Montesano’s Legion team earns state berth

OLYMPIA — Winning three of four contests, Precision Pipe of Montesano earned a state berth by placing third in the Region II American Legion AA Divisional Baseball Tournament that concluded Sunday at Olympia High School.

After splitting its opening two contests, Precision used a six-run fifth inning to edge North Kitsap, 8-6, in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest on Sunday.

Sawyer Rhoden, Cole Nelson and Jacob Hliboki each doubled in the fifth as Precision overcame a 3-2 deficit. Nick Chapman pitched five strong innings to pick up the victory.

Precision then downed Chehalis, 3-1, in a game to decide third and fourth places. Riley Olsen drove in two runs and Nelson the other to support the pitching of Nelson and incoming Montesano High freshman Nate Kloempken. Nelson and Maguire Cavanaugh had two hits each in that contest, while Precision manager Mike Bruner cited catcher Jordan Bussard for defense.

After opening the tournament with a 13-0 victory over Olympia on Friday, the Montesano club lost to eventual champion Centralia, 8-2, on Saturday. Centralia broke open a tight contest with a five-run sixth inning.

Precision will join Centralia, Capital and Chehalis at the state tourney beginning Saturday at Spokane. Opening-round pairings have yet to be determined.


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