(Tacoma, WA) A big day of baseball on the Eli Sports Network from Cheney Stadium. Below are the results and Photo Gallery from each game.
Game 1: Curtis 4, Hazen 0
To say Curtis pitcher Jaden Prewitt was in control would be a huge understatement. How about this, 7 innings pitched, no hits and he faced just 22 batters, 1 over the minimum. He had only 2 base runners all game with Hazen’s Drew Santana getting on by error in the 1st and a walk to Nathan Nagal. But the pinch runner for Nagel would be picked off trying to steal 2nd and Prewitt would finish the game with 6 1-2-3 innings. Prewitt also had a 3-pitch inning retiring all 3 Highlanders with 1 pitch in the 2nd. Fly-out to center, ground out to 3rd and a ground out to short.
Prewitt would get all the offense he needed from Billy Beggs who knocked in Nico Marchio with an RBI base hit in the top of the 1st. Marchio would get on after getting hit by a pitch, steal 2nd, get sacrificed to 3rd setting up Beggs line-drive base hit. Curtis would add another run in the 5th inning when Brett Clemonson would get on, on an error. The big guy would then stun everyone and took off for 2nd and would steal the base. Cody Russell would sac bunt him to 3rd and Marchio would drive him home with another sac fly to center making it 2-0.
Beggs would strike big in the top of the 7th to give Prewitt plenty of breathing room. The Vikings’ Marchio would again get things started with a 2-out walk followed by a base hit from George Thompson. Beggs would then blast a shot to right center field and both Marchio and Thompson would score making it 4-0.
The oustanding games from Prewitt and Beggs hid a pretty decent effort from Hazen’s Ben Hoeper. Hoeper pitched 6 2/3’s but his defense failed him as they gave up 4 errors, which easily could have and probably should have been 6 errors as 2 pop fly balls fell into shallow center field as the defense struggled with their communication. Hoeper’s only big mistake was hanging one to Beggs in the top of 7 that he was able to drive for the 2 RBI. Another bright spot for Hazen was catcher Logan Ricord who threw out 2 would-be base stealer’s at 2nd base.
Curtis improves to 5-3 overall while Hazen dropped to 4-2. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game were of course Jaden Prewitt for Curtis and Logan Ricord for Hazen. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game went to Billy Beggs for driving in 3 of the 4 Viking runs including that big double in the 7th inning.
Game 2: North Mason 6, Black Hills 5
North Mason’s top half of their line-up were hard on the starting Wolves pitching as the 1-2-3-4 hitters combined for 7 hits and 5 RBI in their 1st two at bats giving the Bulldogs a 5-1 lead. Daulton Geyer led off for the Bulldogs with a double and that was followed by a single from Trey Benson. After a strike-out Noah Wiseman would rip a deep single scoring both runs and the Dogs were up 2-0.
Black Hills would get a run in the top of the 2nd on a balk call with Jaycee Miller on 3rd after getting hit by a pitch and stealing 2nd. He got to 3rd on a sharply base hit from Tyler Warren the starting pitcher and then the balk brought him home to make it 2-1.
North Mason would add to their lead in the bottom of the 3rd when with 1 out Geyer would single, Benson would single followed by an RBI single from Garrett Borah. Wiseman would then get out his big stick again knocking home 2 more RBI with another deep single and in 3 innings would have 4 of the runs batted in.
In the top half of the inning with 2 out and the Wolves Connor Furu at the plate he would loft one to center for the easy 3rd out but just as Bulldogs pitcher Zach Marks went into his wind-up the fire-alarm at Cheney Stadium went off. The Stadium was then evacuated for nearly 30-minutes while the Fire Department responded and did a check before allowing anyone back into the stadium. Umpires ruled the pitch to Furu did not count and when play resumed Furu was back at the plate with an 0-1 count. He would strike-out to end the inning officially.
Even though Furu couldn’t take advantage of the break it did seem to stoke the fire of the Wolves as they came back hard in the top of the 5th. Alex Bowden would single and take 2nd on a wild pitch. Tate Determan would bunt him to 3rd but also leg out an infield hit. Bowden would then score on a 2nd wild pitch from Marks while Determan scooted to 2nd. Determan then got caught off 2nd and was thrown out trying to get to 3rd. This would prove costly as Nik Quartano would single and then stole 2nd. After a fly-out Cole Lester would single moving Quartano to 3rd and then Austin Parr would launch a massive double off the warning track driving in 2 runs and Milo Ames would single to right for an RBI driving in the tying run.
The Bulldogs would strike right back as Noah Wiseman would land one on the warning track himself for a lead-off double. Wiseman would come around to score to give the Bulldogs a 1-run lead and then they would make that stand shutting down the Wolves in the 6th and 7th for the 6-5 win.
Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game for North Mason Noah Wiseman and for Black Hills Cole Lester.
Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game goes to Coach Geyer for his ceremonial first pitch to his son Daulton. Coach Geyer is battling terminal cancer and the ProActive Play of the Game celebrates the game changing play of the game. We can not think or imagine a bigger game changer than Coach Geyer’s courage and leadership of these young men. Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Geyer, Daulton, his family and the whole North Mason Bulldog family.
Game 3: Todd Beamer 11, Auburn 2
The Titans began an offensive onslaught from the beginning as they put up runs in every inning except one. JayShawn Ware would draw a walk to begin the game and that was followed by a single from Calvin Hedges. After a ground-out and a strike-out Brycen Allen came through with a base hit knocking both runners home for a 2-0 lead after 1.
Beamer would add to that lead in the 2nd inning putting up 4 more runs while batting round. The 7-8-9 hitters got things rolling with Tommy Davis singling, followed by a single from Cameron Naden. Jacob Barden would get to 1st on an error. After a strike-out Hedges would sac fly home a run for an RBI but now there were 2 outs and 2 on. JJ Asinas would not waste the opportunity with a single and an RBI scoring the 2nd run of the inning. Big Jared Thompson who looks more like a defensive tackle than a 1st baseman unloaded with a 2 RBI shot to finished the 2nd inning with a 6-0 lead.
The lead would get extended to 7-0 after the 3rd inning but could have been much worse after loading the bases with 2 singles and a walk Barden would sac fly Tate Wallatt home for the run but the Trojans would escape and further damage.
Auburn would spoil the shut out in the 5th inning after Taylor Glenn got on board in the lead-off position. Then a sac bunt and a strike-out it looked like the Trojans would blow another scoring opportunity when Shiina Adachi walked setting up Dillon O’Grady who ripped a 2-run double putting the Trojans on the board trailing 7-2 after 5.
Todd Beamer would add another run in the 6th and 4 more in the 7th but unfortunately for us we really had no idea who the players were. Both teams played lots of players from both the Varsity and JV teams many with duplicate numbers and we were not provided with complete rosters to try and unravel the mystery at that point in the game.
The Titans improved to 4-4 on the season while Auburn dropped to 2-7. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to Beamer’s Brycen Allen and for Auburn Dillon O’Grady. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game went to the Titans’ Jared Thompson for his massive double to straight away center field that would have easily cleared the wall had he pulled it either way.