Dalton Hudson scored the game-winning run for Shelton on Jared Welander’s RBI single in the ninth inning for a 2-1 victory over Kelso in the opening round of the 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district baseball tournament at Auburn Mountainview High School.
Shelton (12-9) advances to play Peninsula at 4 p.m. today in a winner-to-state game at Auburn Mountainview.
Shelton led 1-0 before Kelso tied it in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
Kelso had runners on first and second base in the bottom of the ninth, but hit into a game-ending double play.
Welander, bound for Washington State, was 3-for-5 with two stolen bases, and Mitchell Johnson went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases.
Shelton starting pitcher Austin Wells went eight innings in the win and struck out eight.
4A WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST BASEBALL
Puyallup 7, Olympia 1: The Vikings tagged the Bears for five runs in the third inning, dropping the Bears into the consolation bracket.
Olympia (16-6) faces Union, a 5-4 winner over Tahoma, at 7 p.m. today at Puyallup’s Heritage Park in a loser-out game.
Junior Leif Hansen got the start on the mound and pitched three innings.
“We made good pitches,” Olympia interim coach Greg Creighton said, “just in the wrong location. They jumped on them.”
Cameron Frost and Joey Knight had two hits apiece for the Bears, who pounded out eight hits and got one run in the seventh when Puyallup had a 7-0 lead.
“We couldn’t get a clutch hit until the seventh,” Creighton said.
2A DISTRICT IV BASEBALL
W.F. West 1, Capital 0: The Cougars’ best chance for an upset in the opening round of the 2A District IV tournament came in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, but they were unable to score against the top-seeded Bearcats.
Michael Forgione’s RBI double in the fifth gave the 2A EvCo regular-season champions the lone run.
Capital faces Ridgefield at 4 p.m. today at Centralia’s Ed Wheeler Field in a loser-out contest, while the Bearcats will play Aberdeen in a winner-to-state game at 4 p.m. at Bearcat Baseball Stadium.
1A DISTRICT IV BASEBALL
Tenino to state: The Tenino Beavers secured a berth in the 1A state tournament after their pair of victories over Castle Rock (22-4) and Hoquiam (12-8, 8 innings) to open the 1A District IV tournament.
The Beavers advance to play Woodland, which upset previously unbeaten Montesano, along with Rochester, at 3 p.m. Saturday in Castle Rock for the district title.
Rochester splits: After falling to Woodland, 12-7, the Warriors bounced back in the consolation side of the 1A District IV tournament to defeat Kalama, 3-2, and eliminate the Chinooks. Rochester faces Hoquiam at 2 p.m. Friday in another loser-out game.
2A DISTRICT BOYS SOCCER
Capital 1, River Ridge 0: Van Soderberg notched a shutout in goal as the Cougars remained alive in the 2A District IV tournament and eliminated the Hawks.
Capital faces Aberdeen at 7 p.m. Thursday in a loser-out game at Stewart Field. Aberdeen defeated Capital, 5-1, to end the regular season April 30.