Top performer: Austin Whalen, Timberline, senior
W, 7 IP, 4 H, R, 7 K — in Blazers’ 2-1 win over Olympia
Wilson 5, North Thurston 4: A huge sixth inning was the difference in Wilson’s (7-7, 5-4 3A Narrows) win to hand North Thurston 8-7, 8-1 3A Narrows) its first league loss of the season.
Wilson was behind 2-0 entering the sixth inning when the bats suddenly started connecting. They used small ball to score all five of their runs, which North Thurston couldn’t topple.
They had a spirited comeback attempt in their side of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs. But they could only scratch two runs out of a solid opportunity and would not score again.
Wilson’s Charlie Larson and Avery Martin both went 1 for 3 and came up with RBIs in the Rams’ big inning.
With Capital losing to Central Kitsap on Monday, CK (14-0; 9-0 3A Narrows) is now the only remaining unbeaten team in league play.
Lincoln 10, Mount Tahoma 8: In a strange game, Lincoln (4-8, 2-7 3A Narrows) beat Mount Tahoma (1-9, 0-7 3A Narrows). with a big sixth inning where Lincoln scored six runs on just one hit.
The inning started with two runners being hit by pitches, followed by an error which brought a run in. Marcus Wiley came up with the inning’s sole hit, a single that scored one more. A collection of walks gave Lincoln the rest of its runs.
It was a wacky game where Mount Tahoma outhit Lincoln 9 to 2, but Lincoln came out on top.
Timberline 2, Olympia 1: It was a pitchers duel in a conference matchup between Timberline (8-4, 4-3 4A Narrows) and Olympia (10-3, 7-2 4A Narrows).
Timberline’s Austin Whalen and Olympia’s Derek Downey went back and forth for seven innings, not allowing opposing batters any opportunity to get comfortable at the plate.
Whalen ended up getting the win, going the distance and allowing only one run on four hits while striking out seven.
James Gunther had the lone run for Olympia on a solo home run.
Stadium 3, Yelm 2: A seventh inning run was the difference in Stadium’s (6-6, 2-4 4A Narrows) win over Yelm (4-8, 1-6 4A Narrows), which was a low-scoring affair.
It started with Tyler Mick’s triple, which was a looping fly ball that found space. Luke Saner then brought home Mick on a sacrifice fly, giving Stadium the lead.
Mick went 3 for 3 in the game and also had a double.
Shelton 11, Foss 1: Shelton (4-10, 1-8 3A Narrows) jumped to an early lead and never looked back in a commanding win over Foss (1-12, 1-6 3A Narrows).
Four runs in the first inning were all Shelton would need for the victory. However, they tacked on additional runs in the later innings, including four more in the sixth.
Brent Smotherman was at the forefront of Shelton’s success. He tossed four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out 10. He also went 3 for 3 at the plate with three RBIs.
Rogers 7, Decatur 5: Rogers (9-7, 5-3 4A SPSL South) surged with a huge sixth inning and it was the difference in its win over Decatur (5-11, 3-6 4A SPSL Northeast).
Rogers led 1-0 entering the sixth when Decatur tagged the Rams for three runs to take the lead. Rogers wasted no time striking back, erupting for six runs to retake the lead for good.
Leading the way offensively was Jorge Lopez, who went 2 for 3 and scored a run.
For Decaur, Nathaniel Sagdahl had a huge night. He was a perfect 4 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.
Top performer: Aaliyah Kautz, North Thurston, senior
3-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R — in Rams’ 14-0 win over Lincoln
North Thurston 14, Lincoln 0: Behind the red-hot bat of Aailyah Kautz, North Thurston (5-5, 4-2 3A Narrows) walloped Lincoln (0-10, 0-7 3A Narrows) in a Narrows matchup.
Kautz was unstoppable at the plate. She went 3 for 3, cracking two home runs and driving in three runs. She also scored three runs.
North Thurston also ruled the mound. Kylee Freese threw a complete game and gave up five hits in the shutout. She also struck out four.
Kentlake 6, Federal Way 4: It was a tight league win for Kentlake (9-3, 8-2 4A SPSL North) over Federal Way (9-2, 9-2 4A SPSL North), with a late surge from the bats pushing Kentlake to victory.
Kentlake was behind 2-0 entering the fifth inning when the Falcons rattled off three runs to take the lead. The following inning, Kentlake padded the lead with three insurance runs.
A late two-run rally from Federal Way was not enough in the end.
Maddy Seumalo threw a solid game for Kentlake, giving up four runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Only one of those runs were earned.
Todd Beamer 6, Kentwood 2: A late surge at the plate vaulted Todd Beamer (8-6, 7-5 4A SPSL North) over Kentwood (3-9, 3-8 4A SPSL North) in an SPSL clash.
The sixth inning is where Todd Beamer took over the game, putting up four runs after entering the frame tied at two.
Todd Beamer can thank Alex Haven for keeping them in the game. She allowed eight hits, but gave up only two runs and struck out four.
Emily Gunderson came up big with two triples in a 2 for 3 day, scoring twice.
Bellarmine Prep 4, South Kitsap 2: It was a tight matchup with between Bellarmine Prep (6-5, 3-2 4A Narrows) and South Kitsap (7-6, 3-3 4A Narrows), with two late runs from Bellarmine pushing them over the top.
Those runs came in the eighth innings. Bellarmine hadn’t scored since the second, but came up with a timely inning for the win.
Erica Grelund had a nice night with the bat for Bellarmine, going 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.