Capital lets lead slip away in late innings vs. Wilson

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: The Rams rally with 7 runs in fifth, sixth innings to hand Cougars an 8-6 Narrows League loss in first game of busy week

April 6, 2011 

LACEY - Spring break has been in full swing since late Friday for South Sound schools. But for many teams, the week free of classes doesn’t translate to time off from the baseball diamond.

Capital’s baseball team is one such team, with four games scheduled in five games this week. And the Cougars’ 8-6 3A Narrows League loss to Wilson on a damp and chilly Tuesday night at the Regional Athletic Complex certainly wasn’t the way they wanted to begin this week’s stretch of games.

The 10th-ranked Cougars (3-2 overall, 1-1 league) showed offensive power similar to what they showed when the teams met March 28, an 11-5 Capital win, but the Cougars couldn’t come up with runs at the most needed times Tuesday.

Capital tagged Wilson pitchers Kurtis Longver and Dylan Sandoval for six runs on seven hits but left eight runners on base, including three in scoring position in the final two innings.

With the game scoreless until the fourth inning, Capital’s offense came alive.

The Cougars built a 4-1 lead during their half of the fourth, sending eight batters to the plate and putting up four runs.

Catcher Jordan Coleman, who finished 2-for-4, started the inning with one of the Cougars’ three consecutive hits.

Ryne Wilmes’ double to left-center field drove in Eli Fulton, who had singled, and Josh Aase, who had reached base on an error.

Wilson’s bats came alive in the fifth and sixth innings, when the Rams (3-3, 1-1) combined for seven runs and took an 8-4 lead.

In the sixth, the Rams put together four hits, none bigger than a two-run double by Longver off a 2-0 pitch from Capital reliever Curran Collins with the bases loaded.

Longver, the Rams’ starting pitcher, and Tuman each went 3-for-4. Tuman finished with three RBI.

Capital starting pitcher Kenzy Forler went 4 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out three in the loss.

March’s wet weather forced many baseball teams to reschedule several games for April.

For Capital, Monday’s league game against Timberline was washed out and rescheduled for Thursday. It will be the second game of a home-and-home series today and Thursday.

Capital also hosts Hudson’s Bay on Saturday.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473

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