MONTESANO — After being stifled by Montesano in the first game of an Evergreen 1A League baseball doubleheader Monday, Hoquiam hit its stride at the plate in what literally was the nightcap.
Montesano (6-5 in league play, 6-6 overall) combined a strong pitching performance from Kyle Englund, some timely hitting and a little bit of small ball to beat Hoquiam, 4-2, in the afternoon game at Vessey Field. Englund allowed just five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work against a tough HHS lineup.
The Grizzlies (8-3, 9-3) demonstrated their offensive capabilities in the second game. Baserunners abounded for Hoquiam as Bulldog pitchers struggled to throw strikes. The Grizzlies walked 11 times and recorded 11 hits on their way to an 11-3 win.
The doubleheader took more than 5 1/2 hours to complete.
Montesano 4, Hoquiam 2
With the score tied at 2-2, Monte’s Maguire Cavanaugh led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single. Cavanaugh advanced to second base on a wild pitch, then moved to third on Kody Usher’s grounder and scored on Jacob Hliboki’s sacrifice fly to put the Bulldogs in front.
Jordan Bussard doubled to lead off Montesano’s sixth. Courtesy runner Nick Chapman advanced to third base on Jake Herzog’s bunt single and scored on a wild pitch.
Englund pitched into the seventh inning and fought his way out of a few jams along the way. Englund walked five batters and allowed at least one in six innings, but still allowed only two runs.
“I thought it was a really gutty performance,” Montesano head coach Mike Bruner said of his starting pitcher. “He was competitive on the mound and he really wanted the game today. He has a lot of potential to be a really good pitcher and I liked seeing his competitive nature.”
“I think we were overanxious in the first game,” Hoquiam head coach Steve Jump said. “When we do that, we have a tendency to pop the ball up. I hate to say it, but sometimes we need to wake up a bit. I also thought that Kyle Englund pitched a great game. He worked ahead of the count and kept the ball down. I thought he did very well.”
Kolby Standstipher drove in both Hoquiam runs with a line-drive double in the second inning. That plated Jack Skinner and Austin Edwards to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead.
Montesano tied the game in the fourth inning. Hliboki scored the first run when Herzog walked with the bases loaded. Riley Olsen followed with a single into left field that scored Evan Bialkowsky.
Hoquiam 11, Montesano 3
Hoquiam took command with a four-run first inning that included only one hit.
Jerod Steen walked to lead off the game, Blake Kelly reached base on an error and Joel Brydon walked to load the bases. Yet another walk, this time by Tristan Stutesman, forced Steen home for the first run of the game.
With the bases still loaded, Jack Skinner hit into a fielder’s choice that brought Kelly home. Then, with runners on second and third, Kolby Standstipher singled to drive in Skinner and Brydon.
Montesano cut Hoquiam’s lead to 5-2 in the third inning. A sacrifice fly by Hliboki scored Cavanaugh and a single by Cole Nelson drove in Usher. However, that was as close at the Bulldogs would get.
Hoquiam’s bats heated up in the fifth inning. Kolby Standstipher and Skyler Jump scored on Josh Bishop’s double. Then Bishop scored on a single by Kelly, extending Hoquiam’s lead to 8-2.
Hoquiam finished strong, scoring six runs on seven hits in the final three innings.
“We came out a little flat in the first game,” Jump said.” That was a bit of a gut check. Coach (Zac) Reynvaan deserves all of the credit for working with the hitters. He has been working really hard with them.”
“After winning game one, I think we took our foot off the gas pedal a little bit,” Bruner said. “We weren’t quite as aggressive at the plate as we needed to be. We could have competed a little bit harder, but Hoquiam just flat hit the ball. They are a good-hitting team. They came through with some clutch hits.”
Winning pitcher Skyler Jump struck out five Bulldogs and allowed just two earned runs in his 5 2/3 innings of work. Steve Jump also mentioned Skinner’s contributions behind the plate.
Both teams have road games scheduled for today. Hoquiam will travel to Rochester and Montesano visits Rainier.
Hoquiam 020 000 0 – 2 5 0 Monte 000 211 X– 4 6 0
Kyle Standstipher, Stutesman (4), Kolby Standstipher (6) and Skinner; Englund, Bussard (7) and Bussard, Rhoden (7)
RBI: Hoquiam – Kolby Standstipher 2. Montesano — Hliboki, Herzog, Olsen. Two hits: Montesano – Bussard.. Doubles: Hoquiam – Kolby Standstipher. Montesano – Bussard.
Winning pitcher — Englund (walked five; struck out two). Losing pitcher — Stutesman (walked none; struck out none).
Hoquiam 410 031 2 – 11 11 2 Monte 002 001 0 – 3 8 1
Jump, Kolby Standstipher (6) and Skinner; Bussard, Benner (1), Olsen (4), Herzog (5), Hliboki (7), Chapman (7) and Rhoden, Bussard (1)
RBI: Hoquiam – Skinner 3, Bishop 2, Kelly 2, Kolby Standstipher 2, Stutesman, Lowder. Montesano – Rhoden, Hliboki, Nelson. Two Hits: Hoquiam – Kelly, Stutesman, Kolby Standstipher. Montesano – Cavanaugh. Triples: Hoquiam – Lowder. Doubles: Hoquiam – Bishop, Kolby Standstipher.
Winning pitcher — Jump (walked four; struck out five). Losing pitcher — Bussard (walked four; struck out none).