Winning pitcher Luke Hare allowed one earned run on three hits and went 2-for-3 at the plate, and Clayton Boze was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI to lead Tumwater to its seventh straight win -- a 7-2 victory -- over Black Hills to clinch the 2A Evergreen Conference title Wednesday afternoon.
The win also has a historical meaning: Tumwater (16-2 overall, 15-1 2A EvCo) becomes the first Thurston County team to clinch the EvCo regular-season title in the league's eight-year history. Since the league was formed in 2006-'07, the league champion has come from Lewis County -- either Centralia or W.F. West.
River Ridge won three consecutive District IV titles from '08-'10, but never won the league title. The Hawks won league titles in '04 and '06 as a member of the 3A Pac-9 League.
By clinching the league title with two games remaining, the T-Birds earn the league's No. 1 seed into the district tournament, which starts May 13.