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Prep baseball: Kaiden Hammond was ‘shutdown guy that he is’ as Bonney Lake clinches state berth

3A DISTRICT QUARTERFINALS

WINNER TO STATE

Bonney Lake 4, Central Kitsap 1: A trip to the state tournament was on the line and Panthers coach Mike Olson had saved ace Kaiden Hammond for it.

So what did Hammond do?

“He went out and did his thing just being a shutdown guy that he is,” Olson said.

Hammond pitched all seven innings, giving up only one run off five hits while getting four strikeouts in Bonney Lake’s 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament quarterfinal victory on Saturday.

The 3A Pierce County League-champion Panthers clinched their second consecutive state berth and fourth in the past five years.

“That’s what we’ve been playing for all year,” Olson said. “We’re just excited to go, it’s gonna be fun.”

Bonney Lake scored rusn in the first, second, third and fifth inning to pull away. Tyler McClain went 2 for 3 and batted in two of the team’s four runs. Robby Pogue went 2-for-4 and Adam Fahsel hit a double.

“We just did a lot of little things,” Olson said. “It was a really good team game.”

The Panthers advance to face Timberline in the district semifinals at 11 a.m. Saturday at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma, hoping to earn the district’s No. 1 seed.

Timberline 2, Evergreen 1: Tucker Stroup led the Blazers to a narrow victory over the Plainsmen to punch their state ticket.

Stroup pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up just one earned run. He had four walks and struck out 11 batters.

In the top of the third, Stroup drove in a run to give his team a 1-0 lead. An insurance run came from Daniel Furman, who drove in a run on a double in the top of the fifth.

Gig Harbor 10, Kelso 7: After an initially rough start, the Tides battled back to secure a win over the Hilanders off a strong relief pitching performance and solid hitting when the team needed it late in the game.

The Tides reached the winner-to-state game because Patrick Frederickson, a University of Minnesota commit, tossed a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 win against Lincoln in the 10 a.m. game.

“It was an ugly game and a great game, it was two bizarre games in one,” Gig Harbor coach Pete Jansen said. “For four innings we made lots of mental mistakes and bad decisions and fell behind 7-2.”

Kelso had taken the lead in the first innings, scoring seven runs over the first three innings to leave Gig Habor in a big hole in the bottom of the fourth. They needed a big scoring run — and they got it.

“For the last three innings we kinda played how we’ve been playing the rest of the year,” Jansen said. “We had a big inning in the fourth and scored six, then scored insurance runs in the fifth.”

The Hilanders couldn’t answer back, likely due to the relief pitching performance by Logan Gerling.

“Logan came in in the third,” Jansen said. “He pitched for 4 1/3 innings, he did a really nice job.”

Gerling was forced to come in and bail out the team after an uncharacteristically poor start for pitcher Avery Jones.

“Avery Jones started,” Jansen said. “He struggled a little bit and they picked up four unearned runs.”

However, the deep pitching of Gig Harbor has always been their strong suit, and it came through for them here.

“We’re really fortunate in that we have three No. 1 pitchers,” Jansen said. “Logan loves to come in on relief, he says it gets the adrenaline pumping.”

The team also got the hits when they need them late in the game.

“Cameron MacIntosh had some nice hits,” Jansen said. “Chad Stevens also had some clutch hits where he drove in the go ahead run.”

MacIntosh ended up getting two RBIs in the game and Stevens got three RBIs.

CONSOLATION, FIRST ROUND

Loser out

Wilson 14, Lincoln 4: Brock Gagliardi hit a home run and Charlie Larson had two doubles as the Rams built a 7-0 lead and never looked back in their loser-out victory in the Tacoma rivalry game.

Wilson advances to face Central Kitsap in another loser-out game at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Curtis High School, while Lincoln’s season came to an end.

Gagliardi was 3-for-3 with four RBIs and finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Larson went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Ethan Salscheider earned the win, allowing three runs in four innings.

Lincoln’s Austin Music pitched six innings in the Abes’ first game, a 3-0 loss to Gig Harbor. The three runs were unearned. Wilson bounced back after a loss to Kelso.

Yelm 1, Stadium 0: One run was all it took to give the Tornados the narrow win over the Tigers which saw both teams struggling to score.

“We hit the ball hard but nothing would drop,” Stadium coach Scott Harthorn said. “It was a tough loss.”

One of those strong hitters for Stadium was Dylan O’Connor who ended up going 2-for-3 in the game.

We should've won the game,” Harthorn said. “We didn’t show up this morning.”

The score of the game came in the third inning on Brandon Thompson’s RBI single.

That pitcher was Michael Dilworth who threw for all seven innings and got five strikeouts for Stadium. But the Tigers’ season ended with the loss.

Yelm, meanwhile, advances to face Evergreen of Vancouver at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Foss High School. The Tornados bounced back from a loss in the first round to Mountain View of Vancouver.

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