ESN Tuesday Re-Caps: Hoops tip off in the Metro, 2 Soccer Matches in the SPSL 2A & EVCO 2A plus play-off Fastpitch in Central 2B

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4/27/2021

We had 5 broadcasts on the air Tuesday night including a pair of basketball games in the Metro League, 2 boys soccer games from the SPSL 2A and EVCO 2A and a Fastpitch play-off game in the Central 2B. Our re-cap stories, pictures and video highlights are all below.

Boys Basketball
Garfield 56, West Seattle 23

(Seattle, WA) The beginning of the boys game was anything but pretty, as neither side was able to get an offensive flow early. It mirrored a track meet more than a basketball game as we went the opening stretch with a combined 3 points between the Bulldogs and Wildcats.

Then, Jailyn Stewart started to warm up. The 6’6 sophomore forward showed how refined his game truly was at a young age as he was attacking from all locations on the hardwood. He ended up with 11 first half points and it did not seem like anybody on West Seattle could contain the big man. At one point Stewart had a dunk that left the rim in the gymnasium slightly bent.

To pair with the offense, Garfield used the swarming defense that the program has been known for over the years as they held the Wildcats to just 4 points by the time we reached halftime.

The second half was much more competitive as Isaiah Watts and Tayon Sessoms both started to find their shot. The two combined for 14 points and several big defensive plays.  Unfortunately for West Seattle, Stewart did not lose his touch. He added 13 more to his total to finish the night with a game high 24 points as he guided the Bulldogs to the win. Poppy Justice (9) and Yemoni Bradley-Howell (7) we the other two high point men for Garfield.

Video Highlights (Brandon Brown, Donald Watts)

Girls Basketball
Garfield 65, West Seattle 36

(Seattle, WA) The Garfield Bulldogs girls basketball team went on the road and took care of business against the West Seattle Wildcats on Tuesday. The game was quickly in the hands of the Bulldogs when they had a 19-6 lead after the first quarter.

Garfield used the dynamic duo of Jada Walters and Desiree Lane, who combined for 35 points, to keep the Wildcats in the rearview. The Bulldogs also had a tenacious defensive effort as they did not allow West Seattle to score more than 10 points in a quarter.

Lauren Wright, Ciera Jorge and Jadyn Watts all scored 6-points apiece in off nights for the Wildcat trio. Garfield’s Neveah Talbert added 16 points, 9 in the 3rd quarter, as the Bulldogs secured the opening night win on Metro League action.

 

Video Highlights (Brandon Brown, Donald Watts)

Boys Soccer
Washington 2, Clover Park 1

(Lakewood, WA) All the scoring action was in the 2nd half in this one after an active 1st half that resulted in a 0-0 tie at the break. The 1-5 Washington Patriots came out after halftime with more energy and aggressiveness but a hand ball in the box on a Clover Park attack ended up in a P-K for the Warriors. Yahir Chaves Pineda got Washington keeper Gabriel Bruno guessing the wrong way and had an easy tap in giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.

The goal seemed to give the Patriots even more resolve and answered quickly just 3 minutes later off a free kick from the 37 yard line by Edgar Ramos who laid up a perfect pass to a breaking Iaen Ellis who re-directed the pass in mid-air past Warrior keeper Engelber Piza tying the match 1-1.

Ellis would strike again just 3 minutes later in the 56th off a throw in from Alex Hernandez to Emmanuel Gomez who tapped it back to Ellis. Ellis then sidestepped and launched a lay-up from about the 24 yard line just inside the sideline and it carried deep into the box where Piza tried to punch the ball away but it glided just over his finger tips in the upper left  corner and in for a spectacular goal to give Washington a 2-1 lead.

Tensions would run high as the urgency increased on the Warrior squad and they would lose a player to a red card and have to play with just 10 from the 58th minute really putting C-P in a difficult position. In the 70th minute the Patriots had a chance to seal the win with an indirect free kick in the Warrior box  but Kevin Rodriguez stopped two point blank shots to keep the score at 2-1 but C-P simply did not have enough to counter and find a way to put in the tying goal.

Washington improves to 2-5 on the season and will host Foss on Friday while Clover Park drops to 4-3-1 and plays their final home game on Friday against Steilacoom. Our players of the game were Iaen Ellis for Washington and Clover Park’s Kevin Rodriguez.

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Video Highlights (Tony Davila)

Boys Soccer
WF West 4, Shelton 0

(Chehalis, WA)

In the second match up of the season between the Highclimbers of Shelton and WF West Bearcats, there would be no draw. The two teams initial clash took place on April second in Shelton, WF West would host this time around just 25 days later but win this rematch 4 to 0 thanks to being able to capitalize on opportunities and a unfortunate Shelton injury.

The game would start out with both teams going back and forth fighting for field position, WF West seemingly making their way deeper into Shelton territory than the Highclimbers could onto the Bearcats side. That was until about the 18:20 mark in the game.  WF West Cody Pennington would check into the game and settle into his normal forward position. Pennington would ensure to take one of his first touches of the game seemingly down the field on his own out running the Shelton defenders making his way to the goal. Right before taking the shot, Pennington would draw a fair bit of contact resulting in his shot being deflected while both the defender and keeper. Some how, Pennington kick his leg out while heading to the ground and getting enough contact on the ball for it to go in for the goal giving the Bearcats a 1 to 0 lead.

That goal from Pennington would stand as the lone goal for another 15 minutes before Adal Vargas would add another goal for the Bearcats thanks to a great assist from Pennington as the Bearcats drove down the field making the score 2 to 0 near the 33:40 mark on the clock.  Prior to this goal however, a bit of a scary moment for Shelton as keeper, Montejo Pablo, would have to leave the game with what looked like a apparent knee injury. Pablo was able to leave the field under his own power, but due to his injury, Freshman keeper Parker Gibb would be saddled with the responsibility of being the last line of defense against a hungry looking Bearcat offense.

After giving up the goal to Vargas, Gibb would be caught in a extremely difficult situation. Senior Antheny Mendez would drive down the field for his WF West squad beating the Shelton defenders creating essentially an island for himself and Gibb. After a nifty little move to get Gibb off balance just enough, Mendez would punch the ball into the net extending the Bearcat lead to three at the 35:20 mark in the first half.  That would be the final goal of the first half.

The pace of play of this game seemed to have changed in the second half. Rather than the finesse and dribbling seen during the first half, the second half would see many more big kicks as if teams were looking to essentially clear the ball out of their area. This would lead to Shelton getting in good position for shots on goal, but would find no success.  WF West would end up having success one more time late in the second half as Carlos Hernandez would be in the right spot at the right time to add a goal at the 78:20 mark to extend the score to our final, 4 to 0.

Our Pacific Sports Spa visiting player of the game for Shelton was number 11, Jesus Pedro-Vasquez. While his team may have not made their way onto the scoreboard tonight, it wasn’t from lack of effort. Pedro-Vasquez was all over the field tonight for Shelton and would help create multiple opportunities for the Highclimbers’ shooters, but would unfortunately lead to nothing.

Our Thorbeckes player of the game for WF West was Cody Pennington. Pennington looked like a lightening bolt out on the field tonight for the Bearcats, hustling all over the place. Not to mention the improbable shot he made in the first half that would turn out to be the game winner and possibly the play of the game. To go with that shot, Pennington also had the aforementioned assist tonight leading to Vargas goal late in the first.

Video Highlights (Matthew King & Josh Kaiser)

Fastpitch
Forks 8, Toledo 3

(Toledo, WA)

Forks was led by the all-around efforts of Chloe Leverington to defeat Toledo 8-3 in 2B District IV Fastpitch Playoff action.  Leverington went the distance in the circle allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and striking out 14 Toledo batters.  She also got the scoring started for the Spartans with a two run home run in the fourth inning.

Leverington’s great day was supported by Aspen Rondeau who had a big two run double in the fifth inning to put the game away for Forks.  Kadie Wood also had quite the day at the plate for the Spartans going 3 for 4 with two runs scored.

Toledo was led by Senior Haleigh Holmes as she went 3 for 4 including a triple that smacked half way up the fence in left center field.  

Forks    8  9  5

Toledo 3  7  4

Video Highlights (JB Ewers)

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