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.”
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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.