OLYMPIA - Timberline baseball coach Derek Weldon couldn't be happier with his team at this point in the season.
The Blazers took a 4-0 victory over Capital on Thursday afternoon to boost their win streak to seven games.
The outcome completed a home-and-home series sweep of the Cougars. Timberline also defeated Capital, 11-1, on Wednesday.
“To do good things, you have to beat Capital,” Weldon said. “They’re a great program.
“Our goal is to get better every day, and we have. The kids are working really ahrd and doing lots of good things.”
Timberline (8-2 overall) stands atop the 3A Narrows League standings with a 3-0 record. The Blazers continue league play Monday at Lincoln.
Colin McCuster (2-for-4, RBI) and Charlie Hinson (2-for-3, RBI) had half of their team’s hits.
Starting pitcher Ben Smith threw six innings, gave up four hits and struck out five.
The key in the Blazers’ sweep of the Cougars – as well as their entire season – has been their pitching.
Hinson, who earned the complete-game win in Wednesday’s 11-1 victory, didn’t give up a walk.
“We’re really aggressive in the strike zone,” Weldon said. “That’s been key for us all year.”
Black Hills 10, River Ridge 8: Black Hills took advantage of five River Ridge errors and nine walks to earn a 2A Evergreen Conference win over the Hawks.
Kenny Hill was 3-for-3 with two RBI and Brad Wallace was 2-for-4 with a double for the Hawks (0-6), but Black Hills scored in every inning except the first, scoring 10 runs on 12 hits. Josh Bown (2-for-4, two RBI) and Adam Meyer (3-for-4) provided the bulk of the Wolves’ power.
Jeremy Camacho, River Ridge’s shortstop who is now the Hawks’ No. 1 starter, took the loss. Camacho has had to slide into the No. 1 starter role after Kameron Pfaff unexpectedly moved to Colorado over the summer.
Black Hills and River Ridge complete the second game of a home-and-home series today at noon at Black Hills.
Naches Valley 2, Rochester 1 (8 innings): In a battle of top 10-ranked programs, the third-ranked Warriors suffered their second loss of the season, dropping to 6-2 overall after their extra-inning defeat to sixth-ranked Naches.
Zack Parker’s RBI hit in the fifth accounted for one of the Warriors’ five hits off two Naches pitchers.