Saturday Roundup: Bearcats Split Games at Auburn
By The Chronicle
AUBURN — W.F. West came up short against a tough Monroe squad, but the Bearcats bounced back to blank Bethel in a pair of nonleague games here Saturday at the Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational.
Against Monroe — the third-place team in last year’s State 4A tournament, coached by former University of Washington outfielder Ashley Tuiasosopo — W.F. West surrendered six runs in the fifth inning and couldn’t recover in a 10-4 loss.
“They’re really well-coached, and if it weren’t for one big inning for Monroe it might’ve been a 4-4 ballgame and we might still be playing,” Bearcat coach Caty Lieseke pointed out.
Ashlyn Whalen hit a two-run homer in the first inning for W.F. West.
W.F. West has more hits, by a 12-11 margin, but committed eight errors in Saturday’s opener.
In Saturday’s nightcap, against 3A Bethel, pitchers Annika Waring and Jasmine Gallea combined to throw a one-hitter in a 14-0 win.
Olivia Dean went 5 for 8 on the day for the Bearcats, while Paetynn Lopez was 3 for 6 with four RBIs. Ashlee Vadala went 4 for 8 and drove in two runs, and Paytton Crawford was 4 for 5.
W.F. West (3-2) plays at Aberdeen on Tuesday to open Evergreen 2A Conference play.
Trailblazers Split at Lane
EUGENE, Ore. — Centralia came up short in Game 1, but bounced back to win Game 2 here Sunday in a nonleague NWAC baseball twinbill.
It was a solid bounce-back outing for the Blazers, according to coach Jake LeDuc.
“Honestly, a week ago we did not play well against Shoreline,” LeDuc said. “And I felt like yesterday was a step in the right direction, kind of back to the way we had been playing.”
Gabe Farrer was 2 for 3 and Wes Kuzminsky, Gavin Manheimer and Robbie Wall all drove in runs for Centralia in the opener, which Lane won 7-4.
The nightcap was a different story. Riley Olson struck out six batters and gave up just one earned run in five innings, and Wes Kuzminsky struck out two and gave up just one hit, without a walk, over the last 2 ⅔ innings to close out the game.
“Lane a very good team,” LeDuc said, noting that the Titans were ranked in the NWAC’s preseason top-eight poll. “To go down there and get a split from them is definitely a step in the right direction.”
Centralia scored twice in the top of the eighth and final inning, on a single by James Hook, an error, a single by Manheimer, and an error on a ball put into play by Will Garcia that scored two runs.
Kuzminsky then retired the side in the bottom of the eighth to end the game.
Ethan Hori added an RBI for the Blazers (3-8), who open league play on Friday at home against Pierce, then play at Tacoma on Saturday.
BEARCATS 10, BEARCATS 4
W.F. West 200 200 0 — 4 12 8
Monroe 111 061 X — 10 11 0
Batteries: W.F. West — Ashlee Vadala, Annika Waring (5) and Paetynn Lopez; Monroe — Reeves, Conrad (5) and Durant
BEARCATS 14, BRAVES 0
Bethel 000 00 — 0 1 2
W.F. West 073 4X — 14 14 2
Batteries:; Bethel — Mzur, Griffin (4) and Lucas; W.F. West — Annika Waring, Jasmine Gallea (5) and Paetynn Lopez
TITANS 7, BEARCATS 4
Centralia 010 001 200 — 4 5 1
Lane 104 101 00X — 7 8 0
Batteries: Centralia — Cole Doughty, Jack Oswood (3), AJ Palmer (5) and Brady Woodrum; Lane — Mulcahy, Larsen (4), Howard (6), Davis (7) and McDonald
TRAILBLAZERS 3, TITANS 1
Centralia 000 100 02 — 3 7 1
Lane 001 000 00 — 1 4 2
Batteries: Centralia — Riley Olsen, Trayten Rodriguez (6), Wes Kuzminsky (6) and Braden Smutz; Lane — DuMilieu, Gordon (4), Grow (5), Baldocchi (6), Hutchinson (8) and McDonald