2A Baseball: Bearcats Blank Shelton; Warriors Blast Black Hills


The Bearcats stayed undefeated on Wednesday, blanking Shelton 6-0 on the road in Evergreen 2A Conference baseball action.

Andrew Stafford tossed a complete-game shutout, scattering five hits and striking out three without walking a batter.

“He threw strikes,” Bearcat coach Bryan Bullock said. “He pounded the strike zone and made a big emphasis on not walking anybody, and we played really good defense behind him.”

Drew Reynolds and Tanner Vaughn led the way at the plate, with Reynolds going 2 for 3 with an RBI and Vaughn going 2 for 4 and driving in two runs.

Logan Moore went 1 for 3 and drove in a run, while Brit Lusk and Kolby Hansen each added RBIs for the Bearcats.

“It was just real good production up and down the lineup, as far as getting on base and some timely hitting,” Bullock said.

Reynolds singled in a run in the first inning, followed by a sacrifice fly from Lusk and, two batters later, an RBI single from Vaughn.

W.F. West added the balance of its runs in the third frame. Vaughn singled in a run, Hansen’s grounder to second scored another, and Moore knocked in a run with a single.

Stafford, meanwhile, faced the minimum through three innings and allowed just one runner to advance past first base.

The Bearcats (7-0) host Rochester on Friday.

Warriors Rebound Over Wolves

Rochester erupted for 20 runs on 16 hits as the Warriors pounced on Black Hills for a 16-9 victory on the road Wednesday.

The Warriors used an eight-run top-of-the-first inning to stun the Wolves. Eddie Burkhardt led the way with 4-for-5 batting with two runs while Tony Groninger drove in three runs and scored three times on 3-for-5 hitting. 

Tate Quarnstrom was 3-for-6 at the plate with three runs and two RBIs, Landon Hawes was 2-for-3 with two runs and Lucas Decker went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

“We came out and swung the bats,” Rochester coach Brad Quarnstrom said. “We put the ball in play and came out and set the tone.”

Groninger went 6.1 innings on the mound, fanning five batters and allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits and three walks.

“He did a fine job,” Quarnstrom said. “He wasn’t as sharp as he’s been the last couple outings but it was good enough to get us a win.”

Rochester improves to 4-4 and heads to W.F. West (7-0) on Friday.