Top Performer: Kyle Casey, Bellarmine Prep
Scored 5 goals — in 7-1 win over Olympia
Wilson 1, Bonney Lake 0: Ethan Streun scored with five minutes remaining and was the hero in a tight game that saw the teams facing each other again in a game that was all too familiar.
“The first time we played them it was a 0-0 game,” Wilson coach Craig Vincent said. “It was a pretty even game throughout.”
Neither team was able to get a goal despite a fair amount of chances.
“Both teams had a couple chances and we were finally able to capitalize on one at the end of the game,” Vincent said.
It was Streun who was able to capitalize when his team needed him most with a huge unassisted goal in the 75th minute.
“They had the ball, they lost the ball, it popped out to him,” Vincent said. “He got his head up and hit it on the far side, upper 90 where the keeper couldn’t reach.”
The big goal was enough to give the Rams the win as Wilson goalkeeper Alek Greenleaf was a wall and didn’t allow a last chance answer by Bonney Lake.
Bellarmine Prep 7, Olympia 1: Kyle Casey had a hat trick by halftime. He almost had another in the second half.
Casey finished with five goals as the Lions built a 5-0 lead by the end of the first half to keep pace with 4A SPSL-leading Puyallup.
Bellarmine Prep (7-1-2) also got a dominant performance from Alex Comfort, who scored two goals and assisted on two others.
Casey started the scoring with an unassisted goal in the fourth minute before Max Hilger found him for another in the 10th minute. That started the scoring barrage as Comfort added back-to-back goals in the 22nd and 26th minutes before Casey had his hat trick by the 30th.
Sumner 3, Curtis 0: Steven Murray scored two goals as the Spartans shut out the Vikings to jump ahead in the 4A SPSL standings.
The match was tied until 10 minutes before halftime, when Alec LaBarge found Murray for the Sumner lead. Ryan Griffith then scored in the 57th minute before Murray put the match away for good with his second goal with three minutes to play.
Top Performer: Avery Jones, Gig Harbor
5 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 0 R — in 11-0 win over Peninsula
Puyallup 4, South Kitsap 3: A walk-off balk.
Puyallup keeps finding new ways to win games – this one with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning as Henry Search scored the winning run when South Kitsap pitcher Spencer Dahlke was called for a balk.
The win kept Puyallup (14-2; 12-0) unbeaten in 4A SPSL play since opening the season with two losses. South Kitsap fell to 6-6.
In the matchup of the two teams that played for the 2014 4A state championship, South Kitsap led 1-0 before Ryan Teague’s two-RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. Carter Wallace followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1 Puyallup.
South Kitsap answered on WSU-bound left-hander Michael Newstrom the following inning, getting two runs on Tore DiGiovanni’s RBI groundout and Dusty Garcia’s two-out RBI single – only to set up the final-inning dramatics.
Puyallup’s Gavin Grant, an Oregon State commit, was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk, Teague was 2-for-2 with the two RBIs and a run and Wallace was 2-for-3. Newstrom allowed the three runs on two hits with five strikeouts and five walks before Brady McLean pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.
Gig Harbor 11, Peninsula 0 (5 innings): Avery Jones was dominant from the mound — again — as the Tides shut out their rival Seahawks.
“That’s his third complete game in a row,” Gig Harbor coach Larry Roehr said of the WSU-bound pitcher who has allowed one earned one in 22 innings pitched so far this season. “He’s really on a roll.”
The hitting for Gig Harbor was solid as well with RJ Green going 2 for 3 with three RBI and Shannon Milbourn getting his first big hits of the season.
“Milbourn got his first two hits of the season so it was a nice game for him with two runs scored,” Roehr said.
River Ridge 13, Renton 0: Josh Ostling threw an impressive, clutch pitching performance and was on the edge of a perfect game in a dominant win by the Hawks.
“He actually was a walk away from a perfect game,” River Ridge coach Chad Arko said. “It was good because we needed it.”
River Ridge was coming off a tough loss that broke its perfect record for the season.
“We had a rough outing against Highline, so I needed a strong start from one of our top JV guys,” Arko said. “He did above and beyond what we needed, he ended up giving us a complete game.”
Ostling pitched all five innings giving up zero runs, zero hits, one walk and got three strikeouts.
“He just pounded the zone,” Arko said. “It was kind of a nice little rebound game after giving up our first league loss against Highline.”
The Hawks will look for redemption when they play the Pirates again, this time at Highline on Friday at 4 p.m.
Curtis 6, Olympia 2: Strong hitting gave the Vikings the edge in a game, which Curtis scored early and the Bears couldn’t mount a comeback.
Curtis scored one run in the first inning, and then blew the game open scoring five in the second inning.
“They definitely swung it well,” Olympia coach Steve Roth said. “They just had base hits fall.”
The Bears managed to get two runs themselves in the fourth but it was too little too late as they couldn’t get a big enough rally to make the game competitive.
“In high school it’s about trying not to let a big inning and trying to get one,” Roth said. “They did a good job of jumping on it.”
The Vikings will play at home next against Bellarmine Prep on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Top Performer: Xoraya Morency, Wilson
2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 2B, HR — in 13-12 win over Mount Tahoma
Wilson 13, Mount Tahoma 12: After initially trailing in the game, the Rams had a big run to give them a narrow win over the T-Birds.
“We were down early, 9-1 and then we finally put some quality at-bats together,” Wilson coach Jess Wicker said. “The kids didn’t give up, so that was good to see, they kept on swinging.”
That swinging paid off as the team was able to bounce back to score a big nine-run third inning that put them up by one run followed by three runs in the fourth which was just enough to win.
Hitting well for the team was Xoraya Morency who went 2 for 3 scoring two runs with two RBIs, a double, and a huge solo home run.
“In the fourth inning she came up and just crushed it to left field and kept on running,” Wicker said. “First one of her high school career.”