TUMWATER — Joseph Floyd struck out five batters and allowed just two hits to lift Black Hills past rival Tumwater, 3-0, in a complete-game shutout Thursday at home.
Floyd, who walked just two batters on the day, countered Thunderbird ace Ryan Orr, who fanned 11 batters and allowed just two earned runs on two hits but was the victim of four Tumwater errors.
And errors proved the difference as Black Hills’ got the only run it would end up needing in the second inning when Blake Klinger stole third base and then scored on an overthrow during the pickoff attempt to make it 1-0.
The Wolves cruised from there, adding two insurance runs in the third while the Thunderbirds struggled to get runners on base.
Alexander Shepler (1 for 3, one run) and Max Johnson (1 for 1) collected the Wolves’ only hits on the day, while Braiden Bond and Parker Termini drove in both of Black Hills’ runs in the third inning.
Tumwater’s pair of hits came from Eddie Marson (1 for 3) and Alex Overbay (1 for 3), while Trenton Gaither and Brayden Oram each reached base on walks.
Ayden Ramsey pitched the final two innings for Tumwater, striking out one and allowing no hits with no walks.
Tumwater (3-1) heads to Class 4A Camas for a non-league matchup on Friday. Black Hills (3-1) travels to Class 3A River Ridge for a non-league bout on Friday.