1A/2A Fastpitch: Beavers Edge Tigers in Exhibition Game

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Tenino ace Emily Baxter fanned 13 batters in seven innings and Tenino topped Centralia 7-6 in a non-league exhibition game on Monday in Centralia.

Baxter, Autumn Long and Abby Severese each had two hits at the plate for the Beavers (1-2), who picked up their first victory of the season. For Centralia, it was the season opener.

Jadyn Hawley finished with two hits, two runs and a double for the Tigers, while Lily Babka had two RBIs, one run and a double and freshman Lauren Wasson stole three bases and scored twice.

“Wasson carried the team today,” Centralia coach David Orr said.

Orr also praised sophomore Madison Buchanon, who came off the bench in the third inning to play right field and turned a double play by catching a fly ball and doubling-up a Tenino runner at first.

“The girls are kind of rusty but a lot of good things happened tonight,” Orr said.

The Tigers get back into action when they travel to Aberdeen to open 2A Evergreen Conference play on Wednesday. Tenino hosts Montesano at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Bearcats Top Highclimbers

Kamy Dacus struck out 13 batters and allowed just two hits and two walks as W.F. West cruised to a season-opening 11-2 victory over Shelton on the road Monday in 2A Evergreen Conference action.

Dacus was equally explosive at the plate, going 4-for-5 while Saige Brindle and Lena Fragner were each 2-for-4 batting. The Bearcats batted .410 overall as a team on the day.

W.F. West battled back from a rough first inning, tied 2-2, due to a couple defensive miscues. The Bearcats were able to shore them up as Dacus caught fire on the mound as the bats heated up. All but one starter ended the game with at least one RBI.

“Kamy shut them down inning after inning,” W.F West coach Caty Lieseke said. “We had one big inning with six runs, and most of them were with two outs.”

The Bearcats (1-0) host Rochester (1-0) on Wednesday in a 2A Evergreen Conference match.

Warriors Slam Timberwolves

Rochester had no problem in its season opener at Black Hills, coming away with a 14-3 victory in 2A Evergreen Conference action on Monday.

“It was an excellent start,” Rochester coach Tiffany Garcia said. “We had solid offense. It was slow at first but the girls pulled away with the win… We have a pretty solid team and we’re hoping to do a lot of damage in the league.”

Rochester (1-0) travels to W.F. West (1-0) on Wednesday in a matchup of two 2A EvCo powers.

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