Aberdeen greeted the state’s top-ranked Class 2A baseball team on Friday afternoon and, as good guests, gave it opportunities to win at Ken Waite Field.
In Tumwater’s 10-run fourth inning, five runs came home on hit batters and walks, and the Bobcats’ pitchers combined for seven walks overall in the T-Birds’ 14-1 Evergreen 2A victory in five innings.
“The only thing you can’t do is defend the walk,” AHS head coach Shon Schreiber said. “I told the guys, who were walking around like they just got beaten up, that we gave them the opportunities and the situations to do it. They took advantage of them. We put ourselves in that situation.”
Already up 2-0 after three innings, Tumwater adjusted to Aberdeen starter Austin Silva with five straight hits to knock him off the hill.
Ian Sugrue, who started the scoring with a two-out, two-run bases-loaded single in the first inning, slugged an RBI single. Keenan Milligan followed with an RBI double and Easton Trakel added a two-run single to end Silva’s day with a 6-0 lead.
Reliever Jake Metke bracketed two walks with a strikeout and a ground out to load the bases. There, Metke hit two batters in a row to force two runs home before he was lifted for Tyler Ames. Ames walked in a run and hit another batter, the third overall in four batters, for another run.
Trakel ended the scoring with his second hit of the inning, an RBI single, for a 12-0 Tumwater lead.
“Austin pitched well; Tumwater made adjustments later in the game and senior teams do that,” Schreiber said. “We’ll be OK. We still have a chance to make the playoffs. We just have to go back and get to work.”
Tumwater plated two more runs in the fifth before Aberdeen snapped the shutout with a Deon Schlesser sacrifice fly to center that scored Cole Edwards.
Aberdeen had its chances early on, even with the lack of hits. The Bobcats loaded the bases in the first inning — a one-out Ames double, plus a Tumwater fielding error and a walk — but stranded the runners.
The Bobcats had runners on in the second, third and fourth innings, but never threatened until the fifth.
On Monday, Aberdeen (3-8, 3-9) returns to action when it hosts Capital.
Hare and Sugrue; Silva, Metke (4), Ames (4), Edwards (5) and Turner.
RBI: Tumwater — Graham, Hare, Sugrue 4, Owen 2, Milligan 3, Trakel 3. Aberdeen — Schlesser. Two hits: Tumwater — Hare, Sugrue, Owen, Trakel. Doubles: Tumwater — Sugrue, Milligan. Aberdeen — Ames.
Winning pitcher — Hare (seven strikeouts, three walks). Losing pitcher — Silva (one walk).