Top Performer: Aaliyah Kautz, North Thurston
4 for 4, HR, 2 2B, RBI, R in loss to Auburn Riverside
4A WEST CENTRAL
Kentridge 8, Todd Beamer 6: With their season on the line, the Chargers brought their big bats.
Ashley Myseth, Treyana Timai and Jazlyn Vollmer all hit home runs as Kentridge held off Beamer’s late rally to stay alive and end the Titans’ season in the consolation bracket of the district tournament at Kent Playfields on Friday.
The Chargers (12-10) held a slim 5-4 lead headed into the sixth inning. That’s when they dropped three insurance runs on Todd Beamer (12-10) to extend the lead.
They would be needed. The Titans rallied for two in the seventh, but were unable to tie the game as their goal of reaching the 4A state tournament for the fourth consecutive year fell just a few wins short.
South Kitsap 15, Olympia 5: It wasn’t the Bears’ day in the district softball tournament, as they dropped both of its games by a combined 18-6 score as their season comes to a close.
Olympia’s season ends with an 6-18 record.
South Kitsap (13-12) advances in the consolation bracket with its big win.
Emerald Ridge 8, Kentlake 1: With its win, the Jaguars (6-12) season stayed alive, while Kentlake’s year comes to a close.
Emerald Ridge will have to keep winning, with another loser-out game against Rogers in the district tournament.
3A WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST
Auburn Riverside 7, North Thurston 5: Both teams racked up 12 hits, but the Ravens (18-1) managed to do more with its offense in a tight win over the Rams (11-13).
The scoring went back and forth until Auburn Riverside scored the final three runs. Two came in the sixth while they were behind 5-4. The last run came as insurance in the sixth.
Brooke Dye had a home run in the win, while Kiana Drumheller had a double. Both went 2 for 4.
In the loss, Aaliyah Kautz was terrific. She went 4 for 4 with a home run, two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored.
The Ravens continue in the consolation bracket to play Peninsula, while North Thurston’s season ends with this loss.
Shelton 16, Kennedy 5: The Highclimbers’ (18-5) season still has a heart beat after a 10-run win over the Lancers (16-6) in a loser-out game.
This game came after Shelton lost a narrow 6-4 contest to Peninsula earlier in the day. They play Bonney Lake in another loser-out game.
Capital 6, Sumner 2: With a win over the Spartans (4-15) in the consolation bracket, the Cougars’ (10-14) season is still alive while Sumner’s ends with this loss.
This comes after Capital lost a tight opening game to Kelso 5-4. Meanwhile, Sumner ended up in the loser-out bracket after being thumped by Enumclaw 8-3.
Capital faces Central Kitsap in another loser-out game.
Hazen 6, Wilson 4: A tough loss at the hands of the Highlanders (12-9) spells the end for the Rams (8-14) season.
Wilson ended up in the loser-out side of the bracket after being shelled by Auburn Mountainview 13-3 in the tournament opener.
2A WEST CENTRAL/SEAKING
Franklin Pierce 15, Lindbergh 5: Delaney Sager went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs scored as the Cardinals (8-12) needed just six innings against the Eagles (5-14).
Franklin Pierce racked up a huge lead and coasted to victory over its Renton-based opponent. The Cardinals plunked the Eagles for seven runs in the third to take a 10-0 lead. Some insurance runs late sealed the deal for a shortened-game.
The Cardinals continue trudging through the consolation bracket with this win, keeping their season alive.
Steilacoom 7, Highline 0: In an effort to keep its season alive, the Sentinels (13-7) did just that in a shutout win over the Pirates (10-9).
Their season continues in the consolation bracket despite a 5-3 loss to Kingston in the opening round.