ESN Reports Baseball: T-Birds end Bobcats Season in Play-in Game

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5/4/16

Tumwater 3, Aberdeen 1

(Tumwater, WA) There was no denying what was in the line in this game, the winner would live to play another day, the loser would have their season come to an end. Both starting pitchers would come out on fire throwing lots of strikes and relying on their defense to make outs. Aberdeen’s Grant Larson would retire the 1st 6 in a row with shortstop CJ Oldham record 5 of the 6 put outs.

Tumwater’s Logan Chase would strike out the 1st 2 batters in a 1-2-3 inning but then relied on 2 big double plays in the 2nd and 3rd innings to face the minimum 9 batters in 3 innings. The 1st twin killing was a grounder to shortstop Noah Andrews who turned it to 2nd baseman Andrew Pullar who fired it to Michael Wagar at 1st to end the inning. In the 3rd, Austin Silva led off for Aberdeen with the 1st base hit of the game. Josh Germeaux then tried to lay down a sac bunt but Chase jumped off the mound to get it and a laser to Andrews covering 2nd who relayed it to Wagar for the unusual 1-6-3 double play. This would also earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.

Tumwater would get on the board in the bottom of the 3rd when Jackson Davis doubled with 1 out and Sam Jones followed up with an RBI single scoring Treyton Rodriguez who came in as a courtesy runner for Davis and it was 1-0 T-Birds.

Tumwater added 2 huge runs in the bottom of the 5th when with 1 out Wagar got on board after a high throw to 1st. After the 2nd out, Sam Jones singled for his 2nd hit of the game. Noah Andrews then ripped a gap shot for a stand-up double scoring both runners and it was 3-0.

This happened after about a 20-minute delay in the top of the 5th when Brayden Roiko for the Bobcats took a healthy swing and fouled the ball off the ground and appeared to have hit him. Roiko was in considerable pain and it was learned it was his hip that was either out  or some other issue and paramedics were called and he was taken off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Aberdeen would score the only run and have their best chance offensively in the top of the 6th inning. With 1 out, Austin Lawrence rapped a base hit and stole 2nd. CJ Oldham then singled scoring Lawrence. After a pop-fly for the 2nd out Kylan Touch would single and advance to 2nd and the tying run was now on in scoring position. #4 hitter Jake Metke the flared one to right field but Tumwater’s right fielder Jacob Dardano made a long run and was able to grab the ball just short of it falling in for a hit which would have easily scored both runs.

Logan Chase then mowed down the final 3 batters 1-2-3 in the top of the 7th to clinch the win. Tumwater will now host Hudson’s Bay on Friday afternoon at 4:30 in a loser out play-in game while Aberdeen had their season come to an end. The winner of the Hudson’s Bay at Tumwater game will advance as the 4th seed from the North and will play at Ridgefield on Tuesday.

Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game goes to Sam Jones of Tumwater and CJ Oldham for Aberdeen.

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