Montesano handed first-place Eatonville its first league loss in dramatic fashion, defeating the Cruisers 10-5 on Friday in Montesano.
The Bulldogs (6-8 overall, 4-4 1A Evergreen League), which have been beset by a rash of injuries this season and are just starting to get healthy, trailed 4-1 in the top of the seventh inning but loaded the bases with one out against the Cruisers (10-3, 6-1).
Abbi Parkin, who recently returned to the lineup after an injury had her sidelined for several weeks, walked to force in Reghann Fairbairn.
Paige Lisherness then stepped to the plate for Montesano and with one emphatic swing of the bat changed the course of the game. The senior infielder drove Eatonville right-hander Sara Smith’s 2-2 pitch over the center-field fence for a grand slam home run, giving Monte a 6-4 lead.
The Bulldogs weren’t done scoring just yet.
Later in the frame, Maddi Campbell was hit by a pitch with the sacks full, forcing in another run, and Fairbairn followed with a single to score Alyssa Maldonado to make it an 8-4 ballgame.
Montesano outfielder Liv Robinson followed with a single to score Campbell and an Eatonville error on a Jordan Karr ground ball one batter later gave Monte a 10-4 lead.
When the dust had settled, Montesano scored nine runs in the seventh inning.
Riley Timmons shut down the Cruisers in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the last two Eatonville batters with two on and one out to end the game.
Lisherness, who had missed the first half of the season due to injury, had a whale of a day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with the grand slam, a solo home run in the fourth inning and five runs driven in.
Addi Kersker had a multi-hit game for the Bulldogs, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Parkin went 1-4 with a triple and an RBI for Montesano.
Timmons earned the victory, allowing five earned runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
Montesano hosts Tenino for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Montesano 000 100 9 — 10 9 1
Eatonville 200 020 1 — 5 4 3
Montesano — Lisherness (2-4, GS, HR, 2R, 5RBI), Kersker (2-3, R), Parkin (1-4, 3B, RBI), Karr (1-4, R), Robinson (1-5, R, RBI), R. Fairbairn (1-4, 2R, RBI), Potts (1-2). WP – Timmons (5.1 IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 10K, 11 BB).
Eatonville — Smith (1-4, 4RBI), Chabot (1-3, R), Porter (1-2, 2B, R). LP – Smith (6.2 IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 4K, 4BB).
Aberdeen 14, Black Hills 1
Aberdeen hammered 14 hits, eight for extra bases, en route to a 14-1 thrashing over the Black Hills Wolves on Friday at Black Hills High School.
The Bobcats (10-3, 8-3 2A Evergreen) belted four triples and four doubles as a team and pulled away from Black Hills (0-12, 0-11) with six runs in the fourth and five in the seventh inning.
Hailey Wilson (3-4, 2 3B, 2R, SB, 4RBI), Aili Scott (3-5, 3B, 3R, 2 SB), Emma Siano (3-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBI) and Laynie Yakovich (3-4, 3B, R, 2RBI) collected three hits apiece in the Bobcats hit parade, with Annie Boyle adding two doubles for Aberdeen.
Lilly Camp was solid in the circle for the Bobcats, allowing one run on six hits with nine strikeouts and a walk in seven innings pitched.
Twelfth-ranked Aberdeen, which currently sits 1.5 games ahead of Rochester for third place in the 2A Evergreen Conference, will host Rochester in a key matchup at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Aberdeen 100 611 5 — 14 14 2
Black Hills 100 000 0 — 1 6 6
Aberdeen — Wilson (3-4, 2 3B, 2R, SB, 4RBI), Scott (3-5, 3B, 3R, 2 SB), Siano (3-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBI), Yakovich (3-4, 3B, R, 2RBI), Boyle (2-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBI), Gore (0-4, 2RBI). WP – Camp (7 IP, 6H, 9K, BB).
Black Hills — N/A.
Elma 6, Tenino 4
Elma completed the season sweep over Tenino with a 6-4 win on Friday in Elma.
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Elma standout senior Janessa Sample tripled to clear the bases and give the Eagles a 4-3 lead.
Sample then scored one batter later on a suicide squeeze play by Mia Monroe.
Emmie Spencer followed with a line-drive base hit to center to score Monroe for a 6-3 Elma lead.
Eagles pitcher Madison Monroe allowed a run in the top of the seventh on a sac fly but eventually closed the door on Tenino (1-13, 0-7 1A Evergreen) to pick up the complete-game victory.
“Very proud of our girls for continuing to play at a high level. I am very privileged to have such an unselfish group of girls who want to do whatever they can to help us win,” Elma head coach Ashley Stancil said. “We work everyday on being the best teammates possible and I truly believe that has been the difference these last four games.”
Tenino 000 030 1 — 4 9 2
Elma 100 050 x — 6 8 5
Tenino — Baxter (3-4, R), BAckman (2-4, R), Vestal (1-4, 2B, R), Lukin (1-4, 2B, R, 2RBI), Godwin (1-4, 2RBI), Severse (1-4). LP – Baxter (6 IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 8K).
Elma — Sample (1-4, 3B, R, 3RBI), Spencer (2-3, 2RBI), Mia Monroe (2-3, 2R, RBI), Swarts (1-3, R), Warren (1-2, R), Clark (1-3, R). WP – Madison Monroe (7 IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 6K).
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley sweeps South Bend
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley needed just seven innings to complete a doubleheader sweep over South Bend on Friday in South Bend.
The sixth-ranked Titans (12-2, 12-0 2B Pacific) won the opener 17-0, scoring 11 runs in the top of the fourth inning to put the game in mercy-rule territory.
Senior pitcher Olivia Matlock led the way with three doubles and six runs driven in as PWV’s prodigious offense collected 15 hits in the game, including nine doubles.
Matlock pitched four perfect innings for the Titans, not allowing a base runner while striking out eight.
It was more of the same in the nightcap as PWV stayed hot, scoring 17 runs in the first two two frames to earn a 17-1 win in three innings.
Raegan Portmann (3-3, 3B, 2R, 5RBI), Grace Huber (3-3, 2B, 2R, 3RBI) and Alli Engel (1-2, 3B, R, 3RBI) led the way for a Titans offense that smashed 15 hits in Game 2.
Dani Shannon started and picked up the win for PWV, allowing one hit in two innings pitched.
“South Bend was playing shorthanded with a few kids gone, but they gave us trouble. Credit to their kids for fighting real hard,” said PWV head coach Ken Olson, adding he was able to get many of his younger players some varsity experience on Friday. “It was great to see our young kids get into this game and perform really well. With these young players and the season our JV team had, coached by ex-Titan Morgan Coady, our future looks really promising.”
The Titans conclude the league portion of its schedule on Tuesday when they host North Beach for a twin bill at 3 p.m. in Menlo.
After that, PWV has scheduled contests against defending 2B District 4 champion Adna, and 1A powerhouses Montesano and Eatonville.
PWV 330 (11) — 17 15 0
South Bend 000 0 — 0 0 1
PWV — O. Matlock (3-4, 3 2B, 3R, 6RBI), L. Matlock (3-4, 2B, 3R, RBI), Bush (2-4, 2R, 2RBI), Frasier (2-2, 2B, 3R), Portmann (1-2, 2B, 2R, RBI), Huber (1-2, R, 2RBI), Shannon (1-2, R, RBI), Peterson (1-1, R, 2RBI), Engel (1-3, 2B, R, 2RBI). WP – O. Matlock (4 IP, 0R, 0H, 8K).
South Bend — LP – B. Morley (4 IP, 15H, 17ER, K, 8BB).
South Bend 001 — 1 4 1
PWV (10)70 — 17 15 0
South Bend — Jerles (1-2, R), R. Morley (1-2, 2B), Green (1-1), Viveros (1-1). LP – Stigall (IP, 3H, 7R, 0ER, K, 4BB).
PWV — Portmann (3-3, 3B, 2R, 5RBI), Huber (3-3, 2B, 2R, 3RBI), Frasier (2-2, 2 2B, R, RBI), Hodel (1-3, R), O. Matlock (2-2, 2R), Shannon (1-2, R), Bush (1-1, R, RBI), Peterson (1-1, R, RBI), Engel (1-2, 3B, R, 3RBI). WP – Shannon (2 IP, H).