Hoquiam’s baseball team ended a five-game winless streak to start the season as we review a weekend filled with Twin Harbors sporting events.
Hoquiam 13, Tenino 3
For the first time this season, the Hoquiam Grizzlies were on the positive end of the final score.
Led by an offense that was hot from the start, Hoquiam defeated Tenino 13-3 at Olympic Stadium on Saturday, ending an 0-5 winless streak to start the season.
Hoquiam (2-5 overall, 2-4 1A Evergreen) wasted little time in putting pressure on the Tenino defense. Camden Templar led off the bottom of the first with a triple as the Grizzlies scored three runs in the first.
Hoquiam wasn’t done, scoring six runs in the second to take a commanding 9-0 lead.
After Tenino (0-7, 0-5) scored a run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, Hoquiam scored a pair of runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to earn a walk-off, 10-run rule victory.
Todd Mefford picked up the win for Hoquiam as Tenino’s offense had eight hits in the game.
Hoquiam freshman Dominic Standstipher (2H, 2RBI), Zander Jump (2B, 4RBI) and Riley Montoure (3RBI) combined for nine RBI to lead the Grizzlies’ offensive effort.
Hoquiam 12, Tenino 10
Hoquiam swept a weekend series against the Tenino Beavers, winning 12-10 in eight innings on Saturday in Tenino.
The Grizzlies led 8-7 after four innings and scratched across an insurance run to take a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
But Tenino responded with two in the frame to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
Hoquiam scored three in the eighth to pick up its second win over the Beavers in as many days.
“We were extremely proud of the boys for battling these past two games,” Hoquiam head coach Steve Jump said. “It has been a tough start to the season after a year off, but we are finally stringing together some hits and playing better defense.”
Montesano 4, Mark Morris 1
Montesano’s pitching staff shut down the Mark Morris Monarchs for a 4-1 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader on Saturday in Longview.
Montesano starting pitcher Jaeger Didion (4IP, 0R, 2H, 3K, 2BB) got the victory and combined with reliever Isaac Pierce (3IP, R, 0ER, 2H, 4K, 2BB) to hold the Monarchs to one unearned run one four hits over seven innings.
The Bulldogs scored all four of their runs in the top of the third inning. With one out, six straight Montesano batter reached base, highlighted by a run-scoring triple off the bat of Lucas Salstrom for Monte’s first run of the game.
Isaiah Pierce followed with an RBI single to make it a 2-0 game and later scored on a steal of home to for a 3-0 Bulldogs lead.
Malaki Osbekoff forced in Monte’s fourth run by drawing a bases-loaded walk to score Bode Poler.
Monte (8-2, 7-0 1A Evergreen) had five hits in the game from five different players in the game. Four of those hits came off Monarchs starter Stephen Hammergren, who allowed four earned runs, walked three and struck out 13 Bulldogs in taking the loss.
Mark Morris 12, Montesano 0
Montesano fell behind early and never recovered in a 12-0 four-inning loss to Mark Morris in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday in Longview.
Of the Monarchs’ nine hits in the game, six were doubles.
Mark Morris scored six in the first, three in the second, a run in the third and two in the fourth.
Montesano’s offense managed just two hits — a single by Isaac Pierce and a double off the bat of Denali Harris — as Monarchs pitcher Tristan Warden wen all five innings, striking out seven to just one walk to earn the two-hit shutout.
Malaki Osbekoff took the loss for Monte, allowing nine runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in two innings pitched.
Montesano 3, Hoquiam 2
For the second straight game, Montesano defeated Hoquiam in a hard-fought contest decided by one goal.
Bulldogs forward Veli Ambrocio scored two goals as Montesano earned a 3-2 victory on Saturday at Sea Breeze Oval in Hoquiam.
Ambrocio gave Montesano (3-5, 3-4 1A Evergreen) a 1-0 lead when he scored on a header off a corner kick in the 16th minute.
Hoquiam (2-5) scored on a penalty kick to tie the game in the 35th minute.
After the half, Monte midfielder Mateo Sanchez scored off an assist from Yased Ramirez for a 2-1 lead in the 65th minute and the Bulldogs took a two-goal lead when Ambrocio scored his second of the game in the 74th minute.
A late Hoquiam goal in the 78th minute completed the scoring.
Montesano outshot Hoquiam 14-4, with six Bulldog shots on goal compared to two for Hoquiam.
“We basically had possession of the ball most of the game, we just could not break through in the first half,” Montesano head coach Fidel Sanchez said. “The boys played hard. It was hot and it was a bumpy field and we had to adjust to that.”
It was Monte’s second consecutive win over Hoquiam after the Bulldogs won 1-0 on Thursday in Montesano.
Lower Columbia 7, Grays Harbor 3
A big sixth inning led to Grays Harbor’s downfall as the Chokers fell 7-3 to Lower Columbia in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday in Longview.
Down 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, Grays Harbor allowed four runs on a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and a two-run double off the bat of Eric Luchies.
The Chokers (3-4 overall, NWAC West) took an early 2-0 lead on an RBI single in the first inning by Peyton Brock and a sacrifice fly ball from Caleb Berry in the second.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Red Devils (8-1) scored a run in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 3-2 lead before blowing the game open in the sixth.
Grays Harbor scored a run in the top of the seventh when Elma High School product Tysen Richardson scored on a ground-ball double play by Nolan Baugher.
Trevor Barth took the loss for Grays Harbor, allowing three earned runs on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
Ty Preece threw three innings in relief for Grays Harbor, allowing four earned runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Chokers first baseman Aiden McCarthy went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead a Grays Harbor offense that had seven hits in the ballgame.
Lower Columbia 7, Grays Harbor 5
A late-rally fell short as Grays Harbor lost the second game of a doubleheader 7-5 to Lower Columbia on Sunday in Longview.
Down 2-o entering the third inning, Grays Harbor tied the game on a Caleb Berry sacrifice fly and an RBI double from Peyton Brock.
The Red Devils scored three runs in the third and a pair of runs in the fourth — highlighted by an Eric Luchies run-scoring double — to take a 7-2 lead.
In the Grays Harbor half of the sixth, Aiden McCarthy drove in Nolan Baugher with an RBI single followed by a Denny single that scored McCarthy and Chase Cleveringa.
The Chokers had the tying runs on base in the seventh inning as Berry singled to lead off the inning followed by a Brock base hit.
With the tying run on first base, Red Devils reliever Cole Bertram got Baugher to ground into a double play followed by a pop out from Cleveringa to end the game.
Denny held Grays Harbor going 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI.
Brock (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Cleveringa (2-4, R) also had multi-hit games for the Chokers.
Tyler Garcia took the loss for Grays Harbor, allowing five earned runs on thee hits and three walks in two innings pitched.
Michael Callia Jr. got the win for Lower Columbia, giving up an unearned run while scattering seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings pitched.