Chokers sweep Clippers
Kickoff off the NWAACC Western Division schedule, Grays Harbor benefited from a tough non-division schedule by sinking South Puget Sound in a doubleheader, 10-3 and 9-1, at the Bishop Complex.
Sophomore pitcher Jenny Benn (Ocosta) picked up the double win, striking out 10 and walking three in the twin bill. Freshman Nicole Kilmer (Hoquiam) drilled two home runs in the opener — a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run blast in the second inning — while sophomore Shannon Glenn (Aberdeen) combined for two home runs and freshman Crystal Knight (Covington) added one for the Chokers (2-0, 2-8).
Overall, Glenn drove in six runs on five hits, Kilmer five RBI on four hits and sophomore Amanda Anderson (Elma) four RBI for GHC.
“We haven’t played in two weeks and I didn’t know how we’d respond,” GHC head coach Tom Sutera said. “We played the best teams in the NWAACC in the non-league schedule, so we didn’t have much confidence. We worked on that over the last two weeks and it showed. We played strong.”
Sutera cited Benn, who had ACL surgery last July and tweaked her knee in the first game, for her performance in the circle.
Today, GHC hits the road to take on Pierce College in another doubleheader.
Rupright and Bingham; Benn and King.
RBI: South Puget Sound — Bingham 2, Ashley Baker. Grays Harbor — Kilmer 4, Glenn 2, Knight 2, Stewart, Anderson. Three hits: Grays Harbor — Kilmer. Two hits: Grays Harbor — Knight, Glenn, King. Home run: Grays Harbor — Kilmer 2, Glenn, Knight. Doubles: Grays Harbor — Kilmer, King.
Winning pitcher — Benn (six strikeouts, three walks). Losing pitcher — Rupright (seven strikeouts, three walks).
Rupright and Bingham; Benn and King.
RBI: South Puget Sound — Amanda Rupright. Grays Harbor — Glenn 4, Anderson 3, Kilmer, Griffith. Three hits: Grays Harbor — Glenn. Two hits: Grays Harbor — Anderson, Stewart, Griffith. Home run: Grays Harbor — Glenn. Doubles: Grays Harbor — Kilmer, Anderson.
Winning pitcher — Benn (four strikeouts). Losing pitcher — Rupright (nine strikeouts, one walk).
Bobcats 17, Hawks 0
LACEY — Aberdeen registered its first win of the overall and league seasons on Friday by routing host River Ridge in four innings.
The Bobcats, led by five-RBI days from senior Alexxi Timmons and Kiana Dixon, slugged 16 hits and gave pitchers Erin Kuhn and Jillian Swor plenty of support.
Kuhn picked up the win as the starter, while Dixon slugged a grand slam in the third inning to left field and Timmons a two-run home run in the first and a two-run double in the second.
“Erin pitched very well and our hitting found contact with the ball,” AHS assistant coach Aaron Glanz said. “We stole some bases and everything was working as it should go.”
On Thursday, Aberdeen (1-3, 1-4) returns to action at Black Hills.
Kuhn, Swor (4) and Timmons; Olin, Justus (3) and Grahn.
RBI: Aberdeen — Reeson, Gallinger, Timmons 5, Dixon 5, Hammonds, Wharton, Kuhn, Travis. Four hits: Aberdeen — Timmons, Dixon. Three hits: Aberdeen — Chesterman. Two hits: Aberdeen — Gallinger. Home run: Aberdeen — Timmons, Dixon. Doubles: Aberdeen — Dixon, Kuhn.
Winning pitcher — Kuhn (three strikeouts). Losing pitcher — Olin (three strikeouts, four walks).
Papermakers 5, Bulldogs 0
CAMAS — Harli Hubbard threw 70 mph fastballs and struck out 18 batters as Class 4A Camas blanked Montesano in a non-league contest on Friday at Camas.
Hubbard also hit a home run in the fifth for the Papermakers, who finished second overall in the state 4A tournament last season.
“Their pitcher was untouchable for fastpitch,” said MHS assistant coach Lucas Wisdom. “Defensively, we played well, except for the one bad inning (the fifth).”
Montesano (2-2) hits the road to Yakima next Friday to play East Valley, Ellensburg and West Valley in that order.
Didion and Kloempken, Gustafson (6). Hubbard and Johnson.
RBI: Camas — Richards, Schroeder 2, Hubbard. Three hits: Camas — O’Neal. Two hits: Camas — Hubbard, Smith. Home runs: Camas — Hubbard. Doubles: Camas — Schroeder.
Winning pitcher — Hubbard (walked one, 18 strikeouts). Losing pitcher — Didion (walked none, struck out four).
JV — Camas 6, Montesano 2.
Tornados 5, Bobcats 2
YELM — Aberdeen gave up five runs in the first two innings as Yelm held off a late charge to win this non-league contest on Friday afternoon.
The Bobcats (1-7) had two freshmen earn varsity time with Jake Metke on first base and CJ Oldham on second base and on the mound. Oldham had the sole RBI hit in the Bobcats’ two-run seventh inning.
Grant Larson pitched for 3 1/3 innings for the Bobcats and did not allow any runs in relief.
“Again, I am proud of how the team played and I learned a lot about the younger guys,” AHS head coach Shon Schreiber said. “I am proud, but not satisfied yet. We had a pretty good day and I saw a lot of improvement. I am looking forward to getting back to work next week.”
On Thursday, Aberdeen hits the road to Black Hills.
Ames, Larson, Oldham and Bowley. Cordera and Potein.
RBI: Aberdeen — Oldham. Yelm — Potein 3, Benson, Reynolds. Three hits: Yelm — Potein. Two hits: Yelm — Reynolds.
Winning pitcher — Potein (walked none, struck out two). Losing pitcher — Ames (walked two, struck out two).
Bulldogs 1, Beavers 1 (5-4)
TENINO — Montesano goalkeeper Jeff Varness didn’t have to move far to save the final penalty kick of the match to snap the Bulldogs’ three-match losing streak with an Evergreen 1A win at Tenino on Friday.
Tied at 1-1 after regulation and overtime, the teams were tied at 4-4 after five penalty kicks. On the sixth penalty kick, Monte’s Nick Prosch scored his, while Varness stayed in the middle and smothered the final kick of the match into his belly for the win.
“There was some celebrating,” Monte head coach Mike Malpass said. “This is a confidence booster. They’ve been working really hard and the commitment has been there. We’re really close. We’re going to keep working.”
Brandon Lovell, David Sawyer, Nolan Walker and Eric Blanchard each converted PKs during the shootout. Colby Whipple had a tap-in goal from 5 yards out in the fourth minute of the match to give Monte a 1-0 lead.
Tenino tied the match in the 62nd minute when a free kick just outside the penalty area went through the wall and deflected away from Varness.
Montesano is off through spring break and will return to action in a non-league match at Woodland on April 15.
Eagles 3, Warriors 1
ELMA — Unbeaten Elma scored early and often in the second half to edge Rochester in Evergreen 1A League play on Friday at Davis Field.
Rochester scored in the first half on a breakaway. Goalkeeper Tyler Davis could not secure the ball and it went in for the score. The Warriors were up 1-0 at halftime.
In the 50th minute, a clearing ball got down to senior forward Edgar Hermenegildo, who used some fancy footwork to beat the Rochester goalkeeper for the tying score.
In the 56th minute, the ball came from the back to Hermenegildo just inside the 18-yard penalty box line. He sent the ball to Jake Bates, who converted the pass for a 2-1 lead.
In the 70th minute, Donovan Bieker sent a corner kick to Hermenegildo. However, the ball went off a Rochester defender for an own goal.
“We had scoring opportunities in the first half, ” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “We really did not have the quality of plays in the first half that we did in the second half. We had good individual and team play.”
Seaberg praised Davis for two important saves one each in each half, including a late save in the final minutes.
On April 15, Elma hits the road to Hoquiam for a pivotal league matchup at Sea Breeze Oval.