Top performer: Thomas Wheeler, Graham-Kapowsin
6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 7 K;1-for-3, 2 runs, 2B, RBI.
Orting 7, Cascade Christian 6 (8 innings): With two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning it was up to Orting’s Kohlton Budnick.
He singled up the middle, scoring Clayton McNinch for the walk-off hit in the Cardinals wild season opener.
Budnick finished 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two walks while Orting’s Zach Langdon was 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
The Cougars made a rally in the sixth and seven innings to take a slim lead. They scored two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to bring the score to 6-5.
However, the Cardinals got one in the bottom of the seventh with two outs on a passed ball to send it to extras.
Todd Beamer 8, Fife 1: There’s something to be said for veteran leadership. It was the same leadership that got the Titans going early in their win over the Trojans.
Returning starters from last season Tate Wallat, UW commit Nate Clow and Tommy Davis sparked a six-run second inning that gave Beamer its first win of the new season.
Marques Richards had a perfect day from the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBI.
Ayden Adams earned the victory on the pitcher's mound for Titans. He surrendered zero runs on one hit over two innings, striking out two and walking one.
Jordan Anderson, Judah Graham, and Trevor McCorkie each had a hit for Fife in the loss.
Graham-Kapowsin 3, Spanaway Lake 0: Just as they did last season, the Eagles are off to an impressive start , and junior pitcher Thomas Wheeler set the bar high in the first game of the new season.
Wheeler took the bump for Graham-Kapowsin on opening day, and he not only earned a win over the Sentinels, he didn’t allow a hit or a run in six innings of work and struck out seven.
Wheeler’s early expectations carried over to the batter's box, too. He provided one of the Eagles’ three runs on an RBI double.
Drake Aboud had two hits and an RBI for Graham-Kapowsin.
Enumclaw 11, White River 0 (5 innings): The Enumclaw Hornets proved easily shut out the White River Hornets in a game that was called early.
Enumclaw started with one run in the first and then blew the game open with three in the second followed by seven in the third.
Brandon Southcott was the winning pitcher throwing for three innings and getting four strikeouts while allowing no hits.
Kendrick Herbst was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
Central Kitsap 19, Bonney Lake 5: The Panthers had a rough start to the season in the loss to the Cougars.
Bonney Lake jumped out to an early 4-1 lead after three innings, but Central Kitsap ripped off 10 runs in the fourth inning and eight more in the final two innings to get the come-from-behind win.
Tristan Barr had an impressive opening day for the Cougars, he went 3-for-3 with two walks and two RBI. Reece Wood and Geordan Kawahara led the team with four RBI each.
Gavyn Tinsley had an RBI triple for Bonney Lake, while Tyler McCain led the club with two hits and three RBI.
Hazen 8, Auburn Mountainview 0: The Highlanders started off strong and finished strong as well in their decisive win over the Lions.
Hazen scored three in the first inning, one in the fifth, and then four in the sixth while the Lions struggled to get on the scoreboard.
Justin Tucker was the standout pitching for five innings, getting nine strikeouts, allowing only four hits and zero runs.
Top performer: Baley Porter, Eatonville
Complete game, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 H, 6 Ks in win over Tenino.
Eatonville 11, Tenino 0: The Cruisers wasted no time getting the new season off on the right foot.
Eatonville opened the first game of the 2018 season with a five-run first inning, and it followed with two runs in each of the final three innings to blow past the Beavers.
Seven of the 13 hitters that came to the plate for the Cruisers chipped in with at least three runs batted in, Baley Porter led the way with two.
Hitting wasn’t the only thing Porter did for Eatonville.
She took to the circle on opening day, and she didn’t disappoint. Porter threw a complete game, where she allowed just two hits while striking out six.
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