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“We need to win one more to make the Tri-District playoffs,” Rangers coach Forrest Thomson said following Tuesday’s game.
Quilcene’s ace Jacob Pleines saw his first significant action on the mound since resting his arm for more than two weeks due to arm soreness.
The senior struck out 15 and limited the Mustangs to two hits to earn a complete-game shutout.
Thomson said Pleines, who had a short stint on the mound last Friday, was bothered by his arm early against Rainier Christian but it loosened up as the game progressed.
The Rangers scored one run in the fifth inning and added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.
Sophomore first baseman Nate Weller continued his hot hitting by driving in a run with a hit.
“Weller has been carrying us at the plate,” Thomson said.
Eli Harrison also scored for Quilcene, sliding home on a grounder by Landon Pleines.
Josh King’s long sacrifice fly scored A.J. Prater for the Rangers’ other run.
Quilcene will next play either Evergreen Lutheran or Mount Rainier Lutheran on Friday at Muckleshoot Tribal School in Auburn.
North Mason 5,
Port Angeles 1
BELFAIR — The Roughriders concluded their season with a familiar loss.
They didn’t come up with hits with runners on base, gave up walks and committed errors.
“We both had six hits, but we had six hits and one run and they had six hits and six runs,” Port Angeles coach Vic Reykdal said.
With the win, the Bulldogs remain in the hunt for a postseason berth. North Mason (9-6, 11-8) faces Olympic (9-6, 10-9), with the winner nailing down of the Olympic League’s four berths in next week’s district playoffs.
The Riders (6-10, 6-11) were within one run, trailing 1-0, going into the bottom of the sixth inning before the Bulldogs plated four runs to put the game away.
Port Angeles scored its only run in the top of the seventh when senior Zac Withrow doubled to score Jordan Shepherd.
Shepherd pitched all six innings for the Riders, striking out eight and offering up six hits and three walks.
“Jordan, all year long, it seemed he never got run support,” Reykdal said.
“He pitched well for us but he just never got a lot of run support.”
Shepherd is one of five Riders who played their last game, along with Withrow, Austin Roberson, Larsson Chapman and Ryan Mudd.
Reykdal is looking forward to next season and having more time to prepare after he was hired days before the season started.
“We have a good nucleus coming back,” Reykdal said
North Mason 5, Port Angeles 1
Port Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 6 3
North Mason 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 5 6 0
WP- Hennigsen; LP- Shepherd
Port Angeles: Shepherd 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 K.
North Mason: Hennigsen 7 IP, 6 H, ER.
Port Angeles: Ciaciuch 1-3, 3B; Shepherd 1-3, R; Withrow 1-3, 2B, RBI; Bohman 1-3; Roberson 1-3; Bradley 1-3.
North Mason: Urdahl 1-2, 2 R, RBI; Benson 1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI.
Cedar Park Christian 7,
BOTHELL — The Nisqually League-leading Eagles pulled away from the Cowboys late with three runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth.
Chimacum played Cedar Park Christian close early, trailing 2-1 before the Eagles exploded in the bottom of the fifth.
Ari Pape-Uphoff had two hits for the Cowboys, Tracyn Anderson scored two runs and Henry Lovekamp doubled and drove in a run.
Freshman Lane Dotson went seven inning on the mound for Chimacum (2-14), striking out two and allowing seven hits.
Cedar Park Christian 7, Chimacum 3
Chimacum 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 — 3 6 1
Cedar Park 0 1 1 0 3 2 x — 7 9 0
WP- Steventon; LP- Dotson
Chimacum: Dotson 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Hundley IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K; Pape-Uphoff 2/3 IP, BB, K.
Cedar Park Christian: Steventon 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 8 K; Movrer IP, H, 2 BB, K.
Chimacum: Pape-Uphoff 2-3; Anderson 1-2, 2 R; Lovekamp 1-2, 2B, RBI; Dotson 1-4, RBI.
Cedar Park Christian: Vela 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; Rankin 2-3, R; Steventon 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI.
Hoquiam 12, Forks 2
HOQUIAM — The Spartans had the Grizzlies on the ropes for a round or two Tuesday afternoon and looked momentarily primed for an upset of their playoff-bound opponent.
But Hoquiam earned the knockout by plating 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the mercy rule in effect.
The early part of the contest was full of hope for Forks.
After going down 1-0 in the second, the Spartans clawed back to put two runs on the board in the third frame after Reis Lawson led off with a hit, followed by a knock for Reece Hagen and capped with an RBI single by Reece Moody.
When the Grizzlies answered back with one run in the bottom half of the third to tie the game, it seemed like the two teams were in for a hitting contest.
Unfortunately for Forks, it wound up absorbing blows for the rest of the game rather than trading them, as the Spartans managed just one more hit the rest of the way.
Lawson started and pitched a solid 3 2/3 innings and gave up just two earned runs before succumbing to a shoulder injury in the fourth inning.
Caleb Adams took the mound in relief and retired the side without a run, but he and Javier Contreras combined to allow five runs in the fifth inning.
Nate Gimlin took the hill for Forks in the sixth inning and promptly surrendered another five runs to seal the 10-run victory for Hoquiam.
Lawson was 2 for 3 at the plate with a run, while Adams moved up from ninth in the batting order to second and went 2 for 3 in the game and Moody was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Joel Brydon earned the win for Hoquiam, throwing six complete innings and allowing just two runs.
Forks (2-13, 4-13 league) wraps up its season with a doubleheader at Rainier (0-16, 0-18) today.