There was a full slate of prep sports for Twin Harbors teams on Friday, highlighted by Montesano’s softball team nearly sweeping a doubleheader in Tenino and a depleted Aberdeen baseball program picking up its first victory of the season.
Montesano 8, Tenino 4
Montesano hit the road for the first time this season and opened a doubleheader with an 8-4 victory over the Tenino Beavers in Tenino.
Grace Geer led Monte (5-0) at the plate with a 3-for-3 day that included two doubles and three RBI.
Reghann Fairbairn and Jordan Karr also belted doubles in the game.
Bulldogs third baseman Jessica Stanfield went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning.
Monte’s Riley Timmons was the only other Bulldog with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run.
Montesano, which had nine hits as a team in Game 1, benefited from four Tenino errors, which led to three unearned runs for the Bulldogs.
Fairbairn started for Monte, picking up the victory allowing four earned runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in five innings pitched.
Timmons pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit while striking out five and walking five in the process.
Montesano 10, Tenino 4 (postponed)
Montesano trailed late in the game, but scored seven runs in the sixth inning take a 10-4 lead in the night cap on Friday in Tenino.
The game was postponed in the top of the seventh inning due to darkness. No make-up date has been scheduled as of Friday evening.
Down 4-3 entering the top of the sixth, Monte scored three runs without a base hit as Tenino’s defense failed to make clean plays in the field. The first three Bulldog batters in the frame reached on errors, with Riley Timmons tying the game at 4-all on the second error in the sequence.
Later in the inning, Monte took a 5-4 lead when Maddi Campbell scored on a wild pitch and extended the lead to 6-4 on Cassadie Golding’s RBI ground out one batter later.
Jessica Stanfield then scored on Tenino’s fourth error of the inning before a two-run double by Paige Lisherness followed by an RBI double by Timmons gave Monte a 10-4 advantage.
Golding led the way for Monte, going 2-for-4 with four RBI, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning that got the Bulldogs back in the game at 4-3.
Hoquiam 12, Elma 11 (8 innings)
In a game that was continued from Tuesday, Hoquiam defeated Elma 12-11 in eight innings on Friday in Hoquiam.
Hoquiam’s Graci Bonney-Spradlin had three hits, including a double and a triple, to lead the Grizzlies in a game that was tied 10-10 when it was postponed due to darkness on Tuesday in Elma.
Grizzlies pitcher Kayte Sauer earned the win for Hoquiam in relief.
Hoquiam 11, Elma 2
Hailey Lawrence had four hits and drove in three runs as Hoquiam earned an 11-2 victory over Elma in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday in Hoquiam.
Tauni Hilliard earned the victory for the Grizzlies.
Hoquiam 10, Elma 0
Hoquiam pitcher Carron Blood threw a two-hitter and struck out eight as the Grizzlies won the night cap of a double header against Elma on Friday in Hoquiam.
Hoquiam moves to 3-1 on the season with Elma at 1-3 overall.
Aberdeen 5, Black Hills 4
Aberdeen 9, Black Hills 3
Aberdeen pitcher Eli Brown was masterful on the mound while the Bobcats offense scored in every inning en route to a 9-3 home-opener victory over Black Hills on Friday at Pioneer Park in Aberdeen.
After retiring the Wolves 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning, Brown helped his cause by drilling a solo home run to center field to give the Bobcats the early 1-0 lead.
Aberdeen (1-2) — which is without the services of four upperclassmen due to COVID quarantine — was able to scratch across runs in each of the first three innings before blowing the game open with four runs in the fourth.
Mason Sorensen and Baylor Ainsworth led off the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back singles, with courtesy runner Trey Anderson scoring on a Maliki Balesteri sacrifice fly to make it a 4-0 ballgame.
With one on and two outs, Hunter Eisele singled to score Ainsworth and stake the Bobcats to a 5-0 lead.
Later in the inning, back-to-back RBI singles by Trevon Nichols and Kenny Dawson put the Bobcats up 7-0.
That was more than enough run support for Brown, who allowed three runs (none earned) on two hits while striking out 12 with four walks in six innings pitched.
Eisele pitched a scoreless seventh to secure Aberdeen’s first victory of the season.
Eisele went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run and two RBI.
Sorenson (2-4, RBI), Ainsworth (2-4, R) and Balesteri (2-3, 2R, RBI) also had multiple hits in the game for Aberdeen.
Elma 7, Hoquiam 0
Elma pitchers combined to hold Hoquiam to no runs on six hits as the Eagles defeated the Grizzlies for the third straight time this season 7-0 on Friday in Elma.
Eagles starter Cobey Moore (5IP, 5H, 7K, 4BB) and reliever Justin Elliott (2IP, H, 2K) combined to shut out Hoquiam’s offense en route to the victory.
The Eagles (3-0) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning highlighted by a two-out, two-run double by Blake Corr.
Elma scratched across runs in the fourth and fifth innings before plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win.
Corr finished the game going 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Elliott (2-3, 2 RBI) and Brady Johnston (2-4, R) also had multi-hit games for Elma.
Hoquiam (0-3) was led by Troy McMinn, who went 2-for-4 in the game.
Grizzlies starter Todd Mefford took the loss for Hoquiam, allowing three earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks in four innings pitched.
Hoquiam’s three errors in the game led to three unearned runs.
Montesano 12, Tenino 0
Isaiah Pierce pitched a shutout to lead Montesano to a 12-0 victory over Tenino on Friday at Vessey Field in Montesano.
Pierce allowed no runs and allowed just three hits while striking out four with no walks. Pierce threw just 65 pitches over his five innings of work, 43 for strikes.
Montesano (3-1) took control of the game early, scoring 10 runs over the first three innings. The Bulldogs took a 10-0 lead when Trace Ridgway drove in a pair of runs with a double in a five-run third inning.
Monte was led by Lucas Salstrom (2-2, R, RBI), Cayleb Reninger (1-2, 2B, 3RBI) and Ridgway (1-2, R, 2RBI). The Bulldogs had eight hits in the game and drew eight walks.
Ocosta 16, North Beach 2
Six different Ocosta batters drove in runs in the first inning as the Wildcats down the North Beach Hyaks 16-2 in five innings on Friday in Westport.
Harley Figueroa, Colby Scheuber, Jackson Reid, Clayton Welch, Garrison Barnum and Andrew Martin all drove in runs in a nine-run bottom of the first as Ocosta (4-0) put the game away early.
Four more Wildcat runs in the second put the game in 10-run rule territory.
North Beach (0-4) committed seven errors in the game that led to 10 unearned runs.
Ocosta was led by Harley Figueroa (3-4, 2R, 3RBI), Josh Figueroa (2-4, 2R), Clayton Welch (2-3, 2B, 2R, RBI), Frederick Bishop (1-3, 2B, 2R, RBI) and Garrison Barnum (1-3, 2R, 3RBI).
Colby Scheuber earned the victory for Ocosta, allowing no runs and no hits with eight strikeouts and a walk in three innings pitched.
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 8, Ilwaco 4
Seven of Pe Ell-Willapa Valley’s 12 hits in the game were doubles as the Titans defeated Ilwaco on Friday in Menlo.
The Titans’ Garrett Keeton and Jackson Lusk each belted two doubles with Blake Howard, Joseph Krafzyk and Kaden Ritzman smacking a double apiece as the teams combined for 22 hits in the game.
PWV (2-1) scored five in the second to take a 5-2 lead, with the big blow of the inning coming on Krafzyk’s bases-loaded double that score three runs.
The Titans held a 6-4 lead in the fifth before pushing across two insurance runs on RBI doubles by Keeton and Lusk.
Howard (3-4, 2B, RBI), Gavin Hampton (2-3, R, 2 RBI), Lusk (2-3, 2 2B, R, RBI), Keeton (2-3, 2 2B, 3R, RBI) and Krafzyk (1-3, 2B, R, 3 RBI) led the PWV offensive effort.
Keeton earned the victory, going 6 2-3 innings, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Forks 12, Raymond-South Bend 2
Tenino 3, Montesano 0
A pair of controversial calls led to two second-half Tenino goals as Montesano lost to the Beavers 3-0 on Friday in Tenino.
In a competitive game that was a scoreless tie at the half, Montesano was called for penalties in the first 20 minutes of the second half and Tenino took advantage.
According to Montesano head coach Fidel Sanchez, the referee believed a Monte player “took down” a Tenino player and gave Tenino a penalty kick after the play was whistled dead. The Beavers converted for a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute.
Seven minutes later, Tenino was awarded a second penalty kick on what was deemed an illegal touch— not inside the penalty area — but out of bounds.
“The ball went out of bounds and one of my players picked it up outside of the play area and the referee called a PK on that,” Sanchez said. “It was a weird thing. My player chased it down. It went out of bounds and my player picked it up to give it over for a goal kick. The ref said, ‘Nobody called it out of bounds, so it is a PK.’ … It was a really weird night.”
The second penalty kick was converted for a 2-0 Tenino lead in the 58th minute and a Beavers goal in the 62nd minute put Monte in a three-goal deficit.
“We had some really bad calls that didn’t go our way and that was basically the end of it,” Sanchez said.
Monte out shot Tenino 14-12 and had 11 shots-on-goal to nine for the Beavers.
Sanchez said mental mistakes is what cost the Bulldogs the game on Friday.
“I just don’t understand how mentally we can go from a really good defensive game and everything is going well to all of a sudden we’re down 2-0 because of mental mistakes,” he said. “And that the story of our season right now. We are not winning games because we’re just not mentally there for the whole game.”
With the loss, Montesano drops to 1-4 overall, 1-3 in the 1A Evergreen League on the season.
Tumwater 2, Aberdeen 0
Despite dominating possession and offensive opportunities for most of the game, Aberdeen fell to Tumwater 2-0 on Friday at Stewart Field.
Tumwater took the lead in the first half on a long shot before Aberdeen’s Miguel Martinez hit a shot off the crossbar for the second straight game.
Two more Bobcats shot rang off the crossbar in the final 10 minutes of the first half for a 1-0 Thunderbirds lead at halftime.
Aberdeen (0-2) continued the offensive pressure in the second half, playing almost exclusively in the Tumwater half of the field, but failed to convert on any of its scoring chances.
In the final five minutes, the Bobcats’ fate was sealed on a Tumwater transition goal to put the game away.
“I was very impressed with how much better we played overall after a poor first outing on Tuesday,” Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming said. “We obviously need to clean up some things on defense and up front we need to change the point of attack to the wings instead of forcing it up the middle, but I think we are getting there.”
According to Fleming, senior defenders AJ Sanchez and Carlos Campos had solid games in the defensive back line and Kaleb Myers and Juan Serrano played well off the bench for Aberdeen.
Black Hills 6, Aberdeen 0
Aberdeen lost its home-opening match to Black Hills 6-0 on Friday in Aberdeen.
“All credit goes to the Wolves. They played tough at each match today and brought tennis experience that we just don’t have yet,” said Aberdeen head coach Ashley Kohlmeier, who added her young team continues to show signs of growth, particularly in its ground-stroke game on Friday. “I was happy to see ground-stroke improvement and longer rallies happening with our singles matches today, especially at Singles No. 1.”
Singles — Janey Do (Black Hills) defeated Victoria Judkins (Aberdeen) 6-2, 6-1; Makenna Beeson (BH) def. Kylie Weiberg (A) 6-0, 6-1; Singles 3: Chloe Whitcraft (BH) def. Kallie Knutson (A) 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles — Sienna Moore/Athena Moore (BH) def. Kiley Ehly/Madelynn Machowek (A) 6-0, 6-0; Stella Moore/Aynsleigh Dragon (BH) def. Lillian Allen/Rylie Waltee (A) 6-1, 6-1; Tori Trinca/Taylin Chandler (BH) def. Annie Troeh/Zoe Troeh (A) 6-3, 6-1.