It is not how you start, but how you finish. For Olympia High School’s baseball team, this phrase rang true as the Bears got the final outs against Central Kitsap, squeaking out a 8-7 victory on Wednesday.
The Bears (13-6, 7-5 4A Narrows) had no problem putting up the runs as Tristan Haider led the way with a three-run homer and Jaime Bautista knocked in two RBIs as well.
However, the Nick Roberts-led Cougars (18-2, 13-1 3A Narrows) roared back in the top of the seventh as six runs were plated. Despite Roberts’ three RBIs, the Central Kitsap fell short.
Never miss a local story.
Orting 9 (7-11, 6-8 2A SPSL), Franklin Pierce (8-11, 6-8) 2: The Wilkins brothers were key performers for Orting.
Justice Wilkins was on the mound and he allowed only two earned runs and struck out four. Parker Wilkins went 3 for 4 and had two RBIs.
Auburn 5 (8-12, 6-9 3A SPSL), Auburn Riverside 4 (5-16, 5-10): Dylan Row’s two RBIs proved to be the difference for the Trojans, who rallied in the fifth.
Tumwater 3 (9-8, 3-6 2A Evergreen), Aberdeen 1 (15-4, 12-1 1A Narrows): Tumwater’s Logan Chase pitched a gem, allowing one earned run and four hits. Noah Andrews came through with a two-RBI double.
Evergreen Lutheran 7 (8-5, 7-3 SeaTac 1B), Mount Rainier Lutheran 2 (7-7, 7-3): Josiah Heimlich threw a complete game and struck out 12 for the Eagles. Blake Golden and Seth Birsching both punched in an RBI apiece for Evergreen.
Gig Harbor 13 (15-5, 10-2 4A Narrows), Wilson 3 (12-8, 10-4 3A Narrows): The Tides’ offense was at a high as Chad Stevens launched a home run and plated four runs.
Gig Harbor’s Colton Robinson went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, and Michael Toglia went 2 for 2 and drove in three runs.
The goals came early for Wilson High School’s (9-6-0, 9-5-0 3A Narrows) boys soccer team as it cruised to a 2-0 victory over Mt. Tahoma (2-11-2, 2-10-2) on Wednesday.
The Rams’ goals were scored by Hasah Altameemi, one in the first minute and another in the 14th. Keeper Alec Greenleaf preserved the shutout.
Bellarmine Prep 2 (11-1-1, 9-0-1 4A Narrows), Olympia 1 (6-6-3, 4-4-3): A pair of late goals saved the Lions as Jordan Williams scored in 79th minute and Robert Nurmi struck in the 80th.
Ellie Hirotaka earned her fourth medalist honors of the year, leading the Black Hills (4-2, 3-0 2A Evergreen) girls golf team to an 87-85 victory over W.F. West (5-1, 2-1) on Wednesday.
Hirotaka shot a 10-over 46 at Tumwater Valley Golf Course to keep the Wolves undefeated in league play and in first place.
Despite Ally Barry and Sasha Mayen’s victories against the Lakes High School (6-9, 5-8 3A SPSL) girls tennis team, Peninsula (3-11, 3-10 3A SPSL) fell, 3-2.
All three doubles teams for the Lancers won.
W.F. West 4 (6-8, 1-8 Evergreen 2A), Black Hills 1 (9-4, 6-4): Bailey Weatherby and Hope Johnston were victors for the Bearcats.
Gig Harbor 4 (9-3, 5-1 4A Narrows), Curtis 1 (10-4, 6-2 4A SPSL Central): The Tides were crashing all over the tennis court, led by singles winners Joyce Park and Tova Beck.
Charles Wright Academy 5 (9-0, 5-0 Nisqually), Cascade Christian 0 (0-8, 0-5): A clean sweep for the Tarriers extended their perfect season.
Top performers: Ciarra Davis, North Thurston, sr., and Raynie Ehert, North Thurston, jr.
Nicki Dehan’s two-hit day was the driving force behind Yelm High School’s (16-2, 11-0 4A Narrow) 5-0 victory over visiting Timberline (10-8, 6-6) on Wednesday.
Dehan’s triple earned her two RBIs, and Tayelyn Cutler also hit a triple and knocked in a run for the Tornados.
Drea Schwaier pitched 3 1/3 quality innings, yielding one hit, striking out five and walking two. The Tornados remained undefeated in the 4A Narrows league heading into the final two games of the season.
Tumwater 7 (8-4, 4-2 2A Evergreen), Columbia River 4 (11-3, 7-1 3A GSHL): Kelsey Killough and Aly Carpenter combined for four RBIs for the Thunderbirds. Carpenter hit a solo homer.
South Kitsap 10 (8-9, 4-6 4A Narrows), Bellarmine Prep 2 (8-8, 5-5): Ali Paulino’s solid, four-strikeout performance on the mound helped the Wolves earn the road victory.
Helping out their pitcher, Alexis Gojkovich and Kendall Clauson combined to knock in five RBIs.
Olympia 16 (3-14, 3-9 4A Narrows), Stadium 3 (4-12, 0-9): The Bears captured their second victory over the Tigers this season.
Olympia’s Glynne Saelid went 3 for 4 with an RBI, scored three runs, and stole a base. Hailey Lasmanis hit two doubles and had three RBIs.
North Thurston 15 (8-8, 7-5 3A Narrows), Lincoln 2 (0-15, 0-12): Ciarra Davis and Raynie Ehert had two home runs apiece and combined for 11 RBIs.
Shelton 15 (15-2, 12-2 3A Narrows), Mount Tahoma 0 (5-12, 2-11): Shelton’s Natalie Aubaugh went 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs, and she pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four and allowing one hit.
Shelton’s Aurora Gouley went 3 for 4, hit two triples and drove in two runs.
Wilson 15 (7-9, 7-6 3A Narrows), Foss 5 (3-10, 3-8): Maddie Mumford had a homer, a triple and three RBIs for the Rams.
Wilson’s Nicole Sandovaal and Taytum Pesek had multihit days that includeda combined five RBIs and five runs scored.