LACEY — The Olympia High School fastpitch team needed a Maddy Stensby home run in extra innings to put away 4A Narrows League rival Bellarmine Prep earlier this season.
The rematch lacked the same dramatic finish.
The league-leading Bears scored eight runs in the first inning and pounded out 15 hits to hammer the Lions, 13-1, in five innings Friday at the Regional Athletic Complex.
The game, a home affair for Olympia, originally was scheduled for Stevens Field, but it was moved to the RAC to accommodate inclement weather.
The venue change did little to slow down the Bears’ hitting as they looked right at home in their new surroundings.
Olympia’s Jessy Turnbull and Glynne Saelid each had three hits.
“Hitting is contagious,” Turnbull said. “That’s what we always say.”
If that’s true, it was a full-fledged epidemic for the Bears early.
Olympia (12-2 overall, 6-1 4A Narrows) put the game out of reach when it jumped on Bellarmine pitcher Maddi Porter in the first inning.
Turnbull, a senior, opened the hit parade with a single. She came home on Adrianna Rupright’s triple, and the rout was on against the Lions (7-5, 4-3).
“Hitting-wise, I think we are a very solid team,” Olympia coach Matt Loes said. “We have a very deep group of hitters this year. It’s not just the top players carrying us. It’s everyone contributing.”
After Leticia Farias, Bri Bell and Maddy Newkirk drove in runs, freshman Saelid smacked a two-run single to push the advantage to 6-0.
Turnbull capped the scoring, driving in Rene Gutierrez with her second single of the inning for an 8-0 lead.
“(Bellarmine) was a little short-handed today,” Loes said, “but I was still very pleased with how they came out and hit that first inning.”
Stensby improved to 12-2 this season with the complete-game victory. The junior struck out 10 and hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the eighth during the Bears’ 6-4 win over Bellarmine on April 2.
“(Stensby) has been hurt all season,” Loes said. “She hurt her ankle on this field in our first game and has never really been at 100 percent for us. She came into today with 31 strikeouts. That’s how tough she is.”
Rupright, Farias and Gutierrez each had two hits and an RBI for the Bears, who have won seven consecutive games.
Charlotte James homered for the Lions in the second. It was one of only six Bellarmine hits.
Olympia added a run in the second and four in the fourth, getting RBIs from Saelid, Bell, Gutierrez and Newkirk.
With five games remaining, Olympia controls its quest for a league crown.
The Bears will play at Gig Harbor on Monday. The Tides gave Olympia its only league loss this season, beating the Bears, 5-0, on April 4. It was also Olympia’s last defeat.