WF West 9, Centralia 3
Game story by Matt Baide on The Lewis County Sports Blog http://www.lewiscountysports.com/?p=48207
Tumwater 4, Black Hills 3
(Tumwater, WA) This game is always big because of the crosstown rivalry but in this case 2nd place in the Evco 2A at stake as well. WF West finished the job and clinched the Championship with their win over Centralia and the Tigers will be 4th. Still to be determined is 2nd and 3rd, we know the teams but the order hasn’t been finalized yet. Black Hills beat the T-Birds earlier 10-9 and a sweep of their rival would clinch 2nd place, the highest a Black Hills baseball team would have ever finished.
Tumwater needed a win to keep things interesting and that is what they did scoring in the bottom of the 1st when Logan Hayes walked and worked his way to 3rd and then scored on a wild pitch. Black Hills would then tie and then take the lead 2-1. Kristian Knight doubled with 1 out in the 2nd and scored on a Nate Brosio RBI single. Then in the top of the 3rd the would take the lead when Bryce Kincy led off with a single and ended up on 3rd with 2 outs when a pitch got away from Logan Chase and catcher Jackson Davis couldn’t block it allowing Kincy to score on the wild pitch.
The T-Birds got to Wolves starting pitcher Nathan Hutson in the 3rd inning when Noah Andrews led off with a single. Noah Sirkel then got hit by a pitch and then Logan Hayes ripped a 2 RBI double to push their lead to 3-1. Jackson Davis followed that with a double of his own scoring Hayes to make it 4-1.
That would do it for Hutson and Ashton Perry came in to relieve and would get out of the inning with no further damage. Perry would then finish the game facing 11 batters giving up 2 hits including a double to Sirkel but Perry would pick him off 2nd base in the bottom of the 5th. Perry could only hope the Wolves offense could rally enough to tie or take the lead.
Down 4-2 they would get one back in the top of the 4th when Taylor Simmons led off with a base hit and Kincy came through again with a 2 out, RBI single. The best chance to tie the game was in the top of the 6th when Nate Brosio singled with 1 out. Brosio then attempted to steal 2nd but Jackson Davis threw him out with a perfect throw. This would earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game because had Brosio not tried to steal, Nik Quartano walked just behind him. Jaycee Miller then walked which would have loaded the bases with 1 out but instead there were 2 outs and Kincy flew out to left field, Brosio would have had a great chance to score on that fly ball had he been on 3rd.
Garrett Behrens came in to relieve Logan Chase for Tumwater after Chase had an up and down outing for him. Behrens would take the Wolves down in order in the 5th and after the close call in the 6th mowed them down 1-2-3 in the 7th to clinch the win. With that relief performance he earned our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Player of the Game for the T-Birds while Bryce Kincy won it for Black Hills. These 2 teams will wrap up their season series on Tuesday at Black Hills with 2nd place still on the line.