The Peninsula fastpitch team couldn’t hold onto leads in either of its Class 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict games this past weekend.
The Seahawks lost, 6-5, to North Thurston, and, 6-5, to Timberline, on Saturday at Sprinker Recreation Center. The Seahawks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against North Thurston on Riley Harper’s inside-the-park home run. But sophomore starting pitcher Hanna Patterson couldn’t hold the lead, as Peninsula (9-12) fell behind late. The Seahawks rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t get the tying run across home plate.
In their next game against Timberline, the Seahawks were the home team, and Harper once again gave the team an early lead. After the Blazers took back the lead, the Seahawks rallied but again fell short. Despite the losses, Peninsula junior center fielder Megan Ross was pleased with the team’s effort and fight.
“We played really well defensively, I thought,” Ross said. “Despite some big innings, that’s probably some of the best play I’ve seen from us.”
It’s been a rebuilding year for Peninsula, and making it to the district tournament was a solid accomplishment for the squad.
“Even though we lost, we ended on a high note,” Ross said. “No one even thought we’d make it to districts. That in itself was a great achievement.”
Ross said the highlight of the season for her was the walk-off win over the rival Gig Harbor Tides. She said she expects to team to improve next year.
“I think we’re going be a lot stronger,” she said. “We’re a young team. We have more experience under our belt. We’re going to come out stronger. (We) just need to clean up some errors.”
The Tides won their first game in the Class 4A bidistrict tournament, beating Kentwood, 5-1. The Tides dropped their next game to Bethel, 11-2, and then were eliminated by Battle Ground, 2-1. Gig Harbor finished the season 18-7.
TRACK AND FIELD
The Gig Harbor boys will go into the state meet this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School, predictably, with a strong distance running presence. The top seven competitors from each event in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict meet qualified for state.
The “big four,” seniors Wolfgang Beck, Logan Carroll, Mahmoud Moussa and junior Tristan Peloquin all qualified for both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. Tides head coach Kevin Eager said the 1,600 on Thursday will be the race to watch.
“The mile on Thursday night is going to be a blood bath,” Eager said. “I’ve never seen this many good mile (runners). So many guys have a chance. I’ve never seen it like this. There’s five or six guys that could be a winner.”
Senior Garrett Steuk qualified for state in both the 100 and 200 sprints, coming in second in the 100 and third in the 200 (22.77). Steuk finished in less than 11 seconds in the 100, coming in at 10.92. It’s Steuk’s first time meeting that milestone this year, which is even more impressive considering he’s coming off knee surgery.
“He’s had a lot of adversity his senior year, coming back from knee surgery,” Eager said. “A lot of people just couldn’t believe it. In some ways, I can’t believe it either. He’s only been able to do about 70 percent of the work. He could’ve been even better.”
On the girls side, junior Brenna Peloquin ran a lifetime best in the 1,600, taking third overall at 4:59.76. Peloquin is the eighth girl in school history to finish the event in less than 5 minutes. Peloquin also qualified for the 3,200, notching a 11:00.71 finish. Junior Alison Corsi qualified for the 100-meter hurdles, coming in seventh at 15.74. Senior Naphtali Ward qualified in high jump, taking third. Junior Lauren Dickson qualified in shot put, taking seventh.
For 3A, the top five competitors in each event qualified for state. Peninsula senior John Corey took fifth in the 400 meters at 51.53. Sophomore Dominic Lauer took sixth in the 3,200 at 9:47.27. Peninsula’s 4x100 relay team of Conner Walch, Samuel Andrews, O’Shea McLaughlin and Kyle Olson-Urbon took seventh at 44.03. Senior Ben Smith took fourth in javelin, while junior Austin Kilcup took fifth.
On the girls side, junior Kayla Gleza took second in the 100 at 12.60. Sophomore Emma Jones took second in the 800 at 2:20.82. Junior Sarah Manning took third in the 1,600 at 5:14.43 and second in the 3,200 meters at 11:24.54. Junior Michala Zilkey took first in the discus and junior Erica Hanisch took fifth in javelin. Junior Beth Rees took sixth in triple jump.
Peninsula’s Allie Barry qualified for state in singles as a five seed after beating Kennedy Catholic’s Maddie Lu, 6-0, 6-0.Jon Manley: 253-358-4151 firstname.lastname@example.org