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4A/3A baseball: Hotchkiss, Gill have hot bats as Battle Ground routs Decatur 10-0 in bi-district playoff

Prairie and Evergreen see their seasons end with losses

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: May 8, 2024, 9:51pm

Jackson Hotchkiss and James Gill both had perfect days at the plate and Ethan Adams threw six shutout innings as the Battle Ground baseball team beat Decatur of Federal Way 10-0 on Wednesday as the Tigers stayed alive in the 4A bi-district tournament.

The Tigers now get two chances on Saturday to get one win to clinch a state berth. The first game will come against Kentwood at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. If the Tigers lose that game, they will play the loser of Rogers-Puyallup and Kentridge later on Saturday.

Gill continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 2 with a walk and belting his second home run in as many days. His two-run homer in the first inning gave Battle Ground an early 3-0 lead.

Gill also added a double and a sacrifice fly, driving in five runs.

Hotchkiss went 4 for 4 with two runs and three RBI.

Adams gave up three hits and struck out three over six innings as Battle Ground won on the 10-run rule after six innings.

CAPITAL 11, PRAIRIE 10 — The Falcons had the bases loaded with just one out, but they could not push across one more run in a furious seventh-inning rally and fell in a loser-out game in the 3A bi-district tournament.

Capital of Olympia took an 11-6 lead into the seventh. Nolan Nunn cut the deficit to 11-7 with an RBI double. Cam McCray then scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-8.

Nate Merritt and Jake Drogos drew bases-loaded walks to make it 11-10.

Then Capital got the final two outs on a shallow fly ball to center and a strikeout.

AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW 1, EVERGREEN 0 — Caden Shoul threw a no-hitter against the Plainsmen in a loser-out game in the 3A bi-district tournament.

Will Goth also pitched a stellar game for Evergreen, allowing just three hits and walking none.

The Plainsmen did draw six walks against Shoul, but Shoul retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.