Montesano had a long league winning streak snapped with a pair of losses to Tenino on Tuesday in Tenino.
Montesano is now faced with a must-win game if the Bulldogs are to repeat as league champions after being swept in a doubleheader by scores of 9-8 and 5-4.
Monte (14-5, 9-2 1A Evergreen) scored three runs on singles by Denali Harris and Christian Olsen sandwiched around John Kling getting hit by a pitch with the sacks full to tie the game at 8-8 heading into the final inning and a half.
But Tenino’s Mickey Vasser stepped to the plate with two outs and took Monte reliever Cam Taylor’s 2-2 pitch over the left-field fence for a game-winning, walk-off home run.
The loss was the first in league for Montesano since 2016.
In the nightcap, a Montesano rally fell short in a 5-4 loss.
Montesano got off to a good start when Bode Poler led off the game with a home run.
The Bulldogs trailed 5-1 at the end of five innings, but rallied to score two in the sixth on a two-run home run by Isaac Pierce.
Down 5-3 in the seventh, Montesano loaded the bases and got a run closer on a sacrifice fly by Isaiah Pierce.
Isaac Pierce stepped to the plate with the tying run at third base and go-ahead run on first, but Pierce grounded back to Tenino reliever Easton Snider, ending the game as Montesano suffered a rare doubleheader loss to a league opponent.
More importantly, the Tenino sweep puts the Beavers (13-6, 8-3) just one game behind the Bulldogs for first place in the league.
The two teams are scheduled to meet in a winner-take-all league championship game set for 4 p.m. Thursday at Vessey Field in Montesano.
Montesano 301 103 0 — 8 10 2
Tenino 430 010 1 — 9 8 3
Montesano — Isaiah Pierce (2-4, 2B, 2R, RBI), Wills (2-3, 2R), Busz (2-4, R), Olsen (1-2, R, RBI), Poler (1-5, R), K. Ames (1-4), Harris (1-1, RBI). LP – Taylor (1.2 IP, H, R, ER, K).
Tenino — Vasser (1-2, HR, R, RBI), Knox (2-4, R, 3RBI), Feltus (3-4, 2R).
Montesano 100 002 1 — 4 5 1
Tenino 200 210 x — 5 7 1
Montesano — Isaac Pierce (1-4, HR, R, 2RBI), Poler (1-4, HR, 2R, RBI), Isaiah Pierce (1-3, R, RBI), Olsen (1-3), Kling (1-3). LP – Isaiah Pierce (6 IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 2K, 3BB).
Tenino — Snider (2-3, RBI), Sayamnet (1-3, RBI).
Ocosta hammers Northwest Christian
Ocosta swept a twin bill over Northwest Christian on Tuesday in Westport.
Ocosta won by scores of 15-5 in five innings and 25-0 in five innings.
The Wildcats (8-9, 3-5 2B Pacific) were led by Dylan Hollingsworth, who went a combined 7-for-8 with seven runs and seven RBI over the two victories.
Mason Peak picked up the win in Game 1, allowing one run and no hits with five strikeouts in two innings pitched.
In the nightcap, Josh Figueroa earned the victory, allowing no runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts in a dominant five-inning performance.
Ocosta batters drew 15 walks in Game 2 and committed three total errors in the two games combined.
“I thought we took a big step forward as a team in learning how to play high-quality, clean baseball,” Ocosta head coach Leeroy Rindlisbacher said. “We took the fundamentals we’ve been working on in practice and applied them to a live game scenario and looked great defensively.”
Ocosta sits in fourth place in the 2B Pacific League and will host Naselle at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Ocosta 008 61 — 15 12 2
NWC 102 20 — 5 2 5
Ocosta — Hollingsworth (4-4, 2 2B, 3R, 3RBI), Bishop (2-4, R), Barnum (2-2, 2R, RBI), Ceja (1-3, R, 2RBI, Matthews (1-2, R, 2RBI), Peak (1-1), McGowan (1-2, R). WP – Peak (2 IP, 0H, R, ER, 5K, 4BB).
NWC — Campbell (1-3, 2RBI), Walker (1-2, R, RBI). LP – Walker (4 IP, 12H, 14R, 7ER, 4K, 3BB).
NWC 000 00 — 0 3 6
Ocosta 1(12)9 3x — 25 11 1
NWC — Walker (1-2), Campbell (1-2), Coffman (1-1). LP – Lanham (1.1 IP, 6H, 13R, 5ER, K, 6BB).
Ocosta — Hollingsworth (3-4, 4R, 4RBI), Barnum (2-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBI), Figueroa (2-3, 2B, 3R, 4RBI), Matthews (2-3, 3R, 2RBI), Bishop (1-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBI), Garrett (0-0, 4R, RBI, 4BB), Sevilla (0-3, 2R). WP – Figueroa (5 IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 10K, 2BB).
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Montesano 199, Hoquiam 243
Undefeated Montesano recorded its best score of the season in a 199-243 win over Hoquiam on Monday at Oaksridge Golf Course.
Monte’s Hailey Blancas won Medalist honors with a score of 42 with teammate Iza Cope also earning a sub-50 score at 48.
Hoquiam was led by Minh Thi Butler, who carded a round of 53.
Montesano (199) — Blancas 42, Cope 48, Kelcey Davis 54, Maggie Kupka 55.
Hoquiam (243) — Butler 53, Natalia Pierracini 59, Molly Gundersen 64, Mikaela Murphy 67.
Eatonville 11, Hoquiam 3
Eatonville 7, Hoquiam 1
Shelton 10, Aberdeen 0