OLYMPIA - After rainouts forced Olympia's girls tennis team to reschedule matches, the Bears were finally able to play their opener Wednesday, dominating Capital in a 4-1 victory.
In a duel between two of the area’s top singles players, Capital sophomore Lauren McCann took a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Olympia’s Katelyn Orchard.
Olympia coach Margie Reed was particularly impressed with Alli Bautista at No. 2 singles as well as two of her doubles teams. Bautista cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Jessie Branch.
“That was the first singles match she’s played in,” Reed said. “She had great control of the ball, hitting smoothly with preciseness.”
Olympia swept the doubles matches. The No. 1 team of Bailey Kilmer and Annie Sing topped Natalie Nicholson and Nichole Lawton, 6-0, 6-4, and Sami Pletsch and Catty Zhang, at No. 2 doubles, defeated Alley Nerez and Lynnea Pearson, 7-6, 6-3.
“They’re very strong groundstrokers and aggressive players,” Reed said of Pletsch and Zhang. “They performed very well.”
At No. 3 doubles, Gemma Robinson and Mia Ryckman beat Capital’s Lindsay Gubbe and Emily Houge, 6-1, 6-2.
Mark Morris 5, Tumwater 3: With the score tied at 2-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Monarchs put up three runs to pull away for a nonleague win over the Thunderbirds.
Brock Myklebust went 3-for-3 for Mark Morris.
Jace Feldmeier was 1-for-4 with a solo homer in the fifth inning, one of two fifth-inning runs for Tumwater (2-2).
Northwest Christian 12, Life Christian 2: Jack McQuarrie pitched a complete game, giving up two runs – both in the first inning – on seven hits to lead the Navigators (3-2) to the nonleague win over the Eagles, who commited eight errors.
NWC’s Zach Thomas was 2-for-4 and had three stolen bases and Jordan Potis was 2-for-5 with a home run.
Chehalis 12, River Ridge 5: The defending 2A state champion Bearcats scored in every inning after the first, rolling to a home-and-home sweep of the Hawks.
Brennan Casteel and Robert Pehl were each 2-for-4 and combined for 3 RBI for Chehalis.
Brad Wallace was 3-for-4, including a 2-run homer in the seventh, for River Ridge.
Centralia 13, North Thurston 7: The Tigers totaled 10 runs in the second, third and fourth innings in their home-and-home win over the Rams.
Spencer Dorsey and Marcus Storvick had four of North Thurston’s eight hits.
Olympia 16, Mount Tahoma 4: The Bears scored 15 runs in the first two innings in the 4A Narrows League win.
Bears pitcher Kelsey Randich struck out eight batters and went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs. Megan Goodman also was 2-for-4 with two runs and Gabby Braniff hit a home run.