Hayden Maliska’s triple and run scored broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth, and Tyler Ridgeway struck out 14 batters in North Thurston’s 2-0 win over Shelton in the second round of the 3A Narrows League baseball tournament at the Regional Athletic Complex on Wednesday in Lacey.
North Thurston (16-5) advances to face Timberline (17-3) in the championship game at 4 p.m. Friday at the RAC. Both teams have clinched bidistrict tournament berths.
Ridgeway (6-1) allowed three hits and did not walk a batter while pitching his second consecutive complete-game shutout.
Shelton, which earned a berth in the bidistrict tournament despite its loss, will face Wilson at 4 p.m. today in a district seeding game at the RAC.
North Thurston 16, at Mount Tahoma 0: The Rams wrapped up the 3A Narrows League title with a five-inning victory. Dominique Greeno (4-for-4) and Dejah Hickman (3-for-4) each had a triple and two RBI. North Thurston will be the No. 1 seed in the league tournament next week at South End Recreation Area.
At Olympia 4, Yelm 0: The Bears clinched second place in the 4A Narrows League going into next week’s league tournament at SERA behind a three-run fourth inning. Maddy Stensby pitched her third shutout in five games, striking out nine batters over six innings. Nikki Schroeder and Erin Roloff had two RBI apiece.
At Timberline 15, Shelton 0: Ellie Jones threw a five-inning no-hitter and struck out five as the Blazers secured the No. 2 seed in next week’s 3A Narrows League tournament. Aundrea Temple and Rebecca Nelson each hit a home run. Rylee Payton and Maria Velez-Kraft had three hits apiece.
Tumwater 6, at Black Hills 0: The Thunderbirds got four of their six wins in straight sets. At No. 1 singles, Rachel Howard outlasted Madilyn Sayler, dropping the first set, 4-6, before winning the final two, 6-3, 6-0. preps.theolympian.com