Prep Baseball/Softball Roundup: Aberdeen comes up clutch in win over Rochester

Also: Montesano’s Lindsay Pace throws no-hitter on Thursday

Aberdeen got a pair of clutch hits in the sixth to complete the comeback in a 3-2 home win over Rochester at the Bishop Sports Complex on Friday.

Aberdeen (4-3 overall, 3-1 Evergreen 2A) was down 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth and got the rally started with a single and stolen base from Randi Stewart.

Sierra Hammond then tied the game at two when her two-out double dropped in fair territory down the left field line, allowing Stewart to score from third.

Kacie Powell then drove in Hammond with a double of her own, to provide the game-winning run in the Bobcats’ victory.

Kacie Powell hits a single in the fourth inning against Rochester on Friday. (Hasani Grayson | Grays Harbor News Group)

Kacie Powell hits a single in the fourth inning against Rochester on Friday. (Hasani Grayson | Grays Harbor News Group)

Rochester (4-5, 1-4) didn’t go down quietly in the top of the seventh, however. The Warriors got a lead-off single from Faith Kennedy, but Aberdeen pitcher Jalyn McDaniel responded by striking out Maddie Bates in the following at-bat.

Rochester appeared to be on its way to putting together a late-game rally of its own when Sadie Knutson hit a fly ball to the outfield that looked like it was going to drop in front of Stewart, but the Aberdeen centerfielder made a shoe-string catch and came up firing to double off Kennedy to end the game.

Stewart said the extra work in the outfield at recent practices and a heads up from her teammates helped her make the highlight-worthy play.

“(Reading the ball off the bat) pretty much comes naturally to me, so I was thankful for that, but at practices we dive. We did that all day yesterday and it helped a lot,” she said. “Hearing my team mates yelling ‘One!’ was pretty helpful too.”

Aberdeen’s defense helped limit the Warriors opportunities throughout the game as the Bobcats got through the contest without committing an error.

Rochester had one baserunner through the fourth inning until Lexie Trombley pulled a solo homer to left field to tie the game at a run apiece.

The Warriors pulled ahead in the next inning when Knutson scored on fielder’s choice after racing home on a ground out.

Aberdeen assistant coach Aaron Glanz said McDaniel’s command put pressure on opposing batters.

“We talked about that before the game started as far as owning the mound,” he said. “Her movement was spot-on today.”

Aberdeen’s victory came without head coach Scott Wilson at the helm as he was ejected in the fifth inning after arguing with the umpire when Alexis Mills was called out in the top of the fifth.

Wilson will receive a one-game suspension for the incident.

Aberdeen will now prepare to take on Black Hills on the road at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Stewart said the Bobcats’ recent play has her feeling good about the direction the team is headed.

“We have a lot of freshman that have played together before and a lot of the upperclassmen that played together and knowing those two groups can mesh together is great,” she said. “Everybody is joking around at practice and we already feel like a team.”

Rochester 000 110 0 – 2 5 1

Aberdeen 100 002 X– 3 5 0

WP – Mcdaniel (6 K, 2 R, 2 BB); LP – Delaney Glazer (10 K, 3 R, 5 H, BB)

Top Hitters: Aberdeen – Stewart (R, SB), Hammond (2-3, 2B, RBI, R); Rochester – Trombley (HR)

Montesano 5, Forks 0

Montesano’s Lindsay Pace threw a no-hitter to lead the Bulldogs to a 5-0 victory over Forks on Thursday in Forks.

Pace, a senior, dominated the Spartans, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out 15 Spartans. Fifty-nine of Pace’s 85 pitches were for strikes and she threw a first-pitch strike to 18 of the 22 batters she faced.

Montesano (8-3 overall, 3-1 Evergreen 1A) scored a pair of runs in the first inning followed by a run in the fifth and two in the sixth. Pace also had a big game at the dish, driving home runs with an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring double in the fifth.

A Montesano error and a hit-batter kept Pace from earning a perfect game.

Montesano 200 012 0 — 5 8 1

Forks 000 000 0 — 0 0 3

WP — Pace (7 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 15 K); LP — Chloe Leverington (7 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 9 K, 6 BB)

Top Players: Montesano — Pace (2-2, 2B, 2 RBI); Emma Jensen (2-3, R); Jessica Stanfield (1-3, R, RBI)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group


Ocosta 2, Naselle 1

Ocosta pitchers Cole Hatton and Kobe Beck combined to shut down the Naselle offense to edge the Comets 2-1 on Friday in Westport.

Hatton, who started the game on the hill for Ocosta, didn’t allow a run and struck out six while allowing five hits in five innings of work.

Ocosta (11-1, 9-1 Pacific 2B) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning by manufacturing a run. Omar Luque was hit by a pitch to open the inning and was followed by a Jose Sevilla walk. Both runners would advance one out later on a wild pitch. Luque scored one pitch later on Beck’s sacrifice fly.

The Wildcats doubled up their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jayden Matthews, who was aboard with a two-out single, came home on Cesar Martinez’s line-drive double to center field.

Naselle (6-3) broke the shutout in the bottom of the seventh when Josh Townsen scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

Beck then struck out Joe Strange on the following pitch to earn the save and give Ocosta the 2-1 victory.

Hatton picked up the win, giving up five hits without allowing a run in five innings pitched.

Beck earned the save, allowing one unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts.

Naselle’s Cole Dorman was the hard-luck losing pitcher, allowing both earned runs on two hits and five walks in five innings pitched.

Naselle 000 000 1 — 1 6 0

Ocosta 010 010 x — 2 2 1

WP — Hatton (5 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 3 BB); LP — Dorman (5 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 6 K, 5 BB); SV — Beck (2 IP, R, H, 2 K)

Top Players: Ocosta — Martinez (1-3, 2B, RBI); Matthews (1-3, R); Luque (0-2, R,). Naselle — Daniel Holt (2-3)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group

Montesano 17, Rainier 1

Montesano benefited from stingy pitching and an explosive second inning to earn a 17-1 victory over Rainier on Friday in Rainier.

Three Montesano pitchers — Trace Ridgway, Jack Anderson and Evan Bates — combined to allow just three hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. The Bulldogs pitching staff has not walked a batter in four consecutive games.

Ridgway picked up the win, allowing no runs on one hit with three strikeouts.

Monte (9-2, 3-0 Evergreen 1A) punished Rainier pitchers, scoring 17 runs on 16 hits, including a 12-run second inning highlighted by Parker Plato’s grand slam home run.

Plato went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and six RBI.

Carter Olson and Aaron Lano each had three-hit games for the Bulldogs. Olson went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBI while Lano went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

“It was a well played game for us in all three phases of the game,” Monte head coach Mike Osgood said. “We pitched well, hit well and played well on defense. … Our pitchers are doing a great job attacking the zone and pitching ahead of batters.”

Rainier drops to 9-4 overall with the non-league loss.

Montesano 3(12)0 20 — 17 16 3

Rainier 000 10 — 1 3 2

WP — Ridgway (3 IP, 0 ER, H, 3 K); LP — Carson Edminster (1.2 IP, 11 ER, 15 H, K, 4 BB)

Top Players: Montesano — Plato (4-5, GS HR, 3 R, 6 RBI); Lano (3-4, 3 R); Olson (3-4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI); Teegan Zillyett (2-2, 2B, 3 R, RBI); Payson Parker (1-2, R, 2 RBI); Cole Daniels (1-3, R, RBI)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group

Elma splits twin bill with Forks

The Elma Eagles split a doubleheader with the Forks Spartans in Elma on Friday, winning the first game 2-1 followed by a 6-4 loss in the nightcap.

Elma 2, Forks 1

The Eagles rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth en route to a 2-1 victory over the Spartans in the first game of a doubleheader.

Forks (4-5, 1-3 Evergreen 1A) got on the board in the first inning, scoring a run on a fielder’s choice ground out by Joesph Reaume.

The score remained 1-0 as the two starting pitchers — Elma’s Brady Shriver and Forks’ Carter Windle — shut down the opposing offense.

Elma (4-7, 1-3) finally broke the goose egg in the bottom of the sixth. Shriver led off the inning with a single and later advanced to third on a Forks error by shortstop Dalton Kilmer.

Tysen Richardson chased Shriver home with a sacrifice fly one batter later.

After a one-out walk to Elma’s Justin Elliott, Carter Jacobson hit a ground ball to Spartans second baseman Logan Urving, who committed an error on the play, allowing Raiden Aho to score the go-ahead run.

That was all Shriver would need, as a half-inning later the senior got Windle to ground into a game-ending double play to secure the victory.

Shriver allowed just one earned run on five hits in the complete-game performance, striking out five in the process.

“I thought Brady Shriver threw a great game and I thought defensively we were outstanding,” Elma head coach Jim Hill said of the Game 1 victory. “Brody Rustemeyer played a great defensive game at shortstop.”

Forks 100 000 0 — 1 5 4

Elma 000 002 x — 2 2 0

WP — Shriver (7 IP, ER, 5 H, 5 K, BB); LP — Windle (6 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 6 K, BB)

Top Players: Elma — Richardson (1-2, RBI); Shriver (1-1, R). Forks — Tyler Wood (3-3); Reaume (1-3, RBI)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group

Forks 6, Elma 4

The Eagles were unable to recover from Forks’ four-run first inning as Elma fell 6-4 in the nightcap.

Forks got to Elma staring pitcher Brody Rustemeyer early, scoring four runs in the first inning, capped by Trey Baysinger’s two-run single to give the Spartans a 4-0 lead.

Down 5-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, Elma responded with three runs to climb back into the game, cutting the deficit to 5-4 when Cobey Moore walked to force in a run.

But that was as close as Elma would get to a doubleheader sweep, as Forks scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh and held Elma scoreless to earn the 6-4 victory.

Rustemeyer took the loss, allowing four earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts in an inning pitched.

Moore pitched six innings of relief for Elma, allowing an earned run on three hits with five strikeouts.

Forks 400 100 1 — 6 6 3

Elma 100 030 0 — 4 7 4

WP — Reaume (5 IP, ER, 7 H, 4 K, 3 BB); LP — Rustemeyer (IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 3 K, BB)

Top Players: Elma — Rustemeyer (2-3, 2B, R, RBI); Elliott (2-4, R); Shriver (1-3, 2B, R). Forks — Logan Olson (2-3, 3 R); Baysinger (2-4, R RBI)

— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group

Hoquiam 5, Tenino

Grizzlies starter Payton Quintanilla was dominant on the mound, pitching a complete-game shutout in Hoquiam’s 5-0 victory over Tenino on Friday at Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam.

Quintanilla fanned 10 batters while only surrendering three hits to help the Grizzlies (7-3, 3-1 Evergreen 1A) to victory.

Hoquiam was locked in a scoreless tie in the third inning and blew the game open with three runs in the frame thanks to a rally started with a lead-off walk by Camden Templer.

The three-run third included a single from Jackson Folkers and two errors by Tenino (3-7, 1-2).

“That was enough for Quintanilla, who cruised with 10 strikeouts. The coaches were proud of the way we played today. It was a team win,” Hoquiam head coach Steve Jump said.

Hoquiam will be back in action in at Forks on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Hoquiam 003 002 x — 5 6 0

Tenino 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

WP — Quintanilla (CG, 10 K, 3 H, 0 ER); LP — Alex Bratton (6 IP, 3 K, 5 ER)

Top Hitters: Hoquiam — Jackson Folkers (2-3, 2B RBI), Troy McMinn (2B, RBI)

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