Timberline 7, Tumwater 2
(Tumwater, WA) This was not an important game as far as standings and impact on post-season goes but both coaches certainly wanted to get something out of this non-league game at the end of Spring Break and both teams really did accomplish it. Timberline’s coach Mark Rubadue asked Tumwater coach Clay Hill if he would be ok playing not only with a DH but an additional extra hitter and he was. Both teams have serious league schedules next week and both wanted to give their starters enough work without over-working them and allow the bench players as many opportunities to play as possible.
Not sure exactly how many would play but there were at least 8 pitchers between the 2 teams and many substitutions as the game went along. Both teams would start with most if not all of their starters and Timberline got on the board 1st in the top of the 1st when Chris Larson singled to lead off and catcher Lucas Reid knocked him in with an RBI double.
Noah Andrews would slap a base hit to lead off the bottom of the inning for Tumwater and would work his way over to 3rd and take home on a wild pitch. After 1 we were tied 1-1.
Timberline would next score in the 3rd when Larson walked with 2 outs, advanced to 2nd on a passed ball and then scored when Ben Whitt singled to make it 2-1. The Blazers added another run in the top of the 4th when Kody Kartman walked then took 2nd and 3rd on 2 wild pitches. Tucker Stroup then knocked him home with an RBI single making it 3-1.
It looked like the T-Birds were then going to make a run at the Blazers in the bottom of the 4th when Andrews led off with a double. Andrew Pullar then would hit him in with an RBI single. The rally got cut short when the next batter Keenan Milligan fired a hard grounder past the pitcher and looked like it was headed for centerfield when Larson made a spectacular grab deep at short flipped it to Whitt to get Pullar who then fired it over to Austin Whalen at 1st for the double play dousing any thoughts of a big rally. This play would also earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
The Blazers kept on adding runs 2 more in the top of the 6th Kartman had an RBI double and would score his 2nd run on an Aaron Furman RBI single and in the 7th Jay Carlton and Alex Baldridge would score as Larson smacked an RBI single and Whitt knocked in a run with a sac fly.
The Blazers are now 7-5 overall while Tumwater falls to 4-3. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game were Chris Larson for Timberline and Noah Andrews for Tumwater.