Tornados 3, Bulldogs 2 (8)
YELM — Montesano forced this season-opening non-league game into extra innings and took the lead in the eighth inning before Yelm’s Taylor Finch hit a two-run single to win the game on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs trailed 1-0 until Lyndsy Quinn hit a seventh-inning sacrifice fly RBI to deep center field to score her sister, Hannah, to tie.
In the eighth inning, a bases-loaded fielder’s choice by Megan Choate forced in a go-ahead run for the Bulldogs (0-1).
“We’re going to learn more from this game losing than we would winning,” Montesano head coach Pat Pace said. “We’ll go back to the drawing board in practice, get the kinks out on defense and be better for it once league play starts next week.”
Madison Didion took the loss in the circle for Monte, which was led by Choate with two hits at the plate. Madi Studer was cited for her defense in the outfield, including a shoestring catch to save one run early in the game and had two outfield assists, and Josie Toyra for her offense off the bench.
Next Thursday, Montesano hosts Rainier in an Evergreen 1A doubleheader.
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Didion and Kloempken; Enlow, Mathson (6) and Brown.
RBI: Montesano — Quinn. Yelm — Finch 2. Three hits: Yelm — Choate. Two hits: Montesano — Choate. Yelm — Viveros, Finch. Doubles: Yelm — Choate 2.
Winning pitcher — Mathson (three strikeouts). Losing pitcher — Didion (five strikeouts).
Bearcats 12, Bobcats 2 (5)
CHEHALIS — A nine-run fifth inning turned a close season-opening Evergreen 2A contest into a comfortable win for the reigning state 2A champions over Aberdeen at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis on Tuesday.
Chehalis blasted eight hits in the fifth inning to force the 10-run mercy rule.
“Our Achilles heel is pitching,” AHS head coach Shon Schreiber said. “We just need to realize we are not as good as we think and we need to hit our spots and pitch down in the (strike) zone. Until we realize that, we could have a lot of games like this. We can only get better and I expect to get better.”
Tyler Ames, as the starter, took the loss, while relievers Cody Swor and Lorenzo Ontiveros were hit in the fifth inning.
Cole Edwards led Aberdeen at the plate with three hits, including a double to lead off the game. Deon Schlesser and Chase Johnson each had one RBI for the Bobcats.
Brandon Davis led Chehalis with four hits.
The same two teams are scheduled to square off today at Aberdeen’s Pioneer Park.
In the junior varsity game, Chehalis won, 9-5.
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Ames, Swor (4), Ontiveros (5) and Follett; E. Johnson, Yarter (4) and Gueller.
RBI: Aberdeen — Johnson, Schlesser. Chehalis — McKay 3, E. Johnson 2, Davis 2, T. Johnson, Gueller, Cleary, Steepy. Four hits: Chehalis — Davis. Three hits: Aberdeen — Edwards. Two hits: Chehalis — McKay, E. Johnson. Double: Aberdeen — Edwards.
Winning pitcher — Johnson (one strikeout, one walk). Losing pitcher — Ames (one strikeout, three walks).
Tornados 5, Bulldogs 2
YELM — A rough start to this season-opening non-league contest put Montesano behind early in a loss to Class 4A Yelm on Tuesday.
The host Torandos (1-0) scored five runs in the first three innings, with four runs unearned in the first and second frames. The Bulldogs (0-1) finished with five errors.
“Our first-game jitters were there,” Montesano head coach Mike Bruner said. “You can’t really come out and spot them four runs in the first two innings, all unearned. That’s a tough hole to dig yourself out of.”
Cole Nelson led Monte with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Catcher Jordan Bussard was cited by Bruner for throwing out three Tornados on stolen-base attempts.
Freshman Austin Peterson and sophomore Jake Herzog were also cited for their work on the mound in relief.
Montesano is scheuled to travel to Olympic Stadium to face Hoquiam in an Evergreen 1A matchup.
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Usher, Benner (3), A. Peterson (5), Herzog (6) and Brussard; Polzin, Freis (6) and Matthews.
RBI: Montesano — Nelson 2. Yelm — Polzin, Cordesa. Two hits: Montesano — Nelson. Double: Montesano — Usher, Herzog. Yelm — Polzin.
Winning pitcher — Polzin (six strikeouts, two walks). Losing pitcher — Usher (one strikeouts, three walks).
Navigators 8, Hyaks 1
LACEY — Northwest Christian capitalized on North Beach errors to down the Hyaks in a Pacific League game Tuesday at Lacey.
The Hyaks (0-1) were guilty of six errors, most of them in the early innings.
“The first inning, we came out and made three great plays,” Hyak coach Rob Schreiber said. “After that, we couldn’t make the routine ones.”
The Hyaks spoiled the shutout in the seventh inning when Justin Chong doubled and scored on Josh Takagi’s single.
This was North Beach’s first contest since the death of long-time head coach and assistant Bob Sutter, who was also Schreiber’s father-in-law.
“(The players) were talking about the atmosphere being different,” Schreiber said. “I know it was for me for sure.”
The Hyaks are scheduled to host Ocosta on Friday and Naselle in a doubleheader at North Bay Park.
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Takagi, Perez (5) and Justin Chong; Thomas and Griffin.
RBI: North Beach — Takagi. NWC — N/A. Two hits: North Beach — Justin Chong. Doubles: North Beach — Justin Chong. NWC — Thomas, Dominguez.
Winning pitcher — Thomas (walked one; struck out seven). Losing pitcher — Takagi (walked none; struck out five).