Moving one of its hottest hitters down in the lineup proved to be a smart move for the Montesano Bulldogs on Saturday.
The Bulldogs’ normal leadoff hitter – catcher Alisyn Parkin – was moved into the clean-up spot and drove in five runs in a 6-3 win over Kentwood in Montesano.
Monte (3-1 overall) got on the board in the bottom of the first when Jordan Karr led off with a double and Addi Kersker walked. Parkin then belted a double to right, plating Karr and Kersker for a 2-0 lead.
Parkin was at it again in the bottom of the third, stepping to the plate with Kersker and Liv Robinson on board with one out. On a 1-0 pitch, Parkin sent a hard ground ball through the right side of the infield, scoring Kersker and Robinson for a 4-0 lead.
Monte added a run in the fourth when Alexa Stanfield scored on an error.
In the top of the fifth, Kentwood (3-1) snapped Monte starter Riley Timmons’ shutout bid with three runs on three hits and a hit batter.
Parkin added an insurance run with an RBI single to score Kersker for her fifth RBI of the game and give Monte a 6-3 lead.
The top half of Monte’s lineup did the damage on Saturday, with Robinson, Karr, Kersker and Parkin going a combined 7-for-10 with four runs. Parkin led the way, going 3-for-3 with the five RBI.
Kersker went 2-for-2 with a double and three runs scored.
Timmons picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on six hits, two walks and a strikeout.
Grace Gooding pitched two innings of hitless relief for Monte, walking one while striking out two in earning the save.
Montesano hosts Hoquiam at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Kentwood 000 030 0 – 3 6 1
Montesano 202 110 x – 6 8 3
WP: Timmons (5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, K, 2 BB). LP: Greenwood (6 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 8 H, 4 K, BB).
Leading hitters: Kentwood – Ursino (2-4, 2B); Sappa (1-3, R); Wright (1-4, R); Rothenberger (1-2, R); Jones (1-3). Montesano – Parkin (3-3, 2 2B, 5 RBI); Kersker (2-2, 2B, 3 R); Karr (1-2, 2B, R); Robinson (1-3, R); Timmons (1-3).
Wenatchee Valley 2, Grays Harbor 1
Grays Harbor lost a pitcher’s duel 2-1 to Wenatchee Valley in the first game of a double header on Saturday in Wenatchee.
GHC (11-13) scored a run in the first when Ian Winterhalder scored on a fielder’s choice ground out in the top of the first.
Wenatchee Valley (10-12) responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a Delano Calimlim single.
Neither team would score another run until Alex Greb doubled to drive in Tyler Schuyleman with the game-winning run in the 11th inning.
Chokers reliever Jake Johnson picked up the loss, allowing one earned run on four hits with a strikeout over 3 1-3 innings pitched.
GHC starter Brock Roundy allowed an earned run on four hits with six strikeouts in a sparkling seven-inning performance.
Grays Harbor 100 000 000 00 – 1 5 2
Wenatchee Valley 000 100 000 01 – 2 8 0
WP: Johnson (3.1 IP, R, ER, 4 H, K). LP: Snow (4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 K, 2 BB).
Leading hitters: GHC – Hillyard (1-3, 2B); Horne (1-5); Barowsky (1-5); Roundy (1-4); Vine-Close (1-4); Winterhalder (0-3, R). WV – Schuyleman (3-5, 2B, 2 R); Rivera (2-5, 2B).
Wenatchee Valley 7, Grays Harbor 0
Grays Harbor lost the second game of a double header, allowing six runs in the eighth inning in a 7-0 loss on Saturday.
The two teams were locked in the second pitcher’s duel of the day, with GHC starter Luke Stutesman allowing two earned runs on four hits, four walks and two strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings pitched.
Wenatchee Valley scored a run in the seventh and sixth in the eighth on three singles and two walks and a hit batter with the bases loaded.
Cael McMurdo went 2-for-4 with Hunter Hillyard belting a triple for the Chokers.
Grays Harbor 000 000 000 – 0 6 2
Wenatchee Valley 000 000 16x – 7 7 1
WP: Kovanen (4.2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB). LP: Akre (0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, H, 3 BB).
Leading hitters: GHC – McMurdo (2-4); Hillyard (1-1, 3B); Thomson (1-4); Barowsky (1-4); Vine-Close (1-4). WV – Rivera (2-4, 2 2B, R); Gardner (2-5, RBI); Schuyleman (1-5, R, RBI); Jensen (1-4, RBI).
Wenatchee Valley 3, Grays Harbor 1
Grays Harbor got its third straight quality start by a starting pitcher, and its third straight loss to Wenatchee Valley, falling 3-1 in the first game of a double header on Sunday in Wenatchee.
Chokers starter Colby Scheuber allowed three runs – one earned – on eight hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in seven innings pitched.
But the GHC offense managed just its second run in three games as four Wenatchee Valley pitchers held the Chokers to four hits in the ballgame.
The Chokers scored its lone run of the game on a two-out RBI single by Chase Thomson in the top of the third inning.
Wyatt Smith pitched one scoreless inning of relief for GHC, needing just 16 pitches to get through a 1-2-3 eighth.
Grays Harbor 001 000 000 – 1 4 1
Wenatchee Valley 200 001 00x – 3 8 1
WP: Gardner (3 IP, ER, H, K, 3 BB). LP: Scheuber (7 IP, 3 R, ER, 8 H, 8 K).
Leading hitters: GHC – Thomson (2-3, RBI); Ahmad (1-4, 2B); Lano (1-4). WV – Worsham (2-3, 2 RBI); Rivera (2-4, R, RBI); Dauphine (2-4).
Grays Harbor 11, Wenatchee Valley 2
Another solid performance by the pitching staff and some much-needed offense led to Grays Harbor taking the nightcap 11-2 over Wenatchee Valley on Sunday.
Ian Winterhalder started for the Chokers and allowed two runs – one earned – on six hits with seven strikeouts in six innings pitched to pick up the win.
Chokers relievers Adrian Stacy (2 IP, 0 R, 2 H) and Jaden Anderson (IP, 0 R, H, BB) held Wenatchee Valley scoreless over the final three innings of the game.
The GHC offense started hot, scoring five runs in the top of the first on a Thomson RBI double followed later in the inning with run-scoring singles by McMurdo and Beau Barowsky. Shioji and Preston Vine-Close each earned an RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the frame.
Thomson added two more runs by driving in Vine-Close and Roundy in the third for a 7-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, Dylan Ahmad smashed a two-run home run for a 9-2 GHC lead.
Later in the inning, Shioji tripled to drive in McMurdo and came around to score on a Johnson single for the 11-2 win.
GHC has a weekend double header starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clark College.
Grays Harbor 502 004 000 – 11 12 1
Wenatchee Valley 000 110 000 – 2 9 0
WP: Winterhalder (6 IP, 2 R, ER, 6 H, 7 K). LP: Scherr (0.1 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, K, 3 BB).
Leading hitters: Thomson (3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI); Erickson (2-4, R); Shioji (2-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI); Lano (1-5, R); Ahmad (1-4, HR, 2R, 2 RBI); Johnson (1-2, RBI); McMurdo (1-5, 2 R, RBI); Barowsky (1-2, RBI). WV – Schuyleman (3-4, 2B, R); Jensen (2-4, R).