Montesano fell behind by six runs and couldn’t dig out of the hole in an 8-3 loss to WF West in Chehalis on Tuesday.
Monte (5-1) fell behind 2-0 after starting pitcher Cyrus Parsons surrendered runs on a Lane Douglass single followed by a bases-loaded walk in the third inning.
Bulldogs reliever Teegan Zillyett came in to pitch the fourth inning and, with two outs and two on, walked three straight Bearcats, pushing WF West’s lead to 5-0.
WF West (4-0) scored its sixth run of the game one batter later on a passed ball.
In the top of the fifth, Monte mounted a comeback. With one out, Braeden Dohrmann walked followed by an Aaron Lano single. Parker Plato then walked to load the bases with one out.
Zillyett then worked a walk off pitcher Brit Lusk, forcing in Dohrmann for Monte’s first run of the game.
Montesano’s Evan Bates then singled to center field, scoring Lano and cutting WF West’s lead to 6-2.
Payson Parker followed with a run-scoring single to cut the Bearcats’ lead in half at 6-3.
But the Bulldogs would get no closer as Shaydon Farmer grounded out to end the inning and Monte managed just two baserunners over the final two innings.
WF West added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to round out the scoring at 8-3.
“Chehalis is a very good baseball team,” Monte head coach Mike Osgood said. “I thought we battled and had multiple chances early on to score first, but we couldn’t get anything going until the fifth.”
Osgood added he was impressed with the Bearcats pitching staff, where four pitchers combined to allow just five Monte hits and recorded 12 strikeouts.
“Offensively, it was the best pitching we faced this season,” he said. “Our timing was a little off and we let some good pitches go by when we were ahead in counts. We got some things to clean up, but I liked our fight and look forward to Tumwater on Thursday.”
Ocosta 2, Onalaska 1
Ocosta pitcher Cole Hatton had arguably the best game of his prep career.
The junior hurler pitched a complete game, allowing no earned runs on just three hits to lead Ocosta to victory.
Most impressive was Hatton struck out 15 of the 25 batters he faced, a career best and likely one of the top strikeout performances in school history.
“Cole was just the best player on the field (on Tuesday), bar none,” Ocosta head coach Mike Allton said. “He was on fire. He was just dealing and was virtually unhittable.”
Ocosta (5-0) pushed a run across in the first inning on a Jayden Matthews single to take an early 1-0 lead.
After Onalaska (2-2) tied the game with an unearned run in the top of the third inning, the Wildcats responded to take a 2-1 lead when Harley Figueroa scored on an error by Loggers third baseman Mathew Kurzeika.
That was all the run support Hatton would need, as he set down 13 of 14 Onalaska hitters to end the game, allowing just a one-out walk in the top of the seventh inning during that stretch.
Early in the game Hatton extended a streak of 15 straight strikeouts dating back to an appearance against North Beach a week ago. He struck out the first two batters of the game before a single ended the streak at 17.
Hatton also went 2-for-3 at the plate for a Wildcats team that missed multiple opportunities to extend its lead.
“We couldn’t get the timely hits to get us a big cushion,” Allton said after his team had the bases loaded with less than two outs in both the first and second innings but failed to put more runs across the plate. “We were putting the bat on the ball, but were hitting it right at people and couldn’t string hits together.”
Allton added Tuesday’s close, competitive ballgame will benefit his team moving forward.
“Games like this really help us focus on the details of the game,” he said. “It prepares us to play competitive baseball.”
Big innings lead to Raymond sweep of North Beach
Big innings in both legs of the doubleheader allowed Raymond to come away with wins of 17-2 and 13-4 over North Beach in Raymond on Tuesday.
Raymond (3-1 overall) blew a close game wide open with 11 runs in the third to put the game out of reach. Seagulls Jack Jordan and Carl Enslow both came through with doubles in the contest.
The nightcap was a similar story, with Raymond taking advantage of the bullpen once Hyaks starter Chance Beck left the game in the fifth inning.
North Beach Coach David Hinchen gave Beck credit for keeping his team in the game and said his team should be more competitive when the rest of his players can return to the lineup.
“I didn’t want to pitch him past 60 (pitches), but as a coach we have to protect kids even though he said he was fine,” he said. “He was an absolute warrior today and once we get everybody in there, we can hold our own.”
North Beach drops to 0-4 with the loss.
— Hasani Grayson, Grays Harbor News Group
Elma 6, Aberdeen 3
Aberdeen’s offense couldn’t quite keep up with Elma’s timely hitting as the Eagles handed the Bobcats a 6-3 loss at the Bishop Sports Complex in Aberdeen.
Quin Mikel was key to the Eagles victory and came up with three RBI in her team’s three-run victory.
Elma had to come from behind in the contest as Aberdeen’s Alley Troseth scored on an error in the first.
The Eagles quickly responded with a run in the second and two more in the third to take a 3-1 lead after three innings of play.
Aberdeen head coach Scott Wilson said his team will need to do a better job of hitting with runners in scoring position to beat a team like Elma.
“Elma hit the ball when they needed to and we didn’t,” he said. “There were three different innings where we had runners in scoring position and couldn’t drive them in.”
— Hasani Grayson, Grays Harbor News Group