CHEHALIS — In all of his years of coaching high school baseball, Jamie Weeks has never seen anything like what he saw in the sixth inning Wednesday night.
His Tumwater Thunderbirds scored 12 unanswered runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure its first state berth since 2007 with a 12-4 come-from-behind victory over Mark Morris in the 2A District IV baseball semifinals at Bearcat Baseball Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
It will be an all-2A Evergreen Conference showdown in Friday’s district title game; the Thunderbirds (15-6) face W.F. West, a 3-2 winner overAberdeen, at 6 p.m. Friday at Bearcat Stadium.
W.F. West and Tumwater finished first and second, respectively, during the regular season.
Mark Morris took a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the sixth after Tanner Brill’s sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Littlefield from third base.
But in the bottom of the inning, the T-Birds sent 18 batters to the plate, scored 12 runs on nine hits, five walks and a Mark Morris error. The Monarchs used five pitchers in the half-inning.
“Our kids were down, but weren’t out,” Weeks said. “They kept being positive and the kids were positive with each other. Mark Morris is a good team, but we were able to get some hits and their pitchers started to struggle.”
Catcher Ian Sugrue got the scoring started with a two-RBI double after the T-Birds opened the inning with back-to-back singles.
Sugrue finished 2-for-3, one of three T-Birds with two hits apiece, and Luke Hare went 3-for-4 with a double.
2A DISTRICT IV BASEBALL
Capital 11, Ridgefield 3: Kameron Minor pitched a complete-game and struck out six Spudders, and the Cougars scored a season high in runs to remain alive in the consolation bracket.
The Cougars took the lead for good on Cameron Monda’s three-run home run in the third inning.
Monda finished 3-for-4 with five RBI and all of his hits were for extra bases. Mitch Dooley also went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.
Capital will face Mark Morris at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bearcat Stadium in a loser-out game.
4A WCD/SOUTHWEST BI-DISTRICT BASEBALL
Olympia 7, Union 3: Joey Knight and Leif Hansen hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fifth inning to break a 3-all score and give the Bears the lead for good in their loser-out bidistrict game against the Titans of Vancouver.
The Bears snapped their two-game losing skid and improved to 17-6. The win secures a 4A state berth for Olympia, which will face Kentridge at 1 p.m. Saturday at Puyallup’s Heritage Park. Win or lose, the Bears will play again at either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. in a state seeding game.
Elliott Loague struck out eight batters in the complete-game win.
“As soon as we got the lead back, then he was throwing with authority,” Olympia interim coach Greg Creighton said.
3A WCD/SOUTHWEST BI-DISTRICT BASEBALL
Peninsula 17, Shelton 0: One night after the Highclimbers won a loser-out game in extra innings, Shelton’s bats went cold in a winner-to-state loss to the Seahawks.
The Highclimbers (12-10) take on Columbia River at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tacoma’s Heidelberg Park in a winner-to-state, loser-out game. preps.theolympian.com