Tigers 5, Bobcats 4
Kiana Dixon’s three-run home run down the left-field line pulled Aberdeen to within one run of Centralia, but the visiting Tigers prevailed in this Evergreen 2A contest at the Bishop Athletic Complex on Monday.
Centralia’s Mac Wasson struck out seven and limited Aberdeen to just five hits to pick up the win in the circle. Aberdeen’s Erin Kuhn gave up 15 hits to the Tigers, but benefited from a strong defensive effort behind her to limit the visitors to single runs in three of their four scoring frames.
“It was there for us to take, but the offense couldn’t come out with a key hit when we needed it,” AHS head coach Jeff Timmons said. “We had solid defense and solid pitching. The girls played pretty well behind Erin. Offensively against a senior pitcher, we struggled a bit, just one bad pitch to Kiana.”
Aberdeen was without five varsity players — Stephanie Boone, Jillian Swor, Emily Wharton, Ally Jennings, and Katie Hammonds — for the game due to illness.
Today, Aberdeen (3-4, 3-6) hosts Capital in another key league contest.
Centralia 011 012 0 — 5 15 3 Aberdeen 100 003 0 — 4 5 1
Wasson and Powell; Kuhn and Timmons.
RBI: Centralia — Wasson, Cline, Shelley, Powell. Aberdeen — Timmons, Dixon 3. Three hits: Centralia — Ramirez. Two hits: Centralia — Wasson, Zion, Powell. Home runs: Centralia — Wasson. Aberdeen — Dixon.
Winning pitcher — Wasson (seven strikeouts, two walks). Losing pitcher — Kuhn (four walks).
WESTPORT — Stellar pitching helped Ocosta sweep Oakville, 13-2 and 6-1, in a non-league doubleheader Monday at Westport.
Alexa Sweeney pitched a two-hitter and struck out eight in the opening game, shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
Making her pitching debut this season, Kaily Fletcher threw a two-hitter and walked only two in the nightcap, a regularly scheduled five-inning affair.
“(She) hasn’t had a chance to get in the circle and she did fantastic,” Ocosta coach Jason Barnum said of Fletcher. “She put the ball in the zone and we made the plays behind her.”
Tiana Parker drove in three runs and Liz Allton tripled for the Wildcats in the second game.
Ocosta (3-4) travels to Tenino for a makeup doubleheader Wednesday.
Oakville 101 00 — 2 2 2 Ocosta 520 6x — 13 8 1
(Complete Oakville names unavailable); Sweeney and Rutzer.
RBI: Ocosta — Hurlburt, Parker, Sweeney. Two hits: Ocosta — Fletcher, Arndt.
Winning pitcher — Sweeney (walked eight; struck out six).
Oakville 100 00 — 1 2 1 Ocosta 202 2x — 6 3 0
(Complete Oakville names unavailable); Kalle Fletcher and Allton.
RBI: Ocosta — Parker 3, Allton. Triples: Ocosta — Allton.
Winning pitcher — Fletcher (walked two; struck out two).
Hyaks 10, Wolfpack 0
OCEAN SHORES — Josh Takagi pitched a three-hitter as North Beach pulled away from Twin Valley in a Pacific League game Monday at North Bay Park.
Takagi struck out 10, while allowing only one walk.
“He got ahead in the count,” North Beach coach Rob Schreiber said. “He kept the ball on the ground. Defensively, we did well with the wind.”
“He had great control and he kept the hitters off-balance,” Twin Valley coach Keith Samplawski added. “It seems like he gets better throughout the game.”
Owning only a 1-0 lead through four innings, the Hyaks broke it open with a four-run fifth that included two walks, a hit batter and two errors.
Brothers Jordan and Justin Chong had two hits apiece for the Hyaks (4-1 and 4-4 after non-league losses to Oakville and the Hoquiam JVs last week).
Gavin Baltzell had two hits for Twin Valley and was cited by Samplawski for his poise.
North Beach’s Austin Perez was praised by Schreiber for a fine performance.
The Hyaks host the Montesano junior varsity in a doubleheader Wednesday. Twin Valley (0-4, 2-5) entertains Ocosta at Lake Quinault on Thursday.
Twin Valley 000 000 — 0 3 4 North Beach 001 045 — 10 7 1
Baltzell, Anderson (6) and Ochoa; Takagi and Justin Chong.
RBI: North Beach — Jordan Chong, Justin Chong, Florer, Wegner. Two hits: Twin Valley — Baltzell. North Beach — Jordan Chong, Justin Chong. Doubles: North Beach — Justin Chong.
Winning pitcher — Takagi (walked one; struck out 10). Losing pitcher — Baltzell (walked seven; struck out four).