Tumwater 6, Black Hills 5
(Tumwater, WA) The Evco 2A baseball standings were as tight as possible after 3 league games with WF West and Centralia tied for 1st at 2-1 while Tumwater and Black Hills were tied for 3rd at 1-2. The winner would move into a tie for 2nd with the loser of the Twin city rivalry game. The Bearcats would prevail in that match-up 1-0 over Centralia to move into sole possession of 1st place.
Meantime, it looked like the Black Hills was serious about moving into a tie with Centralia for 2nd when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning. Nate Hutson led off with a single, stole 2nd and was knocked in on a 2 out RBI single from Austin Parr. Ethan Loveless then grounded one to Andrew Pullar at 2nd base and the ball squirted between his legs and Parr and Loveless ended up on 2nd and 3rd. Milo Ames then belted a shot off starting T-Bird pitcher Joseph Brascher into left center for a 2 run double and it was 3-0 after 1.
Tumwater would get back into the game immediately with a nifty 2-out rally. Wolves pitcher Jaycee Miller then walked the next 2 Keenan Milligan and Jacob Dardano setting up Noah Sirkel. Sirkel then followed suit with his own 2-run double going deep into center field. The T-Birds trailed 3-2 after 1.
The Wolves would tack on another run in the 2nd when Alex Bowden walked and stole 2nd. Nate Hutson then knocked him in with an RBI double to make 4-2. The T-Birds were set to possibly take the lead in the bottom of the inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. Tumwater’s Trayten Rosriguez grounded sharply down the 1st base line where the Wolves Cole Lester scooped it up and threw it home to Ames for the force and Ames fired it back to Lester getting Rodriguez by a half step for the 3-2-3 double play. A pop-out would end the inning and the Wolves had denied the T-Birds.
Tumwater got a run back in the bottom of the 3rd when Sirkel walked followed by a single from Sam Jones. The 2 runners would advance on a wild pitch and then Sirkel scored on a ground out by Jackson Davis for an RBI. The T-Birds would then tie the game in the bottom of the 4th with another 2 out rally. Rodriguez walked followed by a single by Milligan. Jacob Dardano then dropped a single into left field where Ethan Loveless for the Wolves overran the ball allowing Rodriguez to score from 2nd. Loveless did gun down Milligan at 3rd to end the inning but it was all even at 4-4.
The T-Birds then took a 1-run lead in the bottom of the 6th on yet another 2 out rally. Noah Andrews would pop a hot shot at short stop Nik Quartano who made a great grab but then over threw 1st base allowing Andrews to get to 2nd base. Rodriguez would follow with another hard shot to Quartano who threw a low ball to Lester at 1st base and Lester could not dig it out of the dirt and Andrews scored the go-ahead run on back-to-back throwing errors,
In the top of the 7th the Wolves would get the equalizer when Nate Hutson led off with a single his 4th hit of the game. Hutson would steal 2nd and then Cole Lester came through with an RBI single to tie the game at 5-5. Brascher was relieved at this time and Nathan Walters came in to pitch. Walters would strike out 2 and keep the Wolves from taking a lead.
Tumwater then had to score 1 run to pick up the come from behind win. Eric Jordan was in his 3rd inning of relief and quickly got the 1st out for the Wolves. Noah Sirkel would step up and smack one deep to left field where Loveless looked like he might steal a 2nd out when the high fly hit in his glove but then he ran into the fence and the ball fell out and Sirkel had his 2nd double of the game. Sam Jones then grounded one to 2nd base for the 2nd out but moved Sirkel over to 3rd. With 2 down Jackson Davis came to the plate and flared one into right field driving home the winning run. This would also be our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
After today’s action WF West is in 1st with a 3-1 league mark while Tumwater and Centralia are tied for 2nd at 2-2 and Black Hills drops into 4th place at 1-3. All 4 teams will play each other again tomorrow with Tumwater at Black Hills and Centralia at WF West. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to Noah Sirkel for Tumwater and Nate Hutson for Black Hills.