Tenino Drubs Forks in Season Opener
TENINO — Tenino pitchers Kaleb Strawn and Alex Bratton combined to throw 14 strikeouts and allow just two hits as the Beavers defeated Forks 12-2 in Evergreen 2A/1A League action on Thursday.
“It was our first game, so the guys were getting comfortable on the mound,” Tenino coach Conner Hogue said. “Basically all the mistakes are the ones you’d expect. Especially the guys who aren’t as experienced.”
The top of the lineup provided most of the scoring for the Beavers, as Tenino’s first three batters had more than half of its hits. Strawn had three hits in four at-bats, with two doubles and two RBIs. Spencer Brewer went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and shortstop Robbie Wall went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for Tenino (1-0) in its debut.
“With a young team, I’m happy with how we came out and played hard,” Hogue said. “We’ll try to fix those mistakes and get better.”
The two teams meet again Friday, with Forks (0-1) playing host to Tenino.
Eatonville Edges Rochester 10-9
ROCHESTER — Eatonville held off Rochester 10-9 here Thursday in Evergreen 2A/1A League baseball action.
Eatonville racked up five runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-3 lead. Rochester chipped away at the lead and cut the deficit to 10-9 with two outs in the seventh, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback as Eatonville held on for the win.
“We played (Eatonville) last night and lost 9-0, tonight, it was a totally different ball club,” Rochester coach Brad Quarnstrom said. “We were able to chip away and make it a ball game. We competed and fought right down to the end and it was a step in the right direction.”
Rochester’s Chase Lenzi had three hits and a double along, while teammate Aaron Huff contributed three hits and four RBIs.
The Warriors (0-2) face Centralia at Ed Wheeler Field on Friday.
Titans Sweep Doubleheader
RANDLE — Pe Ell Ell-Willapa Valley topped host Morton-White Pass in both games of their Central 2B League doubleheader on Thursday.
The Titans won the first game 14-4, finishing things off in six innings.
Starting pitcher Dustin Lusk went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two singles for the Titans, and Tyler Shepherd went 2 for 2 with a double and a single.
Austin Ferrier went 1 for 2 with a double for the Timberwolves.
In the second game, Red Arrington threw a two-hit shutout as Pe Ell-Willapa Valley (2-0) topped MWP 5-0.
Arrington added two hits on four at-bats, with a single and a double. Dalton Toepelt went 2 for 3 with a double and a single for the Titans.
“We played pretty good baseball in the second game against one of the better pitchers in the league,” MWP coach Jeff Rashoff said. “We’re starting four freshmen and we’re definitely looking to improve from last year.”
The Titans play another doubleheader on Saturday, against Rainier.
Morton-White Pass (0-2) is idle until Tuesday, when it plays at Highland.
Winlock Falls to Ocosta in Opener
WESTPORT — The Winlock baseball team dropped the opening game of its season, 6-2, on here against Ocosta on Thursday.
“I was pretty pleased overall with how we came out and attacked offensively. Our offense is far improved over where we were at the start of last season,” Winlock coach Scott Weinert said.
Winlock scored in the first and added a run in the top of the third for a 2-0 lead. Ocosta, though, put up four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead.
“We put a couple of kids on with hit by pitches and we struggled on the mound,” Weinert said. “When you give teams extra outs, those come back to hurt you.”
Ocosta capped off the victory with runs in each the fifth and sixth innings.
Winlock’s Wyatt Dean was 2 for 3 at the plate, while Zach Weinert added a hit and an RBI. Cardinal Brady Steveson added three stolen bases.
Winlock opens up league play at home on Saturday against Toutle Lake.
Warriors Drop Cruisers Again
EATONVILLE — Following up on a convincing opening-day win, Rochester dropped Eatonville again here Thursday night, 11-1, in Evergreen 2A/1A League softball action.
Bella Phelps was 4 for 4 at the plate, while Joni Lancaster went 3 for 4 with a home run to pace the Warriors.
Rochester led 3-1 after five innings before blowing things open with an eight-run sixth.
Hunter Hahn worked all six innings, giving up three hits with three strikeouts to record the win.
“Eatonville played decent defense. I just think they’re pitching depth isn’t very deep, and we were able to catch up and capitalize on some big hits at the right times,” Rochester coach Jared Lancaster said.
Defensively, he added, the team has been sound, with Phelps playing well at catcher.
Rochester (2-0) will host Centralia at 4 p.m. Friday.
Toledo Girls Rack Up Points in South Bend
SOUTH BEND — Courtney Moore won the 100 meters, 200 and long jump, as the Toledo girls came out on top in a Pacific 2B League track meet here Thursday over five other teams.
“That’s the first track meet the girls have won in eight or ten years,” Toledo coach Jim Echtle said. “It’s nice to see the girls team improving.”
Sophomore Ally Bacon won the javelin and placed third in the 100 and 200 for the Indians, who topped Life Christian, North River, Rainier, Tacoma Baptist and South Bend.
“The three girls returning from the state meet — Courtney Moore, Ally Bacon and Josie Bowen — are setting a great example,” Echtle added. “This is exactly the performance I want from these kids. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
The Toledo boys placed second in the meet to Rainier, with Alfonso Carpenter winning the discus with a throw of 118 feet, 1 inch, and placing second in the shot put with a mark of 39-2.
Senior Jared Pohll won the 1600 (5:12.6) and 3200 (11:48.2), and ran on the third-place 4×400 relay (4:05.13).
Toledo will run in a Central 2B League meet in Onalaska on Thursday.
Schultz Shines for Pe Ell
ILWACO — Pe Ell senior Josh Schulz made the most of great conditions here Thursday, winning four events in a six-team Pacific 2B League track meet.
Schulz won the 100 meters (11.61 seconds), the 200 (23.67), the 400 (53.59) and the long jump — with a jump of 22 feet, 1.5 inches to break Hank Robinson’s old school record of 20-9.
Tyler Justice won both hurdle races, taking the 110s in 16.60 and the 300s in 41.00, and finished third in the 100, while Bradley Prestegord added a win in the discus with a personal-best 117-4.
The Trojan boys finished third, behind Raymond and Ilwaco, while the girls were fifth. Savannah Johnson stood out for the Pe Ell girls, winning the 800 (2:53) and taking second in the 3200 (14:18).
Pe Ell will run with Mossyrock and Wahkiakum in a Central 2B League meet in Adna on Thursday.
W.F. West Wins Opener Against Rochester
W.F. West opened its season with a 3-1 win against Rochester in Chehalis on Thursday.
“The whole team played great, they stepped up,” W.F. West coach Tino Sanchez said.
The Bearcats got on the board in the 32nd minute with a goal from Drew Mann. W.F. West’s Christian Moran added a goal in the 36th minute for a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Rochester cut the lead in half with a goal from Reyven Ataricio-Ferrer in the 55th minute.
Mann scored his second of the game in the 68th minute to seal the win for the Bearcats.
Rochester lost starting midfielder Colton Kilmer five minutes into the game with a possible broken leg.
“Losing him was a big blow. He’s our workhorse,” Rochester coach Brian Ziese said. “The other kids had to get shuffled around.”
The injury limited Rochester’s roster to 14 players.
“They did a good job, had a lot of possession,” Ziese said. “But we didn’t get enough quality shots.”
W.F. West will play an alumni team this Saturday at 1 p.m., and the team’s next official game is March 24 against Toledo in Chehalis. Rochester faces Hoquiam on Tuesday.
Tigers Shut Out Eatonville
Centralia improved to 2-0 on the season Thursday afternoon with a 6-0 nonleague girls tennis sweep of Eatonville.
Claire Davis, playing at first singles, had the most exciting match of the day, beating Kendra Baker 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 over the course of three hours.
“They battled it out,” Centralia coach Deb Keahey said. “I was really proud of both girls. It was a really well-fought match. It was nice that she got the win, though.”
Ellie Corwin and Alex Norris each won in two sets to wrap the sweep on the singles side, and the Tiger doubles teams gave up just three games in three matches.
Centralia (2-0) will play in the R.A. Long Tournament on Friday and Saturday, with action starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning.