LACEY — Aberdeen has found its hitting groove and one of its best players joined the hit parade on Wednesday.
Senior pitcher Mo Donovan, who has had the past two games off from duties in the circle, got her swings in with three hits — all extra-base hits, including two home runs — and five RBIs to power the Bobcats to an 18-2, five-inning victory over River Ridge in Evergreen 2A softball.
Grace Otto-Galarneau and Kiana Dixon combined for a five-inning, three-hitter for Aberdeen (7-3, 7-3) in the circle.
“The big thing is we’re squaring up and hitting the ball hard,” AHS head coach Jeff Timmons said. “That was the problem earlier this season. Now we’re getting solid line drives and balls over the fence, especially since we were supposed to play small ball this year.”
Donovan highlighted an 11-run third inning with a two-run home run to left-center field. Six Bobcats — Donovan, Shannon Chesterman, Dixon, Alexxi Timmons, Stephanie Boone and Courtney Dietrich — had RBIs in the inning.
Donovan added a three-run home run to left-center field in a five-run fourth inning and Chesterman had a solo home run to left-center in the fifth inning. Timmons plugged four hits at the plate and Chesterman and Dietrich each drove in three runs.
Today, Aberdeen will take on Capital at the Bishop Athletic Complex.
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Otto-Galarneau, Dixon (3) and Timmons, Chesterman (4); Mercado and Grahn.
RBI: Aberdeen — Chesterman 3, Donovan 5, Dixon, Timmons 2, Boone, Dietrich 3, Otto-Galarneau. River Ridge — Hodges. Four hits: Aberdeen — Timmons. Three hits: Aberdeen — Donovan, Dixon, Otto-Galarneau. Two hits: Aberdeen — Chesterman. Home runs: Aberdeen — Donovan 2, Chesterman. Doubles: Aberdeen — Donovan, Dixon, Timmons. River Ridge — Hodges.
Winning pitcher — Dixon (one strikeout). Losing pitcher — Mercado (one strikeout, eight walks).
Montesano sweeps Tenino
MONTESANO — Moved up one day to beat the impending wet weather, Montesano jumped out early on Tenino in both games and cruised to an Evergreen 1A doubleheader sweep, 12-2 and 8-1, at Crait Field on Tuesday.
Staci Schneider struck out three and walked one in the opener and enjoyed plenty of run support from her teammates. Bobbi Fry and Pia Cavanah each drove in two runs, with Fry slugging four hits, including a double.
In the nightcap, Madison Didion struck out 10 and walked one in a four-hitter. Courtney Swan and Justine Nuckols each drove in two runs and Swan and Fry finished with three hits each. Swan slugged a lead-off home run to left-center in the sixth inning and added a double earlier in the game.
“Once we took the lead in both games, we went into cruise control and coasted through the games with low intensity,” Montesano head coach Pat Pace said. Pace did cite Swan and Fry for their offensive performances in the twin bill.
On Tuesday, Montesano will stay home to host Olympic, of Bremerton, in a non-league contest.
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Masters and Richardson; Schneider and Swan.
RBI: Tenino — Richardson 2. Montesano — Fry 2, Cavanah 2, Schneider, Rhoden, Choate. Four hits: Montesano — Fry. Two hits: Tenino — Richardson. Montesano — Nuckols. Doubles: Tenino — Richardson. Montesano — Choate, Fry, Quinn.
Winning pitcher — Schneider (three strikeouts, one walk). Losing pitcher — Masters (one strikeout).
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Didion and Swan; Masters, Bonds (2) and Richardson.
RBI: Montesano — Swan 2, Nuckols 2, Howard. Tenino — Hanson. Three hits: Montesano — Swan, Fry. Two hits: Montesano — Choate, Howard. Home run: Montesano — Swan. Double: Montesano — Swan.
Winning pitcher — Diddion (10 strikouts, one walk). Losing pitcher — Masters (two strikeouts).