Top performer: Kassie Simpson
5 for 6, 3 2B, 5 RBI, W
Rainier 26, Tacoma Baptist 25: It was a wild game between Rainier (1-8, 1-6 2B Pacific) and Tacoma Baptist (3-5, 3-4 2B Pacific), with the former narrowly edging the latter in extra innings.
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There was only one inning in this slugfest that did not have either team scoring a run. Both teams went back and forth with the scoring, pushing into the ninth inning when Rainier finally got the walkoff run.
Kassie Simpson was the star. She got the win from the mound, and also dominated at the plate. Also spending time a lot of time rounding the bases was Tiffany Card, who went 3 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs.
River Ridge 9, Washington 7: In a tight contest, River Ridge’s (4-4, 2-3 2A SPSL) big fourth inning was the difference in its win over Washington (1-6, 1-4 2A SPSL).
Behind by four runs, River Ridge scored six runs in the fourth. Washington would claw back, but River Ridge sealed the victory with runs in the fifth and sixth.
Grace Goetsch had one of the big hits with a two-RBI double.
Tumwater 8, Black Hills 2: It was a big offensive day for one Tumwater (2-3, 0-1 2A Evergreen) player in a victory over Black Hills (1-6, 0-2 2A Evergreen).
That player was Katlee Clarke. She went 2 for 3 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored.
Tumwater was in control of this game for its entirety. The T-Birds took an early one-run lead, then scored four runs in the third. Three more insurance runs gave them a cushion that Black Hills wasn’t able to overcome.
Top performer: Ben Pedigo, Olympia, senior
2 for 3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
Kentwood 7, Kentridge 1: Two pitchers for Kentwood (13-1, 6-0 4A SPSL Northeast) combined to shut down Kentridge’s (6-8, 3-4 4A SPSL Northeast) lineup.
Matt Franceschina started the game and got the win. He allowed only one hit. In relief, Ben Wadowski delivered with six strikeouts and yielded one run.
That one run was on a solo homer from Kentridge’s Kody Darcy. He finished 2 for 3.
Black Hills 11, Tumwater 1: In a five-inning contest, Black Hills (5-7, 2-3 2A Evergreen) downed Tumwater (6-4, 2-3 2A Evergreen) behind an early offensive burst.
Black Hills racked up eight runs in the first two innings and never looked back. The Wolves needed only a couple of those runs thanks to strong pitching from Zach James. He went the distance and allowed only four hits with four strikeouts.
Offensively, a home run from Ethan Loveless put runs on the board for Black Hills. He finished 2 for 2 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Franklin Pierce 5, River Ridge 2: A fifth-inning flurry of runs was enough to propel Franklin Pierce (7-6, 5-3, 2A SPSL) past River Ridge (3-9, 3-5 2A SPSL) behind strong pitching from Ben Wheelock.
Behind by one run, Franklin Pierce rattled off five runs in the fifth inning to take the lead and keep it for good. Impressively, it all came with two outs. A collection of singles and a little small ball helped Franklin Pierce tack on runs one at a time.
Wheelock kept things close while his offense took some time to fire up. He gave up eight hits, but allowed only two runs and struck out three.
Olympia 12, Yelm 7: Olympia (9-2, 7-1 4A Narrows) was mostly in control in its win over Yelm (4-7, 1-5 4A Narrows.
Olympia led 12-1 entering the final inning. Yelm did manage to fight back, scoring six runs.
Leading the way for Olympia was Ben Pedigo, who drove in four runs with his two home runs.
Kentlake 11, Kent-Meridian 4: A spirited comeback attempt from Kent-Meridian (1-14, 0-8 4A SPSL Northeast) fell short in its loss to Kentlake (7-8, 4-4 4A SPSL Northeast).
Kentlake jumped to an early lead with a five-run second inning. That gave it a cushion to survive a late rally from Kent-Meridian.
That rally came in the sixth inning, when Kent-Meridian got its four runs.
Dylan Mackie was strong on the mound for Kentlake, throwing five-plus innings and allowing one run on two hits with seven strikeouts.
Federal Way 14, Jefferson 4: A monster third inning led the way for Federal Way (10-2, 6-0 4A SPSL Northwest) in its win over Jefferson (6-7, 4-4 4A SPSL Northwest).
Federal Way showed little mercy in that inning, racking up 13 runs.
At the forefront was Mark Wright, who went 3 for 3 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Tyler Praven kept Jefferson’s lineup in check. He went the distance, allowing only two earned runs on seven hits.
Top performer: Courtney Citron, Puyallup
Won her singles match, 6-0, 6-0
Olympia 3, Timberline 2: It was a tight matchup between Olympia (5-2, 2-0 4A Narrows) and Timberline (0-7, 0-1 4A Narrows), with Olympia narrowly coming out on top.
Olympia won on the strength of its doubles play, winning all three matches.
Timberline kept it close with wins in both singles matches. Angela Schuster and Destiny Kauffman delivered wins, with the former’s coming in straight sets.
Lincoln 3, Shelton 1: Despite a rain delay stopping play during the third doubles match, Lincoln (6-0, 1-0 3A Narrows) came away with a victory over Shelton (2-4, 1-1 3A Narrows).
Lincoln ran the table in singles play, earning wins from Amy Hung and Alexis Choi. Both came in straight sets.
Shelton did manage to earn a win in doubles play.
Rogers 3, Graham-Kapowsin 2: Rogers (5-1, 3-1 4A SPSL South) edged Graham-Kapowsin (4-2, 1-1 4A SPSL South) on the strength of its singles play.
Maddie Egan and Alyssa Silvernail won their singles matches in straight sets, losing only four combined games.
Graham-Kapowsin did manage to strike back in doubles play, with two straight-set wins.