North Thurston defeated by Wilson at league fastpitch tournament

After finishing third in 3A Narrows regular season, Wilson defeats North Thurston, 9-2, to win league tournament

mwochnick@theolympian.comMay 11, 2013 

TACOMA — The Wilson Rams finished third in the 3A Narrows League regular-season fastpitch standings behind champion North Thurston and Timberline.

For Wilson, though, the postseason means a new season.

That approach worked as Wilson upended North Thurston, 9-2, for the 3A Narrows League tournament championship Friday at South End Recreation Area. With the win, Wilson earned the league’s No. 1 seed for the West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament.

A day after topping Timberline, 3-1, in the tournament semifinals, late-surging Wilson (14-7) won for the fifth consecutive time, getting contributions up and down its lineup. Senior Kaysha Fox said that hasn’t happened too often this season, but hitters five through nine had a combined five hits and two RBI.

“Today, it finally happened,” said Fox, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. “It was really nice because postseason is all that really matters.”

North Thurston tied the score at 2 in the second inning, but Wilson pulled away in the fifth.

Wilson sent eight batters to the plate and got four runs on four hits, including a double by Carsen Stanley (2-for-4), who later scored

for a 6-2 lead.

North Thurston (16-6) made two errors in the sixth that led to two unearned runs. For the game, six unearned runs scored on five North Thurston errors.

North Thurston will be the 3A Narrows’ No. 2 seed in next week’s bidistrict tourney. Coach Pat Dahl has six underclassmen in his starting lineup, but he didn’t accept that as an excuse for his team’s defensive errors.

“That’s a good enough team that they don’t need our help to win games, and we did everything we could defensively to help them,” said Dahl, whose team split the regular-season series with Wilson. “We have to shake a game like this, and we have a few days next week to get ready for district, and we’re happy with that position.”

North Thurston is appearing in the bidistrict tournament after a 12-win improvement from last season’s 4-16 record.

Ashley Skillingstad, who had an RBI single in the second inning, and Katie Kern had four of North Thurston’s seven hits off Wilson pitcher Stephanie Granger.

Freshman Cierra Davis struck out four batters and gave up just two earned runs over seven innings in the loss.

Timberline 15, Shelton 0: Ellie Jones threw a five-inning no-hitter in the third-place game, striking out five batters and walking two to give the Blazers the No. 3 seed to the bidistrict tournament.

The Blazers scored 10 runs in the first three innings. Six batters combined for 17 hits, 11 RBI and 14 runs scored. Aundrea Temple and Rebecca Nelson each had two home runs.

Shelton, the No. 4 seed into the bidistrict tournament, was no-hit for the second consecutive game.

4A NARROWS TOURNAMENT

In the third/fourth game, Olympia scored six runs over the third and fourth innings to secure the No. 3 berth in next week’s 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament with a 7-1 victory over Gig Harbor.

Bri Bell went 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI, and Monica McCoy was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Maddy Stensby, who pitched a complete-game four-hitter, had two hits.

South Kitsap beat Bellarmine Prep, 10-9, in nine innings for the tournament title.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports

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