It was a busy day with 5 Fastpitch games in the EVCO 2A League/District Fastpitch Tournament, in the EVCO 2A soccer 1st round Tumwater escaped with a win over WF West and the Bearcats baseball team came up with a big win over Shelton to advance to the District final 4. Our re-caps, pictures and video highlights are below.

EVCO 2A League and District Tournament

1st Round

Rochester 13, Black Hills 0
After a slow start the Warriors blew open a 0-0 game in the bottom of the 3rd scoring 11 runs. The Warriors added a few more and ended the game in the 5th inning. Black Hills finished the year at 0-13 while Rochester improved to 11-4 and advanced to the quarterfinal round.

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Tumwater 20, Centralia 7
The T-Birds controlled this from start to finish and when the Tigers made a minor run to pull within 14-7 Tumwater responded with another 6 runs to ice the game. Tumwater improved to 9-4 and advanced to face Rochester in the quarters. Centralia’s season came to an end and they finished with a 3-11 record.

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Shelton 6, Aberdeen 2
It was a tight game with Aberdeen leading 2-1 but Shelton would score 5 unanswered runs to push their lead to 6-1 and the Bobcats could not respond. Shelton advanced to the quarterfinals against WF West while Aberdeen’s season came to an end finishing 5-9.

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Quarter Final Round

WF West 13, Shelton 0

WF Wests’s Kamy Dacus was virtually untouchable as she was as perfect as you can get through 4 innings tossing a perfect game with 10 of 12 batters striking out. Shelton’s Kam Hyland would break up the perfect game and no hitter in the top of the 5th with a single. This was followed by an error and the Highclimbers had 2 on with no out. Dacus then simply struck out the side to end the one scoring threat Shelton could muster. Dacus finished the game facing 17 batters, 2 over the minimum and struck out 13.

Had the Highclimbers scored it wouldn’t have put them back in the game as the Bearcats had built a 7-0 lead heading into the 5th inning. WF West began in the 1st inning scoring 3 with an RBI base hit from Savannah Hawkins and a Sac Fly from Alisha Anderson. 2 more would score in the 2nd as Rachel Gray led off with a single and would score on a base hit from Brielle Etter, Etter would later also score. 

Dacus would add another 2 runs in the 4th inning after Etter walked and Dacus made short work of a pitch blasting it over the right field fence for a 2 run home run. Savannah Hawkins would then end the game in the bottom of the 5th. 2 runs were already in and the bases loaded when Hawkins came to the plate with 2 out. She needed to drive in just 1 run to end the game with a hit, an error, a walk, get hit by a pitch anyway she gets on safely the game is over. Hawkins worked the count to 3-1 and Shelton’s pitcher Kayla Zembas had to come in with a strike or the game was over. Hawkins sat on a fastball and got it and destroyed it over the left field fence for a walk off Grand Slam for the final 13-0 score.

The Bearcats improved to 14-0 and advances to the District Final 4 on Thursday. Shelton’s season comes to an end and they finished 7-7. Our Pacific Sports Spa visiting player of the game was Shelton’s Kam Hyland for breaking up the perfect game and no-hitter. Our Thorbeckes home team player of the game went to Savanah Hawkins with 5 RBI and a Grand Slam. V

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Quarter Final Round

Rochester 6, Tumwater 5 (8)

Rochester erased a 5-1 deficit to tie the game and send it to extra innings where the Warriors prevailed 6-5 in 2A District IV Softball tournament action.  The Warriors used timely hitting to chip away at the 4 run deficit by scoring one run in the 5th on an RBI single by Staysha Fluetsch.  Two runs in the 6th on a 2 run single by Lakota Escott and the tying run in the 7th on a clutch two out RBI single by Callie Crawford.

Tumwater built their early lead thanks to the pitching of Ashley Brascher and the hitting of Jaylene Manriquez.  Brascher made it through the first three innings unscathed before giving up a runs in each of the last five innings.  Brascher finished by pitching a complete game allowing 6 runs on 12 hits.  Jaylene Manriquez seemed to have put Tumwater in the driver’s seat in the fifth when she connected on a three run home run to dead center field.

Rochester had a chance to win in the 7th but the Tumwater defense came up with the defensive play of the day to keep the game tied.  After a single by Kiyah Kennedy, Emma Wiss hit a shot in the right field gap that one hopped off the centerfielder’s glove over to the right fielder.  She threw the ball to the cutoff at second base and then the ball ended up at home plate just in time to cut down Kennedy before she could score from 1st base.  Yes an 8-9-4-2 on the out.

However, Rochester rallied in the bottom of the 8th for the winning run.  Madi Bates doubled and then scored with two outs on the Kiyah Kennedy walk off single to win the game.  Kennedy was also the winning pitcher going 7 innings while allowing 5 runs on 6 hits and striking out 10 T-Bird batters.

Rochester’s Kiyah Kennedy and Tumwater’s Jaylene Manriquez were named the players of the game.

Tumwater  5  6  1

Rochester  6  12  0

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EVCO 2A League/District Tournament

WF West 4, Shelton 1

(Chehalis, WA) The Bearcats were ready to take on a surging Shelton team coming off a big 11-0 blanking of the Rochester Warriors on Monday. WF West did not have to play a first round game as they were deemed the #1 seed despite being tied with Tumwater and splitting the season with the T-Birds. One of the criteria came down in favor of the Bearcats to give them the #1 seed. 

Tanner Vaughn not only was the starting pitcher but drove in 2 of the 3 1st inning runs. Vaughn then took care of business on the hill striking out 12 and walking only 2 and giving up just 1 hit. Vaughn got some defensive support from Brock Bunker who rushed a slow rolling grounder and firing it to 1st to stop a run from scoring.

Shelton’s season came to an end finishing 7-9 while WF West improves to 13-2 for the season and moves on to the District Final 4 and will travel to Ridgefield on Friday and will face Columbia River in the semi-finals.

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Boys Soccer

EVCO 2A League/District Tournament

Tumwater 1, WF West 0

In what turned out to be a bit of a battle of attrition in tonight’s district playoff game between Tumwater and WF West, it would be the Thunderbirds having the last laugh. Much like the previous match up between these two squads, the game would be decided by one goal in Tumwater’s favor.

That one goal difference happened to be the only goal of the night. Tumwater would take the lead and never look back thanks to the goal off of sophomore Myles Leneker’s foot near the three minute mark of the game. Little did everyone in that stadium know that, that would be the only ball to find the net so early in the game. That did not prevent what would be a very exciting game overall.

The majority of the first half would be played around midfield with both Tumwater and WF West taking turns pushing the ball deep into each others territory. Both of the goalies, AJ Heichelbech and Hayden Sciera would be up to the challenge though by not allowing a goal from those attempts to find their mark.

The second half of this match was much like the first half. Tumwater would make a substitution a keeper though, Lukas Stuart, and he would play a very big part in this Thunderbird victory tonight. The Bearcats would launch what was essentially a all out assault in the final 10 minutes or so of this game. Taking shot after shot. Stuart would get enough of a body part on the ball to deflect a great majority of these shots, he had some help from the Tumwater defenders though, at one time it looked like a T-Bird kicked the ball at their own goal in desperation of  knocking the ball out of bounds. It narrowly missed going in for a Bearcat goal. Ultimately, the final whistle would signal ending the Bearcat push to try and tie this game up.

Our Pacific Sports Spa visiting player of the game for WF West was the senior Jairo Lima Perez. Lima Perez was all over the field tonight for the Bearcat team despite being labeled as a defender on the roster supplied. He helped keep the pressure on Tumwater throughout the evening and still found himself back in time to play defense to help slam the door on Tumwater drives.

Our Thorbeckes home player of the game for Tumwater was Myles Leneker. Leneker would find himself in perfect position to take what turned out to be the game winning shot from about 18 out. It was more than just the goal tonight. In a match that overall could be summed up as a battle of field position, Leneker would have a foot on the ball several times to push the ball deeper into Bearcat territory, but only the one shot early in the game would find its mark.


By paulb

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