For the second consecutive game, the Olympia baseball team scored enough runs to win.
But the Bears defense again let them down in a 17-10 defeat to Enumclaw at home in a nonleague baseball game Tuesday.
Olympia committed four errors.
“We scored 18 runs in the last two days and we lost them both,” Olympia coach Todd McDougall said. “That’s enough runs to win. Offensively, we had another nice day. Defensively, not so much.”
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Olympia led 9-5 going into the fifth inning when Enumclaw exploded for seven runs.
“All seven were unearned,” McDougall said. “We started the inning with an error and that opened the gates.”
The leadoff error was followed by two hit batters to load the bases.
Enumclaw then made the Bears pay with a double, single and, finally, a home run to take the lead.
“Enumclaw made us pay for every mistake we made,” McDougall said. “That’s what good teams do.”
Olympia pitchers walked six and hit three batters.
Cabe Reiten went 4-for-4 and doubled twice to lead the Bears.
Olympia (3-2) hopes to bounce back today when it plays at Shelton at 4 p.m.
Centralia 4, North Thurston 2: Centralia chipped away at North Thurston, taking a 3-0 lead before the Rams pushed across two runs in the sixth.
Ben Reece singled up the middle to score North Thurston’s first run in the fifth. The Rams added another run in the fifth on an infield throwing error to cut the gap to 3-2.
North Thurston sophomore Tyler Ridgeway pitched all seven innings.
“Centralia is one of the better teams in our league and we stuck with them,” North Thurston coach Lance Baker said. “I’ve got a young group. We have no seniors and we start three freshmen and three sophomores.”
North Thurston dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the 2A Evergreen Conference.
“I love our kids. They work hard,” Baker said. “We’ve competed every game. We’ll get them tomorrow.”
Centralia plays at North Thurston at 4:30 p.m. today.
Chehalis 6, River Ridge 0: After a scoreless first inning, Chehalis, the reigning 2A state champion, scored five runs in the second inning.
Andrew Pullin and two other Bearcats combined for a two-hit shutout.