Wednesday’s Prep Baseball: Beavers Lock Up Third Seed With Win Over Forks

Tenino’s Jace Griffis (7) gets a hit during a game against the Spartans Wednesday afternoon in Tenino.

By The Chronicle

TENINO — Tenino started fast and held off Forks late to earn an 8-6 win in a 1A Evergreen League baseball game here on Wednesday.

Alex Bratton, Abe Nelson and Logan Brewer pitched for the Beavers and allowed six hits and six runs in the win.

“Bratton did his thing, he’s been a rock for us all year. Abe threw well in relief and Brewer shut the door,” Tenino coach Ryan Schlesser said.

At the plate, Dalton Chambers and Ryan Deoskey were each 2-for-4 with a RBI.

Tenino scored three runs in the first inning. Jace Griffis, who hurt his knee on the third day of practice, asked to bat and hit a single to bring home two runs.

“It was senior night. He asked can I get an at bat and I said absolutely. He’s been a dude for Tenino for four years,” Schlesser said. “We got him an at bat, he’s hit one round in the cage all year. He comes out and just hits a seed into left center, scores two guys to get the rally going. Hopping on one leg down to first, it was awesome.”

The Beavers scored one run in the second and two runs in the fourth for a 6-0 lead. Forks woke up in the fifth inning and scored five runs to cut the lead to 6-5, but Tenino responded with two insurance runs in the fifth to secure the win.

The win locks up the No. 3 seed for the Beavers into the District 4 1A baseball tournament. Tenino will face La Center on Monday at 4 p.m. in Castle Rock in the first round.

“We took care of business, locked up that three seed which is awesome. Knowing that you’re going to districts, it’s a good day,” Schlesser said.

It was senior night for Chambers, Bratton, Deoskey, Griffis, Karl Hisaw and Blake Gubbe.

“They’ve all been apart of the program for four years. Its been cool to see them grow as baseball players and individuals and humans,” Schlesser said. “Hopefully, we can extend their season a little longer than what was planned.”

Tenino (7-11, 5-6) travels to Elma on Friday to conclude the regular season.

Loggers Shoot Down Rockets

ONALASKA — The Loggers tuned up for the district tournament with a 12-1 win in five innings against Castle Rock in a non-league baseball game here on Wednesday.

Tristen Lawrence, Tanner McLean, Kayden Allison, Cody Cooper and Cole Christensen each pitched and combined to allow one run and one hit for Onalaska.

At the plate, AJ Volk, Ashton Haight and Matt Kurzeika each had two singles. Tristen Lawrence added a double and two RBI for the Loggers.

Onalaska scored two runs in the first inning before plating four runs in the third inning and six runs in the fourth inning to end the game early.

“We had some errors we shouldn’t have had but overall, it was a good tune up,” Onalaska coach Rocky Stanley said. “We’re getting ready to start over now, everybody is even.”

It was senior day for Onalaska’s Kyle Hamilton, AJ Volk, Tanner McLean, Tristen Lawrence, Cole Christensen, Cody Cooper, Mat Kurzeika and David Fritch.

Onalaska ends the regular season 12-6 overall and 8-5 in league games. The Loggers finished fourth in the Central 2B League and will travel to Ocosta on Saturday, taking on Pacific 2B League No. 5 seed South Bend at noon in a loser out game in the District 4 2B baseball tournament. The winner will advance to face Ocosta at 3 p.m. for a spot in the district semifinals.

Winlock Bangs the Gong in Finale Against Oakville

WINLOCK — It wasn’t a pretty ballgame but the Cardinals aren’t complaining after they defeated Oakville 29-3 here on Wednesday in their final game of the season.

There were no marbles at stake in the non-league affair but the victory meant something special for the home team.

“Our goal this season was not necessarily to win games, as strange as that might sound. Our goal was to finish a season. Period,” said Winlock coach Jordan Nailon. “The fact that we even managed to get better along the way speaks to the fortitude of this particular group of misfit toys. All nine of them.”

The Acorns tried to play spoiler early on by plating two runs on two hits in the first inning. From that point Winlock pitchers found their mark and allowed just two hits and one run the rest of the way.

Nathan Suhrbier, who tossed a no-hitter his last time pitching against Oakville, allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out six batters in three innings. Kaden Harrington entered the game in relief in the fourth inning and allowed no runs on one hit and striking out three in two innings of work.

Every Cardinal tallied a hit on the day but Harrington led the way with four hits that included a double and a triple. He also scored six runs.

The Cardinals exploded for 17 runs in the second inning alone.

“We may have gone a little extra in that second inning but it was very difficult to call the dogs off once they got going today,” admitted Nailon. “People say act like you’ve been there before. The simple truth is, we haven’t been there.”

Lukis Tamburello, Zach Prue, Conor Gilreath, Alfredo Alvarado and Suhrbier all added a pair of hits in the winning effort.

Suhrbier managed to finish the season with a batting average of .512.

Wednesday was senior night for the lone Cardinal on the roster from the class of 2019. Unfortunately, Kaelan “KK” Hinton was inactive for the game after breaking his collarbone attempting a diving catch earlier in the season.

At Forks

BEAVERS 8, SPARTANS 6

Forks 000 050 1 — 6 6 1

Tenino 310 220 X — 8 6 4

Batteries: Forks — Urvina, Reaume (5) and Olson; Tenino — Alex Bratton, Abe Nelson (5), Logan Brewer (7) and Karl Hisaw

At Onalaska

LOGGERS 12, ROCKETS 1 (5 inn.)

Castle Rock 001 00 — 1 1 4

Onalaska 204 6X — 12 12 4

Batteries: Castle Rock — Edwards, Creed (3) and McQuilliams; Onalaska — Tristen Lawrence, Tanner McLean (2), Kayden Allison (4), Cody Cooper (5), Cole Christensen (5) and Ashton Haight, Matt Kurzeika (5)

At Winlock

CARDINALS 29, ACORNS 3 (5 inn.)

Oakville 201 00 — 3 4 9

Winlock 3(17)4 5X — 29 17 6

Batteries: Oakville — Rivas, Charles-Cheyenne (2), Ristuet (2) and Ristuet and Rivas (3); Winlock — Nathan Suhrbier, Kaden Harrington (4) and Harrington, Suhrbier (4)

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