The hits didn’t come until late, and even then some bad luck sank Mountain View in a 4-2 loss to Silas of Tacoma in the 3A bi-district playoff game Saturday at Union High School.
The Thunder will host North Thurston on Tuesday in a loser-out game. Mountain View will need to win that game to get another shot as clinching a 3A state tournament berth.
Silas pitcher Joseph Gutierrez held Mountain View to one run on three hits over the first six innings, and Hayden Luhring with 2 for 3 with a double, run and RBI for the Rams.
Mountain View took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Joey Wilcox and Brady Sale led off the inning with singles. Jayden Rippelmeyer scored the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly.
But the Thunder could only muster one other hit over the next three innings as Silas built a 4-1 lead.
Wilcox and Sale led off the seventh with singles. A double play ball led to a run for Mountain View, but it gave Silas two big outs.
The Rams sealed the win two batters later.
SILAS 4 MOUNTAIN VIEW 2
Silas 000 120 1—4 10 2
Mountain View 001 000 1—2 6 1
Pitching — Joseph Gutierrez 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, win; Blaine Pinchak 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 K, 0 BB, save. Highlights — Gio Konieczny 1-3, run, RBI; Hayden Luhring 2-3, run, 2B, RBI; Drew Hobson 2-3, RBI; Nathan Eisenmenger 2-4, RBI; Courtland Shupien 1-3; Trevor Dennett 1-2, run; Jack Phillips 1-3, run.
Pitching — Jayden Rippelmeyer 6.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 7 K, 0 BB, loss; Davis Wolfey 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 K, 0 BB. Highlights — Jacob Martin 1-2; Jayden Rippelmeyer RBI; Mitch Johnson 1-3; Joey Wilcox 2-3, 2 runs; Brady Sale 2-3.