Morton-White Pass scored eight runs on just three hits as the Timberwolves held onto an early 5-1 lead to come away with an 8-7 season-opening victory over Wahkiakum Monday in White Pass.
“It was high energy, lots of excitement,” MWP coach Jan Westling said. “These kids weren’t able to play baseball last year. At the end of the game, coming home, you can imagine their excitement. The momentum generated from yesterday’s win; I can’t wait to see the kids at practice tonight.”
MWP (1-0) travels to Toledo Thursday for a 4 p.m. matchup.
MWP: Jace, Conner (2); Brown (3); Addy (5); Carter (7) and Ethan.
Sophomore ace Jake Jeske struckout five batters and allowed zero earned runs in 2 ⅓ innings as Rainier blasted Stevenson in the season opener, taking a 12-2 mercy-rule victory in five innings at the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) in Lacey.
“We got a lot of young kids in the game,” Rainier coach Mark Mounts said. “We started a little slow with only having one week of practice after being off 360-some days. We got some freshmen and eighth graders playing.”
Jeske was equally potent at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a walk and three runs, while senior Mike Green was 2-for-3 hitting with two runs, two stolen bases, an RBI and a triple. Johnny Boesch was 1-for-2 with a run and led the team with two RBIs, and Gavin Owen was 2-for-2 with two runs, two stolen bases and a double. Carson Edminster added two stolen bases, one run, one RBI and one walk.
The Mountaineers collected eight total hits while holding Stevenson to just three, and were buoyed by four-run innings in the first and third. Ethan Gonzalez pitched relief for Rainier, throwing 2 ⅔ innings while striking out two and allowing three hits and one earned run.
“Jake and Ethan threw well,” Mounts said. “Jake came right after them. He was a bulldog.”
The Mountaineers host Onalaska on Thursday at the RAC, where they will play all their home games while their baseball field is being built.