LACEY — Friday afternoon became the unofficial start of spring break for many South Sound-area schools.
For North Thurston’s fastpitch coach Pat Dahl, he was hoping to use his team’s game against 3A Narrows League foe Wilson as a momentum springboard for when league play resumes a week from Monday against Shelton.
He got that in a big way — a 10-1 North Thurston victory in which Wilson was held to just four hits.
The game was one of three fastpitch games played simultaneously at the Regional Athletic Complex because of wet conditions. In the two other games, Gig Harbor shut out Olympia, 5-0, and Timberline topped Lincoln, 26-0, in five innings.
The top of the order did the most damage for North Thurston, which improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in league and won for the fifth time in six games.
Its 1 through 5 hitters — Aayliah Kautz (3-for-4), Ashley Skillingstad (1-for-4), Dominique Greeno (1-for-3), Annalise Dahmen (2-for-3) and Saralynn Campbell (2-for-4) — combined for nine of the team’s 12 hits and all 10 RBIs.
Skillingstad, the No. 2 hitter, belted her first high school home run — a 3-run shot to center field — as part of a five-run sixth inning that led to a 10-1 advantage.
North Thurston scored seven of its runs over the final three innings, making Dahl nervous with only a 3-0 lead after the third.
“You don’t let a team like that hang around,” he said. “… I told them you better make adjustments and you better do it quick. And they did — they responded to that in the fourth inning on.”
That run support was more than sophomore Cierra Davis needed to pick up the victory. She threw a complete-game four-hitter, and struck out four on 90 pitches.
Gig Harbor 5, Olympia 0: The Bears’ six errors led to all five of Gig Harbor’s runs, as the Tides handed Olympia its second loss (5-2 overall).
Junior pitcher Maddy Stensby struck out seven and didn’t give up a walk. She also had the Bears’ only extra-base hit — a double — among five Olympia hits.
Timberline 26, Lincoln 0 (5 innings): The Blazers improved to 2-0 in the 3A Narrows League.
Timberline 7, Olympia 3: The Blazers, Class 3A’s No. 3-ranked team, improved to 9-0 with their nonleague victory over the Class 4A Bears at the Regional Athletic Complex.
Capital 1, River Ridge 0: Cody Jenkins threw a complete-game one-hitter and had both of the Cougars’ hits in their 2A Evergreen Conference win over the Hawks.
Sumner 1, North Thurston 0: In a pitchers’ duel between the Rams’ Hunter Neilson and Sumner’s Christian Parsons, plus Ryan Mets in relief, the Spartans scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the seventh on Gage Whitehead’s RBI double.
Yelm 5, Aberdeen 2: Justin Polzin’s 3-for-4 performance with a double and three RBIs gave the Tornados their second straight nonleague victory.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 email@example.com @megwochnick theolympian.com/southsoundsports