It was a play-off Saturday with the District 4 2B Baseball Championships and it came down to a couple of mistakes being the difference in a tight 1 run game. EVCO 2A League Soccer Tournament began as well and in two loser out games two teams advanced and two teams are turning in their uniforms. Our game re-caps, pictures and video highlights all below.

Toutle Lake 2, Forks 1

(Chehalis, WA) Toutle Lake used a dominant pitching performance from Jackson Cox to win the District IV 2B Baseball championship with a 2-1 win over the Forks Spartans.  Cox went the distance on the hill allowing 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 15 batters.  

Forks’ Carter Windle also pitched well allowing only two runs on six hits with seven strike outs.  Only one run was earned as Zack Swanson scored on a throwing error in the first inning.  Swanson also drove in the other Toutle run with a bases loaded walk in the 5th inning.

The lone run for Forks came in the 6th when Trey Baysinger was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  Baysinger advanced to second on a wild pitch, reached third after a balk and then scored on another wild pitch.

Jackson Cox struck out the side in the 4th and 6th innings.  He retired the Spartans in order in the 7th to finish off the complete game victory.  Jackson Cox and Carter Windle were named the players of the game.

Forks   1   3  1
Toutle   2   6  0
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WF West 5, Shelton 2

(Chehalis, WA) Playing for the 2nd time in a week, both Shelton and WF West knew what to expect. However this time it was in the first round of the 2A District 4 tournament.

Shelton was shutout on Tuesday when the two teams met but they got on the board right out of the gate. Alex Vasquez-Vidal got the Highclimbers on the board in the first minute to take a 1-0 lead. The Bearcats responded quickly with a 5th minute goal for Carlos Hernandez.

Vazquez-Vidal would help Shelton retake the lead in the 21st minute with his 2nd goal. However a great sequence of passing led to a beautiful assist from Carlos Hernandez to Cody Pennington for the header to even things up at 2-2 at halftime.

The 2nd half was all Bearcats. Carlos Hernandez added two more goals to complete the hat trick. WF West would also get one more as defender Lucas Wichert would score his own header assisted by Anthony Mendez.

Carlos Hernandez and Alex Vasquez-Vidal we’re named Players of the Game. The Bearcats advance and hit the road to take on top seeded Tumwater on Tuesday. Shelton’s season comes to an end.

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Rochester 3, Centralia 0

(Rochester, WA) Prior to the game while setting up for the broadcast Rochester Athletic Director Jesse Elam said he couldn’t remember the last time Rochester had hosted a post season soccer match and so excitement was in the air as the Warriors prepared to take on the Centralia Tigers. Centralia has been one of the more talented squad for many years but this season they had struggled but came into the match on a 2 game winning streak including a 1-0 win over Rochester.

The Warriors came out aggressively wanting to set a tone early and they did in just the 11th minute. We think it was Levi Jennings who possessed the ball with a Tiger defender on him near the end line (might have been Owen Hahn) but whomever it was they made an sick pass to Aaron Esquivel who did not waste the pinpoint pass with a punch to to the right of the goal for a score and an early 1-0 lead.

The wind was whipping through and into the face of the Centralia defense. Keeper Victor Rojas was having trouble getting any distance on his goal kicks as they were continually slapped down by the wind and the Warriors played most of the 1st half on the Centralia side of the field. This made for several chances for Rochester but Rojas and the backline did a pretty good job of denying any further quick strike goals including a sweet foot save from Rojas. The Warriors would eventually find an opening and this time it was for sure Jennings who passed the ball up to Alexis Castillo-Corona who then split defenders and punched it in for a 2-0 lead they would take to the half.

As the teams switched sides for the 2nd half, Centralia began some attacks led by Zaid Tekle and Yael Martinez but strong work from Rochester defenders Shawn Thompson, Jassiel Tinoco and Erik Vasquez-Valentine along with keeper Brady Moen continually denied the Tigers. Then in the 57th minute Castillo-Corona would ice the game for the Warriors when he banged home his 2nd score to push their lead to 3-0.

Alexis Castillo-Corona was named our Thorbeckes home team player of the game and our Pacific Sports Spa visiting player of the game went to Centralia’s Zaid Tekle. Centralia’s season has come to an end while Rochester will now travel to Aberdeen on Tuesday in another loser out contest. The winner will move on to the final 4.

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