Rochester pitching goes deep

April 15, 2011 

Jerry Striegel could schedule tripleheaders for his Rochester baseball team and still have pitching to spare.

That’s how deep his Warriors’ highly touted mound staff is, and how confident Striegel is in their abilities.

Over the course of the Warriors’ nine games, the team’s pitchers – Chris Bishop, Josh Moss, Dustin Wilson, Nick Schultz and Dominic Angwood – combined for a 1.52 ERA and 117 strikeouts.

No performance was greater than Moss’ 16-strikeout, seven-inning no-hitter Tuesday in a 9-0 victory over Elma in the first game of a doubleheader. Rochester went on to beat Elma in the nightcap, 8-1, to remain unbeaten in the Southwest Washington 1A Evergreen Division standings at 6-0, and is 8-3 overall.

“He had a good day, no doubt about it,” said Striegel, whose Rochester team is ranked sixth in Class 1A. “He was in command all the way.”

Moss has 52 of the team’s 117 strikeouts and has given up only five hits in his 27 innings pitched. Opponents have trouble scoring runs against the hard-throwing left-hander; Moss’ ERA remains 0.00.

Although Moss is new donning the Rochester colors this season, he isn’t new to SWW 1A competition. An all-state punter in football, Moss spent his first three years of high school at Tenino before moving to Rochester prior to his senior year. Last season with the Beavers, Moss was a first-team all-league designated hitter and a second-team pitcher.

The team’s No. 1 starter has been interchangeable between Moss and senior Chris Bishop, the reigning league MVP.

Bishop leads the team with a .485 batting average – one of four Warriors batting better than .400 – has a 1.000 slugging percentage with three home runs and 19 RBI. On the mound, he sports a 3-2 record with a 2.70 ERA and 32 strikeouts.

MORE OTTON HONORS

Tumwater football coach Sid Otton will be inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame on April 28. The ceremony will take place during a hall-of-fame luncheon, from noon-2 p.m. at the Ballard Elks at Shilshole Beach Club in Seattle. It is open to the public.

Otton, who’s also in the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame and was induced into the Tumwater Hall of Fame last spring, is the state’s all-time winningest high school football coach with a 327-123 career record. In December, he guided the Thunderbirds to their first state title in 17 years with a 34-14 victory over top-ranked Archbishop Murphy in the Class 2A final.

Other inductees will include former University of Washington running back Junior Coffey; former NFL and UW quarterback Damon Huard, along with his father, Mike Huard, who coached Puyallup High School for 17 years; Tom Parry, who coached football at Central Washington for 20 years; former UW Rose Bowl defensive back Ralph Winters; and associate Ron Siegel.

The luncheon features Washington State athletic director Bill Moos as guest speaker, and will be hosted by Seahawks radio announcer and KIRO-TV anchor Steve Raible.

THIS AND THAT

Rainier senior Caleb Thornhill won the 130-pound wrestling weight class at the Cliff Keen World Championships in Reno last weekend. Thornhill did not compete for the Mountaineers during the high school wrestling season after transferring from Yelm to Rainier. … Tumwater’s Demetrius Jones is expected to sign a letter of intent today to play basketball at The Evergreen State College. Jones led Tumwater to its third consecutive state appearance in boys basketball last month. … Seventeen track and field teams will trek to Yelm for the annual Mountain Invitational today. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m. One of the races to watch will be the boys 400, which features Timberline’s DeVon Dansby and Tumwater’s Andrew Brown. The two have the fourth and fifth best times in the state, respectively, in all classes in the 400 this season.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 twitter.com/OlympianPreps www.theolympian.com/prepsportsblog

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