Tumwater’s high state ranking was no April Fool’s joke as far as Aberdeen was concerned.
The league-leading T-Birds scored four times in the first inning and went on to beat the Bobcats, 9-2, in an Evergreen 2A Conference baseball game Tuesday at Pioneer Park’s Ken Waite Field.
The T-Birds (6-0, 6-1) began the week as the state’s second-ranked Class 2A team and may move up a notch after Monday’s victory over top-rated Chehalis that reversed the outcome of last year’s state championship game.
Considering the caliber of the opposition, the Bobcat pitching trio of Tyler Ames, Kegan Bridges and Connor Stolen performed decently, at least in terms of not allowing many hard-hit balls. But Tumwater inevitably cashed in a multitude of free passes. The Bobcat hurlers combined to issue nine walks and also hit a batter.
The Cats could also do little against T-Bird starting pitcher Garrett Terrell, who struck out eight and did not allow a walk in five scoreless innings.
“We did play better than yesterday,” AHS coach Shon Schreiber said, referring to Monday’s loss to River Ridge. “We had to play a perfect game to have a chance and that’s why they’re one of the best teams.”
Tumwater led from the get-go. Justin Graham looped a leadoff double down the left-field line, stole third and scored on Anthony Correia’s sacrifice fly.
Terrrell then reached on an error, stole second and came in on Clayton Boze’s single. Following a two-out walk to Ian Sugrue, Keenan Milligan blasted a two-run double off the base of the center-field fence.
Ames and Bridges kept the T-Birds in check until four walks set the table for a three-run fifth. Tumwater added two more runs in the seventh.
As was the case the previous day, the Bobcats (1-5) saved most of their offense for last.
Lorenzo Ontiveros walked and Ames singled off reliever Riley Owen to open the bottom of the seventh. Two outs later, Collin Martin kept things alive with an infield hit.
Addam Follett grounded an RBI single through the hole between short and third and Cole Edwards walked to force in another run. Owen, however, ended the game by striking out Erikk Machowek.
Ames and Machowek had two hits apiece for the Bobcats. Follett, catching this game, helped minimize Tumwater’s damage by throwing out a pair of would-be basestealers.
The same two teams are scheduled to square off today at Tumwater.
Tumwater 400 030 2 — 9 8 0
Aberdeen 000 000 2 — 2 7 2
Terrell, Owen (6) and Sugrue; Ames, Bridges (4), Stolen (5) and Follett.
RBI: Tumwater — Milligan 3, Brascher 3, Correia, Boze, Trakel. Aberdeen — Follett, Edwards. Two hits: Tumwater — Graham. Aberdeen — Machowek, Ames. Doubles: Tumwater — Graham, Correia, Hare, Milligan. Aberdeen — Ames.
Winning pitcher — Terrell (walked none; struck out eight). Losing pitcher — Ames (walked four; struck out none).