North Thurston’s Campbell makes birthday wish a reality

Contributing writerApril 23, 2013 

LACEY — Saralyn Campbell’s birthday wish list consisted of one item — a victory over Wilson.

On her 17th birthday, the North Thurston High School junior singled in the winning run in the seventh inning for a 7-6 victory over visiting Wilson in a key 3A Narrows League fastpitch game Monday.

“It’s definitely not a bad way to celebrate a birthday,” said Campbell, who went 3-for-3 at the plate. “I wasn’t trying to do too much. I just wanted to make contact.”

With no outs, Campbell blasted a ground ball into the gap between first and second base. Dejah Hickman ran home and slid under the tag at the plate to propel North Thurston to the victory.

Campbell’s single capped four consecutive hits in the inning for North Thurston, which improved to 7-1 in league play.

“The girls have done a nice job all season at stringing hits together,” North Thurston coach Pat Dahl said. “That’s what we saw today in the seventh.”

North Thurston and Wilson (6-2) entered the game tied atop the 3A Narrows League, with Timberline a half-game back.

After avenging last month’s 8-6 loss to Wilson, North Thurston controls its destiny. It will play Foss on Wednesday, Shelton on Friday and Timberline on Monday.

“We don’t want to ease up now,” Campbell said. “We still have a long ways to go, but this win helps a lot.”

Ciera Davis, who led off the seventh with a single, picked up the victory against Wilson, pitching a complete game with four strikeouts.

Davis also had an RBI in the first inning, helping North Thurston to a 3-1 lead.

“A fast start was key for us,” Dahl said. “We knew (Wilson starting pitcher Steph) Granger was going to come right at us, and we wanted to be aggressive at the plate. I told the girls, ‘If she gives you something to hit with that first pitch, take it.’ ”

Trailing 3-2, Wilson pushed four runners across in the fifth, all with two outs.

Granger followed up back-to-back doubles by Kaysha Fox and Darian Grimm with a two-run single, giving Wilson a 6-3 lead.

Aaliyah Kautz and Brittany Sebesta each had an RBI for North Thurston in the sixth, leading to Campbell’s heroics the next inning.

QUICK HITS

Olympia 10, Gig Harbor 0: Nikki Schroeder hit a three-run home run in the first inning to help the Bears extend their winning streak to six games.

Maddy Stensby struck out eight, and Monica McCoy and Adrianna Rupright combined for three RBI and three runs scored.

Capital 9, Black Hills 3: Rachel Erickson went 4-for-5 with a double, and Paige Schieferstein went 3-for-5 to help Capital keep pace in the 2A Evergreen Conference playoff race.

Tumwater 9, Aberdeen 6: Paced by freshman Jocelyn Glasgo’s complete game and a five-run fourth, Tumwater ended a two-game skid.

Staff writer Meg Wochnick contributed to this report.

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