The Grays Harbor College softball team split a pair of games with Pierce College as we review Wednesday’s Twin Harbor sports action.
Grays Harbor 6, Pierce 2
Grays Harbor College took an early lead and got a solid pitching performance in a 6-2 win over Pierce College in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday in Puyallup.
Chokers pitcher Sha’kayla Harris allowed just two earned runs and scattered six hits with eight strikeouts and took advantage of an early lead.
Grays Harbor jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by Ashlynn Sparks.
Leading 3-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Grays Harbor added to its lead on an RBI double from Mikaila Neilson followed by run-scoring singles by Anna Beeler and Harris.
Neilson led GHC at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI.
Elma product Kassedy Olson (2-4, R), Taholah graduate Ruby Pope (2-4, R), Dominique Marin (2-4, 2R) and Beeler (2-3, 2RBI) also had multi-hit games for GHC.
Pierce 5, Grays Harbor 1
Grays Harbor’s offense was held in check as the Chokers lost the night cap 5-1 against Pierce on Wednesday in Puyallup.
GHC (4-12 overall, 3-11 NWAC South) found it difficult to score against Pierce pitcher Gwendolyn Hagen, who allowed one earned run on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks in tossing a seven-inning complete game.
The Chokers’ lone run came on an Ashlynn Sparks solo home run in the top of the seventh inning.
Kassedy Olson led GHC at the plate, going 2-for-4 from her leadoff spot.
Chokers pitcher Mikaila Neilson took the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits, a walk and two strikeouts in seven innings pitched.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
Black Hills 76, Aberdeen 51
Aberdeen dropped its second-straight game to open the season in a 76-51 loss to Black Hills on Wednesday in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen (0-2 overall, 2A Evergreen) struggled to slow down the Black Hills offense in the second half as the Wolves outscored the Bobcats 43-26 over the final two quarters.
“We’re still trying to find our defensive intensity,” Aberdeen head coach Mark Buckman said. “It was a lackluster night in terms of what we need on defense. … We have some young guys that are hungry and we’re just hoping to mix it up here moving forward and see what comes of it. Black Hills certainly exposed us in something we historically have hung our hat on in terms of our defense and the last couple of games we have not understood that side of the ball.”
Angel Baltazar led Aberdeen with 22 points and eight rebounds to go along with three assists.
The Wolves’ Connor Hopkins led all scorers with 29 points, including six 3-pointers.
Griffin Kincaid added nine points for Aberdeen.
The Bobcats are set to face Hoquiam in a Myrtle Street Rivalry game at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Hoquaim.
North Beach 70, Raymond 50
The North Beach Hyaks picked up their first win of the season with a 70-50 victory over Raymond on Wednesday in Ocean Shores.
Josh Bighead scored 25 points to lead North Beach (1-2 overall, 2B Pacific), which outscored Raymond (0-4) 22-10 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
“We did a better job of taking care of the ball,” North Beach head coach Larry Moore said. “Overall, our defense was a lot better. … It was a great, hustling team effort.”
JT Mail had 11 points and was credited for providing the Hyaks with a spark off the bench.
Kyle Fry added 10 points and six rebounds while TreVaughn Greene had 10 rebounds and five blocks for North Beach.
Adrian Quintana led Raymond with 22 points, including eight points in the first quarter as the Seagulls trailed 16-14 after the first eight minutes of the game.
But according to Raymond head coach Derek Rask, “the wheels fell off” in the second quarter for the Seagulls.
“We didn’t defend well and we turned the ball over too many times,” he said. “In the second half, I felt like North Beach was comfortable offensively, and they were able to get to their spots easily and score. We need to do a much better job defensively if we want to give ourselves a chance to win.”
Joseph Villalpando and Jarrod Gunderson each scored 10 points for Raymond with Talan Yearout grabbing a team-best seven rebounds in the game.
Taholah 71, Lake Quinault 36
The Taholah Chitwhins got off to a hot blistering start en route to a 71-36 victory over Lake Quinault on Tuesday in Taholah.
The Chitwhins (2-1 overall, 2-0 1B Coastal) outscored the Elks (0-3) 22-8 in the first quarter and held Lake Quinault to just three points in the second quarter.
Lake Quinault was led by Jesus Mendoza’s 16 points and six steals.
Kekoa Shale grabbed nine rebounds as the Elks totalled 36 rebounds in for the game.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL
Aberdeen 42, Black Hills 32
Aberdeen picked up its first win of the season with a 42-32 victory over Black Hills on Wednesday in Tumwater.
The Bobcats (1-1 overall, 2A Evergreen) trailed 15-11 at halftime before awaking in the third quarter. Aberdeen scored more points in the first eight minutes after halftime than it did in the entire first half (13) and took control of the game with an 18 point fourth quarter.
Maddie Gore led the Bobcats with 15 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
Marina Maril scored 13 points for Aberdeen and Bobcats head coach Rachel Wenzel cited the return of starting point guard Kaely Chum as being a key to the Aberdeen victory.
MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF
GHC signs Timberline’s Moss
Treyton Moss of Timberline High School (Olympia) has committed to play golf for Grays Harbor College beginning in the fall.
Moss is Timberline’s top golfer and has been a consistent contender on the Washington Junior Golf and Rocky Mountain Junior Tour events.
Moss joins Michael Jump (Hoquiam), Nolan King (Aberdeen) and Cam Bostwick (Centralia) as part of GHC’s 2021 recruiting class.
“We are excited to have Trey join us and look forward to a great fall season,” GHC head coach Ann Swanson said.
Tumwater 2, Aberdeen 1
Aberdeen won the second game but eventually fell to Tumwater 2-1 on Wednesday at Rainier Lanes in Aberdeen.
Tumwater took the first game 507-482 followed by Aberdeen responding with a 497-484 win in Game 2.
The Thunderbirds got off to a fast start in the third and final game, downing the Bobcats by 57 pins (498-441) to claim the victory.
Aberdeen’s Jennifer Guzman-Ramirez had the high game of the match, bowling a 148 in the first game.
Guzman-Ramirez and teammate Cameryn Micheau each bowled a 377 series score to lead Aberdeen.
Aberdeen’s JV team won 2-1, led by Cerrenitty Smith’s personal-best score of 161.
Bobcats freshmen Cameryn Micheau and Kylie Zvono each bowled turkeys on Wednesday.
Aberdeen (Game 1-3, series score) — Joele Hyde (93, 114, 104, 311); Jennifer Guzman-Ramirez (148, 116, 113, 377); Cameryn Micheau (116, 141, 120, 377); Bailee Taylor (125, 126, 104, 355)
Tumwater — Trysten Sarson (129, 138, 147, 414); Josie Bush (122, 106, 128, 356); Samantha Bluhm (126, 138, 112, 376); Kayla Ducey (130, 102, 111, 343)