Top Performer: Max Hilger, Bellarmine Prep
Scored 3 goals — in 4-0 win over Emerald Ridge
Bellarmine Prep 4, Emerald Ridge 0: Max Hilger was unstoppable in a performance that blew the Bellarmine Prep matchup with the Jaguars wide open.
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“He was making a lot of great runs in behind the defense,” Bellarmine Prep assistant coach Jim Dempsey said. “A bunch of the other guys were recognizing those runs and playing the ball through so he was able to beat his defenders and get on in to hit a couple nice shots.”
It wasn’t all easy for the Lions as Emerald Ridge was putting pressure on early when they were down 1-0 at halftime.
“We gave them some opportunities and they did some nice stuff to break down the defense,” Dempsey said. “Fortunately we were able to get a few great saves from Sean Carlin and the defense tightened up.”
It was after that strong defensive hold that Hilger put on a burst of offense to pick up two goals back to back.
“The two goals in quick succession in the 45th and 47th minute really broke the game open,” Dempsey said.
Hilger was coming off two assists in a 7-1 win over Olympia in which Kyle Casey scored five goals and Alex Comfort scored two.
Bellarmine Prep (7-1-2) only trails Puyallup (9-2-0) in the 4A SPSL standings. The Lions have not lost in their past five matches — including a 1-0 win over Puyallup on April 7 — since a 2-1 loss to Curtis.
Top performer: Brooke Nelson, Bonney Lake
5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 9 Ks, 0 BBs; hitting: 3-for-3, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
Bonney Lake 17, Spanaway Lake 0 (5 innings): The Panthers have been untouchable so far this season.
And on Thursday, so was Brooke Nelson.
The University of Washington commit Nelson, a sophomore, pitched a five-inning no-hitter – striking out nine of the 18 batters she faced – and was perfect at the plate, too, going 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs.
Spanaway Lake’s first batter of the game reached on a ground-ball error. Nelson sat down the next 18 batters she faced after that.
It was another masterful performance for the sophomore as she helped Bonney Lake improve to 9-0 in its first year in the 3A Pierce County League with the mercy-rule victory.
Her two-run home run gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead in the second inning. Bonney Lake then tacked on five more runs in the fourth inning and six in the fifth.
Shelby Welfringer was 2-for-3 for Bonney Lake with three runs scored and a double. Gabby Jones had a double and three RBIs.
Auburn Mountainview 11, Todd Beamer 0 (6 innings): Zoe Collins was on fire in a shutout pitching performance to give the Lions the win over the Titans.
Collins pitched the whole game, all six innings, and only gave up two hits total while also throwing six strikeouts for Auburn Mountainview (14-0; 9-0 4A NPSL Olympic).
Collins also contributed on offense, going 2 for 4 and scored two runs. The undefeated Lions have scored at least 10 runs in 11 of their 14 games.
Auburn Mountainview’s Emily Martinez was 4 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBIs, and Emily Bartholomew went 2 for 4 with a run plus three RBIs.
Outside of the Emily duo, Megan Perius went 1-for-2 with a run and two RBI.
Yelm 8, North Thurston 2: Drea Schwaier was dominant on the mound for the Tornados as she went all seven innings against the Rams, and struck out 15.
She also had plenty of run support behind her.
Mackinzee Moore went 4-for-5 on the day, leading her team in hits. She would also score twice and earn two RBI. Ally Chaote smacked a double in her 3-for-5 day which yielded an RBI for her as well.
Top Performer: Dawsen Kaaiwela, Spanaway Lake
4IP, 3K, 4-5, 2B, RBI in 11-2 win over Lakes
Todd Beamer 1, Jefferson 0: No runs were scored until the bottom of the seventh inning when Tommy Davis got the walk off to win the game for the Titans.
Literally, a walk off. With the bases loaded, Davis drew the base on balls from the Raiders’ Ryan Oka that sent in Colin Floyd and the Titans to the win column.
As the Titans only collected three hits in the game, Nate Clow got two of them. Clow was also in line for the win as he came in for the last inning and struck out two Raiders.
Central Kitsap 6, Shelton 5: An error brought in the final run to give the Cougars the narrow win over the Highclimbers.
It was a back and forth game with Central Kitsap scoring two in the first, two in the fourth, then one in the last two innings while Shelton scored three in the second and two in the sixth.
Central Kitsap’s Bryce Higgins had two doubles and scored a run. Taylor Toney also had two doubles and had three RBIs for Shelton.
The Central Kitsap team had only one error while Shelton had five, with that last error being the one that cost them the game.
Spanaway Lake 11, Lakes 2: After a lull in the middle of the game, the Sentinels kept up a strong offensive performance to win a decisive game over the Lancers.
“We were kind of flat for the second and the innings,” Todd Kesiter said. “We walked a couple times, they took advantages of some mistakes the defense made.”
This came off of a strong first inning where the team came out of the gate scoring three but struggled to find a rhythm.
“Guys were swinging at first pitches and getting a little frustrated,” Keister said.
The Spanaway Lake was decreased to two after Lakes scored one in the third, but the Sentinels were able to rally in the fourth to get back in the driver’s seat.
“The fourth inning came around and basically we stuck to our offense a little bit more,” Keister said. “They kinda got refocused and we got our offense back where we wanted it to be.”
The team got five runs in that fourth inning and then got one run in the three remaining innings to end with a nine point lead.
The standout player of the game was Dawsen Kaaiwela who pitched for four innings, getting three strikeouts and also going 4-for-5 with a double plus an RBI.
Federal Way 8, Rogers 1: The Eagles scored in every inning save the last two as they cruised to a victory over the Rams.
Luke Tedrick was dominant on the mound as he went all seven innings for Federal Way, giving up two hits, a run and striking out nine.
Calvin Turchin was also the focal point of the Eagles offense on the day. At the plate, Turchin went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three runs driven in.