Ryan Orr was dominant on the mound for Tumwater Wednesday afternoon as the Thunderbirds handed W.F. West its first Evergreen 2A Conference loss since 2017.
Orr pitched the first six innings, striking out 14 and walking two while allowing just two hits.
“Tip of the cap to Tumwater’s pitcher, Orr,” W.F. West coach Bryan Bullock said. “He threw really well and overpowered us. When you strike out 14 times, it’s tough to be successful and win a high school baseball game.”
Cade Haller, Drew Reynolds and Kolby Hansen each hit singles for W.F. West, but the Bearcats were unable to advance a runner past second base.
Tanner Vaughn was the hard-luck losing pitcher for W.F. West. Vaughn fanned seven and gave up five hits, but three Bearcat errors meant all four of Vaughn’s runs were unearned.
“Tanner threw really well,” Bullock said.
Tumwater took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, thanks to a walk, an error, and an RBI single from Cody Whalen. They added three more in the sixth on an error, a walk, an RBI groundout from Alex Overbay, and a two-run single from Whalen.
“That’s not Bearcat baseball,” Bullock said of the errors. “That’s what ended the streak and gave Tumwater the win.”
Whalen and Nate Kessler were each 2 for 3 for Tumwater. Blake Smith pitched the seventh frame, striking out one while allowing one hit.
W.F. West (8-1, 8-1 league) hosts Aberdeen on Friday.
Centralia started off hot, scoring 11 runs in the first inning and cruising in a 16-5 win over Black Hills Wednesday afternoon in Evergreen 2A Conference baseball action at Ed Wheeler Field.
Benito Valencia led the way at the plate for Centralia, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and knocking in three runs. One of those doubles scored two runs to highlight the big first frame.
Gabe Seymour was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Bayden Teitzel was 1-for-2 and drove in two runs, Cameron Erickson went 1 for 3 with four RBI, and Kyuss Mano went 1 for 3 with two RBI. Moshi Eport was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
“Probably the best we’ve come out swinging all year,” Centralia coach Adam Riffe said. “It was contagious. First, pitching was our strong point this year, but hitting has taken over as our strongest point.”
Black Hills scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but Landon Kaut took over on the mound in the second and finished out the game. Kaut gave up a pair of hits and struck out three with just one earned run and four walks.
Centralia improves to 7-3 overall and travels to Rochester on Friday.
Rochester scattered six hits but couldn’t string enough together to plate any runs in a 10-0 defeat to Class 3A Capital in non-league action Wednesday.
Hyde Parrish, Reed Mason and Tate Quarnstrom combined for just two strikeouts on the mound for the Warriors. Quarnstrom gave up one earned run on three hits, Parrish allowed no earned runs on four hits and Mason surrendered five earned runs on three hits.
Collecting hits for the Warriors were Cody Morton, Tony Groninger, Eddie Burkhardt, Mason, and Kyle Wilson, who was 2-for-2.
Rochester falls to 4-7 overall and hosts Centralia (7-3) on Friday.