CASTLE ROCK — Hoquiam’s baseballers are hopeful that a long trip to regionals will result in an even longer journey to state.
Tenino scored three runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings to top the Grizzlies, 7-2, in a game to decide third and fourth places in the District IV Class 1A Baseball Tournament on Saturday at Castle Rock.
Both teams were already assured of regional berths next Saturday. While Tenino joins district champion Woodland and two other teams back in Castle Rock, the Grizzlies and district runner-up Rochester will venture to Anacortes for the Region I tourney.
The Grizzlies (15-8) will face Cedar Park Christian of Bothell at 1 p.m. Rochester will open the tourney against Coupeville at 10 a.m., with the regional championship game planned for 4 p.m.
The survivor will advance to the state semifinals May 30 in Yakima.
Although outhit 8-5 on Saturday, the Grizzlies drew numerous walks to create several scoring opportunities.
But they stranded 11 runners.
“They had timely hitting after the fourth inning and we didn’t,” HHS coach Steve Jump said. “Tenino outplayed us in the last few innings. At this level, the team that makes the most mistakes usually does lose.”
The Grizzlies owned a 2-1 lead after Josh Bishop’s single drove in Zach Spradlin in the fourth inning. Spradlin walked and advanced to second on Sammy Lowder’s sacrifice bunt.
Tenino, however, sandwiched three hits around a walk to score three times in the fifth. The Beavers added three more runs in the sixth.
Jump lauded the pitching of starter Joel Brydon, who worked four strong innings before developing a sore arm.
Brydon, Kolby Standstipher (5), Bretz (6), Jump (6) and Spradlin; McKittrick, Cleeves (3) and Zach Chamberlain.
RBI: Hoquiam — Bishop, Lowder. Tenino — Zach Chamberlain, Wall 2, Delrose, Cleeves. Two hits: Tenino — Pier, Wall. Doubles: Tenino — Miller.
Winning pitcher — Cleeves (walked seven; struck out five). Losing pitcher — Kolby Standstipher (walked one; struck out none).