Bobcats 4, Hawks 0
LACEY — Unbeaten Aberdeen notched its fourth consecutive shutout by topping River Ridge in an Evergreen 2A Conference match Tuesday night at South Sound Stadium.
While owning only an 8-7 edge in shots on goal, the Bobcats (2-0, 4-0) were able to convert with more frequency than in previous outings.
“This was really a total team effort,” Bobcat coach Larry Fleming said. “Although we have a long way to go, we seem to be headed in the right direction in regard to improving our ball possession, defense and finishing.:”
Alex Barene’s 18-yard shot slipped past the River Ridge goalkeeper in the seventh minute to open the scoring. Two minutes later, Aberdeen’s Isaiah Contreras was taken down in the box, with Victor Corona converting the ensuing penalty kick.
Bobcat goalkeeper Andres Valdes, who has yet to be scored upon this season, also set up Aberdeen’s third goal. His goal kick covered more than half the field to Contreras. The latter flicked a pass to Seth Caba, who beat the goalkeeper on a one-on-one run with two minutes remaining in the first half.
Barene pivoted nearly 180 degrees and knocked in about a 20-yard shot for the match’s final goal, with eight minutes remaining in the contest.
Contreras, who finished with three assists, was credited with fine overall play. Victor Junco, Logan Lopez and Tavo Sanchez were cited for fine performances.
Aberdeen’s junior varsity also remained unbeaten and unscored upon with a 6-0 victory. Jose Rueda, Terrance Robin, Miguel Torres, Victor Medina, David Housden and Luis Chaires scored for the Bobcats.
The Cats will continue their long stint away from home Thursday when they travel to Tumwater.
Eagles 2, Beavers 1 (OT)
ELMA — For the second time this season, Elma found a way to strike a goal in the waning seconds of overtime, this time an Edgar Hermenegildo header with 45 seconds left to beat Tenino in this Evergreen 1A match at Davis Field on Tuesday.
Juan Perez evened up the match in the 71st minute for the Eagles (3-0, 3-1), an 18-yard bender that found the upper right corner. The Beavers (0-3, 0-3) got the first goal of the match in the 23rd minute.
“It was a hard-fought game in tough conditions,” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “We were able to possess the ball well in the first half even in these conditions.”
Steven Persell got a throw-in from Konan Katzer down the right side of the field and found Hermenegildo at the near post. Persell’s cross allowed the senior forward to get a downward header between the goalkeeper and the right post for the game-winner.
Seaberg cited Perez, who came up injured late in the match, for his work in the midfield.
In the junior varsity match, Elma won, 3-1.
On Tuesday, Elma hosts East County rival Montesano.
Eagles 13, Mountaineers 2
RAINIER — Scoring three runs apiece in four different innings, Elma polished off Rainier in an Evergreen 1A League game shortened to six innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
Rio Ortega drove in three runs with two hits, while Thomas Hughes and Seth Osgood added two hits each for the Eagles (1-1).
Ortega’s two-run double highlighted a three-run third inning that put the Eagles out in front to stay.
Each team committed six errors in a game played in wet conditions.
“Neither team played real well defensively,” Elma coach Scott Rowland said. “Other than that, some of the kids hit OK and some of the kids who were first-year varsity players made contact and had hits, so that was nice.”
The Eagles are scheduled to play two Oregon teams (Wilsonville and Warrenton) on an all-turf field at Seaside, Ore., today.
Elma 031 333 — 13 9 6
Rainier 100 100 — 2 3 6
Camenzind, Thornock (4), Neary (6) and Swinhart; Carlson, Rush, Coleman and Reise.
RBI: Elma — Ortega 3, Hughes 2, Osgood 2, Camenzind, Escalante, Thornock, Robinette. Rainier — Carlson. Two hits: Elma — Hughes, Ortega, Osgood. Triples: Elma — Neary. Doubles: Elma — Camenzind, Ortega.
Winning pitcher — Camenzind (walked two; struck out seven). Losing pitcher — Carlson (walked three; struck out two).
Tigers 15, Bobcats 5
CENTRALIA — Scoring in every inning, Centralia trounced Aberdeen in an Evergreen 2A Conference game shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
The Tigers slammed out 13 hits and capitalized on eight walks, two hit batters and five Aberdeen errors.
“We just don’t have the firepower to compete,” AHS head coach Shon Schreiber said. “To be honest, we really can do it, but we need our upperclassmen to step up and lead the way. We can’t count on our freshmen to come out and lead everyday. Hopefully we can find a way to compete every inning, every out and every game.”
The Bobcats narrowed the deficit to 7-5 with a four-run fourth inning, but the Tigers answered with seven runs in their half of the same inning. Adam Follett drove in two runs, with Erikk Machowek and Josh Collett with one RBI each.
Deon Schlesser had two hits for the Bobcats (1-3).
Schreiber cited Grant Larsen for his work on the mound in the start.
In the JV game, Centralia won, 13-3 in five innings.
The same two teams are scheduled to meet today at Pioneer Park.
Aberdeen 001 40 — 5 4 5
Centralia 331 71 — 15 13 1
Larsen, Ontiveros (3), Swor (4) and Turner; Sharkey, Fagerness (4), Housden (4) and Monohon.
RBI: Aberdeen — Follett 2, Machowek, Collett. Centralia — Blaser 3, Housden, Sharkey 2, Fagerness, Wasson 2, Monohon 2. Four hits: Centralia — Blaser. Two hits: Aberdeen — Schlesser. Centralia — Holbleib, Fagerness.
Winning pitcher — Sharkey (five strikeouts, nine walks). Losing pitcher — Larsen (six walks).
Eagles 221, Bulldogs 236
ELMA — Lauryn Keating fired a 39 to lead Elma past Montesano in an Evergreen 1A League match Tuesday at Oaksridge Golf Course.
Keating, the reigning district champion, was the only player on either team to break 55 in difficult weather conditions. But the Eagles, who had only two players compete in last week’s Grays Harbor Jamboree, fielded a full team Tuesday.
Sami St. Onge paced Montesano with a 56.
“We played them pretty close two through five, but it’s pretty tough to beat them when they started the scoring with a 39,” Montesano coach Lloyd Aldrich said. “Overall, I’m pleased with how the kids did, especially with such a young team (one senior, four sophomores and a freshman) in very challenging windy and cold conditions.”
The Eagles host Hoquiam on Thursday. The Bulldogs travel to Woodland the same day.
Elma (221) — Lauryn Keating 39, Payton Dineen 58, Morgan Rockey 65, Tiana Cox 59, Paige Kershaw 85.
Montesano (236) — Madi Besaw 58, Brooke Whitsell 58, Ashley Aschim 64, Sami St. Onge 56, Joa Yun 64, Crysta Parson 78.