Hoquiam closed out its regular season in emphatic fashion with a dominant 10-1 win over Ilwaco in Hoquiam on Thursday.
Hoquiam (10-6, 9-3 Evergreen 1A) got the scoring started in the 13th minute and never looked back after a goal from Cameron Bumstead gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead.
Bumstead scored twice in the first half with Hoquiam also getting goals from Hector De La Osa, Connor Darras and Andy Garcia to help the Grizzlies build a 6-0 halftime lead.
The Grizzlies rested a lot of their starting forwards in the second half and gave its bench players some time up front.
De La Osa said he he enjoyed seeing some of the underclassmen get a chance to create scoring opportunities.
“It was cool. It was great to see how other players who are younger are improving this year. Seeing them score is a lot of fun,” he said.
Players on the Hoquiam sideline enjoyed themselves and cheered on their teammates in the second half as even backup goalkeeper Titus Larimer got a chance to play up as a midfielder.
Ilwaco (1-11 Evergreen 1A) avoided getting shutout with a late goal that came from Jaden Turner who took advantage of Hoquiam third-string keeper Andy Garcia playing up toward midfield.
Hoquiam head coach Fidel Sanchez was glad his players had fun in the latter half of the match but was disappointed by the lack of organization his forwards exhibited at times.
“It was good for them to get in the game and have some fun, but we have to do things the right way,” he said. “We can’t just go out there and do whatever. There has to be a system to it and I don’t think there was a system to the second half.”
However, the diminished organization on offense didn’t put the outcome of the game in doubt.
Hoquiam tallied four more goals from Bumstead, De La Osa, Skyler Johnson and fullback Guy Yotsaksri in the second half to close out the scoring.
With the completion of its regular season schedule, Hoquiam will now do a little bit of scoreboard watching as Elma plays its last game before the postseason
The third-place Eagles will face Forks on the road at 7 p.m. on Friday in a match that will decide second place in the league.
An Elma win means Hoquiam will fall to third place and travel to Vancouver to take on Seton Catholic. If Forks wins, the Grizzlies will stay in second place and host Columbia White-Salmon on Monday in the District IV Playoffs.
Sanchez said he isn’t worried about who his team will face next and is more focused on the things the Grizzlies can improve on before the start of the 1A District IV Tournament.
Sanchez said he hopes to get the group to refocus at the next practice.
“Our decision making has to improve and our mental approach has to improve and I don’t see us having it right now,” he said. “It’s sad for me to say that because it’s late in the season.”
The Grizzlies will be looking to clean up a few things before its first playoff game, but De La Osa said the team has developed a chemistry that can carry the unit forward.
“It’s first my first year here and I have been having a really good time with these guys,” he said. “It was super cool to see all the Senior Night stuff. We won and now we have districts. Let’s get it.”
Tenino 2, Raymond-South Bend 1
Raymond-South Bend closed out its innaugural season with a 2-1 loss to the Tenino Beavers on Thursday in Raymond.
The Riptide (3-11, 1-11 Evergreen 1A) got an unassisted goal from Jorge Soria for its lone goal of the contest.
RSB finishes the season tied with Ilwaco for last place in the 1A Evergreen League.
— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group
Hoquiam 19, Tenino 0
Hoquiam took care of business against a last-place Tenino team, beating the Beavers 19-0 in three innings in Hoquiam on Thursday.
On a day where the Grizzlies (6-6, 3-5 Evergreen 1A) got hits up and down the lineup, Kylee Bagwell stood above the rest by hitting for the cycle and driving in eight runs.
Bagwell put an exclamation point at the end of her quest for the cycle by hitting a grand slam in her fourth and final at-bat of the shortened three-inning game.
Hoquiam head coach Kieth Reynvaan said he is encouraged by the recent uptick in offense.
“That’s two games in a row where we hit the ball well. Hopefully, we can keep the bats going for a while,” he said.
Hoquiam’s next game will be a non-league affair against Pe Ell-Willapa Valley, but the Grizzlies will finish its league schedule against Forks in a make-up game of a contest that was rained out earlier in the season.
The winner of that game will be the third seed heading into the first round of districts.
GIRLS PREP GOLF
Hoquiam 200, Elma 228
Led by sub-50 rounds from Bailey Smith and Brooke Bogdanovich, the Hoquiam Grizzlies girls golf team defeated Elma 200-228 on Thursday at Highland Golf Course.
Smith shot a 47 for her 9-hole round, the lowest of the match.
Bogdanovich was one stroke back at 48.
Elma’s Ella Moore led the Eagles with a round of 51.
Hoquiam head coach Patty Sundstrom said she liked the way her team rebounded after a loss earlier in the week.
“After a tough loss to King’s Way Christian on Tuesday, the team responded by working very hard on their short game,” she said. “This was our final league match before districts, so it was nice for the girls to play well.”
The Grizzlies finish the regular season at 6-3 overall, 6-1 in the 1A Evergreen League.
Elma sits at 1-7 overall, 1-6 in league and faces Ilwaco in its regular-season finale on at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at Surfside Golf Course.
Hoquiam (200) — Bailey Smith 47, Brooke Bogdanovich 48, Ainsley Estes 52, MacKenzie Buckley-Cheatum 53, Jill Cobb 57, Katelyn Stevens 63.
Elma (228) — Ella Moore 51, Jannet Perez 58, Carrie Shedd 59, Kaelyn Burgher 60, Katia Beitez 63, Faith Spencer 64.