Today (5/1): Bears, Blazers softball needs wins, miracles; Rams baseball opens Narrows tourney
High school fastpitch
Olympia vs. Yelm – Stevens Field – 4:00 PM
Timberline vs. Shelton – Timberline HS – 4:00 PM
Olympia is tied with South Kitsap in first place of the 4A Narrows League at 9-2 but both of the Bears’ league losses came to the Wolves. To win the Narrows regular season title, they have to win today against 5-6 Yelm and hope that winless Stadium can pull off a major upset on Friday. The Bears won a close game in Yelm on April 15th, 4-2 while South Kitsap beat Stadium 29-0 early in the season.
On the 3A side of the Narrows, Timberline faces the same situation as Olympia. They currently sit at 9-2 in league tied with North Thurston but the Rams swept the season series and hold the tiebreaker. For the Blazers to win the regular season title, they need to beat 7-4 Shelton at home and hope that 1-9 Mount Tahoma can come up with some serious magic and knock off the Rams in Tacoma. The Blazers barely took down the Highclimbers in Shelton in their last meeting, scoring five runs in the final two innings to pull out the win. Meanwhile, North Thurston beat Mount Tahoma 17-7 in their first meeting.
High school baseball
4A Narrows League tournament
South Kitsap vs. Bellarmine – The RAC – 6:30 PM
3A Narrows League tournament
North Thurston vs. Shelton – The RAC – 4:00 PM
Game two of the Narrows League tournament pits #2 North Thurston against #3 Shelton. The Rams dominated the season series with 6-1 and 7-0 wins that started a five game losing streak for the Highclimbers. After starting 7-0 in league play, Shelton dropped both games to the Rams, fell to Wilson in Tacoma and then dropped two to Timberline to close out the regular season. They did pick up a non-league win over Klahowya on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Rams dropped two to Timberline and then had an easier road outscoring lowly Mount Tahoma 39-0 in two games. They also picked up two non-league wins over Capital at Cheney Stadium and River Ridge.