Montesano starting pitcher Isaiah Pierce was sparkling on the mound and the Bulldogs scored late to pull away from Elma 7-1 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday at Eagles Field in Elma.
Montesano (10-3 overall, 5-0 1A Evergreen) scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead, capped by Pierce’s RBI double.
Elma (3-7, 2-5) responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning on a Gibson Cain single to score Grant Vessey.
Monte’s lead stayed at 2-1 until the fifth inning, when the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 4-1 on a Isaiah Pierce sacrifice fly followed by Isaac Pierce’s RBI single to score Josh Wills.
Monte added three more runs on a fielder’s choice and two Elma errors in the inning.
That was more than enough run support for Isaiah Pierce, who allowed a run on two hits with three strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Cain took the loss for Elma, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings pitched.
Montesano 200 020 3 — 7 8 2
Elma 100 000 0 — 1 2 3
Montesano — Wills (3-4, 3R), Isaiah Pierce (1-3, 2B, 2RBI), Isaac Pierce (1-4, 2RBI), Poler (1-3, 2R), Busz (1-4, 2R), Kling (1-3), Johansen (1-2). WP – Isaiah Pierce (6 IP, 2H, R, 3K, 2BB).
Elma — Cain (1-3, RBI), Vessey (1-3, R). LP – Cain (6 IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 2K, 2BB).
Montesano 11, Elma 8
Montesano took a big lead before holding off a late Elma rally to win the nightcap 11-8 and sweep the twin bill.
The Bulldogs scored a pair of runs three of the first four innings — highlighted by an Isaac Pierce RBI double in the third and Jackson Busz’s two-run single in the fourth — to take a 6-2 lead heading to the fifth.
Monte opened up an 11-2 lead with a five-run fifth, scoring on an error, a Kaleb Ames two-run double, an RBI double by Busz and a sac fly by Isaiah Pierce.
Elma responded with four runs on a two-run error followed by Landon McKiney’s single that scored Jack Alexander and Ethan Camus to cut Monte’s lead to 11-6.
The Eagles got closer in the seventh, scoring a run on a bases-loaded walk to Andrew Sanders followed by a fielder’s choice groundout by JT Tiffany to score Jerred Bailey to make it an 11-8 ballgame.
With one out and the tying run at the plate, Elma’s Grant Vessey grounded into a game-ending double play.
“We just need to keep working at getting better at the plate,” Elma head coach Travis Vessey said. “Granted, we had some guys hit some well struck balls but could find any gaps. Monte came out swinging so hats off to them.”
Camden Taylor picked up the win for Montesano, allowing four runs on three hits in four innings pitched.
Montesano got multi-hit games from Busz, Isaac Pierce and John Kling.
Elma’s Carter Studer took the loss, allowing six runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched.
“I was really proud of the Pierce twins. We challenged them to step up as the leaders and they delivered,” Montesano head coach Mike Osgood said. “Also, big days for Josh Wills and Jackson Busz. Wills was great defensively. … Isaiah Pierce and Cam Taylor had two quality starts on the mound. Held down a pretty good hitting squad.”
The two teams will square off once again at 5 p.m. Friday at Vessey Field in Montesano.
Montesano 202 250 0 — 11 8 8
Elma 101 040 2 — 8 5 2
Montesano — Busz (2-3, 2B, R, 3RBI), Isaac Pierce (2-4, 2B, RBI), Kling (2-2, R), K. Ames (1-3, 2B, R, 2RBI), Olsen (1-4, 2R), Isaiah Pierce (0-1, R, 3RBI). WP — Taylor (4 IP, 3H, 4R, K, BB).
Elma — Tiffany (1-3, R, RBI), Vessey (1-5), Cain (1-3, 2B, 2R), Camus (1-4, R), McKinney (1-1, 2RBI), Alexander (0-3, 2R, RBI). LP — Studer (3.1 IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 5BB).
Tenino 15, Hoquiam 3
Hoquiam struggled to slow down a potent Tenino offense in a 15-3 loss in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday in Hoquiam.
Tenino (9-4, 4-1) hammered 16 hits, including five doubles, and put up four or more runs in each of the second, fifth and sixth innings.
Hoquiam (1-10, 0-6) scored a run in the first on a Logan McMinn RBI single and a pair of runs on an error in the third.
Zander Jump took the loss for Hoquiam, allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
Tenino 041 064 x — 15 16 2
Hoquiam 102 000 x — 3 5 3
Tenino — Vasser (4-4, 2 2B, 2R, 5RBI), Feltus (3-4, 2R, RBI), Gonia (2-3, 2B, 2R, 2RBI), Snider (2-4, 2B, 2R), Knox (2-3, 3R). WP – Burkhardt (4 IP, 4H, 3R, ER, 2K, 3BB).
Hoquiam — Jump (2-3, 2R), Standstipher (1-4), Templer (1-2, R), McMinn (1-2, RBI), Bozitch (0-2, 2RBI). LP – Jump (4.1 IP, 13H, 10R, 8ER, 3K).
Tenino 12, Hoquiam 1
For the second straight game, Hoquiam took a first-inning lead but couldn’t make it stick in a 12-1 five-inning loss to Tenino in the nightcap.
Hoquiam scored a run on Jake Templer’s bunt single to score Dom Standstipher.
Tenino’s offense erupted for five runs in the second and never looked back to hand Hoquiam its seventh-straight loss.
Todd Mefford took the loss for the Grizzlies, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in three innings pitched.
Hoquiam hosts Ilwaco at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Tenino 052 32 — 12 8 1
Hoquiam 100 00 — 1 1 3
Tenino — Strawn (2-4, 2B, R, 2RBI), Vasser (1-3, 2B, 3RBI), Sayamnet (1-2, 3R). WP – Noonan (5 IP, H, R, ER, 6K, 3BB).
Hoquiam — Templer (1-2, RBI). LP – Mefford (3 IP, 7H, 8R, 6ER, 2K, 4BB).
Forks 11, Ocosta 1
Ocosta 12, Forks 2
North Beach 8, Chief Leschi 3
Chief Leschi 6, North Beach 3