Yelm - Eric Stark's Capital Cougars lost all four baseball games during spring break last week.
He called it a “losing week.”
Monday’s 3A Narrows League game against Yelm was in a new week, and the Cougars turned it into a 13-2 win over the Tornados to snap a four-game skid.
“We struggled offensively and defensively, so it was nice to come out and hit the ball more consistently and play better defense,” Stark said. “Hopefully, it will turn things around.”
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Capital got an outstanding pitching performance from senior Eli Fulton, who Stark said threw many first-pitch strikes in a complete-game two-hitter. The runs he allowed were unearned.
“Any time you’re in the midst of a losing skid, you’re always looking for a pitcher to come out and have a dominant performance where everyone can relax and feel confidence to win a ballgame,” Stark said. “We definitely got that from Eli.”
Jourdan Weiks (3-for-5) and Jonny Lee (2-for-3) hit homers to lead the Cougars.
Tumwater 4, Aberdeen 2: The Thunderbirds snapped a three-game skid, thanks to a complete-game four-hitter from starter John Williams.
Northwest Christian 13, Oakville 3: Jordan Potis struck out 12 Acorns in a complete-game effort that ran the Navigators’ win streak to three games.
North Thurston 3, River Ridge 1: Nick Salazar scored twice and Zack Ismael added his team-leading eighth goal in the Rams’ 2A Evergreen Conference win over the Hawks.
Tumwater 4, Black Hills 2: Sophomore Connor Sigmon had a hat track, leading the Thunderbirds to their second consecutive win.
Tumwater 5, Black Hills 1: The Thunderbirds remained unbeaten after winning all matches except No. 1 singles, where Rachel Howard defeated Julia Graham in straight sets.
North Thurston 6, River Ridge 0: The Rams earned their first win of the season, sweeping all singles and doubles matches.