TENINO — Tenino used a 12-run fourth inning, capped by a Courtney Backman grand salami, as the Beavers raced past visiting Toledo for a 16-5 win in five innings at home on Wednesday afternoon.
It was a come-from-behind win for the Beavers, who found themselves in a rut after Toledo’s Averie Robbins and Abbie Marcil each jacked home runs to help the Riverhawks go 5-4 in the top of the fourth inning.
But the Beavers came alive in the fourth, hitting through their lineup twice and exploding for 16 runs as Backman put the finishing touches on the inning with her grand slam.
“We decided to come to play in our half of the fourth inning,” Tenino coach Chris Johnson said.
And as the Beavers offense started humming, senior pitcher Emily Baxter settled down, holding off the Riverhawks the rest of the way and finishing with seven strikeouts and two earned runs on seven hits and no walks across five innings.
“That’s what made me the most proud, that she didn’t have any walks,” Johnson said.
Alivia Hunter led the Beavers offensively, reaching base all four trips to the plate and finishing 2 for 3 with a walk.
For the Riverhawks, Marcil led the offensive attack, going 3 for 3 with an RBI and finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Candace Clark added a double.
Toledo (0-1) hosts Onalaska on Thursday. Tenino heads to Castle Rock on Thursday before hosting Centralia on Friday.