Prep baseball: Rams’ aggressive base running steals win

Staff writerApril 27, 2014 

It’s a fact: The North Thurston High School baseball team is pretty good at stealing bases.

The Capital Cougars discovered just that when they faced the Rams, who swiped six bases on their way to a 7-1 nonleague victory Saturday at Cheney Stadium.

“They’re tough … They put the ball in play and hit it hard,” Capital coach Jesse Elam said. “They’re well-coached over there.”

Josh Congdon ignited the Rams’ offense in the top half of the first when he beat out a low throw in the dirt that Capital first baseman Ben Pierce couldn’t dig out. A hit-and-run by Hayden Maliska put runners at the corner for Ryan Mets.

After Maliska stole second base, Mets smacked a single into left field scoring Congdon. Mets then stole second base on the next pitch putting both runners in scoring position yet again.

“We kind of pride ourselves on running the bases,” Rams coach Lance Baker said. “And being aggressive when we get guys on …We did a good job with that (Saturday).”

After Jacob Tollefson hit into a fielder’s choice, Mets was able to take home when he and Dylan Wharton pulled off double steal that gave the Rams a 3-0 first-inning lead.

Mets drove in two more in the top of the seventh to finish 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs.

Mets also started on the mound for North Thurston but only pitched an inning because he is scheduled to start Monday at Mount Tahoma. He finished with three strikeouts.

If this is the version teams will see when Mets takes the mound, only one phrase can properly describe what’s in store: absolute filth from the left side.

“It’s always fun getting to play behind him,” Maliska said. “Every outing is fun to watch.”

Riley Storedahl pitched a one-two-three seventh inning, getting all three hitters on strikeouts with his blistering fastball.

“It’s feels good,” Maliska said on North Thurston’s recent success. “We’re crawling our way back up. We’re playing playoff baseball.”

kevin.manning@ thenewstribune.com

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