Prep Roundup: Lopez scores four goals as Aberdeen turns back River Ridge in soccer


Bobcats 5, Hawks 1

LACEY — Aberdeen erupted for four unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to beat River Ridge in an Evergreen 2A Conference match Tuesday at South Sound Stadium.

Juan Lopez scored four goals for the Bobcats (2-0, 3-0).

Although dominating time of possession in the final 60 minutes, the Bobcats were locked in a 1-1 standoff when Lopez was taken down in the box with 20 minutes remaining. He converted the penalty kick to put Aberdeen ahead to stay.

After Juan Oropeza scored to make it 3-1, Lopez added the final two goals, off a breakaway and free kick.

“Honestly, we should have scored five in the first half, we had a lot of chances,” AHS coach Larry Fleming said. “But we finally just wore them down.”

River Ridge opened the scoring midway through the first half. Lopez tied it by converting a through ball from Oropeza in the 35th minute.

Oropeza finished with three assists and drew praise from Fleming for his stellar play as a midfielder. Ben Barene had the other assist.

Goalkeeper Andres Valdes and defenders Sam Ruiz, Blake Liscombe and Seth Caba were also cited for fine play.

Jake Myers scored the hat trick and Denis Calles, Tony Jo and Juan Renteria added one goal apiece as Aberdeen took the JV match, 6-1.

The Bobcats have two attractive match-ups at home in the next four days. They’ll host Tumwater in a league showdown Thursday and Hoquiam in a non-leaguer Saturday night.

Elma 2, Tenino 1

TENINO — Elma dominated possession and shots on-goal, but needed a free kick and a point-blank header in the first minute of overtime to knock off host Tenino in this Evergreen 1A match on Tuesday.

Edgar Hermenegildo knocked home the game-winner when he connected from 8 yards out off a Donovan Bieker free kick from 40 yards out. Steven Persell scored the Eagles’ first goal in the 27th minute when he beat the Beavers’ goalkeeper 1-on-1 off a Dennis Andres pass.

“We dominated the game, had almost 40 shots overall,” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “Some of them were good, some of them were sailers over the bar. There were quality shots and just shot the heck out of it. For the most part, they were just a fraction off. We just didn’t finish like we needed to.”

Tenino took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute and nearly got a 2-1 lead at halftime on a penalty kick with two minutes left in the first half. Elma goalkeeper Tyler Davis saved the shot off his knee and sent the ball over the crossbar.

“Tyler played outstanding; he had the play of the game with the penalty kick save,” Seaberg added.

Elma won the junior varsity match, 8-0.

On Friday, Elma (1-2) hosts Forks.


Grizzlies 6, Tornados 2

Kayla Hilliard drove in three runs with a home run and triple as Hoquiam beat Yelm in a non-league game shortened to five innings by wet grounds Tuesday at Gable Park.

Hilliard belted a solo homer to left-center in the first inning, then delivered a two-run single in a four-run fourth that snapped a 2-all tie.

Jessica Madison, who had missed a week of practice with a bad back, tossed a four-hitter to collect the victory.

“I wasn’t sure what I was going to get out of her,” Hoquiam coach Keith Reynvaan conceded. “She wasn’t as sharp as she usually is, but she battled through and pitched well. And we played solid defense, especially our outfield.”

The Grizzlies (1-1) are scheduled to open Evergreen 1A League play Thursday with a doubleheader at Rochester.

Yelm 010 10 — 2 4 3 Hoq 200 4x — 6 4 1

Mendonca and Brown; Madison and King.

RBI: Yelm — Bishop. Hoquiam — Hilliard 3, Creviston. Two hits: Hoquiam — Hilliard. Home runs: Hoquiam — Hilliard. Doubles: Yelm — Mathews.

Winning pitcher — Madison (walked three; struck out two). Losing pitcher — Mendonca (walked four; struck out eight).

Ducks 10, Eagles 9

ELMA — Toutle Lake cashed in on Elma free passes to upset the Eagles in a non-league contest Tuesday at Eagle Field.

A six-run Toutle Lake sixth inning proved the difference. The Eagles (2-1) rallied in the bottom of the seventh when Taylor Wilson’s two-out double scored Stacia Burbidge, but the game ended with a strikeout.

Elma pitchers surrendered seven walks in the fourth and fifth innings.

“That right there was what started the downhill spiral,” Elma coach Janene Todd said. “It was not nice out there. It was wet and it was cold. Hanging onto the ball was tough. If conditions were better, I don’t see this being the situation.”

Burbidge had three hits and Brooke Goldsmith hit a solo homer for the Eagles.

Elma is scheduled to travel to Kalama on Thursday.

TL 000 316 0 — 10 7 5 Elma 104 210 1 — 9 12 2

Deffenbaugh, (reliever unavailable) and Iverson; Goldsmith, Cooper (5) and Wollen, Burbidge (7).

RBI: Toutle Lake — Woodley 2. Elma — Goldsmith, Wollen 2, Pacheco, Wilson. Three hits: Elma — Burbidge. Two hits: Toutle Lake — Woodley, Hockett. Elma — Goldsmith, Smythe, Wollen. Home runs: Elma — Goldsmith. Doubles: Toutle Lake — Woodley 2. Elma — S. Smythe, Wollen, Wilson.

Winning pitcher — unavailable. Losing pitcher — Cooper (walked five; struck out one).


Bulldogs 8, Beavers 0

TENINO — Layne Bruner pitched a three-hitter and struck out 14 as Montesano pulled away from Tenino in an Evergreen 1A League contest Tuesday at Tenino.

While Bruner turned in a characteristically dominating performance, the Bulldogs were slow to strike against Beaver starter Zeb Chamberlain.

They didn’t break the scoring ice until the fifth. Following Richard Smith’s single, a walk to Shad Rogers and Zack Nelson’s sacrifice bunt, Tucker Ibabao delivered an RBI single and Matthew Jensen followed with a run-scoring double.

Ibabao’s two-run single highlighted a five-run sixth that broke it open.

“We were a little anxious at the plate, weren’t as disciplined as I’d like,” Monte coach Mike Bruner said. “In the fifth innings, we settled down a little bit, started off with a few good at-bats and it just carried forward.”

Smith and Elliot Mendenhall were credited with fine defense in the outfield.

The Bulldogs (2-0, 3-0) are scheduled to face Rainier in a doubleheader Thursday at the RAC Complex in Lacey.

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Bruner and Ibabao; Zeb Chamberlain, Zack Chamberlain (6), Hammond (6) and Zack Chamberlain, Shaw (6).

RBI: Montesano — Rogers 2, Ibabao 3, Jensen, Bussard. Two hits: Montesano — Ibabao, Jensen, Mendenhall, Bruner. Doubles: Montesano — Jensen.

Winning pitcher — Bruner (walked two; struck out 14). Losing pitcher — Zeb Chamberlain (walked none; struck out one).


Chokers in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — Despite going winless in six games, Grays Harbor College made encouraging showings on a road trip to Tucson last week.

“Overall, I was pleased with how we competed against some good teams,” Choker coach Curtis Eccles said. “We played Pima, which was ranked in the top 25 in their division, only losing 4-1. Along with Pima, Western and Eastern Arizona are all in mid-season form. In order for us to continue to compete, we must eliminate the mental mistakes and focus on making plays.”

The Chokers will compete in a tournament in a tournament in Spokane next weekend. Summary information from the final three games:

Dou 200 000 001 1 — 4 9 2 GHC 000 001 020 0 — 3 3 3

RBI: Douglas — Hanley, Rossi. GHC — Bowen 2, Sims.

Winning pitcher — Sherban. Losing pitcher — Snyder.

EAC 003 634 — 16 13 4 GHC 000 051 — 6 5 7

RBI: Eastern Arizona — Cordova 3, Westhuis 3, Smestad 2. GHC — Churchill 2, Weiler, Ratkie. Doubles: Eastern Arizona — Chavez, Cordona. Grays Harbor — Hiles, Churchill.

Winning pitcher — Zavala. Losing pitcher — Rubin.