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PHOTO GALLERY: T-Birds Cruise in Regional Final

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Behind a complete game four hitter from Elijah Hill, Tumwater cruised to an 8-1 win over Centralia in the 2A regional final at WF West High School in Chehalis.

The T-Birds jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning and never looked back en route to punching their ticket to the state semifinals in Yakima for the second straight year. Clayton Boze drove in two runs in the first inning for the T-Birds, who had only four hits in the game but were helped by six Tigers errors.

Tumwater moved to 22-4 overall and will face Lake Washington at 1:00 PM on Friday at Yakima County Stadium.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bainbridge Edges Blazers in Regionals

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Matt Mercer was fantastic for Timberline but Bainbridge’s Brett Green was just a little bit better on the mound and at the plate. Green gave up just one run on five hits over six innings and drove in a pair of runs in Bainbridge’s 2-1 win in the 3A state regionals at Wheeler Field in Centralia. Mercer went six innings allowing just four hits while striking out seven batters. The Blazers finished the season at 23-3.

PHOTO GALLERY: Terrell Twirls Gem in T-Birds Opening Round Win

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Keenan Milligan tripled in a run in the fifth and hit a solo home run in the seventh and Garrett Terrell allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings to lead Tumwater to a 3-1 win and a berth in the regional finals later on Saturday afternoon.

PHOTO GALLERY: Oly Rollers Whomp Canadians

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Oly Rollers 230, Montreal Roller Derby 174
SKATELAND! 1st 2nd Final
Montreal 68 106 174
Oly Rollers 124 106 230
OLY: #14 ranked WFTDA team – Montreal: #12 ranked WFTDA team

The Oly Rollers took a 65-5 lead midway through the first half and never looked back in their 230-174 dismantling of Montreal Roller Derby’s traveling New Skids on the Block at Skatleland! on Sunday night.

In a chippy, nasty, scrum of a bout, Montreal tightened up in the second half and clawed their way back into the game behind the jamming of Mel E Juana and Miracle Whips  but could never get over the hump. They leave the Northwest with an 0-2 record after dropping a bout in Portland last night.

Lindsey Lowblow led the way for Oly, who bounced back from a rough Big O Tournament a couple of weeks ago in Eugene by beating the 12th ranked WFTDA team from Canada.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shock Notch Home Opener Victory

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In front of a small but eventually vocal crowd at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood, South Sound FC got second half goals from Pico Rubio and Scotty Hanson to knock off Wenatchee United, 2-1, in their home opener.

After a back and forth first 25 minutes that saw a handful of chance for both teams and a couple of outstanding saves by South Sound FC keeper Chris Kintz, the Shock took over and dominated possession for the majority of the rest of the game. They were unable to take advantage until the 61st minute when Rubio gathered a pass from Daniel Gray and skimmed a shot from just inside the box and around the Wenatchee keeper for their first goal at home in Evergreen Premier League play.

Minutes later, Gray sent a corner kick into the box and Hanson’s header found the back of the net to put SSFC up 2-0 in the 75th minute. Wenatchee responded a minute later with a goal from Christian Nyafore in the 76th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1. But the Shock didn’t allow Wenatchee many opportunities over the final 15 minutes and held on for the win.

The Shock are now 3-0 in the young EPLWA season, tied with Bellingham United for first place. They will return to the Lang Stadium pitch on Sunday, May 18th against the Spokane Spiders at 2:00 PM.

PHOTO GALLERY: Blazers Clinch Narrows With 12-9 Rivalry Win

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Dominique Greeno hit a two out, three run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull North Thurston to within a run, 10-9, heading into the seventh inning but Timberline put a pair of runs on the board in the top of the seventh and Brooklyn Taylor-Sparks shut down the Rams in the bottom of the inning to clinch the 3A Narrows League title with a 12-9 win at The RAC on Tuesday afternoon.

Timberline is now 11-1 in 3A Narrows League play with one game remaining in Shelton on Wednesday. North Thurston is 8-2 in the Narrows with their only two losses coming to the Blazers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pruett and Hess Lead Bears to 3-2 Win Over Wolves

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Tied at two with 15 minutes to play, Olympia keeper Brandon Pruett made a difficult save on a South Kitsap penalty shot and on the ensuing Bears possession, Ian Hess raced up the right side and unleashed a rocket from just outside the box that found the back of the net and proved to be the game winning goal in Oly’s 3-2 4A Narrows League win at Ingersoll Stadium.

Hess opened the scoring for Olympia with a goal in the seventh minute but the Wolves would answer back midway through the first half with a goal of their own. Jamison Corbin put the Bears back up in the 33rd minute when he gathered a pass and fired a strike into the right side of the net to give them a 2-1 lead that they would take into the locker room.

Pruett entered the game at the half after a solid first 40 minutes by Bears’ starting keeper Davin Johnson. South Kitsap evened the game up with a goal in the 51st minute and controlled possession for much of the second half but couldn’t get anything past the Oly defense the rest of the way including the penalty shot that Pruett snuffed out. The all or nothing nature of the Bears offense paid off with Hess’ rush down the field that ran their record to 5-2-2 in the 4A Narrows League.

Oly faces league leading Gig Harbor (7-1-0) on Wednesday night at Ingersoll Stadium.

Friday Scores: T-Birds Beat the Rain and the Cougars

High school baseball

Tumwater 7, Capital 3
TUM (12-1 2A EvCo), CAP (4-10 2A EvCo)
Timberline 6, Wilson 0
TIM (7-1 3A Narrows), WIL (6-3 3A Narrows)
North Thurston 3, Gig Harbor 1
NT (10-4 overall), GH (9-5 overall)
Black Hills 9, River Ridge 6 – Finish of March 26th game
BH (5-7 2A EvCo), RR (3-10 2A EvCo)

High school softball

Olympia 13, Bellarmine 1
OLY (5-1 4A Narrows), BP (4-2 4A Narrows)
North Thurston 13, Foss 0
NT (5-1 3A Narrows), FOSS (1-4 3A Narrows)
Timberline 20, Mount Tahoma 4
TIM (7-1 3A Narrows), MT (0-7 3A Narrows)

Monday Scores: Mets Starts, Finishes Epic Rams Win; Stensby Pitches Bears Past Tornadoes


High school baseball

North Thurston 2, Timberline 1 (12 innings)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
TIM 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
NT 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 2
W: Riley Storedahl

Ryan Mets allowed just one run on two hits, struck out 17 batters over 10 innings of work and singled home the game winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give North Thurston an epic 2-1 win over Timberline. Matt Mercer went 6 2/3 innings in the start for the Blazers and gave up one run and struck out eight Rams.

The win vaulted the Rams into first place in the 3A Narrows League at 8-1 while Timberline dropped their first game of the season and sit two wins behind the Rams at 6-1. The two teams meet again on Wednesday night at Timberline at 4:00 PM.

Personal, perhaps funny note: The 12 inning game was so long that I was able to watch the first four innings before leaving to take my daughter to her piano class out on Carpenter road. Her half hour class ended and I drove back to my parents house in the South Bay area to pick up my other daughter. We had dinner there, hung out a little bit, watched a TV show. Since the game was still going on, I stopped back by and was able to watch the entire 12th inning.

Olympia 4, Bellarmine 1
OLY (4-4 4A Narrows), BP (2-4 4A Narrows)
Tumwater 6, Black Hills 1
TUM (10-1 2A EvCo), BH (4-7 2A EvCo)
Capital 4, Aberdeen 1
CAP (4-9 2A EvCo), ABER (3-9 2A EvCo)

High school softball

Olympia 6, Yelm 0
OLY (4-1 4A Narrows), YELM (4-1 4A Narrows)

Maddy Stensby struck out 14 over seven shutout innings and picked up the win in Olympia’s 6-0 win over Yelm. Bri Bell went 2-for-3 with a homerun and three RBIs to move the Bears to 4-1 in the 4A Narrows League and a three way tie for first place with Yelm and Bellarmine.

Timberline 15, Shelton 4
TIM (5-0 3A Narrows), SHEL (3-3 3A Narrows)
North Thurston 12, Mount Tahoma 0
NT (4-1 3A Narrows), MT (0-5 3A Narrows)
Capital 7, Aberdeen 1
CAP (5-4 2A EvCo), ABER (3-7 2A EvCo)

PHOTO GALLERY: MIA Rolls Grunge City at the Bettie Bunker

Behind the strong jamming of Jacky O Nastiest and Slamber Ella, the MIA Derby Girls made easy work of the Grunge City Rollers, 203-111, at the Bettie Bunker in Lacey on Saturday night.

It was Oly Sports first derby at the Bettie Bunker, the warehouse on Lacey Boulevard that the MIA Derby Girls and the JBLM Bettie Brigade share, and it has quickly and easily eclipsed Skateland! as the best place to watch derby in the Olympia area. It’s bright, open, has decent sound, a beer garden, concessions and has been nicely decorated with a big graffiti mural on one side and a red, white and blue derby mural on the other side.

The floor is a hard concrete warehouse floor and is very unforgiving on the skaters. Some of the tumbles that they took, especially in the fresh meat game that preceded the main event (MIA won 99-72), were particularly nasty and painful looking and made me uncomfortable watching their pain.

Bathroom facilities are a problem that will have to be worked out if the Bettie Bunker will continue to host events. Currently, the public restrooms are two honey buckets in the parking lot.

Also, parking is a bit of a problem. There is a small lot in the front of the building, one in the back of the building and there is a lot across Pacific Avenue at Pope John Paul II High School that was designated for derby parking. Unfortunately, you have to cross a field, the bike path and five lanes of Pacific to get to the lot and at night, it was unnerving, at best. The empty lot in front of the Bettie Bunker was blocked and closed to parking or else most people could have parked there.

No matter the problems, the Bettie Bunker is a good place to watch derby and it is obvious that MIA and JBLM are actively trying to make improvements to the facility for their skaters and fans. While the quality of roller derby played by the Oly Rollers at Skateland! is still far superior, their facility is not.

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