Dowers leads T-Birds' in seventh-inning comeback

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May 4, 2011 

Dowers leads T-Birds' in seventh-inning comeback

Tumwater's Kierstin Smith pitches in a game April 20 against Chehalis. On Tuesday, Smith tossed her third no-hitter of the season despite walking six batters as the Thunderbirds beat Centralia 8-0.

TONY OVERMAN — The Olympian

BASEBALL

Jamison Dowers’ two-run single highlighted Tumwater’s four-run seventh inning in the Thunderbirds’ 5-4 comeback victory over Black Hills in a Class 2A Evergreen Conference baseball game Tuesday in Tumwater.

Tumwater can lock up the No. 3 spot in the EvCo by beating the Wolves again today at home.

Tumwater (8-8) trailed 4-1 going into the final inning after Black Hills scored two runs in its half of the sixth, but Tumwater coach Jamie Weeks and his coaching staff kept their players motivated for the top half of the seventh in the T-Birds’ first come-from-behind win of the season.

Tumwater pounded out 12 hits, including key hits from Dowers (2-for-3), Michael Glasgo (4-for-4) and Cooper Wilson.

“That was huge for us,” Weeks said of his team’s hit total. “We had a lot of key ones that came in the final inning. A few of the big hitters had been struggling a bit, but they believed in themselves and hung in there.”

John Williams pitched a complete game for the win.

North Thurston 11, River Ridge 1: The Rams earned their second victory over the Hawks in as many days to remain in the hunt to earn a district playoff berth.

North Thurston’s regular-season finale is Thursday against Tumwater.

Freshman Riley Storedahl pitched a five-hitter in the win, and he got help from Ben Reece (2-for-4), Spenser Dorsey (2-for-4), Dylan Wharton (2-for-2) and Marcus Storvick (2-for-3).

FASTPITCH

Tumwater 8, Centralia 0: Kierstin Smith tossed her third no-hitter of the season, striking out nine Tigers in the process for the first-place T-Birds.

Smith, Gabby Vadallon and Ashley Wells each finished 2-for-3 as Tumwater widened its lead over the second-place Tigers in the EvCo standings.

Smith had eight fewer strikeouts than the career-best 17 she had the last time the two teams met, and she had six walks Tuesday.

“She was still in command,” Tumwater coach Clay Hill said.

Chehalis 5, Black Hills 1: Despite their loss, the Black Hills Wolves still have a chance to go to the district tournament. They play North Thurston today for a shot at the postseason.

Freshman Alyssa Nelson made her pitching debut Tuesday and threw two scoreless innings.

“(We) are starting to peak at the right time going into three more games this week,” Black Hills coach Nikki Winkley said. “We are playing tougher than we have in the past.”

Chloe Drawsby and Kendra Henry each went 1-for-3 for the Wolves. Chehalis had 17 hits.

BOYS SOCCER

Yelm 3, Timberline 1: The Tornados earned a one-game lead over Timberline for the third spot in the 3A Narrows League standings. Yelm is 4-2-1 record in league play, and Timberline is 3-3-1.

Daniel Gonzalez, Juan Chavez and Sabastian Meneses scored for the Tornados.Timberline’s goal came from Brian Ostler.

North Thurston 2, River Ridge 1 (OT): Zack Ismael scored both of North Thurston’s goals as the Rams ended the regular season with a win over the Hawks.

At 9-4-1, North Thurston will be the No. 3 seed from the EvCo when the 2A district tournament begins Saturday.

Olympia 7, Mount Tahoma 0: The Bears earned their second straight victory to improve to 3-12 overall and 2-12 in the 4A Narrows League.

Senior forward Chris Westman scored twice as the Bears set a season high for goals.

Capital 4, Foss 0: Bryce Joling’s two goals highlighted the Cougars’ win over the Falcons.

Capital improved to 5-0-2 in the 3A Narrows League and 9-0-3 overall.

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