A busy week for Aberdeen baseball began inauspiciously on Monday.
Building an 8-0 lead after 5 1/2 innings, River Ridge easily withstood a last-ditch Bobcat rally for a 9-4 victory in an Evergreen 2A Conference game at Pioneer Park’s Ken Waite Field.
This was the first of five games the Bobcats (1-4) are scheduled to play in as many days this week.
The Hawks (1-4) owned only an 8-6 advantage in hits, but that margin was deceptive. Four of the Bobcats’ hits— and all of their scoring — came in the final two innings, when the proverbial horse has long since exited the gate.
River Ridge right-hander Tyler Ostling allowed only three baserunners through the first five frames. The Hawks, meanwhile, mixed a few timely hits around errors, walks and balks to score in a variety of methods.
“We just came in flat, I don’t know why,” Bobcat coach Shon Schreiber reflected. “Not being able to play bunt defense, not being able to hold guys on — all the things we’ve been working on went out the door.”
A two-run River Ridge first epitomized the contest.
Alex Bache doubled to left-center with one out, stole third and was balked home by AHS starter Josh Collett. Elijah Camacho, who had walked, later moved up on a wild pitch, stole third and continued to the plate on a throwing error.
Bache’s third hit of the contest, an RBI single in the sixth, gave the Hawks an 8-0 lead.
The Bobcats finally cracked the scoring ice in their half of the sixth when Cole Edwards walked, advanced to third on Lorenzo Ontiveros’ single and scored on Deon Schlesser’s fielder’s choice grounder.
After River Ridge tacked on another run in the top of the inning, Aberdeen scored three times with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Addam Follett kept things alive with a single that sent Kegan Bridges, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, to third. Edwards then reached on an error, with Bridges scoring. Lorenzo Ontiveros boomed a two-run double over the center fielder’s head, but Schlesser flied to deep left-center for the final out.
One oddity was that each of the three Bobcats used in the eighth spot in the batting order delivered apparent hits, although one didn’t end up that way.
Collett and Grant Larson each doubled, in the third and fifth innings, respectively. With Gabe Turner on first base in the seventh, Bridges lined an Ostling pitch into right field for an apparent single. Right fielder Austin Lucas, however, threw out Turner (who had to hold up to see if the ball would be caught) at second, transforming the hit into a fielder’s choice.
State-ranked Tumwater visits the Bobcats this afternoon.
River Ridge 200 312 1 — 9 8 1 Aberdeen 000 001 3 — 4 6 3
Ostling and Bache; Collett, Larson (5), Schlesser (7) and Turner, Follett.
RBI: River Ridge — Kim, Bache, Corona, Van Dormolen, Anderson. Aberdeen — Ontiveros 2, Schlesser. Three hits: River Ridge — Bache. Two hits: River Ridge — Anderson. Aberdeen — Ontiveros. Doubles: River Ridge — Kim, Bache, Lucas, Anderson. Aberdeen — Ontiveros, Collett, Larson.
Winning pitcher — Ostling (walked two; struck out four). Losing pitcher — Collett (walked three; struck out two).