Two key innings proved costly for Aberdeen in a 9-4 loss to WF West on Tuesday at Pioneer Park in Aberdeen.
The Bobcats (2-1 overall, 0-1 2A Evergreen) trailed 2-0 before WF West (5-1, 3-0) added three runs in the fourth to go up 5-0.
Aberdeen responded with three in the bottom half of the inning without the benefit of a base hit.
Bobcats first basemen Trevon Nichols came around to score on an error off a fly ball hit by catcher Charlie Ancich to get the Bobcats on the board.
Aberdeen made the most of miscues by WF West starting pitcher Hunter Lutman, who had six strikeouts in holding the Bobcats scoreless over the first three innings before becoming erratic.
After Nichols scored, Aberdeen’s Marcus Hale scored on a Lutman wild pitch followed by a run when Ancich scored on a passed ball.
The Bearcats drove in four runs on three straight singles in the top of the fourth to go up 9-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, Ancich — aboard with a leadoff single — came around to score on a bases-loaded walk by outfielder Luca Pisani.
Ancich (1-3, 2R) and Hale (1-1, R) were the only Bobcats batters to record a hit in the game.
Aberdeen starter Malaki Balesteri took the loss, allowing four earned runs on two hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks in 2 2/3 innings pitched.
Aberdeen will play at WF West at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
WF West 110 340 0 — 9 8 2
Aberdeen 000 301 0 — 4 2 2
WF West — Bunker (3-5, 2R, 2RBI); Martin (2-5, R); Figate (1-2, 2B, 2R, RBI); Jones (1-4); Meller (1-3, 3R). WP — Lutman (3.2 IP, 3R, 0ER, 0H, 8K, 6BB).
Aberdeen — Ancich (1-3, 2R); Hale (1-1, R); Nichols (0-3, R, BB); Pisani (0-2, RBI, 2BB). LP — Balesteri (3.1 IP, 5R, 4ER, 3H, 3K, 3BB).
Hoquiam 8, Montesano 7
Hoquiam handed Montesano a rare league loss with an 8-7 victory in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday at John Gable Park in Hoquiam.
In a game the featured three home runs, the game was tied 3-3 after one inning, highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of Hoquiam’s Faith Prosch in the bottom of the first.
The Grizzlies (3-3, 1-2 1A Evergreen) regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a leadoff home run from Ashlinn Cady.
Down 5-3 in the fifth, Ali Parkin opened the frame with a solo shot to center field for a home run to bring the Bulldogs to within a run at 5-4.
Hoquiam added some insurance runs in the fifth when two runs crossed the plate on an Avery Howard fielder’s choice ground ball.
Macy Dhooghe then singled to drive home Howard for an 8-5 Grizzlies lead.
Down 8-6 in the top of the seventh, Montesano threatened with two on and no outs against Hoquiam starting pitcher Carron Blood.
Blood struck out Madi Campbell for the first out, but with Alyssa Maldonado at the plate, allowed Jordan Karr to score and Riley Timmons to advance to third with the tying run on a wild pitch.
But Blood beared down to strike out Maldonado and then K’d Adda Potts swinging to secure the Grizzlies victory.
Parkin had a huge game for Montesano, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and home run.
Timmons took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing six earned runs on six hits and five walks with three strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Howard led Hoquiam with two hits, two runs and three RBI.
Blood earned the victory, allowing five earned runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and four walks in seven innings.
Montesano 300 021 1 — 7 9 3
Hoquiam 300 230 x — 8 6 2
Montesano — Parkin (3-4, 2B, 3B, HR, R, RBI); Potts (2-4); Kersker (1-3, 2R); K. Fairbairn (1-3, 2R, RBI); Hatton (1-3); Maldonado (1-3). LP — Timmons (6 IP, 8R, 6ER, 6H, 3K, 5BB).
Hoquiam — Howard (2-3, 2R, 3RBI); Prosch (1-3, 2R HR, 2R, 2RBI); Cady (1-3, HR, 2R, RBI); Deitrick (1-4, R); Dhooghe (1-2, RBI). WP — Blood (7 IP, 7R, 5ER, 9H, 7K, 4BB).
Montesano 7, Hoquiam 1
Montesano pitcher Reghann Fairbairn quieted Grizzly bats in leading the Bulldogs to a 7-1 victory over Hoquiam in the nightcap.
Montesano (2-3, 1-1) made the most of Hoquiam defensive mistakes, scoring four unearned runs on six errors.
Monte scored a pair of runs in the top of the first on an error to take the early lead.
Fairbairn helped her cause with an RBI single in the fourth and took a 4-0 lead on a Timmons sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Kylee Fairbairn singled home Potts in the sixth to put Monte up 5-0.
Hoquiam got on the board when Cady drove in Ella Folkers with a fielder’s choice ground out in the bottom of the sixth.
Monte added two in the seventh on a Liv Robinson bunt to score Potts followed by Campbell scoring on a Reghann Fairbairn sac fly.
Reghann Fairbairn stymied Hoquiam’s offense, allowing an unearned run on five hits with three strikeouts. The sophomore left-hander didn’t allow a walk in seven innings pitched.
Kayte Sauer took the loss for Hoquiam, allowing three earned runs on six hits in seven innings pitched.
The two teams will get together again with a matchup scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday in Montesano.
Montesano 200 111 2 — 7 6 1
Hoquiam 000 001 0 — 1 5 6
Montesano —R. Fairbairn (2-4, 2B, 2R, 2RBI); K. Fairbairn (1-3, R RBI); Campbell (1-4, R); Robinson (1-4, RBI); Timmons (0-3, R, RBI). WP — R. Fairbairn (7 IP, R, 0ER, 5H, 3K, 0BB).
Hoquiam — Sauer (1-3, 2B); Folkers (1-3, R); Blood (1-3); Howard (1-3); Dhooghe (1-3); Cady (0-3, RBI). LP — Sauer (7 IP, 7R, 3ER, 6H, 2K, 2BB).
South Bend 19, North Beach 9
South Bend 24, North Beach 8
Eatonville 14, Elma 1
Eatonville 20, Elma 9
PREP TRACK & FIELD
Montesano girls win big at Adna meet
The Montesano Bulldogs girls track and field team dominated the competition at a 1A/2B/1B meet on Tuesday at Pirate Stadium in Adna.
Montesano’s girls team totalled 176 points to take first place, well ahead of second-place Kalama (56 points) and third-place Adna (51) in the five-team meet.
Bulldogs winners included Sierra Birdsall (200, 29.29), Jaiden Morrison (400, 1:08.27), Aubrey Anderson (1600, 6:00.70; 3200, 13:12.01 PR), Hannah Bruland (discus, 80-08 PR), Ashlyn Devereaux (javelin, 106-09; long jump, 14-08; triple jump, 30-02 tie) and Alayna Olson (triple jump, 30-02 tie).
Montesano’s 4×100 relay team (Olson, Birdsall, Lilly Causey, Morrison) won with a time of 54.02, as did the girls 4×200 relay squad (Dekotah Parks, Birdsall, Causey, Morrison) with a time of 1:53.31.
Montesano’s boys team placed fourth with 61 points.
Bulldogs winners in the boys competition included Jesse Anderson (800, 2:17.24) and Aric Jacklin (1600, 4:54.64 PR; 3200, 11:03.44).
“Pretty decent meet where we didn’t get wet,” Montesano head coach Doug Schupbach said, noting it was a rare early spring meet where rain did not play a factor. “We are progressing where we need to be at this time of the season.”
For full meet results, visit tinyurl.com/286pkfpy.
Tumwater 6, Aberdeen 0
Aberdeen lost 6-0 to Tumwater on Tuesday in Tumwater.
The Bobcats will be back in action after Spring Break with a match against WF West at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in Aberdeen.
Singles — Olivia Kee (Tumwater) defeated Maddie Machowek (Aberdeen) 6-2, 6-4. Zoe Giuntili (T) def. Kallie Knutson (A) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Brooke Borovec (T) def. Hadley Ritter (A) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles — Makenna Jensen/Jianna Wiedenmeyer (T) def. Lizbeth Cisneros/Char Guiterres (A) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Aubrey Amandela/Regan Brewer (T) def. Maritza Guzman/Macy Cogburn (A) 6-0, 6-0. Emily Meek/Palisades Diaz (T) def. Angeles Alavez/Clowe Stolen (A) 6-0, 6-1.
Local youth places third at Hoop Shoot Regional
Local youth Lawyer Niemi placed third at the Elks Hoop Shoot Regional free-throw contest on Saturday, March 26 at Kamiakin High School.
Niemi made 19-of-25 shots in the competition.