Kentwood baseball on a roll
By KRIS HILL
Covington Reporter Assisitant Editor
April 18, 2012 · Updated 9:48 AM
Kentwood continues to find ways to win on the baseball diamond.
There was the 4-2 victory over Kentridge on April 10. Kentwood led 2-1 after the third before putting up a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh then holding defensively in the bottom half in a South Puget Sound League North matchup.
Skyler Genger finished the game 4-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles while Cash McGuire batted 2-for-3, Reese McGuire went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI and Lucas Gately made the most of his 1-for-4 day with a two-RBI double.
Genger pitched a complete game for Kentwood, finished with four strike outs, allowing two earned runs on nine hits.
For Kentridge Devin Riley finished 2-for-3 with a double, Sheldon Stober was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Michael Leverenz was 2-for-2 with a run scored.
Kentwood held off Auburn Riverside with a 1-0 victory on April 13.
Cash McGuire drove in Jarrett Retz for the Conquerors’ lone run of the game against the Ravens.
Taylor Jones pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out seven.
With those wins, Kentwood improved to 9-0 in league play, and 11-0.
Kentwood hosted Tahoma on Tuesday, was scheduled to take Wednesday off then will travel to Auburn on Friday.
Meanwhile, Kentlake pounded out hits, scoring 28 runs combined in two games against Thomas Jefferson on April 10 and Kent-Meridian on April 14.
In the game against Jefferson, Kentlake scored four in the bottom of the second and six in the bottom of the fifth to break the game wide open.
The Falcons jumped out to a quick lead on April 14 scoring four runs in the top of the first against the Royals then finished it off with five runs in the top of the fifth before holding defensively to get the mercy-rule shortened victory.
With both of those victories Kentlake improved to 7-3 in league play and extended its winning streak to four games.
Kentlake played at Auburn on Tuesday, traveled to Kentridge on Wednesday then hosts Mount Rainier on Friday.
Tahoma was on a five-game winning streak through April 13 thanks to a 13-5 win over Kent-Meridian on April 10 and a 12-1 defeat of Mount Rainier on April 12 followed by an 8-2 victory over Auburn.
Against the Royals, Kyler Swan was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Bears, while Shane Nelson made the most of his entry into the game with a hit and two runs scored.
John Bodenhammer finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, Reed Johnson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Connor Cloyd finished game 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored while Ryan Malone finished 2-for-5 with three runs scored, two stolen bases and a double.
Tahoma scored two in the top of the first then five runs in the top of the second against Mount Rainier and scored 12 runs on 15 hits.
Tanner Anthony finished the game offensively with a 2-for-3 day, while Troy LaBrie was 2-for-4 with a run score, three RBIs and a double.
Bodenhammer was human highlight reel for the Bears going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBIs on a triple and a long ball.
Johnson went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBIs while Cloyd went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI and Malone was 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs.
Cloyd, Johnson, Bodenahmmer, Nelson and Swan each stole a base, as well.
Brandon Fokkema picked up the win on the mound in six innings pitched, striking out four, walking one and scattering five hits.
Tahoma avenged a 10-0 loss to Auburn in the first contest of the season with an 8-3 victory on April 13.
The Bears struck first scoring two runs in the second before tacking on a run each in the third and fifth before breaking the game open with a four-run burst in the bottom of the sixth.
Bodenhammer led Tahoma at the plate hammering a pair of solo shots on 3-for-4 at the plate.
Cloyd finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Nate Brown went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a stolen base.
Bodenhammer also pitched a complete game against Auburn, giving up six hits while striking out four batters.
With that trio of victories Tahoma improved to 8-3 on the season and remained in second place behind Kentwood.
Tahoma hosted Kentwood on Tuesday after the Reporter’s press deadline.
Jefferson traveled to Tahoma on Wednesday.
The Bears are scheduled for a bye on Friday.
Contact Covington Reporter Assisitant Editor Kris Hill at email@example.com or (425) 432-1209, ext. 5054.