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WILSON SHUTS OUT FOSS

Brady O’Keefe threw a complete-game four-hit shutout as the Wilson Rams defeated the Foss Falcons by a score of 4-0 on April 9 at Foss Field.

“We had a fast tempo to the game, Brady got ahead in the count all afternoon long, which kept the Foss hitters off stride,” said Wilson coach Doug Rupe of his young starter.

The Rams got all the offense they would need in the top of the first inning when O’Keefe walked, stole second and scored on a single to left center by catcher Nate Sandoval for a 1-0 lead.

O’Keefe, who was masterful all game long, said his curve ball was the secret to his success on the afternoon.

“I was hitting my spots, everything I was throwing was working good,” said the talented sophomore right-hander. “I give a lot of credit to my defense too.”

The Rams tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth. Leading 2-0 going into the inning, Dylan Sandoval tripled to right center and scored on a single by Spencer Ready, who would later score on a single to left by Jared Horner.

Foss would threaten in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with nobody out, but O’Keefe got out of it on a foul out to third and doubled off the lead runner at third on a line drive back to the mound to end the Falcons’ threat.

The Rams and Falcons were scheduled to play again, weather depending, on April 11, with the stakes being high.

“This will be the biggest game of the year for us to this point,” said Rupe. “The winner will have the inside track to the playoffs.”

By Steve Mullen

LOGGERS TAKE TWO OF THREE

The Puget Sound baseball team won two of three against George Fox on the road on April 6-7 to move out of last place in the Northwest Conference standings.

The Loggers fell 7-4 to the Bruins in the opener on April 6, surrendering four runs in the first inning and three in the fifth. Casey Coberly was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, and Will Mentor was 3-for-4 with a run scored for UPS.

The Loggers responded with a 2-1 win later in the day, as starter Nathan Aguiar pitched a complete game, allowing just six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the ninth, Coberly tripled to score Mentor to tie the game, and Addison Melzer later doubled to score Bobby Hosmer for the game-winning run.

Lucas Stone copied Aguiar’s performance in the series finale on April 7, pitching a complete-game five-hitter, allowing just one run, with one walk and two strikeouts in another 2-1 win. Mentor’s two-run double in the third, which scored Connor Savage and Jake Boley, proved to be all the runs the Loggers would need. Coberly finished a solid weekend by going 2-for-4 with a double.

Looking to build off its first series win in conference play this season, the Loggers host last-place Lewis & Clark in a doubleheader at noon on April 14, before hosting the Pioneers in a single game on April 15 at noon.

UPS SOFTBALL SNAPS SKID

The Puget Sound softball team rolled up 14 hits and scored seven runs in the first inning to help notch a 10-5 win at Lewis & Clark on April 6, snapping the Loggers’ 21-game losing streak.

Marissa Jeffers capped a four-run first inning with a two-run double, and Joleen Monfiletto launched a two-run homer in the second to make it 7-0. The Pioneers answered with four runs in the fourth to cut it to 7-5, but Loggers starter Elayna Van Hess held them scoreless the rest of the way, going the distance to pick up the win while adding a home run at the plate.

Chrissy Atterson was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, and leadoff hitter Jenica Holt was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Loggers. Jeffers, Aryn Grause and Amy Schmeckpepper also had multi-hit games for Puget Sound.

The Loggers could not carry the momentum into the rest of the weekend, falling to Lewis & Clark 4-0 later in the day and getting swept in a doubleheader at Pacific (Ore.) on April 7, losing 4-0 and 10-2.

The Loggers close out the regular season as they host cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran in a doubleheader on April 14 at noon before traveling to face the Lutes in another noon doubleheader on April 15.

LOGGERS, LUTES CREWS IN ACTION

The Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran rowers were on the waters of Vancouver Lake on April 7 for the NCRC Invitational.

Puget Sound’s W2V8 boat started off the day with a win, finishing 10 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor with a time of seven minutes and 12.9 seconds.

The men’s varsity four boat turned in another solid performance, finishing in second place. The Loggers’ women’s varsity eight won the DIII heat in the morning, and finished second in the afternoon championship with a time of seven minutes and 14.1 seconds.

Pacific Lutheran won the men's varsity four event and placed fourth in the championship final of the women's varsity eight. The men’s varsity four clocked in at seven minutes and 12 seconds to finish ahead of Puget Sound, which came across the line in seven minutes and 18.9 seconds. The women's varsity eight won its preliminary race in a time of seven minutes and 16.9 seconds, beating Willamette by just less than three seconds. Racing a little more than three hours later, the Lutes placed fourth in the 10-boat field with a time of seven minutes and 24.1 seconds. 

The Lutes and Loggers return to action on April 14 for the Meyer-Lamberth Cup at American Lake.

COBRAS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND

The Tacoma Cobras begin their fourth season this weekend with a road game at the Palouse Thunder on April 14 at 5 p.m.

Branching out from their PDFL roots, the Cobras will play a 12-game, independent schedule featuring eight home contests at Franklin Pierce Stadium. The team will return home on April 21 to host the Puget Sound Outlaws at 7 p.m., and will host another familiar foe, the Pierce County Bengals, on May 5 at 7 p.m. The Cobras’ 2012 season concludes with four straight home games, the final contest being a July 14 matchup against the North Cal Knights at 7 p.m.

SOUNDERS U-23 FRIENDLY THIS WEEKEND

Fans can get a look at the new Sounders U-23 squad when they host Gonzaga University in an exhibition on April 15 at noon at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner.

The Sounders U-23s, formerly the Tacoma Tide, will play another exhibition match that has yet to be announced before beginning their 16-game PDL schedule on May 11 at the Vancouver Whitecaps. The first regular season home match is May 25 against Victoria at 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Pierce Stadium.

Sounders U-23 season ticket holders will be allowed free admission to the stadium this weekend as part of their ticket package perks. Season tickets start at $80 for the entire season and are available for purchase at SoundersU23.com. Other fans in attendance for the Gonzaga exhibition will be asked for a $5 donation to support the Sounders U-23.

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