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Friday’s 2A Baseball: T-Birds Out-Hit and Edge Bearcats, 6-4

EVCO: Tumwater Wins First Battle of Preseason League Favorites in Chehalis
By Aaron VanTuyl
There was no shortage of interesting plays or big hits — it was just that most of them favored Tumwater.
The visiting Thunderbirds made the most of their opportunities on Friday at Bearcat Baseball Stadium to pick up a 6-4 win over W.F. West in a matchup of the two preseason favorites in the Evergreen 2A Conference.
Tumwater tallied nine hits and scored in each of the final two innings to secure the win.
“They’re definitely a good club,” Bearcat coach Bryan Bullock said. “Any time you get out out-hit (9-4), you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself to play perfect — and we didn’t play perfect.”
The biggest imperfections came in the third inning, which featured three runs by the T-Birds. Noah Sirkel led things off by crushing the first pitch he saw from starter Tyson Guerrero over the football grandstands beyond the left-field fence for a solo home run, and a walk, two base hits and a pair of errors helped the next two runs cross the plate.
“They definitely took advantage of the errors that we made,” Bullock said, “and we weren’t perfect defensively.”
The Bearcats did, though, tie things at 4-4 with a pair of runs in the fifth — which came without the benefit of a hit. Tysen Paul reached first on an error, moved to second when Guerrero walked, and took third and home on wild pitches from T-Bird starter Trayton Rodriguez.
Dakota Hawkins was then hit by a pitch and, with Guerrero on third, purposefully got himself into a pickle that allowed Guerrero to score the tying run.
Hawkins had an interesting day on the field, despite not registering a hit or pitching; he went 0 for 2 with an RBI and was twice hit by a pitch, and in the field turned a slick double play to end the top of the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and one out Hawkins, playing second, fielded a ground ball, dove forward to tag the advancing runner, rolled off the grass and threw to first to complete the double play.
“He’s a great kid to coach, and he’s the type of guy … he can see those things happening before they do,” Bullock said. “He’s ready for those opportunities, like turning the double play.”
Tumwater, though, had already used a bases-loaded hit batter to score its sixth run, and despite a single from Drew Forgione in the seventh were unable to close the gap.
Jakob Holbrook pitched the final two innings for Tumwater to record the win, giving up one hit and a walk with two strikeouts.
Andrew Pullar went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles for the T-Birds, while Logan Hayes and Zach Jones each added two hits.
Paul, Guerrero and Brock Jones were each 1 for 3 for W.F. West.
W.F. West (3-2, 1-1 league) plays Fife on Thursday at the RAC in Lacey.

At Chehalis
Tumwater 013 001 1 — 6 9 2
W.F. West 101 020 0 — 4 4 3
Batteries: Tumwater — Trayton Rodriguez, Wesley Swick (5), Jakob Holbrook (6) and Jackson Davis; W.F. West — Tyson Guerrero, Brandon White (4) and Tysen Paul

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