game, so that was good.”
He credited Munoz for an outstanding defensive performance.
MONTESANO — After riding the pitching of Madison Didion and hitting of Bobbi Fry and Makenzi Howard to an opening-game win, Montesano wound up settling for a split with Rochester in an Evergreen 1A League doubleheader Thursday at Crait Field.
The Bulldogs won the opener, 9-1, but Rochester scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to win the nightcap, 9-8.
Montesano (8-4, 11-8) rallied with two runs in the seventh inning to forge a 7-7 tie in the second game. Following singles by Fry and Howard, LeeAnn Rhoden’s sacrifice bunt and Courtney Swan’s sacrifice fly, Justine Nuckols beat out an infield hit to score Howard with the tying run.
The visiting team for the second game, the Bulldogs took the lead in the top of the eighth on Megan Choate’s double, a bunt and a grounder off the bat of Didion that was mishandled.
But Montesano, which had played flawless defense until then, committed consecutive errors with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Both runners came around to score, with Jessica Glackes’ RBI single producing the winning run.
“Fourteen (errorless) innings until the eighth and, once again, our old demons came back to haunt us,” Monte coach Pat Pace summed up.
Didion tossed a five-hitter in the opener and was cited by Pace for her work in the circle in both games. Fry and Howard led the Bulldog attack in the first game with three hits and two RBIs apiece.
The district-bound Bulldogs visit Toutle Lake today in the regular-season finale.
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McElwain and Saymoor; Didion and Swan.
RBI: Rochester — Seymoor. Montesano — Fry 2, Howard 2, Rhoden 2, Swan 2. Three hits: Montesano — Fry, Howard. Two hits: Montesano — Swan. Home runs: Rochester — Seymoor. Triples: Montesano — Fry, Swan.
Winning pitcher — Didion (walked one; struck out seven). Losing pitcher — McElwain (walked three; struck out two).
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Didion and Swan; Jaelin Lancaster and Saxon.
RBI: Montesano — Howard, Swan, Nuckols, Cavanaugh, Didion. Rochester — Justice 2, Seymoor, Glackes, McElwain, Bluyney. Four hits: Rochester — Seymoor. Three hits: Montesano — Fry. Rochester — Jaelin Lancaster. Two hits: Montesano — Howard, Nuckols. Rochester — Justice, Joni Lancaster. Home runs: Rochester — Bluyney. Doubles: Montesano — Choate. Rochester — Jaelin Lancaster, Justice.
Winning pitcher — Jaelin Lancaster (walked two; struck out four). Losing pitcher — Didion (walked one; struck out three).
Grizzlies win by forfeit
ELMA — Elma’s Lauryn Keating took medalist honors but Hoquiam took the team victory in a Southwest Washington 1A League finale Thursday at Oaksridge Golf Course.
Keating fired a 39, but the Eagles were unable to field a full team.
Five of Hoquiam’s six players, meanwhile, scored in the 50s. Kaitlyn Mason led the Grizzlies with a 51, despite hitting three shots out of bounds.
“I was pleased with her play,” HHS coach Patty Sundstrom said. “She’s striking it really well.”
Both teams will compete in the district 1A tourney beginning Monday at the Three Rivers course in Kelso.
Hoquiam (220) — Kaitlyn Mason 51, Katie Skolrood 56, Brittany Nations 57, Kathleen Yi 56, Megan Gibson 58, Kelci Parker 61.
Elma — Lauryn Keating 39, Peyton Dineen 64.
Bulldogs by forfeit
CHEHALIS — While collecting a forfeit from Rochester, Montesano registered its lowest team score of the year in its dual girls golf finale Thursday at Riverside Golf Course.
The Bulldogs finished with a 198 total. Rochester’s team contains only one player.
Kaelyn Walker shot a 43, while Madi Besaw and Morgan Geer added 48 and 49, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
“(It) was a great way to cap off what has really been a terrific season,” Monte coach Lloyd Aldrich said. “We were 8-2 in league this year with a lot of improvement. Hopefully, some of this success will carry over into districts next week.”
The district 1A tournament is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Three Rivers Golf Course in Kelso.
Montesano (198) — Kaelyn Walker 43, Caity Quinn 58, Madi Besaw 48, Morgan Geer 49, Sami St. Onge 70, Ashley Aschim 71.
Rochester — Mackenzie Alexander 57.
RAYMOND — Willapa Valley’s Nicholas Betrozoff and Kyler Oblad carded rounds of 40 and 41 on their home course to pace the Viking boys to victory in their dual season finale Thursday at Willapa Harbor Golf Course.
The Vikings totaled 182 to finish 58 strokes ahead of runner-up North Beach.
Connor McAllister shot a 46 for the Vikings. South Bend’s Zane Johnson also broke 50 with a 48.
Twin Harbors Class 2B schools will compete at district Tuesday and Wednesday at Highland Golf Course.
Willapa Valley (182) — Connor McAllister 46, Cameron McAllister 57, Nicholas Betrozoff 40, Spencer Schwiesow 55, Kyler Oblad 41, Damian Redding 63.
North Beach (240) — Tyler Turner 61, Aaron Thomas 50, Jordan Chong 53, Nolan Bouma 76.
Raymond (241) — Nicholas Topping 51, Landon Maneman 63, Dakota Topping 57, Tyler Coty 70, Lucas Metcalf 80.
South Bend — Zane Johnson 48.
Adna — Nolan Wagner 49, John Kruger 56.