Tenino 8, Castle Rock 5
Hoquiam 18, Castle Rock 4 (6 innings)
From The Daily News
A coaching gamble backfired in the opener, the defense went slack in the consolation bracket and the Rockets slumped to an early exit to the Southwest 1A District tournament Tuesday at home.
Rock was up 5-1 against Tenino entering the bottom of the fourth when coach Joe Bair went to his bullpen to relieve ace Nate Williamson.
The Beavers responded with five runs on two walks, two hit batters and a pair of errors in that frame alone to take a 6-5 lead.
Williamson went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and two stolen bases at the plate and Jacob Booth 2 for 4 with two RBIs, but Rock’s final rally fell short in the sixth.
Castle Rock then surrendered six runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings of its loser-out nightcap with Hoquiam as a 6-4 deficit became a 14-run hole.
“Some might think that I made a coaching error in the first game, pulling Nate up 5-1,” Bair said. “If you add that one, we had 16 errors today: We made 15 on the field, and if you want to count mine, that’s 16.”
Castle Rock finished its season at 13-8.