Roundup: Three Elma pitchers combine for five-inning perfect game

Also: Aberdeen stays unbeaten with win over Centralia; Baseball, softball, girls golf scores inside

Three Elma pitchers combined to toss a five-inning perfect game in a 13-0 victory over Eatonville on Thursday in Elma.

Elma starter Brody Palmer and relievers Carter Studer and Ethan Camus combined to allow no runs, hits or base runners in retiring all 15 Cruisers batters they faced.

At the dish, Elma rocked Eatonville pitching for 11 hits, with third baseman/catcher Gibson Cain (3-4, R, 3 RBI) and shortstop Jack Alexander (3-4, 2 R, RBI) leading the way with three hits apiece.

Leadoff hitter TJ Dunlap also had a big game at the plate with two hits, three runs and tow RBI.

Elma (6-2 overall, 3-0 1A Evergreen) took control of the game quickly in the bottom of the first when Dunlap scored on a dropped third strike for a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles proceeded to score five runs with two outs in the frame, capped by a Dunlap two-run double for a 6-0 lead.

Run-scoring doubles by Grant Vessey and Andrew Sanders made it an 8-0 game in the second and a three-run third – with Cain and Alexander driving in runs with singles – put the Eagles up 11-0.

Cain would drive in a pair of runs with a single in the bottom of the fourth for a 13-0 lead.

PHOTO BY CHRYSTAL WELD Elma’s Gibson Cain, seen here in a file photo, had three hits and drove in three runs in the Eagles’ 13-0 win over Eatonville on Thursday in Elma.

PHOTO BY CHRYSTAL WELD Elma’s Gibson Cain, seen here in a file photo, had three hits and drove in three runs in the Eagles’ 13-0 win over Eatonville on Thursday in Elma.

Palmer pitched a perfect three innings with four strikeouts before giving way to Studer, who had a strikeout in pitching a scoreless fourth inning.

Camus closed out the perfect game with a 1-2-3 fifth, getting a pop out to Vessey at first to end the game.

“Great night to be an Elma Eagle,” Elma head coach Travis Vessey said. “We really challenged the guys to step up the energy and focus after our win over Hoquiam this week. They definitely responded tonight. Our goals are big this year and we took a big step towards those goals tonight.”

Elma plays at Centralia at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Eatonville 000 00 – 0 0 2

Elma 623 20 – 13 11 0

WP: Palmer (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 K). LP: Hanley (2.1 IP, 11 R, 6 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 4 BB).

Leading hitters: Elma – Cain (3-4, R, 3 RBI); Alexander (3-4, 2 R, RBI); Dunlap (2-4, 3B, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI); Sanders (2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI); Vessey (1-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI).

Hoquiam 7, Ocosta 5

Hoquiam’s Joey Bozich had a breakout performance to lead the Grizzlies to a 7-5 win over Ocosta on Thursday in Westport.

Bozich collected four hits, scored three runs and had a solid 5 1-3 innings on the bump to pick up the first win of his varsity career.

Ocosta (3-3) took an early lead when Josh Figueroa led off the second with a walk and scored on a Hoquiam error.

Later in the inning, Ocosta pitcher Frederick Bishop – on board with a walk – scored on a fielder’s choice double play for a 2-0 lead.

Hoquiam (2-4) tied the game in the third with a pair of runs on a Jake Templer sacrifice fly followed by a Mick Bozich RBI fielder’s choice ground ball.

The Grizzlies took the lead in the fourth inning when Dom Standstipher scored on an error followed by another run-scoring productive out off the bat of Jump.

Hoquiam added three runs in the top of the sixth on two key Ocosta errors, one allowing both Templer and Joey Bozich to score for a 7-2 Grizzlies lead.

Ocosta rallied for three runs in the bottom half of the sixth, with Andrew Martin scoring Bishop and Figueroa with a double followed by an RBI single off the bat of Gabe Matthews.

Hoquiam’s Todd Mefford closed out the game, allowing one hit in pitching a scoreless 1 2-3 innings of relief.

“This was by far the most solid game we have played this season,” Hoquiam head coach Steve Jump said. “The chemistry and enthusiasm on the bench and in the dugout transferred to some great pitching, hitting and defense. A much-needed Grizzly win. Several of our players stepped up and improved their game.”

Bishop picked up the loss despite pitching well, allowing all seven runs – none earned – on seven hits and a walk while recording seven strikeouts in six innings.

The Wildcats defense had eight errors in the game, a factor noted by Wildcats head coach Mike Allton.

“We played sloppy defensively and wasted a great outing by Frederick Bishop,” he said.

Hoquiam 002 203 0 – 7 7 3

Ocosta 200 003 0 – 5 4 8

WP: J. Bozich (5.1 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 K, 4 BB). LP: Bishop (6 IP, 7 R, 0 ER, 7 H, 5 K, BB). SV: Mefford (1.2 IP, 0 R, H, K).

Leading hitters: Ocosta – Matthews (2-3, RBI); Martin (1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI); Bishop (1-2, 2 R). Hoquiam – J. Bozich (4-4, 2B, 3 R); Mefford (2-4, R).


Aberdeen 2, Centralia 0

Aberdeen kept its undefeated record intact with a 2-0 win over Centralia on Thursday at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.

The Bobcats (8-0, 6-0 1A Evergreen) and Tigers (3-5, 2-4) were locked in a scoreless tie as Aberdeen struggled to finish multiple scoring chances in the first half.

Cats senior forward Carlos Mendoza’s header attempt was cleared off the line and an apparent goal by forward Evan Cone off the inside bar was missed by the referee at full speed. Another missed opportunity occurred when senior midfielder Julian Garcia’s free kick hit the cross bar and bounced straight down and then away from the Centralia goal.

“Needless to say, they were playing well but were frustrated that they couldn’t punch one in,” Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming said of his team’s first-half woes.

In the second half, the Cats continued to attack the Centralia final third of the pitch.

Aberdeen finally converted a scoring chance into a goal when Cone scored took an assist from Elmer Torres and scored in the 54th minute.

Just five minutes later, Aberdeen’s midfielder Edwin Quintana doubled the lead with an insurance goal.

Aberdeen outshot Centralia 15-5, with the Bobcats defense limiting the Tigers to long shots from 30-plus yards out.

“A strong game for our boys, playing against a good defense that kept back a lot of defenders, keeping their focus on getting good looks at the net and eventually converting a couple of those,” said Fleming, who commended the play of Mendoza, Julian Garcia, Isaiah Johnson, Javier Garcia, Hugo Garcia, Juan Serrano and Gio Castillo. “Great way to finish out an undefeated first half of league play.”

The Aberdeen JV team won 2-0, with Leo Garcia and Austin Gomez scoring for the Cats while the C-team travelled to North Thurston to record a 4-0 win, with Gil Rodriguez scoring two goals.

Aberdeen sits alone in first place in the 2A Evergreen League, two games ahead of Tumwater.

The Bobcats will host 3A Prairie in a non-league matchup scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in Aberdeen.

Centralia 0 0 – 0

Aberdeen 0 2 – 2


First half – none.

Second half – 1, Aberdeen, Cone (Torres), 54th minute. 2, Aberdeen, Quintana (Garcia), 59th minute.


Hoquiam 15, Eatonville 0

Hoquiam wasted little time in dispatching Eatonville 15-0 in three innings on Thursday in Hoquiam.

The Grizzlies (4-3, 2-0 1A Evergreen) scored nine runs in the first and put the game in mercy-rule territory with three in the second and a pair of runs in the third.

Nine players collected hits for Hoquiam, led by Carron Blood’s home run, double and four RBI.

Second baseman Ella Folkers added a pair of hits, including a double and drove in three runs for the Grizzlies.

Kayte Sauer picked up the win, allowing two hits in three innings pitched.

Hoquiam will take some time off for Spring Break before hosting Klahowya at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at John Gable Park.

Eatonville 000 – 0 2 1

Hoquiam 932 – 15 11 1

WP: K. Sauer. LP: Tozier

Leading hitters: Hoquiam – Folkers (2 H, 2B, 3 RBI); Blood (2 H, HR, 2B, 4 RBI).

Elma 13, Tenino 2

Elma kept pace with Hoquiam atop the 1A Evergreen League with a 13-2 six-inning victory over Tenino on Thursday in Elma.

The Eagles (6-2, 2-0 1A Evergreen) took a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the second on run-scoring singles by Karly Rambo, Emmie Spencer and Mia Monroe followed by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brooklyne Swarts.

Elma added five more runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Swarts and Rambo as well as a sac fly from Nicole Johanson.

A two-run double by Callie Galligan scored Spencer and Monroe in the bottom of the fifth for the walk-off, mercy-rule victory.

Elma scored 13 runs on seven hits while benefiting from seven walks and four errors by Tenino (1-4, 0-1).

Madison Monroe earned the victory in the circle for the Eagles, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Elma will be back in action with a key league game against Montesano at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 in Montesano.

Tenino 010 01 – 2 4 4

Elma 050 53 – 13 7 1

WP: Ma. Monroe (5 IP, 2 R, ER, 4 H, 7 K, 2 BB). LP: Hussey (4 IP, 13 R, 9 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 7 BB).

Leading hitters: Elma – Spencer (2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI); Rambo (2-2, 2 R, 3 RBI); Galligan (1-3, 2B, R, 3 RBI); Mia Monroe (1-3, 2 R, RBI); Swarts (1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI). Tenino – Goodwin (1-3, 2B, R); Woodward (1-3, RBI); Disken (1-3); Bratton (1-3).


Aberdeen 96, Centralia 45

Aberdeen got its 2023 season off to a good start with a 96-45 victory over Centralia on Thursday at the Grays Harbor Country Club.

Using the Stableford Scoring System (Five points for birdie, four points for par, etc.), the Bobcats benefited from 20-plus point performances from three of its top golfers.

Cats junior Britt Rajcich led the way with 25 points for a 9-hole round to earn Medalist honors.

“Britt was driving the ball well, but it was her chipping that saved her,” Aberdeen head coach Dan Sundstrom said.

Joining Rajich as on the leaderboard were returning starters Kaitlyn McCracken and Saylor Heikkila, with 21 and 20 points, respectively.

“With five players returning from last year’s varsity team, we didn’t seem to have first match jitters,” Sundstrom said. “On the other hand, the weather had some impact. After a brief rainstorm during warm-up, the temperature started dropping. By the third hole, we had to go get hand warmers. Some of the girls couldn’t feel their fingers.”

Aberdeen will take on Tumwater at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course.

Aberdeen (96) – Britt Rajcich 25, Saylor Heikkila 20, Kaitlyn McCracken 21, Alice Earley 16, Keara Burns 14.

Centralia (45) – Samantha Johnston 22, Tess McMurry 9, Emily Wilkerson 5, Elizabeth Orellana 3, Zaira Reyes 6.

Hoquiam 229, Adna 240

Hoquiam battled chilly, wet conditions to earn a 229-240 win over Adna on Thursday at Highland Golf Course.

Eva Jump won Medalist honors with a low-round score of 53, one stroke better than Grizzlies teammate Natalia Pieraccini.

Hoquiam’s Molly Gunderson also posted a sub-60 with a 9-hole round of 59.

Hoquiam is scheduled to face La Center at the Lewis River Golf Course at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

Hoquiam (229) – Eva Jump 53, Natalia Pieraccini 54, Molly Gundersen 59, Brittany Churlin 63, Cora Bisher 68.

Adna (240) – Parker Feist 62, Jaylee Humphrey 62, Natalie Humphrey 58, Molly Matayoshi 58, Katie Godbey 65.

Montesano 199, King’s Way Christian 212

Montesano got sub-50 rounds from two of its top golfers en route to a 199-212 victory over King’s Way Christian on Thursday at Oaksridge Golf Course.

Hailey Blancas and Jessie Lalonde led Monte with rounds of 43 and 49, respectively.

Montesano will compete in a three-way meet with Elma and Hoquiam at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 17 at Highland Golf Course.

Montesano (199) – Hailey Blancas 43, Jessie Lalonde 49, Maggi Kupka 53, Audree Dohrmann 54.

KWC (212) – Gracie Harlow 45, Ava Moats 50, Elsie Shaddy 58, Sydney Short 58.


Local results for North Beach weightlifting meet

Local top placements for the North Beach prep power lifting meet on Saturday at North Bend High School.


Team standings: 1, Quilcene, 29 points. 2, Shelton, 25. 3, Montesano, 24.

Individual results

123 pounds: 1, Quinton Perry, Elma, 610 total pounds lifted.

148: 1, Ben Howard, Montesano, 905. 4, Tucker Eaton, Montesano.

165: 4, Hayden Lang, Elma.

181: 2, Peyton Damasiewicz, Montesano.

198: 3, Kyle Caton, Montesano. 4, Patrick Blackwell, Montesano.

242: 2, Camden Taylor, Montesano. 3, Greg Boley, Montesano.


Team standings: 1, Shelton, 43. 2, White River, 20. 3, Montesano, 19.

Individual results

148: 1, Iris Singleton, Aberdeen, 735.

165: 1, Hannah Bruland, Montesano, 660. 4, Paige Busz, Montesano.

181: 1, Grace Grinols, Montesano, 505.

Unlimited: 3, Avery Harmon, North Beach.

Best Overall Female Lifter: Iris Singleton, Aberdeen.