Rainier High School Baseball Wins One, Loses Three

By Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 3/29/22

In another dominant day at the plate, the Tenino baseball team pulled away from Rainier in a high-scoring rivalry affair, 15-8, at home on Friday, March 25.

The Beavers briefly lost the lead in …

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Rainier High School Baseball Wins One, Loses Three

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In another dominant day at the plate, the Tenino baseball team pulled away from Rainier in a high-scoring rivalry affair, 15-8, at home on Friday, March 25.

The Beavers briefly lost the lead in the third inning, with the Mountaineers grabbing a 5-2 lead early, but a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and four more in the fourth helped them stay ahead for good.

“We were able to bunt and put pressure on them early on,” Beavers coach Ryan Schlesser said. “We finally started swinging it a little bit at the end and put it away.”

Will Feltus finished 2 for 4 with three runs and three runs batted in to lead the Beaver attack at the plate, with Kaden Sayamnet also adding three RBIs and 2 runs on a 3 for 4 showing. Brody Noonan starred on the mound, striking out six in 2.2 innings pitched in relief.

The Mountaineers had a fast start, but couldn’t quite get over the hump, with Ryder Cruse scoring three runs and John Kenney and Johnny Boesch going 2 for 4 at the plate.

On Tuesday, March 22, the Onalaska baseball team split its doubleheader with Rainier, winning the first matchup 2-0, before falling 7-0 to close out the day in five innings in Logger Country.

In the first game, the Loggers allowed just two hits, with starting pitcher Jeremy Larson going 4.1 innings with eight punchouts and no earned runs.



At the plate, Ethan Cameron knocked in the game’s first run in the first inning on a line drive to center, and Ayden Haag advanced to home plate on a fielder’s choice after a hard hit from Larson to do the damage for the Loggers.

In the second game, the Mountaineers flipped the script, shutting out the Loggers in five innings and allowing just one hit from Tuff Lyons. On offense, Rainier got a 2 for 2 performance from Ethan Gonzales, who knocked in a run, and John Kenney added two more runs batted in with two runs scored as well on a 1 for 2 showing.

Then on Monday, March 28, Rainier allowed six runs in the first two innings and was unable to come all the way back in 7-5, non-league road loss to Eatonville.

The Mountaineers out-hit the Cruisers 8-6, but Eatonville was able to plate three runs in each of the first two innings, which proved to be all the runs it would need to hand Rainier the loss.

Rainier was led offensively by Hunter Howell, who went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Gonzalez was 2 for 4, Boesch went 1 for 4 with two RBIs and a run and Cruse walked four times.

On the mound, Cruse pitched one hitless and scoreless inning with a strikeout, while Gavin Owen allowed one earned run on two hits and four walks with two Ks. Howell surrendered one earned run on four hits with one K across four innings.

Rainier (3-7) was set to host Wahkiakum at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.

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