GIG HARBOR - Brady Batt pitched a complete game and Olympia's bats got hot early for a 12-2 five-inning victory over Gig Harbor on Saturday afternoon that clinched the 4A Narrows League baseball title for the Bears.
Last year, Gig Harbor beat Olympia in the Narrows League championship game.
As 4A Narrows League champion, Olympia (14-5, 12-2) earns the No. 1 seed into next week’s league tournament, and a first-round bye. Olympia will play the winner of Tuesday’s Central Kitsap/Stadium game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma.
Gig Harbor (13-4, 11-3) falls to third place and plays Bellarmine Prep to open league tournament play Tuesday. Central Kitsap defeated South Kitsap, 6-5 in 13 innings, but South Kitsap earns the No. 2 seed. The top two seeds earn first-round byes.
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After posting a 3-1 victory over the Tides at Crandall Field on Friday, Olympia got things going early Saturday. The Bears scored three quick runs to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Brad William’s RBI hit brought home the first run, and a Gig Harbor throwing error led to two more runs.
Cole Loncar had a monster day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBI. His three-run home run in the fourth extended the Bears’ lead to 9-2.
Casey Thrope was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, and Cabe Reiten was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
“We’re playing our best baseball right now,” Olympia coach Todd McDougall said.
Batt, aside from the two runs on three hits he gave up in the third inning, was efficient on the mound, working both sides of the plate and keeping the Tides’ hitters off balance.
“After that third inning, Brady really slammed the door on them,” McDougall said.
“The last two days we played great defensively,” McDougall said. “Anytime they (Gig Harbor) had a chance to get something going, our defense came through for us.”
Timberline 11-5, Yelm 4-1: The 3A Narrows League champion Blazers, winners of 14 straight games, completed their regular season with a doubleheader sweep of the Tornados.
Ben Smith pitched six innings in the opener, and Colin McCuster pitched a complete game in the nightcap. The Blazers scored in every inning but the second and seventh in the first game, pounding out 12 hits. Rick Ahlf was 3-for-4 and scored two runs, Robbie Ortiz was 2-for-4 and scored two runs, and Smith had three RBI.
In Game 2, Timberline scored all five of its runs in the second, thanks to RBI from Chase Wasson and Lucas Williard. McCuster held Yelm to only two hits.
As the No. 1 seed, Timberline will have two byes and will play Thursday at Heidelberg Park against a to-be-determined opponent. The league tournament begins Thursday between Foss and Wilson.
Rochester 3, Tenino 2: The Warriors remain in first place in the Southwest Washington 1A Evergreen Division after scoring the winning run game in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Beavers.
Rochester held a 2-0 lead following three innings before Tenino scored its two runs in the sixth to tie it up at 2-2. Nick Schultz pitched a complete game for Rochester and also had an RBI double. Dominic Angwood was 3-for-3 with two triples.