It’s been several days since the Aberdeen Bobcats baseball team took to the field.
It’s been even longer since they’ve notched a win.
On their first return to the diamond in six days, the Bobcats made the most of their opportunities to preserve a stellar pitching performance en route to a 7-1 win over Rochester on Thursday in Aberdeen.
Bobcats starter Hunter Eisele was dominant, allowing one run on four hits while striking out eight as Aberdeen (3-5 overall, 1-4 2A Evergreen) picked up its first win since March 24, snapping a five-game losing streak in the process.
Entering the game with what Aberdeen head coach Dave Hinchen said was a “very energized” mentality, the Bobcats got on the board early and often, capitalizing on Rochester mistakes to take an early lead.
In the bottom of the first, Aberdeen opened the scoring when Eisele — aboard with a single — advanced to second on a Luca Pisani walk and later scored on a wild pitch by Rochester starter Braden Hartley.
With two outs and nobody on in the second, Toby Heggie and Kale Goings singled and were followed by infielder Kyle Miller’s line drive base hit to center, driving in Heggie for the Bobcats’ second run of the game. Goings then scored on an errant pick-off throw by Warriors catcher Hayden Pietrus for a 3-0 lead.
Rochester (5-6, 2-4) got to Eisele in the top of the third, scoring a run when Ledger Anderson crossed home on a passed ball. Eisele then struck out Tate Quarnstrom to get out of the inning.
But the Bobcats got the run back in the bottom half of the inning when Mason Sorensen belted a double to drive in first baseman Trevon Nichols, who was aboard with a one-out single.
Aberdeen tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on a bases-loaded walk by Marcus Hale followed by a Heggie RBI single.
In the sixth, Nichols drove home Eisele with a run-scoring groundout for Aberdeen’s seventh and final run of the game.
That was more than enough for Eisele as the sophomore right-hander was on his game, throwing 60 strikes in 99 pitches without allowing a walk in the complete-game performance.
“I was really happy with him,” Hinchen said of his ace. “He kept pumping strikes and challenging hitters.”
Hinchen also said his team “wanted it more,” evidenced by eight Bobcats collecting at least one base hit on Thursday.
“Hunter was the headliner, but this was a total team win,” he said.
Rochester 001 000 0 — 1 4 1
Aberdeen 121 021 x — 7 10 3
Rochester — Groninger (2-3, 2B), Anderson (1-3, R), Hawes (1-3). LP — Hartley (5 IP, 10H, 6R, 4ER, 8K, 4BB).
Aberdeen — Eisele (2-4, 2B, 2R), Heggie (2-3, R, RBI), Sorensen (1-3, 2B, RBI), Miller (1-3, RBI), Pisani (1-3), Nichols (1-3, 3R, RBI), Ancich (1-1, R), Goings (1-3, R). WP — Eisele (7 IP, 4H, R, 0ER, 8K).
Ocosta 17, North Beach 0
Jessie Gilbert and Annika Hollingsworth hammered home runs as Ocosta routed North Beach 17-0 in three innings to open a doubleheader on Thursday in Westport.
Ocosta (7-0 overall, 2B Pacific) scored nine in the first and seven in the second, highlighted by Hollingsworth’s two-run shot followed by Gilbert’s solo blast for back-to-back home runs in the second inning.
Hollingsworth went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs while Gilbert was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Gilbert picked up with win, allowing one hit with eight strikeouts in three innings pitched.
Anna Eastman took the loss for the Hyaks (0-7), allowing eight earned runs on nine hits and 12 walks in three innings pitched.
North Beach 000 — 0 1 3
Ocosta 971 — 17 9 1
North Beach — Goldman (1-1). LP — Eastman (3 IP, 9H, 17R, 8ER, K, 12 BB).
Ocosta — Hollingsworth (3-4, 2R HR, 2R, 4RBI), Gilbert (2-3, HR, R, 2RBI), Rasmus (2-2, 2R, RBI), White (1-3, 3R), Olive (1-3, R, RBI), Cuzdey (0-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI), J. Schlegel (0-2, 2R, 2BB), S. Schlegel (0-1, 2R, 2RBI, 2BB), Morales (0-0, 3BB, 2R). WP — Gilbert (3 IP, H, 8K, 2BB).
Ocosta 20, North Beach 0
Ocosta scored 15 runs in the first inning en route to a 20-0 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader against North Beach on Thursday in Westport.
Zaida Morales was a perfect 3-for-3 and drove in five runs for a Wildcats team that smacked 15 hits in the game, seven for extra bases.
Annika Hollingsworth allowed no runs and no hits with six strikeouts and a walk to pick up the win.
Ocosta (15)50 — 20 15 0
North Beach 000 — 0 0 0
Ocosta — Morales (3-3, R, 5RBI), Hollingsworth (3-3, 2 2B, 3R, RBI), Cuzdey (2-3, 3B, 2R, 2RBI), White (2-3, 2B, 3R, 2RBI), Gilbert (2-3, 2 2B, 3R, 3RBI), Rasmus (1-2, 3R, 2RBI), Gamez (2-2, R, 3RBI), J. Schlegel (0-0, 3R, RBI, BB), J. Flinn (0-0, R, RBI, 3BB). WP — Hollingsworth (3 IP, 0H, 0R, 6K, BB).
Local track and field athletes named WIAA Athlete of the Week
Raymond junior Morgan Anderson and North Beach senior Westin Fruh were named to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s “Athlete of the Week” list for their recent performances.
From the WIAA website:
Raymond Track & Field (JR)
The junior won the 110-meter hurdles (15.7) and triple jump (38’ 7”) at the Henrie-Weisel Tri-District meet on April 8. The 110m hurdles time leads the state for the 2B classification. Anderson also finished second in the pole vault with a PR of 11 feet, 6 inches and anchored the second place 4x100m relay team.
North Beach Track & Field (SR)
Fruh has had a great start to his senior track and field season, as he recently set four personal records at the Tenino meet on March 29. He is ranked in the top 10 for 2B in the 110m hurdles, and is ranked sixth in 2B in his specialty, the 300m hurdles. Fruh has already enlisted and has completed basic training for his post high school commitment to the U.S. Armed Forces. He is an honor student, a great example to his peers of hard work and dedication, and a leader in his school and community.