Top Performers: Jordon Wright, Kentlake
7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 K; 2-for-3, R — in 7-3 win over Tahoma
Kentlake 7, Tahoma 3: Here come the Falcons.
Jordon Wright threw a complete game for Kentlake with six strikeouts and he went 2-for-3 at the plate as the Falcons swept their late-season two-game series with the Bears.
Kentlake (10-4; 10-2 4A NPSL Cascade) can clinch at least a share of the Cascade division title with one more league victory. It has one more league series remaining – against Mount Rainier on Wednesday and Thursday next week. The wins got the Falcons back on track after dropping two consecutive games to Kentwood and Beamer before the Tahoma series.
Tahoma (10-6; 7-5) cut the lead to 3-2 with two runs in the top of the third inning. Hunter Jenkins was a monster at the plate for the Bears, going 3-for-4 with a triple, a double, an RBI and a run scored.
But Wright went back to work, limiting Tahoma to one run in the seventh inning as the Falcons had built a 7-2 lead. JJ eraden was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Caleb Jaime and Jacob Butler each drove in a pair of runs.
South Kitsap 7, Olympia 2: Jordan Duenas had four RBIs and Jayden Low allowed one run in five innings as the Wolves bounced back from Tuesday night’s loss to beat the Bears.
South Kitsap (7-6; 6-6 4A SPSL) took over fourth place in the league standings with the win over its former 4A Narrows rival. Olympia (6-8; 5-7) is now tied with Rogers for sixth.
Duenas was 2-for-3 with a double and the four runs plated. That was part of 13 hits for the Wolves – Aaron Corso had three hits and Dusty Garcia, Alex Garcia and Conner Seaton each had two hits.
Low cruised through the five innings, allowing two hits, the one run and struck out four.
Olympia’s Scott Gunther went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Rogers 8, Emerald Ridge 2: Ayden Ruminski went the distance for the Rams, pitching a complete game to shut down the Jaguars.
And he got plenty of help from Emerald Ridge’s defense, which committed three errors.
Of the Rams’ eight runs, two were earned. They also walked eight times so Rogers had its eight runs on just five hits.
Ruminiski has been Rogers’ staff ace all season and he didn’t disappoint on Wednesday, allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts to lower his season ERA to 2.96.
The Rams’ win knocked Emerald Ridge (8-6; 7-5 4A SPSL) out of what would have been a tie for second place in the 4A SPSL standings with Sumner. Now it is a half-game back in third place.
Rogers took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and extended its lead to 5-1 with two more runs in the third inning. Kory Piland had a two-RBI double and Cameron Pak drove in a pair of runs.
Bellarmine Prep 2, Curtis 0: In a low-scoring affair, the Lions edged out a win over the Vikings in which a singular inning ended up being the deciding factor.
Leaving the opportunity open for the offense was the pitching combo of David Richard, who pitched for three innings only giving up one hit, and Taylo Derouin, who pitched for four innings and allowed no hits.
This shutout performance was sufficient for the two Bellarmine Prep runs scored in the second inning to hold up for the victory.
The two runs came off of two players, Nolan Koehler (1 for 1) and Peter Allegro (1 for 2), who each had an RBI apiece.
The Lions will play next at home on Friday against the South Kitsap Wolves at 4 p.m.
Puyallup 8, Sumner 6: It was a matchup that drew close late in the game, but the Vikings came out on top over the Spartans.
The Puyallup team started strong, getting four runs in the second to take an early lead that remained comfortable until the last inning.
It was in the seventh that the Spartans rallied to get four runs and draw within two, but ended up coming short of completing the comeback.
Leading the way for the Vikings batting was Gavin Grant, who went 2 for 5 with three RBIs, followed by Carter Wallace, who went 1 for 3 with three RBIs of his own.
The Vikings will play away next against the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles on Friday at 4 p.m.
Top performer: Kennedy Robillard, Puyallup
5 IP, 4 H, 2 R; 3-for-4, 3 RBI — in 13-2 win over Olympia
Puyallup 13, Olympia 2 (5 innings): Kennedy Robillard did it all as the senior earned the win in the circle and went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs to lift the Vikings.
Natalie Joyner and Megan Ditty also had two hits a piece for Puyallup (8-2; 7-1 4A SPSL), which scored six runs in the second inning to take an 8-0 lead. The Vikings remain a half-game back of top-ranked Rogers (7-0; 7-0) in the league standings.
White River 19, Highline 0 (5 innings): Ashley Long and Madi Pipitone never got out.
Long was 3-for-3 with a double, home run and five RBIs and Maddi Pipitone was 4-for-4 with a triple, double and four RBIs while also allowing just three hits in five innings in the circle.
White River led 5-0 after the first inning and made it 15-0 after the second inning before cruising to the 5-inning victory from there.
The Hornets (7-1; 6-0 2A SPSL Mountain) have yet to lose a league game this season and have scored at least 10 runs in their past six 2A SPSL games.
Aberdeen 14, Tumwater 12: The Bobcats hung on for a narrow win in a high-scoring game against the Thunderbirds.
The Aberdeen team had a big second inning, scoring six runs in the frame — then five more in the fifth followed by three in the sixth.
However, Tumwater just wouldn’t say die. The T-Birds got two in the first, one in the third, two in the fifth and three in the sixth to stay within striking distance.
Strike they did, getting four in the seventh and coming just two short of tying the game as the Bobcats were able to hold off a last-inning rally to maintain their game-winning lead.
The Bobcats will play away next against the Black Hills Wolves on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
North Thurston 3, Capital 2: The Rams secured a narrow victory over the Cougars, sweeping both singles matches and winning the No. 1 doubles matches.
In the No. 1 singles match, Izabella Billecova defeated opponent Annie Jia, 6-1, 6-0, and in the No. 2 singles match Lucie Duran earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
In the No. 1 doubles match Amanda Campbell and Brooklyn Harn won by a score of 6-4 in the first set, then 7-5 in the second.
Capital then won both the No. 2 doubles match and the No. 3 doubles match.
Sumner 3, Curtis 2: The Spartans won out over the Vikings in a strong showing Wednesday.
In the singles matches, the Sumner team didn’t lose a single game with Jade Lancaster winning the No. 1 matchup, 6-0, 6-0, and Tayva Jacobsen winning the No. 2 matchup, 6-0, 6-0.
The doubles matches were a battle back and forth with the matches being a lot closer. The No. 1 doubles as well as the No. 3 doubles went all three sets.
But the Sumner team did win the No. 2 doubles matchup with Smith and Rink winning, 6-2, 7-5, to give the Sumner team the win for the day.