On Monday Thomas Jefferson knocked off Kentwood in a 10-inning fastpitch nail-biter.
Jefferson scored early and held onto a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the seventh when Rachel Burr hit the ball between first and second base that drove in the tying run for Kentwood.
But, the pitching duel between Conqueror freshman Kendall Goodwin and Raiders hurler Rocky Hale continued, as the Jefferson defense was able to hold Kentwood.
The Conks struggled to put down bunts in the bottom of the 10th when international tiebreaker rules come into play — a runner is on second base at the start of the inning — while an errant throw to third base at the top of the 10th pushed the Raiders into the lead.
Bailey Rundle's bunt moved Michaela Patton over to third base for Jefferson. Katie Jackson, who pitched the final inning in relief for Hale and picked up the win in the circle, bunted and was able to reach when a throw to third base went over Bailey Marshall's head which allowed Patton to score. Jackson finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and double.
While everything came together for Jefferson it all fell apart for Kentwood, explained Conks head coach Jason Wisor in an email interview.
"I think yesterday was the perfect storm of what has been the perfect storm season," Wisor wrote. "With all the rainouts and in game cancelations this team has been frustrated that more games have not gotten in. The girls are working hard and getting better, it just so happens that yesterday we could not execute."
He credited Hale and Goodwin for pitching well. Wisor said with nine games left on the schedule the team will need to focus.
"Yesterday both pitchers pitched well and both teams struggled to adjust to the zone established by the umpire," he said. "Our goal will be to continue to play the best game we can. We need to eliminate the errors and execute in situations when they happen. Our goals are still in reach and we fully intend to accomplish them."
The win moves TJ into third place in the South Puget Sound League North Division standings with an 8-3 record. Tahoma and Kentlake both sit with only one league loss.
Beamer — The Titans continued their late-season push toward the playoffs with an 8-3 win over Federal Way Monday afternoon. It was Beamer's fourth win in their last five games.
The Titans currently sit 8-6 in the SPSL South, which is good for fifth place with two games remaining in league play. The top-five finishers advance into the postseason.
Against Federal Way, the Titans jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead with three in the first and one in the second inning. Beamer got a big game from Richie Apigo, who finished 3 for 3 with two runs and two doubles. Taylor Davis was 1 for 3 with a run and RBI.
Brett Oyer picked up the win on the mound by throwing five innings and striking out eight. Darrien Moran got the loss for the Eagles (5-8 SPSL South).
Jefferson 3, Auburn 2 (Monday)
Singles — Lauren Thornquist, A, beat Cindy Park, 6-1, 6-0; Michelle Lee, TJ, beat Nacole Schwoch, 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles — Breanna Ziccarelli-Krista Nakamura, TJ, beat Karen Wentzke-Sydney Johnson, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3; Aly Siemion-Gabby Lane, A, beat Rileigh Qualls-Toni Mullen, 7-6, 7-5; Coco Hernandez-Tagoe-Gloria Oh, TJ, beat Maddy Johnson-Amber Valenzuela 6-1, 6-1.
Jefferson: 8-0 overall
Todd Beamer 5, Auburn Riverside 0 (Monday)
Singles — L.Tyson, T, beat Jones, 6-4, 6-0; Lunka, T, beat Heilborn, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles — Hoefel-Bowman, T, beat Lancaster-Suznevich, 6-0, 6-3; A Tyson-Kaufman, T, beat Nieman-Bruil, 6-1, 6-2; Tran-Bowman, T, beat Patterson-Stanphill, 6-4, 7-5.
Beamer: 6-3 overall