It took a little while for Tahoma to find the bats, but the Bears put together two big innings against Todd Beamer on Tuesday to roll to a 5-2 win, and stay undefeated at the top of the Class 4A SPSL North.
“We have a funky rhythm,” Tahoma shortstop Mia Corbin said. “We kind of came out a little bit flat, and recognize that, but once we get going, we’re in this zone where no one can touch us.”
So far this season, no one has.
Win the win, the Bears (15-0, 13-0 4A SPSL North) take a two-game lead over the Titans (12-3, 11-2) in the North, and increase their league winning streak to 45 games. Tahoma hasn’t lost a league game since May 8, 2012, when it lost to Kentlake, 5-4.
Corbin, a junior, has never lost a league game in a Bears uniform. She was 1 for 4 with two RBIs, and kicked off Tahoma’s scoring effort with a sacrifice fly to center in the third inning that scored Kinzi Sanders. The Bears added one more run in the inning on a two-out double by Emily Bishop to take a 2-1 lead.
The Titans evened the score in the fourth on a Gracie Sunitsch single that scored Maddy Colson from second, but the Bears erupted with three runs in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead they wouldn’t budge on.
“It took a couple of innings to get to that,” Tahoma coach Tom Milligan said. “It’s almost that feeling of, ‘If she can do it, we can do it.’ We had a couple of good sacrifice situations to move runners and most definitely had girls who stepped up that put the ball in play hard when we needed to pick up a run.”
The Bears finished with eight hits, but ran into some trouble against Beamer’s Madison Rogers, who struck out four in six innings and retired the Bears 1-2-3 on three different occasions.
Maddie Scott and Carley Nance shared the pitching duties for Tahoma. Scott threw four innings allowing two runs on three hits. Nance tossed a shutout the final three innings, at one point retiring seven in a row.
The fifth-inning switch was intended to throw off Beamer’s hitters, Milligan said. Nance and Scott’s differing velocity and release points proved an effective one-two punch for Tahoma.
“They get different looks, and it saves our arms so we can get through the season,” Scott said.
The Bears and Titans — whose only two league losses have come against Tahoma — have five league games apiece remaining. Tahoma would claim the championship in the event of a tie.
“I feel good about that but you still have to go out and play those five games,” Milligan said.