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ESN Reports Evco 2A Baseball: Bearscats blow open tight game with 7 run 7th defeat Wolves

4/1/16 WF West 12, Black Hills 3 (Tumwater, WA) At the beginning of this day the Evco 2A was in a 4-way tie with each team at 1-1. The Black Hills Wolves welcomed the WF West Bearcats in a crucial league game. With only 9 league games each one is extremely important. After a scoreless 1st inning the craziness began fitting for an April 1st game. Dakota Hawkins led off with a towering double, would move to 3rd when an outside pitch got away from Wolves catcher Milo Ames and then Nole Wollan skied one to left field for a sacrifice fly picking up the RBI as Hawkins scored. Brody Holcomb would then follow with a double of his own. After a 2nd out and Holcomb still on 2nd Jacob Cleary would poke one to the outfield and Holcomb would round 3rd and head for home. The throw in from the outfield was in plenty of time for Ames and Ames ran down a retreating Holcomb for the apparent 3rd out and would have limited the Bearcats to 1 run. The Wolves cheered and headed to the dug out while Holcomb ran home followed by Cleary who ran all the way around and would also touch home plate. The home plate umpire then indicated safe and Wolves coach Todd Venable exploded demanding an explanation. The umpire ruled that Ames...

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ESN to Broadcast Cheney Stadium Triple Header

4/1/16 (Tacoma, WA) The Eli Sports Network is excited about our triple header coverage live from the Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium on Saturday, April 2nd. The 6 teams all chose to participate in the day of baseball and is also a fundraiser each team. (See our story on the Rainier’s High School baseball program by clicking here.) The 3 games are a great mix of teams who would not face each other until post-season. Below are the match-ups and a brief scouting report. Please share with fans and family who can’t attend the games that they can listen on our ESN 1 channel beginning Saturday morning at 11:45. Game 1 12-Noon Hazen vs Curtis Hazen: The Highlanders are from the 2A Seamount League and come in with an impressive 3-0 league mark and 3-1 overall with their lone loss a non-league game with Chief Sealth in which they lost 6-5. They currently trail Kennedy Catholic by a half game in the Seamount league. Coach Mike Brundage will have a majority of his team back next as they only have 4 Seniors and are a Junior heavy squad. The 4A Curtis Vikings will be a great challenge at Cheney Stadium. Curtis: The Vikings are in the 4A South division of the SPSL and sport a 1-3 league record but an even 3-3 overall. Curtis has had some heartbreaking losses early...

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ESN Reports Narrows 3A Soccer: Cougar Showdown ends in a 3-3 Draw

3/31/16 Central Kitsap 3, Capital 3 (Olympia, WA) It was Cougar vs Cougar and both teams were eager to get off to a fast start and both teams indeed did just that with 4 1st half goals scored in less than 14-minutes with 3 of them in the 1st 5 minutes. Central Kitsap’s Kevin White got things started with a high floating shot from 25 yards out into the upper quarter for the unassisted goal just 2 minutes into the match. White would repeat the just 2 minutes later in the 4th minute but this time a longer, laser shot striking quickly shocking the Capital defense and trailed 2-0. Capital wouldn’t take long to answer just a minute later in the 5th when Nigel El-Sokarry penetrated deep into CK territory and was fouled just outside the box and lined up for a free kick. El-Sokkary lofted the shot over the fence to the far side hitting for the goal past keeper Michael Barros, cutting the lead in half 2-1. Logan Beachy would again take advantage of a long outside shot for the 3rd goal of the half for CK in the 13th minute when he took a crossing pass from Christopher Blanton and belted it past Capital keeper Sam Bigelow and CK would push their lead back to 2 goals 3-1 and that is where it would remain heading...

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ESN Reports Baseball: Tacoma Rainiers, Cheney Stadium great partnership between Schools & Pro’s

3/31/16 (Tacoma, WA) On Saturday ESN will be settling in for about 9 hours of High School Baseball from the cozy comforts of Beautiful Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, home of the AAA Tacoma Rainiers. The Rainiers have been offering this program of allowing High School teams to play a game on the beautiful Rainiers field. A chance kids will no doubt relish and be able to look back on for years to come. We talked with Media Manager Brett Gleason who tells us the program began in 2010 and has grown every year since. Gleason says it’s a win/win for those teams who want to participate. Each team gets 350 tickets to a Rainiers game they choose they want to attend. The teams are responsible for selling the tickets to the Rainiers game and they also get to keep about $5 of each ticket sold. Gleason says there is a variety of seats and prices each school gets to select from but in the end they can expect to raise about $1,500 each plus play on the Cheney Stadium Field. Additionally, Gleason says there is no charge to come to the High School games they do have some concessions available but it is more important to the Rainiers to allow the High School fans to experience Cheney Stadium. Rainiers Group Event Coordinator Caitlin Calnan, who runs the HS baseball...

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ESN Reports Baseball: Wolves even score with Tigers in Evco 2A

3/30/16 Black Hills 3, Centralia 1 (Tumwater, WA) Black Hills coach Todd Venable told us before the game he didn’t think he had a #1 pitcher but probably 2 #2’s. Solid pitchers that can gobble up a lot of innings. Well Jaycee Miller officially put his bid in for the #1 slot as he came out firing strikes and completely fooling the Tigers. He rolled through the first 3 innings 1-2-3, 1-2-3 and 1-2-3. It looked like he would knock down 12 straight after getting 11 in a row and then getting ahead of Nolan Wasson but would lose Wasson in the end and walked him. Christian Peters would belt one to deep center but Wolves centerfielder Nate Hutson would lay out for a spectacular catch to keep the shut out in order. Meantime, Miller would get some offensive help, including helping himself but first it was Austin Parr who led off the bottom of the 2nd with a massive home run shot over the left field fence. That gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead after 2. Black Hills would add to their total in the 3rd when Connor Furu got on board on an error. Miller then blasted one into deep center for a stand-up double and the Wolves had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no out. Tate Determan then came through with an RBI single scoring...

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