The Olympic College Rangers baseball team swept Skagit Valley on Saturday and then did the same again Sunday at Legion Field to begin the Northwest Athletic Conference North Region at 4-0.
In Saturday’s opener, the Rangers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning and added three more runs in the second as Daniel Tomkiewicz pitched an eight-inning shutout. Tomkiewicz (3-1) gave up just four hits, five walks and struck out seven in the win.
Hunter Blunt was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, Bryan Ponce drove in two runs and scored a run with a home run and Scott Gunther was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, a double, a home run and an RBI.
While the second game was much closer, the Rangers came from behind for an 8-6 win. Skagit Valley led 5-2 after three innings before Olympic scored four in the fourth and the Cardinals added a lone run in the fifth to tie the game at 6-6.
Olympic scored two runs in the top of the ninth. With one out and two runners in scoring position, Hunter Blunt’s sacrifice fly scored Ben Koler to give the Rangers a 7-6 lead. Austin Bayne walked and Jeffrey Cochran scored on a wild pitch before the Cardinals tallied the third out. James Gunther pitched a shutout in the ninth in relief to earn the save, his third as his ERA improved to 0.93. Jesse Morales got the win.
Sunday, the Rangers overcame the Cardinals 6-5 and 4-1.
Tres Wessling pitched three innings of hitless relief to earn the win for Olympic in the opener as the Rangers again came from behind in the eighth inning. Late-game heroics continued in the second game as the Rangers scored twice in the sixth for a 4-1 lead as Hayden Curnutt scored on a Ponce double and Koler’s RBI single scored Ponce.
TRACK AND FIELD
Colton Paller won the discus event Saturday at the Shotwell Invite at the University of Puget Sound.
Paller had a throw of 164 feet, 10 inches. He was also fourth in the shot put with a throw of 45-11.
Diane Olson and Kaitlyn Paller finished second and third in the women’s shot put. Olson had a throw of 37-9 and Taller was 37-8. Taller was also fifth in the discus (117-7). Paloa Ramirez was fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of one minute, 5.22 seconds.
The Rangers were swept by Pierce College Saturday, 16-3 and 10-0 at the Heritage Recreation Center.
Olympic led the first game 2-1 after the first inning but Pierce tied it 2-2 in the second. Then the wheels came off for the Rangers in the third as Pierce scored 13 runs. OC’s offense struggled in the second game against Pierce’s Autumn Heitzman who pitched five innings and scattered four hits to shutout the Rangers.
The Olympic men’s team is in second place after the first round at the Highline Invitational Sunday at Federal Way.
The Rangers trail Bellevue 304-316.
Olympic’s Evan Whitsett is tied for second place with Joel Snyder of SW Oregon after both shot a 75. They trail leader Kevin Simmons of Bellevue by one stroke. Andy Renne of Olympic is tied for fifth (77), Max Dorn is tied at 12th (81), followed by Andrew Nelson and Christopher Bainbridge (83).
For the women, Olympic’s McKenna Kendall is tied for second with an opening-round 87. She is 10 shots off the leader, Brianna Esvelt of Columbia Basin who shot a 77. Also, the Rangers’ Bailey Koerner shot a 95.