To say Riley Storedahl was a tad worried about his playing status would be an understatement.
Last week, his stomach ached. He had no reason why. Some around the North Thurston High School baseball team feared he had appendicitis.
But the Rams senior recovered from a nagging stomach ailment in time for their winner-moves-on, loser-goes-home Class 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict game Tuesday at Heidelberg Field in Tacoma.
Backed by four first-inning runs, Storedahl gave North Thurston five-plus strong innings, and the Rams held off Enumclaw, 6-4.
North Thurston (16-5), the 3A Narrows League regular-season champion, will travel to take on 3A Greater St. Helens League champion Columbia River (18-2) on Wednesday for a berth into the regional tournament.
“You get into this game right here … anybody from the SPSL 3A would be tough,” North Thurston coach Lance Baker. “To bounce back like this … after we lost a little bit of momentum (in the 3A Narrows tournament) showed their resiliency.”
Enumclaw picked an awful time to have its worst inning of the year in the first inning. Three errors led to four unearned runs for the Rams.
“As horrible of an inning we’ve played all year long,” Enumclaw coach Eric Fiedler said.
And after Ryan Mets’ single to center field brought in Hunter Nielsen for the team’s sixth run — and a 6-0 lead — in the fourth inning, it appeared the Hornets had enough to worry about just playing a full game and not be done in by the WIAA “mercy rule.”
But it took one of the weirdest plays ever on a baseball field to give Enumclaw new life.
The Hornets’ Shayne Sanborn reached on an error to start the fifth inning. But in the next at-bat, Storedahl got Cooper Wicks to ground right to the shortstop for an easy double play.
But the umpires huddled and determined that the grounder hit the infield umpire, and it was declared dead. Wicks was awarded first base, and the Rams’ double play was erased.
Eventually Enumclaw scored three times in the inning.
Baker summoned Mets to relieve a tiring Storedahl with two outs in the sixth inning. Mets got a strikeout, then struck out the side in the final inning for the save to end Enumclaw’s season.
“I felt great. I got a little bit tired, but I felt great,” said Storedahl, who lost 10 pounds since last Thursday. “My stuff was moving great today. I was a little inconsistent, but couldn’t do anything about that.”
2A DISTRICT IV BASEBALL
All-EvCo semifinals Wednesday: With Black Hills’ 5-4 victory over 2A Greater St. Helens League champion Hockinson and W.F. West’s 5-2 win over Mark Morris, both of Wednesday’s semifinal and winner-to-state games are between teams from the 2A Evergreen Conference.
Black Hills faces Centralia, a 12-1 winner over R.A. Long, in the first semifinal at 4 p.m. while the second semifinal will be Tumwater and W.F. West at 6 p.m. Both games are at Bearcat Baseball Stadium in Chehalis.
The Wolves (9-12) used a game-ending double play to stop the Hawks’ seventh-inning rally for their opening-round victory at Hockinson.
Black Hills pounded out 10 hits, led by two apiece from Milo Ames and Tyler Warren. Starter Talen Parr, combined with relievers Joeseph Anderson and Henry Coates, allowed three earned runs.
1A DISTRICT IV BASEBALL
Rochester advances to title game: 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division regular-season champion Rochester won both of its games to open the 1A District IV tournament Tuesday to earn a regional berth and play for the district title against Woodland at 3 p.m. Saturday in Castle Rock.
A three-and-a-half-hour marathon ensued for a 1-0 victory over La Center in the day’s first game, getting the winning run on Josh Larson’s squeeze bunt, followed by a 5-3 win over Elma.
Tenino, after falling to Woodland, 5-3, in Tuesday’s semifinal game, remains alive in the consolation side of the tournament and faces La Center at 2 p.m. Friday in Castle Rock in a loser-out game.
2A DISTRICT IV BOYS SOCCER
Hockinson 3, Capital 2: Mitchell Penny’s goal in the final minute of overtime lifted Hockinson to a 3-2 victory over Capital in Tuesday’s 2A District IV semifinal boys soccer game at Ingersoll Stadium.
The wins clinches a state spot for the Hawks, who advance to Thursday’s district title game, while Capital (16-3) falls into the consolation bracket and must win two games to earn the third and final state berth.
The Cougars face W.F. West, a 2-1 winner against Aberdeen on Tuesday, in Thursday night’s loser-out game at Ingersoll Stadium.
Capital held a 2-1 lead after Aiden Klemmer’s goal in the 64th minute, but Penny’s first goal tied it at 2-all during stoppage time of regulation, followed by his winning goal in overtime.
Centralia 2, Black Hills 1 (4-2 shootout): The Tigers advance in the consolation side of the 2A District IV consolation bracket with the shootout victory over the Wolves at Tiger Stadium. The loss ends Black Hills’ season at 5-12.
Capital’s top doubles team advances to finals: Capital’s No. 1 doubles team of Sooyoun Park and Baylee Yost swept all their opponents in straight sets to highlight the first day of the 2A Evergreen Conference subdistrict girls tennis tournament at Capitol City Tennis and Athletic Center.
Park and Yost face Centralia’s top doubles team of McKailey Fast and Jaycee Foster in the finals. The top five singles players and doubles teams advance to next week’s district tournament. In singles, it will be an all-Centralia final as senior teammates Anna Scheibmeir and Lillian Albright face off.
The tournament continues at 8 a.m. Wednesday.email@example.com Staff writer Meg Wochnick contributed to this report.